Keith Moran Selected as Kaminski Award Winner
4/21/13 - Senior Keith Moran was selected as the 2012-13 Kaminski Award recipient. Keith was honored for being a 2-year member of the soccer team, 2012 soccer team captain, earning 2011 and 2012 PSUAC All-Academic Team honors, and serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Keith has been successful on the field and in the classroom, all while balancing work responsibilities. The Edward H. Kaminski Memorial Scholarship Award was established by Mrs. Betsy Hughes in memory of her husband who graduated from the Wilkes-Barre Campus in 1974. This award is presented to a Penn State Wilkes-Barre student athlete, presented by Student Affairs, based on academics (with over a 3.0 gpa), campus and athletic participation, and positive qualities of leadership and character.
Soccer Team Preview
By: Jeff Huss, Intern
3/11/13 - The 2013 soccer season at Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be very exciting. Several upperclassmen will be returning to the team, which will be led by a new head coach. Head Coach James Bell will be focusing on teamwork rather than individual success. Bell said, “My strategy is and has always been to have my team play as a team because one person can’t take on the eleven others.” The team will also be more challenged this season by being required to come to practice and given a difficult preseason workout schedule in order to be ready for the regular season. It will be important for the upperclassmen to use their leadership roles in order to show recruits good work ethics. This season, winning will be the main goal but the idea is to have fun as well. Bell wants to also teach students lessons that can be used in real-world situations. James Bell said, “At this age, like so many of us know, we are caught between being a kid and being an adult. I’m going to do my best to bridge the gap between the two.” Bell wants to learn from his players as well as have them learn from him. This spring the team will be having a mini preseason in order to get used to the new coaching style. After this school semester the team will be given summer strength and conditioning schedules. Despite the inconsistencies last season, the team performed well most games, only losing by a goal or two. Bell is very confident that the team will be extremely competitive within the conference this season. Coach Bell believes the team may even be in the running with Penn College for the conference title. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work from the players as well as from me to get to that point but I do believe that it is possible,” said Bell. There is no doubt that this upcoming season is something to be very optimistic about. The soccer program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is moving in the right direction.
Interview with Sen Lin, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Soccer Player
By: Jeff Huss, Intern
2/26/13 - Sen Lin is a twenty-four-year-old senior student from China. He is currently majoring in business, focusing on marketing and management. Sen Lin started playing soccer for fun while in China; however, he started playing competitively once he became a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. While in high school he also played basketball, badminton, squash, and table tennis. Table tennis was his best sport in high school and he won several awards. Sen said, “I play as many sports as I can a little because I believe each sport has their own habits, fun, and interest.” Sen Lin said he chose Penn State Wilkes-Barre because of the small campus, small classes, and huge opportunities. The personal attention from his teachers is great because he wants to learn as much as he can while at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The extra opportunity he has is that he can speak his own voice and gain experiences from this school which will be helpful down the road. The personal relationships with his teachers are great for him which is another reason he enjoys this school. Sen said, “I am so proud of being a student athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.” Sen has currently scored 1 goal along with 2 saves for his career. The position he plays most is the side/wing. He has received an “Academic All Conference Award” for his success in his studies and on the field. He stays in shape during the off season by playing pick-up games in Forty Fort Township and working out every day. Unfortunately, Sen will be graduating in September, so he won’t be able to play next season. He said he is going to miss all the fun he had with his team on the way to matches and during practice. His favorite game moment was against Penn State Schuylkill when he scored his first goal. He described it as one of the greatest moments he’s ever had. “My teammate ran with the ball all the way down from the left side of the field. I signaled him, and then he crossed the ball. I jumped up and hit the ball with my left leg. For some reason, the ball was in the net. I was so so so excited at that moment,” said Sen. When asked about the struggles of being a student athlete he said there are very few struggles. If there is ever a time when he needs to find time for extra studying he simply adjusts his schedule. Sen Lin looks forward to practice every day because he enjoys being outdoors and having fun with his teammates. He describes his teammates as friendly, exciting, dedicated, and responsible. While being a student athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Sen has met several new friends and learned so much. After graduation he plans on completing an internship and furthering his education by earning his master’s degree in Supply Chain Management. He says he wants to develop his skills in this field and become the “big guy” in a business someday. There is no doubt that Sen Lin has had several great experiences and memories at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. He is so proud and honored to have been a part of the Penn State community and will always be thankful for his opportunities.
Featured Student-Athlete: Ashish Srivastava
1/24/13 - In 2012 there were over twenty players on the co-ed soccer team at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Most of these players are from surrounding areas such as Hanover, Nanticoke, or Wyoming Valley. However, there is one individual who comes from much further away. In fact he lives over 7,000 miles away from the United States. Ashish Srivastava was born and raised in Allahabad, India. He currently lives in Mumbai (Bombay), India and attended high school at Thakur Public School where he played soccer, basketball and badminton. He won a team award for 5-a-side soccer in high school. Ashish is a 21-year-old transfer student majoring in Information Sciences and Technology. The reason he decided on Penn State Wilkes-Barre is because of the small campus, personalized attention from teachers, and the beautiful surroundings on the campus. Ashish has grown up playing soccer since 6th grade. He plays offensive, midfield, and defensive positions on the field. Wherever his team needs him, he will be in that position giving 100 percent every game. Last season was his first season playing for the Mountain Lion’s soccer team. Unfortunately, Ashish was only able to play a fill-in roll for the last three matches last season. Ashish is focused on next season by working on his cardio endurance and strength training during the offseason. He is looking forward to playing with new and old teammates next season as well as playing every game. After not making it to the championships last season, he is motivated to help his team make it this season. Every game before a match the team huddles in order to get focused for the game. At the end of every huddle Ashish and the team chant “woo woo woo” as a ritual. Despite Ashish only playing three matches last season he enjoyed playing with the team. His favorite game memory from last season was against Penn State Beaver. Ashish came into the match with two minutes left and played defense on the outside right of the field. He saw the striker on the other team run past the defenders on the left side, so Ashish had to run all the way across the field and he stopped the open goal shot. Then after the blocked shot, Ashish stopped another striker from scoring the goal and kicked the ball out for a corner kick. When asked about the struggles of being a student athlete as far as class work or practice, Ashish said the stress is low for him. He said in India the work is often much harder and demanding whereas at Penn State Wilkes-Barre he hasn’t experienced much academic stress yet. The key for Ashish is to learn and practice good time management in order to finish assignments and be at practice every day. After graduation, Ashish would like to continue his studies and earn a master’s degree.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Names James Bell Head Soccer Coach
1/23/13 – Penn State Wilkes-Barre Director of Athletics Brian D. Stanchak named James Bell as the Mountain Lions new Head Soccer Coach. Bell, 25, a former soccer student-athlete at both Penn State Worthington Scranton and Keystone College, brings a wealth of knowledge and playing experience to the Penn State Wilkes-Barre soccer team. Bell served as an Assistant Coach for the University of Scranton men’s soccer team last year and has had several years of coaching at both the intramural and club team levels. His club team, Black Thunder, was one of the top club teams participating in numerous indoor and outdoor leagues in the area, along with various state cups and college show case tournaments. “I am very excited to announce James Bell as our new Head Soccer Coach here at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. James brings a tremendous amount of energy and knowledge to this position, and I am confident that he will lead our soccer program to a high level of success. Having played in the PSUAC, James understands the culture of this conference and can assist our student-athletes in achieving their goals athletically and academically. In addition, James knows Northeastern Pennsylvania, which will help with recruiting this area to keep local talent at home.” Bell had a very extensive playing career which began at the intramural level and grew all the way up to the professional level. He played for high-level club teams in three different states as a youth development player, working his way up through the ranks. His most recent accomplishment was participating in the National Premier Soccer League as a member of the Pocono Snow Soccer Club team, based out of Stroudsburg, PA, for the last three years. His professional playing experience ranges from participating in the Toronto FC open tryouts, in the MLS, to training with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL in 2007, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds also of the USL in 2011. Graduating from Pittston Area High School, Bell was a four-year letter winner and was named to the First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention lists. James was also a member of the 2006-2008 PSU Worthington Scranton soccer team, as well as the 2009-2011 men’s soccer team at Keystone College. At Worthington Scranton, he was the leading scorer his freshman year, with a total of 16 goals on the season, and was the leading point holder during his sophomore year with 13 goals and 15 assists playing the center midfield position. On the field he started every game, played nearly every minute, and helped lead his team to two consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2005. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport and Recreation Management focusing on Business and Marketing from Keystone College in 2012.
Cavalieri and Aquilina Named to Soccer All-Conference Team
10/30/12 - Congratulations to David Cavalieri and Anthony Aquilina who were both named to the PSUAC Soccer All-Conference Second Team. Aquilina was solid in the goal all season and Cavalieri led the team with 11 goals.
Soccer Finishes Season Scoring Big in Win Over Worthington-Scranton
10/16/12 – The Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-6) soccer team finished its 2012 season with an 8-1 win over Penn State Worthington-Scranton. Wilkes-Barre won its last two games of the season by outscoring their opponents 17-2. Wilkes-Barre was led today with goals by Rob Hadvance (2), Mark Bugelholl (2), David Cavalieri, Paul Acenszi, Aaron Smith, and Matt John.
Wilkes-Barre Soccer Wins on the Road at Mont Alto
10/13/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2-6) soccer team got another win on Saturday afternoon against Penn State Mont Alto by a score of 9-1. The Mountain Lions scored four first-half goals and added five more in the second half, to end the game with a game-high nine goals. Six different players scored for Wilkes-Barre, with freshman David Cavalieri starting the rally with his first goal only 14 minutes into the game. Sophomore Mark Bugelholl scored back-to-back goals, while Cavaleri notched another goal to close out the first half. To start the second half, junior Anthony Aquilina added a goal, and minutes later Rob Hadvance scored two goals of his own. Sophomore Denzel Mensah scored a goal eight minutes later, and Stephen Christian ended all scoring for the Mountian Lions ten minutes left in regulation. Wilkes-Barre will play its last game of the season Tuesday afternoon at home against Penn State Worthington Scranton at 4 p.m.
Soccer Loses Close Game at Hazleton
9/25/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre soccer team lost to Penn State Hazleton 0-1 on Tuesday night. Wilkes-Barre fell to 1-5 on the season. The Mountain Lions travel to Penn State Beaver next Saturday, October 6th for a 2 p.m. matchup. Wilkes-Barre Soccer Falls to New Kensington 9/22/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre (1-4) soccer team came up short in their Saturday afternoon game against Penn State New Kensington by a score of 2-1. Penn State New Kensington struck first, scoring nine minutes into the game. About one minute later freshman David Cavalieri kept up his recent scoring rampage with a goal on a ball from sophomore Mark Bugelholl. In the second half, New Kensington got another goal during the 51st minute to end all scoring for the game. Even though Wilkes-Barre outshot New Kensington 28-20 for the game, they still came up with the loss. Wilkes-Barre also had an 8-7 advantage on corner kicks. Junior Anthony Aquilina started the game and had seven saves in goal while freshman Chris Jaworski played the whole second half stopping six shots. Wilkes-Barre will be back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Penn State Hazleton for a 6 p.m. match.
Wilkes-Barre Soccer Gets First Win of Season
9/19/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre (1-3) soccer team came up with its first win of the season in dominating fashion over Penn State Schuylkill, Wednesday afternoon. Wilkes-Barre scored five first half goals and added two more in the second half for a final score of 7-1. Freshman David Cavalieri had an impressive game scoring three goals in the first ten minutes of the game and scored another one in the second half to finish with four goals total. Rob Hadvance set up Cavalieri for two of three assists and also had an assist to senior Sen Lin in the 30th minute. Before the first half came to an end, in the 33rd minute, sophomore Dan Grandinetti found sophomore Mark Bugelholl for a score. Freshman Matt John didn’t waste any time as he scored two minutes into the second half on a ball from sophomore Paul Ascenzi. David Cavaleri got his fourth goal of the game in the 55th minute to end the scoring for the lions. Wilkes-Barre outshot Schuylkill 46-20 for the game and had a 7-3 advantage on corner kicks. Junior Anthony Aquilina had eight saves in goal during the first half while freshman Chris Jaworski stopped three shots in the second half. Next up, Wilkes-Barre takes on another conference opponent Saturday at 1:00 p.m. when they take on Penn State New Kensington.
Wilkes-Barre Soccer Loses at Brandywine
9/15/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre (0-3) soccer team found itself in an early hole for the third straight game and was unable to come back, falling at Brandywine, 4-1, Saturday afternoon. Rob Hadvance was the only offense for the Lions, scoring a second-half goal to get his team on the board. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be looking for their first win against Penn State Schuylkill Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Penn College Too Much for PSU Wilkes-Barre
9/12/12 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (0-2) fought a good battle against a top-notched Penn College team in their home opener. However, in the end they came up short in their 1-6 conference loss Wednesday afternoon. Things appeared to be going Penn College’s way throughout the game, especially with the shutout they had going, until sophomore Mark Bugelholl notched a goal. With a little over ten minutes left in regulation freshman David Cavalieri found Bugelholl for a score to finally put the lions on the board. Freshman Chris Jaworski had a strong showing in goal for the Lions, making 13 saves despite allowing six goals. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be back in action when traveling to Penn State Brandywine Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. match.
Soccer Falls to Conference Opponent York
9/8/12 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (0-1) opened up conference play Saturday afternoon with a 1-3 loss at Penn State York. Penn State Wilkes-Barre got on the board with a first half goal by freshman David Cavalieri and an assist by sophomore Mark Bugelholl. Goalie Anthony Aquilina played a solid game, recording ten saves; unfortunately, the team couldn’t put together enough offense to come up with the win. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Penn College for a 4:00 p.m. start.
Eury Resigns As Assistant Soccer Coach
8/30/12 - Dave Eury has resigned as Assistant Soccer Coach to pursue another opportunity outside of coaching. “We wish Dave the best of luck as he received a tremendous opportunity that he could not pass up,” said Director of Athletics Brian D. Stanchak. A search for Coach Eury's replacement will begin immediately. The Mountain Lions open up their season away on Thursday, September 6th at 6:30pm against the Misericordia University JV team.
Bugellholl Named to PSUAC All-Conference Team
11/7/11 - Freshman Mark Bugelholl was named to the PSUAC All-Conference Soccer team today. Bugelholl led Wilkes-Barre this season with six goals and one assist. The team finished the season on a three-game winning streak.
Final Penn State Wilkes-Barre Soccer Statistics
10/20/11 - Finished 3-6 overall Freshman Mark Bugelholl – 6 goals, 1 assist; Freshman Paul Ascenzi – 3 goals, 0 assists; Freshman Dan Grandinetti – 2 goals, 1 assist; Freshman Adam Dzickowski – 0 goals, 1 assist; Goalie – Nick Decker – 9 games, 1030 minutes played, 31 goals allowed, 118 saves.
Soccer Wins Third Straight
10/14/2011 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre defeated Penn State Mont Alto 2-0 to finish up the season on a three game winning streak. Wilkes-Barre was led by Freshman Mark Bugelholl who scored two goals to add to his team leading 6. The Penn State Wilkes-Barre team finished the season 3-6. With a young squad, this year’s team showed that the future of Penn State Wilkes-Barre soccer is very bright.
Soccer Wins Second in a Row
10/9/2011 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre soccer team won their second game in a row defeating Penn State Beaver 3-1. The win improved the team’s record to 2-6. Wilkes-Barre was led by goals from freshmen Paul Ascenzi, Mark Bugelholl and Dan Grandinetti. Bugelholl’s goal was a team leading fourth on the season. Wilkes-Barre finishes out the season at home on Friday, October 14th at 4:00 pm vs. Penn State Mont Alto.
Soccer Scores Big In First Win Of Season
10/1/11 – The Penn State Wilkes-Barre soccer team finally saw all of its hard work and dedication pay off with a 6-0 victory at Penn State Schuylkill on Saturday. Leading the way was junior, Nate Fiscus, who scored three goals and freshman, Paul Ascenzi, who scored two goals. Also putting a goal on the board was freshman Mark Bugelholl, with his third of the season. Assisting on the goals were Fiscus, freshman Dan Grandinetti and freshman Adam Dziczkowski. The soccer team’s next game is Sunday, October 9th as they play host to Penn State Beaver.
Soccer Falls Again to PSU Brandywine
9/24/11 – Despite a 25-save night from Goalie Nick Decker, Penn State Wilkes-Barre fell 0-4 to Penn State Brandywine on Saturday afternoon. Wilkes-Barre falls to 0-5 on the season and look to get their first win on Monday night, September 26th at Penn College (5:00 pm).
Soccer Loses Close Battle to Hazleton
9/20/11 – Penn State Wilkes-Barre lost a hard fought battle to Penn State Hazleton on Tuesday night 1-2 at Wilkes-Barre’s campus. Leading the Wilkes-Barre team was Mark Bugelholl who scored his second goal of the season. Goalie Nick Decker played a great game, stopping 12 of Hazleton’s shots, but the team fell short in the end. Wilkes-Barre hosts Brandywine at home this Saturday, September 24th.
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