New Kensington soccer, volleyball teams eye playoffs berths

The Penn State New Kensington men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams conclude their regular seasons this week with both teams looking to continue to the post-season.

The soccer team is looking to lock-up the third-seed in the upcoming Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) playoffs. Coach Pat Cavanaugh’s team heads east for its final PSUAC match at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Penn State York. The New Kensington Lions are 6-2 and in third-place in the PSUAC, a half-game ahead of fourth-place Penn State Brandywine, 5-2. A win over York assures the team the number three seed and a first-round home game. New Kensington holds the tiebreaker over Brandywine by virtue of its 2-0 victory on Sept. 29. York is in fifth-place, with a 4-3 record. The top eight teams earn playoff berths. The PSUAC opening round begins Monday, Oct. 22. The Final Four is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 24, with the championship game set for Oct. 27. All playoff games will be held at Penn State Beaver in Monaca, Pa.

The volleyball team has the inside track on its first playoff berth since 2008. The New Kensington Lady Lions end the regular season at home with matches at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 18, against Penn State Beaver, noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, with Penn State Greater Allegheny and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, versus Penn State Fayette. All matches will be held in the Athletics Center. Coach Dave McGeary’s squad is riding a three-game win streak that propelled New Kensington into eighth place, with a 5-6 record, a game and a half ahead of Penn State DuBois, 4-8. The eight-team PSUAC playoffs begin Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the higher seed. The New Kensington Lady Lions have knocked off DuBois (3-0), Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-0) and Penn State Worthington-Scranton (3-1) during the streak.

The men’s and women’s golf team concluded its season Oct. 9 with a third place finish at the PSUAC championships. Junior Adam Stawski won the individual conference title with a 36-hole total of 78-74-152. He earned All-America honors for his fifth-place finish in the concurrent United State Collegiate Athletic Association national championships. Stawski is the second New Kensington Lion to win the conference title. John Hook captured the crown in 2007.

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Last Updated October 18, 2012