COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP: SU and Shepherd

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Junior guard Abby Beeman led the Shepherd University women's team to its 20th victory of the season Saturday. Beeman had 21 points and eight assists. SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

Shippensburg sprinter breaks her own PSAC record

LEWISBURG — Leah Graybill (Lititz/Warwick) once again rewrote the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) record books for the 200 meters recently as the Shippensburg University women’s indoor track & field team competed in the Bucknell Tune Up held inside Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Graybill won the 200 meters with a time of 24.73 seconds, enhancing her own personal best. The conversion from the flat track to the NCAA Championships track results in a time of 24.36 seconds, which marks her second improvement to her own school and conference record. Graybill now ranks ninth on the NCAA Division II performance list for the event. She also ran 7.78 seconds in the 60-meter dash — just a tenth of a second off her school record in that event.

Kyra Gerber (Dillsburg/Northern York) and Isabelle Gulgert (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) doubled up in both the 1,000 meters and the mile on Friday night. They ran second and third in the 1,000 and placed fourth and seventh in the mile. Gerber ran 5:15.73 and Gulgert ran 5:19.27 — both season bests that move them up the conference leaderboard.

The Raiders will now prepare for the 2022 PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday at Edinboro University.

Shippensburg men’s swim team finishes sixth in PSAC meet

YORK — The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team wrapped up its four-day venture at the 2022 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday with a sixth-place finish in the team standings.

SU’s highest-scoring event was the 200-yard breaststroke, which featured a third-place finish by senior Matt Bochanski (Havertown/Haverford) in 2:05.36 and a fourth-place finish by senior Andrew Hale (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) in 2:05.96.

Bochanski, the school record-holder in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.01 set back in 2019, completed his career as a four-time All-PSAC performer in the event. He won the 2021 and 2020 PSAC Championship in the event and finished second as a freshman back in 2019.

Lenoir-Rhyne pounds Shippensburg University baseball team

HICKORY, N.C. — The Shippensburg University baseball team concluded its weekend Saturday with an 18-5 loss at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Shippensburg (0-9) fell victim to six home runs and five doubles from the bats of Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1).

The highlight for the Raiders was a four-run fourth inning. Graduate Matt Shilling (Blue Bell/Wissahickon (Harford C.C./Liberty) hit a two-run home run to left center field in the inning. Sophomore Jafari Williams (Jersey City, N.J./James J. Ferris) added a two-run single.

Sophomore Andrew Chronister (Dover/Dover Area) was 2-for-4 with one run scored, a walk, and an RBI-single up the middle in the fifth inning. Freshman Carter Hinds (Warrington/Central Bucks South) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Sophomore Gabe Stotler (Warfordsburg/Southern Fulton) went the first 3.1 innings on the mound with four strikeouts. Fellow sophomore Ethan Miller (Greencastle/Greencastle-Antrim) pitched 2.1 innings in relief and struck out two. Junior Noah Nabholz (Pottsville/Pottsville) threw 2.1 innings in relief with six strikeouts.

Looking for their first win, the Raiders will have a home-and-home series next weekend against Goldey-Beacom, beginning Saturday in Delaware.

Shippensburg women’s basketball team ends Bloomsburg’s win streak

BLOOMSBURG — The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team closed on a 9-2 run in the final 2:30 Saturday to snap host Bloomsburg’s six-game winning streak and hand the Huskies their first home loss of the season, as the Raiders claimed a 64-54 victory in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup.

Shippensburg (16-10, 12-8 PSAC) held Bloomsburg (18-9, 15-5) to 27 percent shooting in the first half and led by nine at halftime, 31-22. SU opened the game on a 5-0 run and led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter after a 12-2 scoring run.

Bloomsburg used an 11-2 run in the third quarter to flip the script and led 42-40 with 1:55 left in the frame. SU evened the score at 45-45 after three quarters and held the Huskies to nine points in the fourth quarter to claim the win.

Shippensburg posted a 46-34 rebound advantage over Bloomsburg. The Raiders scored 36 points in the paint and 12 points off fast breaks.

Senior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton/West Scranton (West Chester)) led the Raiders with her first double-double of the season and the third of her career, totaling 24 points and 10 rebounds and playing all 40 minutes. She went 10-of-11 at the free-throw line, matching her single-game career high for made free throws, and scored seven of SU’s last nine points in the decisive final minutes.

Junior Aunbrielle Green (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin East) posted nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds — her fifth game this season with double-digit rebounds. Junior Lauren Mills (Lancaster/Lancaster Catholic) contributed eight points, six rebounds and a steal.

Bloomsburg was led by Meghan Corridoni with 13 points.

The victory secures Shippensburg no worse than the No. 4 seed in the upcoming PSAC Tournament — meaning the Raiders will have at least one home playoff game.

Shippensburg will travel to Shepherd Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Shippensburg men ride strong first half to basketball win over Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team opened Saturday’s game on a 24-5 run in the first 10 minutes of play en route to a 70-62 victory over Bloomsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division game Saturday.

Shippensburg (16-8, 13-6 PSAC) dominated early and built its largest lead of 27 points with 17:57 to play. Bloomsburg (5-19, 4-16) chipped away at its deficit throughout the half and closed on a late 7-0 run to create the final scoring margin of eight points.

Shippensburg’s recent shooting slump continued with the Raiders hitting only 33 percent of their shots from the field, but the Raiders had a season-high 54 rebounds, including 20 offensive rebounds to retain possessions that resulted in 16 second-chance points. It’s the most rebounds in regulation for the Raiders since January 2017.

Graduate Jake Biss (Latrobe/Greater Latrobe) put up 23 points, seven rebounds, and three steals.

Redshirt junior Rashon Johnson (Philadelphia/Simon Gratz (Highland C.C.)) dropped an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with two assists and two steals. It was Johnson’s third double-double in a row and his ninth of the season.

Junior Carlos Carter (Indiana/Indiana) contributed 14 points, four rebounds and an assist. Redshirt junior Dom Sleva (Pittsburgh/Montour) got 15 rebounds, his ninth game this season with double-digit rebounds.

Freshman Michael Dunn (Washington/Trinity) had seven points off the bench while shooting 3-of-6 from the floor.

Bloomsburg got 19 points from Justin Anderson and 10 rebounds from Jake Nelson. The Huskies shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half.

Shippensburg will host Mansfield at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a rescheduled game at Heiges Field House.

Shepherd women’s basketball team picks up 20th win

EAST STROUDSBURG – Junior guard Abby Beeman (Ridgeley, W.Va./Frankfort) had 21 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds to lead Shepherd University (20-6, 14-6 PSAC) to a 67-62 win over East Stroudsburg (3-20, 2-18 PSAC) in PSAC women’s basketball action Saturday.

The victory gave Shepherd its 20th win of the season.

Beeman hit on 6-of-16 field goals with a 2-of-9 effort from three-point range. She was 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Graduate student forward Sydney Clayton (Frederick, Md./St. John’s) posted her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Graduate student guard Marley McLaughlin (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield)  added 15 points and a game-high three steals.

Ryan Weise had 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists to pace the Warriors. 

Shepherd had a 29-24 advantage at the break.

Shepherd shot 43.5 percent (27-62) from the floor with a 27.8 percent effort (5-18) from three-point range for the game. The Rams connected on 61.5 percent (8-13) of their free throws.

Shepherd had a 38-27 advantage on the boards.  Shepherd forced 16 turnovers and committed 17. 

The Rams return to action Wednesday when they host Shippensburg for a 5:30 p.m. Senior Night game.

Shepherd University men drop road game to East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG — Troy Jones had 19 points and Lakeem McAliley added 17 to lead East Stroudsburg (16-7, 14-5 PSAC) to a 76-57 win over Shepherd University (11-14, 7-12 PSAC) at East Stroudsburg on Saturday.

Senior forward Kyle Daggett (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) led the Rams with 17 points and eight rebounds. Daggett connected on 6-of-14 field goals with a 3-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. He was 2-of-2 from the foul line.

Sophomore guard Phillip Jordan (Rockville, Md./St. Albans) added 12 points. Junior guard Jon Preston (Brandywine, Md./Rock Creek Christian) added seven points and seven boards. Freshman guard Aidan Hughley (York/York Suburban) contributed seven points and five rebounds.

The Warriors had a 38-27 lead at the half.

Carlos Pepin had 10 points and nine rebounds for East Stroudsburg.

Shepherd had a 42-34 rebounding edge. Shepherd forced nine turnovers and committed 21. 

The Rams return to action Monday when they host Bloomsburg at 6 p.m. for Senior Night.