GREENVILLE — Thiel College announced Wednesday the resignation of Director of Athletics Amy Schafer. Schafer has accepted a new career opportunity in Pittsburgh and will be leaving Thiel at the end of May.

“Under Athletic Director Amy Schafer’s leadership Thiel athletics has attracted outstanding student-athletes and coaches. Tomcat athletics is stronger than ever,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. said.

A 2003 Bethany College graduate, Schafer started with the Tomcats as head softball coach in 2005. She was appointed Associate Director of Athletics in 2014 and promoted to be the College’s first female Director of Athletics on January 1, 2016. She was also a member of the President’s senior leadership team.

During Schafer’s tenure, she made tremendous strides in advancing athletic operations at Thiel, developing the exercise science major, and successfully navigating the College’s sports program through the pandemic. She has an impressive resume of accomplishments as an athlete, a coach, and as an administrator.

“I am very proud of all that I was able to achieve during my tenure at Thiel College,” Schafer said. “The dedication and collaboration among the entire athletic department led to several memorable accomplishments during my tenure. I’m looking forward to the next chapter, and I look forward to being a fan and supporter of Tomcat athletics as they achieve great success.”

THIEL

Men’s Lacrosse – Thiel College’s Bennett Medyn, Alex Andreozzi and Selom Kalin-Samlan were named to All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) men’s lacrosse teams Wednesday.

A sophomore midfielder, Medyn was named to the All-PAC Second Team. He led the Tomcats in points (44) and goals (33) while also collecting 36 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Medyn finished fifth in the conference in goals per game (2.54).

Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Selom Kalin-Samlan and junior defender Alex Andreozzi were named to the All-PAC Honorable Mention Team. Kalin-Samlan collected 13 points on the season (six goals, seven assists) and led the team with 51 ground balls. Andreozzi led the Tomcats with 30 caused turnovers while recording 42 ground balls.

Senior long-stick midfielder Anthony Richards represented the Tomcats on the PAC Sportsmanship Team. Richards tallied 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers on the season.

• Women’s Lacrosse — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) honored Thiel women’s lacrosse goalkeeper Madison Liggett as the PAC Defensive Player of the Year and named her along with three other Tomcats to All-PAC Teams.

Liggett and Ashlyn Wightman were named to the All-PAC First Team. Destiny Johnson and Nielah Jones were named to the All-PAC Second Team and Honorable Mention All-PAC, respectively.

Wightman earned her second All-PAC First Team honor in as many seasons with the Tomcats. She tallied 49 goals to lead the PAC in goals per game with 4.08. Wightman also tied for the PAC-lead with 5.0 ground balls per game and finished third in the PAC with 6.67 draw controls per game. Wightman recorded a goal in every game this season and at least three goals in nine out of 12 games.

Johnson earned All-PAC honors for the third time, including her second All-PAC Second Team honors. She trailed only Wightman in the PAC with 3.82 goals per game (42 total). Johnson also ranked third in the conference and led the Tomcats with 4.73 points per game (52 total) and led the PAC with 1.18 free-position goals per game (13 total). With 133 career points and 107 career goals, Johnson ranks sixth and fifth, respectively, in program history.

Jones earned her first PAC honors this season as she helped lead the defense in front of Liggett. Jones played in all 12 games this season and led Tomcat defenders with 25 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. In eight conference games, Jones tied for second on the team with 11 caused turnovers and ranked third on the team with 17 ground balls.

Samantha Kurchena was also named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team. Kurchena appeared in nine games this season and recorded four ground balls and a goal.

GROVE CITY

• Men’s Lacrosse — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released its All-PAC men’s lacrosse teams and yearly award winners Wednesday afternoon. The league’s eight head coaches determined, by vote, this year’s All-PAC teams and annual award winners.

Grove City College senior midfielder Brett Gladstone was selected as the PAC offensive Player of the Year, while PAC Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Grove City senior faceoff specialist Grant Evans. Grove City freshman attack Matt Blythe claimed the PAC Newcomer of the Year award and Grove City fifth-year head coach Alec Jernstedt was selected as the PAC Coach of the Year. Gladstone and Evans were each honored for the second-straight year. This is Jernstedt’s third-straight coach of the year citation.

Gladstone was named the PAC Offensive Player of the Year and earned First Team recognition after registering a league-high 81 points on 59 goals and 22 assists in 19 games (19 starts) this season. His 59 goals are the most scored in the PAC. Gladstone tallied seven man-up goals and had four game-winning scores. He added 58 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers. Gladstone scored three or more goals 12 times. He posted a career-high nine points on seven goals and two assists in a 22-14 win against Colorado College on Feb. 13, which entered the game ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division III.

Evans was voted the PAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team honors after leading the PAC in ground balls (190), ground balls per game (10.00) and faceoff winning percentage (.757, 281-371). His .757 faceoff winning percentage ranks No. 2 in Division III while his 10.00 ground balls per game average ranks 11th. Evans had 11 games this season with 10 or more ground balls. He also posted 18 points on 12 goals and six assists. In a 27-4 victory in the PAC Championship Tournament semifinal win over No. 4 Chatham on May 4, Evans went 19-for-19 in faceoffs with a season-high 18 ground balls and a caused turnover. He also scored a goal and had an assist in the win.

Evans is a three-time All-PAC First Team selection. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at this year’s championship tournament. Evans was voted the league’s Newcomer of the Year in 2019.

Blythe was voted the PAC Newcomer of the Year and earned First Team honors after posting 70 points on 52 goals and 18 assists in 18 games (14 starts) during his rookie campaign. His 70 points rank second in the league while his 52 goals scored are the third-most in the PAC. Blythe added 36 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. He scored three or more goals on 11 occasions this season. Blythe scored a career-high seven goals in an 18-11 victory over Marymount on March 18. He also had a seven-point effort (six goals, one assist) in a 27-7 win at Thiel on April 13.

Also announced Wednesday were the members of this year’s PAC Sportsmanship Team. The PAC’s Sportsmanship Teams were established to recognize student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior and are an ongoing effort to both recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among all conference teams.

• Women’s Lacrosse — The Grove City College women’s lacrosse team produced a pair of award winners and five total honorees Wednesday afternoon as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its 2022 All-Conference Teams.

Junior midfielder Madison Nazigian earned the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award while senior attack Brooke Stoltzfus captured the league’s Newcomer of the Year honor.

Nazigian, Stoltzfus and freshman defender Sarah Jackson all earned First Team All-PAC distinction. Senior attack Grace Dymski and freshman defender Emily Arnold each earned Second Team All-PAC laurels.

Nazigian ranked second in the league with 59 goals this season and led the league with 136 draw controls. Nazigian also ranked third in the league with 66 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers. She had 16 multi-goal games and shared the league lead with four game-winning goals.

Stoltzfus led the conference with 62 goals and added 22 assists this season while starting all 18 games. She also recorded a league-leading 72 ground balls and caused 25 turnovers. Stoltzfus had 16 multi-goal outings this year, including 14 games of three or more goals.

Jackson led Grove City’s defensive efforts this spring by causing a league-high 41 turnovers in her 18 starts. She ranked second on the team and fourth in the league with 65 ground balls. She added four goals and an assist from her defender post this spring.

Dymski helped key the Wolverines’ offensive efforts this season by firing in 17 goals and adding nine assists. She chipped in 26 ground balls and caused eight turnovers. Arnold joined Jackson in helping Grove City post a league-best 8.14 goals-against average this season. She caused 22 turnovers, recorded 58 ground balls and added 23 draw controls in 17 appearances.

SLIPPERY ROCK

• Baseball — Koby Bubash scored on a hard-hit ball off the bat of Jon Kozarian to give the Slippery Rock University baseball team a 4-3 victory over Shippensburg University in 10 innings Wednesday on day one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament at Jack Critchfield Park.

The Rock (33-14) advances to Day 2 of the PSAC Tournament, where they will play Millersville at 10 a.m. today.

With the game tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the 10th inning, Bubash reached base on a bunt before advancing to third on a Joe Ehland sacrifice bunt and an Abraham Mow groundout to give SRU the potential game-winning run on third with Kozarian coming to the plate.

Kozarian ripped the third pitch of the at bat to Shippensburg’s shortstop who made an errant throw to the first base while Kozarian did a great job to slide around an attempted tag by the first baseman as Bubash crossed home plate to give SRU the walk-off win.

Bubash accounted for two of The Rock’s four runs as he was 2-for-4 with two runs, one home run and one RBI. His great day at the PSAC Tournament continued a streak of nine multi-hit games in his last 10 contests.

Kozarian ended the day with one hit and two RBI, including being responsible for the game-winning run. Connor Hamilton, Luke Trueman and Ehland all had hits as well with Hamilton driving in one run as well.

Devin Dunn battled his way through six innings, striking out seven batters while scattering three runs on five hits and two walks before exiting the game in the seventh inning.

Like McClymonds, Mineo came on with a runner in scoring position only to get out of the jam without allowing a run. Mineo picked up the win with two strikeouts and no hits allowed in 1.2 innings. The victory improved Mineo’s record to 6-3 on the year.

Meanwhile, Raider pitcher Nick Zegna shut SRU down over the first two innings before The Rock’s bats came alive in the third inning with four hits, including back-to-back RBI-singles from Kozarian and Hamilton, to tie the game up through three innings.

The game remained tied heading into the sixth inning when Shippensburg scored a go-ahead run only for SRU to respond in the bottom of the seventh by way of Bubash’s solo home run which tied the contest.

Zegna and The Rock’s duo of relievers went on to trade scoreless innings heading into the bottom of the 10th. Zegna was taken out in favor of Jackson Lobianco with one out in the final inning prior to SRU taking advantage of Shippensburg’s two errors in the frame for the walk-off win.

Zegna struck out 13 batters over 9.1 innings pitched with three runs allowed on six hits and one walk. Lobianco took the loss after giving up one run.

Today’s game against Millersville will begin the double elimination portion of the tournament as the loser of the contest can still play its way to a league title.

WESTMINSTER

Men’s Lacrosse – The Westminster men’s lacrosse team had seven players named to the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams, led by junior attacker Ryan Greer and senior defender Mike Roman who were tabbed All-PAC First Team.

Greer notched the second All-PAC selection of his career (first First Team nod) as he set a program-record for most points in a season (62) with a career-best 37 goals to go with 25 assists. Greer’s 2.47 goals per game were tied for sixth in the PAC, while his 1.67 assister per contest ranked fourth. Roman collected his second First Team honor of his career as he tallied 66 ground balls and led the team with 31 caused turnovers. Roman commanded a Titan defense that ranked third in the conference in goals against average (8.81).

Earning All-PAC Second Team status were senior midfielder Joe Rosa, sophomore defender Aaron Alderette, first-year defender Brody McGuinness, and sophomore face-off specialist Colin O’Malley.

Rosa was tabbed to his second All-PAC selection as he tied a career-best 42 points this season with 31 goals and 11 assists. Rosa was tied for second in the PAC in game-winning goals with three. Alderette and McGuinness were both named to their first-career All-PAC nods as they played a huge part in a defense that ranked fourth in the league in caused turnovers per game (10.93). O’Malley was named to his second-straight All-PAC team as his face-off percentage was the second-best in the PAC (.656) and his 6.53 ground balls per game ranked fourth.

Garnering All-PAC Honorable Mention honors was sophomore attacker Payton Waight as he finished the season with 32 goals and 15 assists, earning his second All-PAC recognition of his career.

Senior defender Andrew Phillips was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.

Women’s Lacrosse — Westminster women’s lacrosse senior attacker Magen Polczynski and junior midfielder Stephanie Cimini were named to the All-PAC Honorable Mention Team.

Polczynski collected her first-career All-PAC honor as she recorded a career-high 34 goals and 13 assists. Polczynski’s 4.70 points per game ranked fourth in the league, while her 3.40 goals were ranked fifth. Cimini notched her second-straight All-PAC selection as she tallied a career-best 32 goals and seven assists. Cimini ranked first in the league in caused turnovers per game (2.58) and ninth in ground balls per game (3.50).

Senior defender Olivia Droese was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.

Men’s Golf — The Westminster men’s golf team concluded its season at the 2022 NCAA Division III Championship on Wednesday. Wednesday’s round took place at the Par-71, Las Colinas Golf Course.

The Titans concluded Wednesday’s round tied for 28th with a two-day score of 637 (318-319).

Junior Jacob Stuckert led the Titans with a two-day score of 155 (76 -79). Junior Sam Napper finished next with a 156 (78-78). Rounding out the top-5 for the Titans were Bell (160/80-80), senior Jonny Stuckert (166/84-82), and junior Calen Cummins (174/87-87).

The Titans won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship for the second-straight year. Westminster appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history – second-straight.

Women’s Golf — The Westminster women’s golf team concluded day two of the 2022 NCAA Championship on Wednesday at the Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Titans are tied for 26th with a two-day team score of 687 (339-348).

Junior Erika Hoover (Wilmington High) leads the Titans with a two-day score of 164 (78-86).

Completing the top-5 for Westminster are sophomore Sierra Richard who had a six-stroke improvement from day one (170/88-82), junior Kasey Clifford (172/85-87), sophomore Morgan Byers (181/88-93), and senior Baylee Horvath (194/101-93).

The top 15 teams (and the top six individuals that are not in one of those 15 teams) following the third round will advance to the final round of the NCAA Championship.

Horvath will start day three of the NCAA Championship for the Titans today at 7:20 a.m. at hole 10.

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