IUP finally beats top-20 opponent

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IUP split two games against top-10 opponents Saturday and Tuesday and defeated Edinboro University on Thursday.

The Crimson Hawks (10-5, 8-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) lost 9-8 to No. 7 West Chester (13-1, 8-1) in the snow Saturday.

IUP was down 6-4 at halftime. West Chester’s largest lead came in the second half when they were up 8-4. However, an Amy Weinberg (senior, special education) goal had IUP trailing 9-8 with 3:51 remaining.

Neither team scored again, and the Crimson Hawks lost their third one-goal game of the season, all to top-10 teams.

Weinberg, Kim Hooven (junior, Elementary & Special Ed.) and Adriana Grecco (freshman, biology pre-vet) led IUP with two goals a piece.

In goal, sophomore Angela Lontoc (natural sciences) recorded a career-high 13 saves. She’s currently third the PSAC in save percentage and fifth in goals against per game.

IUP upset No. 5 Mercyhurst, 11-7, Tuesday. The Crimson Hawks led 4-3 at halftime, and their next goal was a historical one. Weinberg broke the PSAC career assist record when she fed Brittney Palardy (senior, exercise science) for a goal.

The previous record was 184, and Weinberg sits at 186. She’s also second in career points at IUP with 256, 36 shy of the record.

“I honestly had no idea I was going to break it,” Weinberg said. “My record would’ve never been possible if it weren’t for my teammates.”

The win over Mercyhurst was IUP’s first of the season against a top-20 team.

“It felt amazing to overcome such tough competition,” Lontoc said. “We deserved every second of it. The game against West Chester was definitely a tough loss, but it gave us the confidence we needed for Mercyhurt.”

In a 15-12 defeat of Edinboro on Thursday, the Crimson Hawks saw three of their own record hat tricks.

Hooven, Weinberg and freshman Ally Burrows started the scoring for IUP. And after Edinboro broke the Crimson Hawks’ shutout by adding two of their own goals, Weinberg added to her assist total as IUP extended its lead.

Outdrawing the Fighting Scots 20-6 at the end of the day, the Crimson Hawks will next return home for a Saturday matchup with Kutztown University, which is 6-8 on the season.