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Juniata Men's Basketball Team Fall Short in Comebacks

(Posted January 20, 2003)

MEN'S BASKETBALL (7-6, 2-2 Commonwealth): Jan 22 vs. Albright*; Jan 25 vs. Moravian*.

*Commonwealth Conference match
Juniata fell into a slump this week as they dropped three contests. Two of the losses came despite furious late-game comebacks. The Eagles fell 90-87 to Pitt-Greensburg, 89-84 to Susquehanna and at Elizabethtown 73-58. The Pitt-Greensburg contest saw Josh Tyler (Bellwood Antis/Altoona) record a career-high 29 points while adding a career-high 10 rebounds. Craig Biller (Penn Cambria/Loretto) matched his career high by scoring 24 points. Biller netted 24 again in the loss to Susquehanna. Greg Ebert (Forbes Road/Waterfall) netted a career-high 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Tommy McConnell (Bishop Guilfoyle/Hollidaysburg) and Jeff Lau (York Catholic/Glen Rock) each had 15 as Juniata suffered their first conference loss. Lau led the Eagles in scoring as he poured in 18 points while Biller added 13 points in the loss to Elizabethtown.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (5-9, 1-3 Commonwealth): Jan 22 vs. Albright*; Jan 25 vs. Moravian*.

*Commonwealth Conference match
The Eagles picked up their first conference win of the season as they topped Elizabethtown 54-47. Jen LaCount (Westmont Hilltop/Johnstown) led the Eagles with 16 points in the victory as she shot 6-10 from the field. Jen Uhrich (Palmyra/Palmyra) added 11 points in the win while she and LaCount each also had eight rebounds. Juniata also dropped two games on the week as they fell on the road at Bethany 66-41 and against Susquehanna 54-50. Against Susquehanna Uhrich led the way with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kelly Steinbeiser (Altoona/Altoona) scored 10 points, and also grabbed 14 rebounds, and LaCount added 10 as well. Steinbeiser scored a team-high nine points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss to Bethany.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (5-2, 3-2 MAC): Jan 22 vs. Susquehanna*; Jan. 25 vs. Elizabethtown.

*MAC opponent.
The Juniata College women's swimming team topped MAC-foe Widener in a conference dual meet at Juniata. The 107-95 victory marked the first time in five seasons that Juniata has topped Widener. A key for the Eagles was their strength in the two relays. Juniata swam to victory in both the 400-meter medley relay and the 400-meter freestyle relays. The medley relay team of Alissa Schneider (Mililani/Milili, Hawaii), Kim Allen (Susquehanna Twp./Harrisburg), Cynthia Long (Emmaus/Emmaus) and Dana Gais (Kiski Area/Saltsburg) captured 11 early points for the Eagles. Long was also in action in the freestyle relay where she and mates Andrea Nulton (Tyrone Area/Tyorone), Kathy Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) and Amy Hanson (Lancaster Catholic/Elizabethtown) picked up another 11 points for Juniata. A top individual performance was turned in by Allen in the 200-meter breaststroke as she won the event with a time of 2:43.86 which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Allen also turned in a first-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley. Juniata's other first-place finisher was Trainor in the 50-meter freestyle. Juniata had a large collection of runner-up finishes in individual events including, Nulton in the 400 free and 800 free, Gais in the 200 backstroke, Trainor in the 100 free, Long touched the wall second in the 200 butterfly, Amy Fletcher (Epherta/Epherta) in the 200 IM and Schneider in the 200 free.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (0-1, 0-1 EIVA): Jan 24 at Springfield*; Jan. 25 at SUNY New Paltz*.

*EIVA opponent.
In the opening match of the season Junaita staged a furious comeback after falling behind two games to none, and then fell just short in the decisive fifth game in a loss to Rutgers Newark. Juniata dropped game one 34-32, an early sign that a competitive match was in store for the visitors. Rutgers-Newark controlled game two throughout and took that game 30-26. Juniata then found a spark and ran off victories 30-22 and 30-28 in games three and four. Ryan Genova (Antietam/Reading) knocked out a team-high 25 kills for the Eagles and was a huge factor in the comeback as Juniata won games three and four. Juniata again was on the ropes in game five, as the visitors pushed out to a 12-10 lead. The Eagles responded by scoring the next four points and a kill by Nate Kincel (Penn Hills/Pittsburgh), a block by Neil Lukas (Fairport (NY)/East Windsor, N.J.) and Kenny Eiser (Central Bucks/West Doylestown), a kill from Lukas and a kill from Eiser put the Eagles one point away from the win. Rutgers-Newark would respond by scoring the final four points and winning 16-14. Lukas was second on the Eagles in kills with 19 and Eiser had 17 kills on the match. Sophomore setter Ricky Ziegler (Northeastern/Manchester had a game-high 70 assists and had a team high seven blocks. Lukas led the team with eight digs.

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