FALL 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: 1 National Title, 3 Runner-Ups

With one team national championship and three team runner-up finishes, the Fall 2015 Semester was a very successful one for Penn State Club Sports.

The Penn State Cross Country Club had won three women’s national titles since 2006 not none in the last five years coming into this season. On November 14th in Lexington, Kentucky that all changed. With four runners garnering “NIRCA All-American status” and all five scorers in the top 35 of the 300 runner meet the Nittany Lions scored 121 points to win the title. Regional rival University of Virginia was second with 155 points and last year’s champions from the University of Michigan were third with 163. 37 complete teams competed at NIRCA Nationals.

Individually, Jeni Hendin placed 15th, running 23:19 on the challenging 6k course. Kaitlyn Spangler was 23rd (23:19), Noemi Noullet was 26th (23:28), Shannon Wagner was 30th (23:35) and Ariane Abadi was 35th (23:41).

PSU Club XC also captured the NIRCA women’s Mid Atlantic Regional this fall, easily defeating Penn, Georgetown and Virginia to win the meet for the third consecutive year.

The Penn State men had never finished better than third at NIRCA Nationals, and that came in 2013. After finishing fourth at the Mid Atlantic Regional a few weeks prior, they were far from favored to place in the top three at Nationals. But running their best overall race of the season, they averaged 26:07 over the 8k course and came within 19 points of winning the national title, placing second to UC Davis 106-125. Two-time champion Indiana University was third with 149 points. 50 complete teams competed.

Similar to the women, it was excellent grouping that helped the Nittany Lions to their historic finish as four runners earned All-American status. John Lacey was the highest finisher, placing 12th overall in 25:43. Senior Tim Appman was the next Penn State runner to cross the line in 20th (26:02), followed by Max Petrosky (26:11) in 26th, Mark Puleo (26:13) in 27th and club president Doug Jordan (26:26) in 42nd .

Receiving an automatic bid by winning the Region 1 tournament, the Penn State Men’s Soccer Club brought a refuse-to-lose attitude to Phoenix, Arizona and the 2015 NIRSA NCS National Championship tournament.

The Nittany Lions went 1-0-1 in the pool play round of Nationals, tying UCLA 0-0 and beating Cincinnati 3-2 behind two goals from Jake Garrigan. Winning their pool with 4 points, PSU advanced to single-elimination bracket play in Phoenix.

In three consecutive one goal games, PSU Club Soccer came out on top in each, beating Cornell 1-0, Texas A&M 1-0, and Weber State 2-1 to advance to the national championship for the first time in 15 years. Mike Wilke, Derk Simpson, Drew Peterson, and Shane Kronick all contributed to the scoring effort leading up to the title game. Penn State would ultimately fall to the University of North Carolina 2-0 in the final.

The Penn State Field Hockey Club, winners of three national titles in the past four years, entered the 2015 NFHL National Championship tournament in Virginia Beach, VA as the top seed and made quick work of their opponents in pool play. The Nittany Lions defeated Maryland 7-0, Navy 5-0, and Drexel 6-1 to advance to the national quarter-finals.

In the quarters, Penn State and in-state rival Pittsburgh went toe-to-toe through regulation (1-1) before needing a penalty shoot-out to decide it in favor of the Nittany Lions. A win over Delaware in the semis put PSUFHC in their title match against the defending champs North Carolina. In a nail-biter, UNC would win the championship by a 1-0 score.

In addition to Men’s Soccer Club and Women’s Cross Country Club, the Penn State Men’s Water Polo Club and the Women’s Soccer Club also captured regional titles this fall and had strong showing at Nationals.

Women’s Soccer was a perfect 5-0 at the NIRSA Region 1 Championship tournament defeating John’s Hopkins (3-0), Towson (5-0), TCNJ (6-0), Northeastern (3-0), and Pittsburgh (2-2, 8-7 PK’s). At Nationals in Phoenix, PSU went 1-1-1, defeating Arizona 2-0 and tying Colorado State 1-1 in pool play before falling to Cal Poly 3-1 in the round of 16.

Men’s Water Polo rolled through the CWPA Mid Atlantic Regional tournament with wins over their B team 20-4 and Drexel 20-6 to reach the championship. In the title match PSU dominated Villanova 24-7 to advance to Nationals in Santa Cruz, CA. At Nationals the Nittany Lions lost a close match to Long Beach State 13-12 before defeating host UC Santa Cruz 16-13 and Maryland 12-5. In the ninth place match, PSU Club Polo fell to Colorado 8-3.


Club Sports Event Recap

Penn State’s Club Sports have been extremely active these past 2 weekends, traveling to 41 competitions and hosting 16 tournaments.  Those competitions ranged from Invitationals to National Championships, and our clubs were extremely successful.  Below are some recaps of the top performances from the past 2 weekends


Top Highlights

Outing had the ACA National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia, on October 17-18 and to say they were successful would be an understatement, as neither Men or Women placed last year.  The Women were unable to keep Warren Wilson College from back-to-back championships, but did a fantastic job nontheless and achieved 2nd a place finish.  The Men’s team prevented Warren Wilson College from achieving the three-peat as they came out on top and claimed Penn State’s first ACA National Championship.  Congrats to Outing for their results and keep up the good work!

Cross Country attended the NIRCA Mid-Atlantic Regionals this past weekend in Princeton, New Jersey and placed 5 runners in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s races.  The Men’s team placed  4th overall and were led by Mark Puleo, who finished 8th.  For the Women’s team, Katrina Helcoski (5th), Jeni Hedin (7th), Adriana Abadi (8th) and Kaitlyn Spangler (9th) combined to give the Women 1st place overall for the 3rd consecutive year!  Nice work and keep running hard!

Men’s Soccer visited The First State over the weekend to compete at Regionals in Kirkwood.  The Men breezed through pool play, going undefeated and scoring 11 goals and only allowing 4, then had a tough semi-final match against Brown that ended with a 1-0 victory.  In the finals they took on the boys from Harvard, but took it to the Crimson, winning 1-0, to claim the Region 1 Championship and earn a bid to the NIRSA National Soccer Championships in Phoenix, Arizona in late November.  Good work and make us proud next month!

Women’s Soccer also took the trek to Delaware to compete at Regionals in Kirkwood.  They matched the Men’s team by also scoring 14 goals during pool play, but shut out all three of their opponents to stroll into the next round.  They continued their scoring prowess and lock-down defense by winning 3-0 to advance to the finals where they met stiff competition from rivals Pitt, who scored the first goals against the lady lions in the tournament, leading to a tie at the end of regulation, 2-2, where it took penalty kicks to determine Penn State the Region 1 victors (8-7).  They will be joining the Men’s team in Phoenix, Arizona next month at the NIRSA National Soccer Championships.  Great job and good luck next month!

Men’s Water Polo went undefeated during the regular season which led to a #1 seed at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in Villanova.  The “A” team began their pool play with a bye while the “B” team was looking for a spot in the rankings.  An opening round victory by the “B” team led to a matchup with the “A” team.  Following a defeat at the hands of the “A” team, the “B” team moved on eventually defeated West Chester for 7th place to end their season on a positive note.  After the “A” team defeated the “B” team, they advanced to the semi-finals where they dispatched Drexel with ease and advanced to the Championship and faced Villanova, who was also easily defeated, 24-7, which lead to an undefeated season and another Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship under their belt.  With the championship, Penn State advances to the National Collegiate Club Championships in Santa Cruz, California, in mid-November.  Good luck and bring us home another trophy!


October 17-18

Traveling Clubs

Women’s Basketball, undefeated on the season in league play, traveled to Philadelphia for the UPenn Tournament and kept their record unblemished by winning the tournament.

Bass Fishing traveled north to Ticonderoga, New York, for the Collegiate Cup Championship and finished 7th overall, which qualified them for Nationals later this year in May.

Fencing attended the Swarthmore SAC Invitational and had an extremely successful weekend.  The Men’s Saber and Foil both finished 1st and the Women’s Foil finished in the top 3.

Powerlifting went to Scranton in hopes of starting up a new season of The Office but instead settled for a couple of top 5 finishes.  Sarah Cruz podiumed, placing 2nd in the Junior Division while Marisa Lang took home 5th in the Collegiate Division

Swim took a trip “south” to the University of Maryland for their Invitational and had an extremely successful weekend as both Men’s and Women’s took home 1st place for the weekend.

Taekwondo made a quick stop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the MIT Tournament and left after placing 3rd overall, which included 2 bronze medalists and 1 silver.

Tennis had sectionals in West Windsor, New Jersey, and won the whole tournament without breaking a sweat!

Home Competitions

Baseball’s D2 team, Field Hockey, and Softball all went 3-0 on the weekend.

Cross Country hosted their annual Nittany Lion Invitational at the Blue and White golf Course and ran away with first place in both Men’s and Women’s; despite a combination of rain, sleet, and sunshine during the meet.

Women’s Volleyball also hosted their annual Happy Volley Tournament at the Intramural Building and crushed their competition.  Penn State Blue won 10/10 sets while Penn State White won 6/10 sets.


October 24-25

Traveling Clubs

Disc Golf headed west to Wexford for the Western PA College Championships and came away with a 2nd place finish on the weekend.

Fencing traveled to Indiana, Pennsylvania, for the IUP Halloween Spooktacular and dominated in the epee event.  Jeffrey Borck (1st), Abdullah Khan (3rd), James O’Connor (5th), and Lawrence Flood (6th) gave Penn State 4 of the top 6 places.

Field Hockey competed in the Lehigh Tournament in Broomall, PA, where they went 2-0 and became eligible to attend Nationals.

Men’s Lacrosse participated in the Kelsey Klassic Charity Tournament where they came away undefeated as they continue on their quest to make it back to the National Championship.

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee went down to the University of Maryland participate in the Dazed and Cornfused Tournament but remained Focused and Composed as they ended the tournament with a 5-1 record and placed 2nd.

Home Competitions

Women’s Basketball hosted a small tournament and the “B” team finished 4-1 with their only defeat coming to Delaware, who lost to the undefeated “A” team in the championship game, 37-29.  The Women’s Basketball Club remains undefeated on the year.

Men’s Ice Hockey defeated RMU and PSU Altoona by a combined score of 15-4 while playing the night-cap at Pegula.

Quidditch hosted their Nittany Invitational and went 4-2 on their way to a 2nd place finish while defeating Pitt 170-50 and Villanova 190-30 along the way.

Softball continued their dominance this season as they defeated Rowan in all three of their games this weekend.


Regional Champs

Upcoming Club Sport Events

Club Sport organizations are hosting many events this Fall on and around the Penn State campus. Continue to check back here as more events are added throughout the semester. Come out and support your club sport athletes!

Cross Country Club Club
Nittany Lion Invitational
PSU Blue/White Golf Course
Sat. 10/17 at 11:30am

Men’s & Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Clubs
Fall Phling Tournament
Park Ave. Fields
Sat. 10/17 at 8:00am
Sun. 10/18 at 8:00am

Women’s Volleyball Club
Home Tournament
Intramural Building – Gym 3
Sat. 10/17 at 9:00am

Badminton Club
Home Tournament
White Building 126
Sun. 10/18 at 6:45pm

Field Hockey Club
Home Tournament
Nittany Lion Field Hockey Complex (Bigler)
Sun. 10/18 at 9:00am

Women’s Soccer Club
Home Games
West (turf) Fields – Upper
Sun. 10/18 at 10:00am

Men’s Ice Hockey Club
Games vs PSU Altoona and Robert Morris
Pegula Ice Arena
Fri. 10/23 at 10:15pm
Sat. 10/24 at 10:15pm

Baseball Club
Games vs Michigan
State College Babe Ruth Fields
Sat. 10/24 at 9:00am

Softball Club
Games vs Rowan
Oak Hall Park
Sat. 10/24 at 10:00am

Women’s Basketball Club
Home Tournament
Intramural Building – Gym 1
Sat. 10/24 at 9:00am
Sun. 10/25 at 9:00am

Equestrian Club
Horse Show
Kocher Farms
Sat. 10/24 at 8:00am
Sun. 10/25 at 8:00am

Quidditch Club
Nittany Invitational
Park Ave. Fields
Sat. 10/24 at 10:00am

Sailing Club
Nittany Lion Open
Lake Glendale
Sat. 10/24 at 10:00am







First Aid/CPR/AED Classes

Penn State Aquatics offers multiple opportunities during the fall, spring, and summer semester for Penn State students, faculty, and staff to receive American Red Cross certifications in standard first aid and adult CPR/AED at a discounted rate.

Club sport organizations that are a risk level 2, 3, or 4 must maintain no less than two student safety officers at all times to be active and risk level 3 and 4 clubs must have at least one coach/instructor with safety certifications.

For a full list of upcoming classes, please visit the Penn State Aquatics website:http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campusrec/rec/nat/FirstAidCPRAEDTraining.asp

If you are interested in attended a class, you must register in-person at the McCoy Natatorium and pay in full for the class. Club accounts cannot be directly billed though individuals may be reimbursed by their clubs at the club’s discretion and only with their original receipt received at the Natatorium upon registration.

Athletic Training Services for Club Sport Athletes – Fall 2015 Hours

The Club Sports Program offers athletic training services for all student members in our 78 club sport organizations. This service is free of charge and allows club sport athletes to have injuries evaluated by one of Penn State Sports Medicine’s best!

Our athletic trainer for 2015-16 is Allison Jacobs and she holds appointments on a weekly basis in the White Building Athletic Training Room (52). Allison schedules 20-minute time slots from 3:30pm-5:10pm on Mondays, 4:30pm-5:50pm on Tuesdays and 4:00pm-5:40pm on Wednesdays during Fall Semester.

To schedule an appointment, please stop by or call the Club Sports Office (814-865-9202). You must have a valid participation agreement/waiver on file for 2015-16 with your club and you must be a student (with limited resources and times we cannot extend this service to faculty/staff members of clubs).

While we all stress health and safety as well as injury prevention, we understand that injuries in sport do occur. Please inform your club members of this enhanced Club Sports Program service should they have an injury related to their participation with your club.

If you would like to schedule athletic training services for your on-campus events during the 2015-16 academic year, please put in a request with Matt (mjk44@psu.edu) or Michael (mpp17@psu.edu) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Club Sports Athlete-Only Weight Room Hours

The Club Sports Program, in partnership with Penn State Fitness, provides “Club Sport Athlete Only Lifting Hours” in the Intramural Building Weight Room each week during fall and spring semester.

The (old) IM Weight Room is located downstairs in the IM Building. Club Sports hours for Fall 2015 semester are as follows:
Sundays 7pm-9pm
Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
Thursdays 7pm-9pm

To gain free access for your club members during this time, a club officer must email a list of names to Club Sports Program staff member Donna Basalla (dms1@psu.edu).

NOTE: Please only send the names of club members who have approved participation agreements/waivers on file with the Club Sports Office. Club officers can check their approved roster at any time online under the Officer Log In section of our website. Do NOT copy and paste your entire roster into an email. We are happy to allow access to anyone in your club who will utilize this service but with over 5,000 participants in club sport organizations, we want to only create lists of members who have expressed interest to you. Each member will be asked to show an ID to enter the room.

Club Sport members do not need to purchase a fitness pass in order to use the IM Weight Room during Club Sport lifting hours but will not have access any other days/times or access to other weight room facilities on campus. Only student members of clubs will be added to the Weight Room List.

PSU Club Sports Staff Alums: Where Are They Now?

The Penn State Club Sports Program is proud to announce some big career news amongst our staff alums. In the past four months, four former interns/professionals have accepted new professional positions within the campus recreation field while two student interns from the 2013-14 staff will begin graduate assistantships in August.


Tyler Spencer, who served as an intern with our program in 2008-2009, is now the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness at Western Carolina University. Previously Tyler was the Sport Clubs Coordinator at the University of Kansas. After his work at Penn State, Tyler spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida. He is originally from Bowling Green, KY and is a 2009 graduate of Western Kentucky University.



Drew D’Elia got his start in recreation as an undergraduate intern with Penn State Club Sports in 2011-2012. Following graduation Drew accepted a graduate assistantship position at the University of Central Florida within their Sport Clubs Program where he also received his masters this past spring. Last month Drew accepted the position of Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Youth Programs at Rowan University in New Jersey. Drew hails from Hatfield, PA.

Nick Petrone

Nick Petrone, a 2011 Penn State graduate and a student staff member during the 2010-2011 academic year, returned to his roots recently as the Assistant Facility Coordinator of the Intramural Building at Penn State. Nick previously worked with facility and events management at Villanova University before completing his masters in sports administration at East Stroudsburg University where he also served as a GA for two years.



Jimmy Woods-Corwin spent the past year as the Assistant Coordinator within the Club Sports Program but leaves us this month to become the Sports Clubs and Intramural Coordinator at Rutgers University. Prior to Penn State, Jimmy worked with various community recreation organizations in Seattle, New York, and Boston before entering the collegiate recreation world as a Nittany Lion. During his time here, Jimmy also worked with the Aquatics Program and game management operations for Mens and Womens Ice Hockey. Jimmy is a 2007 graduate of Skidmore College and received his masters in sports administration from Old Dominion University.

Andrew Funari is a 2013 graduate of Penn State and worked with the Club Sports Program as both an undergraduate intern and a post-grad intern. Andrew will take his recreation knowledge and talent to Tallahassee, FL where he will serve as the Competitive Sports and Facilities Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and pursue a master’s degree in sports management.


Tori Lord
is a 2014 PSU grad who spent the past year as an undergraduate intern with Club Sports while also working for the PSU Fitnes     s Program. Tori has accepted the position of Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She will be enrolled in the sports management master’s program at TAMU as well.


Other PSU Club Sports Program Staff Alums in the Collegiate Rec Field


Former interns Laura Thomas (2010-2011) and Ryan Groth (2009-2010) have both been in their positions for just over a year now. Laura is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs & Intramural Events at Texas Tech University while Ryan is the Coordinator of Club Sports at California State University San Marcos.

After interning with Penn State Club Sports, Laura (a Texas State University graduate) completed her masters and a graduate assistantship at Ohio University. During her time at OU, Laura also served one year as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Student Leader.

Ryan spent a year at Penn State between undergrad and grad school. A Sonoma State State University graduate, Ryan completed his masters at Saint Mary’s College (CA) and his GA work at UC Berkeley before taking a position at the University of San Diego prior to his role at Cal State San Marcos.




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