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Carli Hopkin selected as IWLCA Division III Community Awareness Award winner

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NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Recent Washington & Jefferson College graduate, and former North Allegheny lacrosse player, Carli Hopkin was recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) on Thursday afternoon as the recipient of the 2020 Division III Community Awareness Award.

She is joined by Halle Duenkel (Division I – James Madison University) and Claire Swanson (Division II – University of Tampa) as this year’s honorees.

The Community Awareness Award recognizes those student-athletes who have contributed significantly to their community in a given academic year. These students have given their time and energy to support and develop athlete-community relations and have distinguished themselves from their peers.

“As a Pittsburgh native, Carli has always displayed pride for her community and showed early on she wanted to do her part for the Washington community while attending W&J. Carli managed to spend countless hours giving back to those in need, all while juggling the demands of a student-athlete,” said head coach Alison Valerio. “I am proud of her passion and commitment to serving others and know she inspired many of her peers and teammates to do the same. Despite facing personal challenges this year, Carli never stopped thinking about others and I admire her most for her selflessness and caring attributes. Carli embraced the Washington community as her own and always threw on the biggest smile each time she told me where she was volunteering next.”

Hopkin recently completed her degree in Economics. She had minors in Business Administration & a concentration in American Studies.

She has been very involved in serving her community, both on the W&J campus and in the Washington County and greater Pittsburgh area. Hopkin was involved in Produce to People, helping to distribute produce to Washington County families in need on a monthly basis, and also was involved in Empty Bowls Full Hearts, raising funds to combat food insecurity, both programs managed by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

She was also instrumental in assisting the planning and running of a “Santa’s Workshop” at Washington Park Elementary School to allow children to secure holiday gifts for their families, coaching at a youth lacrosse clinic, and planning a Special Olympics event for the W&J Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Carli planned and organized the W&J women’s lacrosse team’s annual charity game in March, which was set to raise awareness and funds to benefit those suffering from Juvenile Dermatomvositis (JM), a cause near and dear to the Hopkin family. The game and team’s participation in “Caroline’s Crew Walk Strong to Cure JM” event were unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hopkin is a member of the Economics Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). She appeared in 59 games during her career and tallied 55 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers as a defender for the Presidents. Following graduation, she is set to begin working for PNC Financial Services.

(Press release and photo courtesy of W&J Athletics.)

Lauren Swartz Named To Academic All-America Team

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Lauren Swartz (North Allegheny class of 2016) has been named to the Academic All-America Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

With volleyball being one of the most competitive sports in the CoSIDA program, Swartz, a redshirt junior at Michigan State University, was one of 21 Division I volleyball athletes chosen from across the country.  Of the 21, all are juniors, seniors, or graduate students, and just three of the selections came from the Big Ten Conference.  Lauren is also one of 27 of the 79 total All-District selections from Division I who boasted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Swartz is MSU’s seventh all-time Academic All-America honoree.

Swartz, a redshirt junior athletically, is pursuing her master’s degree in marketing research after she graduated in May 2019 with her undergraduate degree in Economics in just 3 years with a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Swartz enjoyed a healthy season this past fall after missing significant time in 2018 – she played in 26 matches (93 sets), and averaged 1.40 kills, 0.75 blocks, and 0.61 digs per frame. In 2018, after missing the entire pre-season due to injury, Lauren played in 19 of 20 Big Ten matches, averaging 1.33 kills and .62 blocks per set.

Three years in a row, Lauren has received Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards.  In her freshman year, she was named the team’s Most Improved Player. In 2019, Lauren was awarded the MSU Board of Trustees Scholarship for the highest GPA in the graduating class. She also received the Department of Economics McGregor Scholarship for academic and extracurricular excellence.

While at NA, Lauren helped the Lady Tigers win the WPIAL championship as a sophomore, with runner-up finishes as a junior and senior; finishing fifth in the state in each of those years. She served as the team co-captain during her junior and senior years.  She was an All-WPIAL and All-State Selection in 2015.

(Information and photo courtesy Michigan State University).

Madi Beining Tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District

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Gannon University pitcher, former North Allegheny standout, Madi Beining, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Thursday morning.

Beining was one of two pitchers named to the All-District Team, making it her third straight honor. As a Physician’s Assistant major, she boasts a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. Beining earned PSAC West Pitcher of the Year honors in 2019 and 2018. She was named the 2018 D2CCA All-Region Second Team and named the PSAC Tournament MVP. Beining has collected five pitcher of the week honors and was named to the PSAC West All-Conference Team two times in her career.

She made her way into the career record books ranking third all-time in shutouts (14), sixth in saves (4), sixth in complete games (50), sixth in games started (68), seventh in appearances (86), ninth in wins (46), ninth in innings pitched (444), ninth in ERA (2.35) and 10th in strikeouts (247).

(Photo and information courtesy of Gannon University Athletics.)

Ben Marsico Selected To Academic All-District Team

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GREENWOOD, Ind. — Washington & Jefferson senior pitcher Ben Marsico (Bradford Woods, Pa./North Allegheny) earned recognition on the 2020 Academic All-District® Baseball First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Marsico was one of 11 student-athletes to be selected to the Academic All-District 4 list, which is comprised of NCAA Division III schools in Pennsylvania.

Marsico maintains a 3.62 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in Finance. He has twice been named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

He put together a decorated collegiate career, as he helped the W&J baseball team to three regular season first places finished in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, two PAC Tournament titles and a pair of trips to the Division III College World Series.

A two-time All-PAC performer, Marsico was named PAC Pitcher of the Year in 2019. He earned All-Mideast Region Second Team honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and added a D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region Third Team selection. Also an All-ECAC First Team choice in 2019, he was named PAC Pitcher of the Week four times in his career.

He finished his career with a 17-8 record with a 3.76 earned run average. He logged 198.2 innings in 43 appearances (29 starts). He tossed four complete games, including a pair of shutouts during his junior season. The 2019 season was a memorable one for the right-hander, as he finished among the Division III leaders in wins (11). He used remarkable control throughout his career to achieve success, as he allowed just one home run and walked only 35 in nearly 200 career innings.

Marsico was part of a senior class that finished with 111 wins and compiled a 24-8 record in the postseason.

First Team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (when selected) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.

The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.

(Photo and press release courtesy of W&J Athletics).

Liz Scherer, Earns Academic All-District Honors At Grove City

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GROVE CITY, Pa. — Grove City College senior catcher Liz Scherer (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Division III Academic All-District IV honors Thursday afternoon, as voted upon by the region’s sports information directors.

As a First Team selection, Scherer advances to the nationwide Academic All-America ballot. The CoSIDA Academic All-America team will be announced in June.

Scherer started all four seasons for Grove City. In 10 games this season, she hit .303 and led the team with three stolen bases. Scherer also scored seven runs while going 10 for 33 at the plate.

Scherer earned Second Team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors in 2019 after leading Grove City with 20 runs scored and 11 doubles. She hit .322 and swiped four bases. As a sophomore, Scherer hit .366 and knocked in a team-leading 17 runs. She also scored a team-high 17 runs during the 2018 season. She earned Honorable Mention All-PAC as a rookie in 2017 after hitting .376. She ranked third in the conference with a .462 on-base percentage.

Scherer has accumulated a 3.74 cumulative grade point average while majoring in accounting. She has been named to the PAC’s Academic Honor Roll, as well as the Dean’s List.

The 2019-20 academic year marks the ninth year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a “College” division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.

Grove City is part of District IV for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program. District IV includes all of the NCAA Division III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

(Photo and press release courtesy of Grove City College Athletics).

Jared Isaacs Becomes Duquesne’s All-Time Singles Wins Leader

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Former North Allegheny tennis standout Jared Isaacs became Duquesne University’s all-time singles wins leader with his 77th victory on Thursday. He also tied the program’s total wins record with his 146th career victory during a 4-2 win for Duquesne over conference foe Davidson.

Isaacs defeated Thomas Mason in comeback fashion for his historic win, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Isaacs and the Dukes battle the College of Charleston in non-conference action on in their final dual-match of spring break.

Taylor Lake Lauded As UAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

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Senior forward Taylor Lake of University of Chicago, and former 1,000-point scorer at North Allegheny, was named UAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year as the 2019-20 UAA All-Association Team was announced on Thursday.

Lake averaged 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the regular season, shooting 48.2 percent from the field. In UAA play, she averaged 15.4 points and 5.6 boards per game with a .482 field goal shooting percentage.

Not only a 1,000-point scorer at North Allegheny, Lake surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in her collegiate career on Nov. 16 with a 13-point effort against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Along with the UAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year award, Lake was also lauded as a First-Team All-UAA selection for the second consecutive year.

Lake and the University of Chicago Maroons will appear in the NCAA Division III Tournament for a fourth consecutive season and will take on La Roche on Friday night. Chicago is ranked 18th in country by D3Hoops.com.

(Some information courtesy of UAA. Photo courtesy of the University of Chicago.)

Brynn Serbin Tabbed OAC Freshman of the Year

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Ohio Northern guard, and former North Allegheny basketball player, Brynn Serbin received the Ohio Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Award on Wednesday. Serbin finished the regular season averaging 5.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals-per game. She helped ONU advance to the second round of the OAC tournament as the No. 3 seed. In addition to Freshman of the Year, Serbin was also lauded as an OAC all-conference honorable mention.

(Information courtesy of Ohio Athletic Conference. Photo Courtesy of Ohio Northern Athletics.)

Will Sandherr Earns First-Team All-PAC Honors

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Former North Allegheny basketball player Will Sandherr was named first-team all-conference by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference on Tuesday. A senior at Chatham University, Sandherr led the Cougars to a 17-10 record and the PAC semifinals this season. This season, Sandherr ranked fourth in the PAC in scoring (15.7 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (6.4 pg). He also ranked fifth in the circuit in assists (2.6 pg) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.727).

Last season, Sandherr led Chatham to a PAC title, the first in program history, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

(Photo courtesy of Chatham University Athletics.)

Laura Ryder Named PAC Hitter of the Week

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W&J senior and former North Allegheny softball player, Laura Ryder, was recognized on Monday as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s Hitter of the Week.

Ryder put together a big day at the plate in the Presidents’ season-opening sweep of Penn St. Greater Allegheny. The senior went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, four runs scored and a pair of doubles. Ryder smacked a pair of two-run doubles in a 12-1 game one victory. She compiled a 1.200 slugging percentage and reached base at a .800 clip.

Ryder was senior for North Allegheny in 2016 and part of a team that went 19-4 and reached the WPIAL semifinals.

(Information and photo courtesy of W&J College Athletics.)

Former NA Water Polo Standout, Drago Marjanovic, Named All-American

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Drago Marjanovic (Belgrade, Serbia/North Allegheny) represents Gannon men’s water polo on the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s All-America First Team. He joins seven players from across the country and three honorable mentions as the CWPA released its All-America Team Wednesday afternoon.

Marjanovic adds this honor to his growing list having already been named to the MAWPC-First Team, MAWPC-West All-Tournament First Team, and MAWPC All-Tournament Second Team.

Marjanovic led the Knights with 63 goals and 28 assists on the year, while finishing with 15 steals over 21 games played. He helped lead Gannon to an 18-4 overall record and an undefeated performance in MAWPC play.

In the final seconds of the MAWPC-West championship game vs. defending champions McKendree, Marjanovic made a steal with less than 15 seconds on the clock. He then lobbed a long shot from Gannon’s defensive end of the pool past the goalkeeper to secure a 15-14 OT win over McKendree. Marjanovic finished that game with a career-high seven goals, one assist and three steals.

His 63 goals on the year ranks sixth in the single-season record books, while his 28 assists is tied 25th in a single-season. Marjanovic climbed into the top-25 all-time with 86 career goals and has two seasons to add to his career totals.

(Information and photo courtesy of Gannon University Athletics.)

Golfer Ryan Meyer Tabbed AMCC Newcomer of the Year

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Penn State Behrend freshman men’s golfer Ryan Meyer (Sewickley, PA/North Allegheny) was named the 2019 All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Newcomer of the Year, while also receiving All-AMCC second-team laurels.

Meyer was the leading freshman and fourth overall in the AMCC with a 79.0 average. The newcomer competed in all 12 rounds this season. He was runner up at the Altoona Invitational and the James Bowen Invitational with a season-low score of 75. Meyer finished the season at the AMCC Championships, placing 12th overall with a 167 total.

(Information and photo courtesy of PSU-Behrend Athletics.)

Alex Adams Named ECAC Division III Rookie of the Year

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(DANBURY, Conn.) – Carnegie Mellon University women’s soccer freshman Alex Adams, and former North Allegheny standout, was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year this week.

Adams, who recently received All-America recognition from United Soccer Coaches, was additionally put on the ECAC All-Star Second Team as a forward. She finished the regular season as the Tartans’ leading scorer with 11 goals, including seven game winners. She closed her rookie campaign with the school record for points in a season with 34, tied the season record for most goals with 14, and recorded the most goals and points by a freshman. Other honors for Adams during her record-setting season were selections to the University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Association team on the first team and a first-team appearance on the United Soccer Coaches All-Great Lakes Region Team.

(Press release and photo courtesy of CMU Athletics.)

First Team All-Region, All-American Honors For Josh Luchini

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Lehigh sophomore and former North Allegheny soccer player, Josh Luchini, was named First Team All-Atlantic Region on Monday. Luchini was also selected as Third-Team All-American on Thursday by the United Soccer Coaches Association.

Luchini was also named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-League selection after leading both the team and the league in goals with 11 and second in the league in points with 24. His best game of the year came against Boston University on Sept. 28, where he tallied his first career hat trick and was ultimately named National Player of the Week by both the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News.

All-America honors will be revealed on Thursday, as Luchini will have a chance to become just the 15th All-American in program history and first since Forrest in 2017.

Luchini helped Lehigh earn its third Patriot League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Will Sandherr Named PAC Player of the Week

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Chatham University graduate student, and former North Allegheny basketball player, Will Sandherr was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Sandherr averaged 22.5 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals last week for Chatham, who is off to a 7-2 start to the year. Highlighting the week, he netted 25 points and collected five rebounds in an 81-75 victory over Westminster. Sandherr leads the PAC with five 20-point games so far this season. A season ago, he led Chatham University to its first PAC title in program history.

As a senior at North Allegheny, Sandherr was a member of a Tigers team that reached the WPIAL finals and the PIAA second round in 2015. Sandherr averaged 12.3 points per game during his final year with the Tigers and poured in 49 of 142 shots from beyond the arc, hitting at a 35-percent clip. In the WPIAL championship game against Chartiers Valley, Sandherr netted 18 points and collected seven rebounds.

(Photo courtesy of Chatham University Athletics.)

Alex Adams Leads CMU To NCAA Final Four, Named All-American

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It was a been a stellar freshman season for Alex Adams at Carnegie Mellon University in 2019. The former North Allegheny soccer star helped the Tartans reach the NCAA Division III Final Four and posted a goal in Friday’s semifinal loss to national power, Messiah College. Adams led the Tartans to a 14-6-2 record and an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. The Tartans defeated Cairn, Swarthmore, Ohio Northern and St. Thomas (Minn.) in the NCAA tournament to reach the Final Four.

Individually, Adams was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Association All-America Team on Thursday. Adams was selected to the third team and is the only freshman to be honored as an All-American in 2019.

Adams is the first Tartan freshman to receive the national award and seventh player in women’s soccer history. The first-year forward led the Tartans with 14 goals and six assists for 34 points with 11 of her goals coming during the regular season. Seven of her goals have been game-winning tallies which ties the school record for most game winners in a season. Her 14 goals are the most ever by a Tartan freshman and her 34 points sets a new single-season mark at CMU. The old mark of 32 points was previously set in 1994.

Adams was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after scoring two goals and assisting on three during the opening weekend of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. The forward has recorded three multi-goal games this season and converted her penalty kick during the shootout to advance the Tartans to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship national semifinals.

As a senior at North Allegheny, Adams tied for the team lead in goals with nine and was selected to the Big 56 Conference All-Section Team, earning first-team laurels.

(Photo and information courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Athletics.)

Migliozzi Earns Akron’s Inaugural NCAA Cross Country Championship Berth

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University of Akron senior, and former North Allegheny Tiger, Marc Migliozzi continues to make history becoming the first Akron runner to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship in program history receiving an at-large selection on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Migliozzi was one of 38 individuals selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their regions.

Migliozzi led the Zips’ men’s squad at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wis., crossing the line in a career- and team-best time of 30:46.4, en route to finishing 19th overall in the men’s 10K. The men’s eighth-place team effort was the second-best in program history, behind only a seventh-place finish in 2015.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to represent Akron at the NCAA Championships next weekend,” said Migliozzi. “It has been a goal of mine to run at this meet for four years now. This entire season has truly been incredible, and I owe everything to my amazing team, Coach LaBadie and supportive family. Without them, I never would have gotten to this point.”

“Marc has worked long and hard to make this dream a reality,” Akron head men’s cross country coach Lee LaBadie commented. “I am extremely proud of him.”

(Information and photo courtesy of the University of Akron Athletics Department.)

Two Former Tigers Propel Gannon University To MAWPC West Championship

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Two former North Allegheny Tigers have led the Gannon University water polo team to the MAWPC West championship. Against McKendree in the title tilt, freshman Jacob Hollo made 23 saves and sophomore Drago Marjanovic netted the game-winning goal with three seconds left in the second overtime to lift Gannon to a 15-14 victory.

McKendree had the ball with 10 seconds remaining and seemed poised to score the game winner, however, Marjanovic created a steal and lobbed the ball over the McKendree goalie to propel the Golden Knights to victory. Video of Marjanovic’s heroics is below.

Marjanvic and Hollo were both named First-Team All-Tournament. Hollo also received Rookie of the Tournament, Rookie of the Season and All-Conference honors.

Gannon advances to the MAWPC Championships hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania beginning Nov. 22.

Josh Luchini Named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year

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Former North Allegheny soccer player Josh Luchini has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.

A sophomore at Lehigh University, Luchini had an incredible season that saw him lead both the team and league in goals scored with 11 on the year. He also added two assists and totaled 24 points, good enough for second of all Patriot League offensive players. Six of his 11 goals throughout the campaign were scored during league play and he registered his first collegiate hat trick on Sept. 28 against Boston University and was subsequently named National Player of the Week by the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News after his four goal, two game-winning goal week of play.

So far through two seasons in the Brown and White, Luchini has tallied 40 career points on 17 goals and six assists. Luchini becomes the fifth different Lehigh player to win the award and it’s the eighth time a member of the program has been named Offensive Player of the Year.

(Information and photo courtesy of Lehigh University.)

Two Former Tigers Lead Gannon University To Water Polo Title

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A pair of former North Allegheny water polo players are having success at the collegiate level this season. Sophomore Drago Marjanovic and freshman Jacob Hollo helped lead Gannon University to the CWPA Division II Eastern Championship over the weekend at Salem University in Salem, WV.

In the finals, Gannon defeated host Salem by a 14-13 decision in overtime. Marjanovic scored four goals, including the game-winner in OT. Hollo was the winning goalie in net, making 13 saves and reeling in a pair of steals. Marjanovic was named to the All-Tournament Team. Hollo was chosen as the Rookie of the Tournament in addition to All-Tournament honors.

Congratulations to Marjanovic and Hollo and continued good luck in the postseason.

Josh Luchini Earns Back-To-Back Patriot League Player of the Week Honors

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After a game-winning goal to knock off Seton Hall on Saturday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex, Lehigh men’s soccer sophomore forward Josh Luchini was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row. The award is Luchini’s second of the season and the fourth overall award he’s won since the beginning of the 2018 season.

Luchini tallied the game-winner in the 50th minute Saturday thanks to a cross from freshman Natan Rosen which ended up being his third goal of the season. He has now scored in three consecutive games dating back to Sept. 6 at Northwestern. Luchini leads all Lehigh players in goals (3), points (6), shots (12) and shots on goal (8), through the team’s first four games of the season.

(Photo courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

Jack Wright, Rick Mihm Qualify For U.S. Olympic Trials

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Recently graduated North Allegheny swimmer, Jack Wright, and incoming senior Rick Mihm, have qualified to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska in June 2020. At the 2019 U.S. National Championships in Palo Alto, California, Wright made the cut in the Men’s 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:51.78. Mihm made the cut in the Men’s 400 IM with a time of 4:24.49.

Wright was the 2018-2019 North Allegheny Male Athlete of the Year and will continue his swimming career at the University of Virginia. Mihm and the North Allegheny swimming team will begin their quest for another WPIAL and PIAA title on December 10 against North Catholic.