Shippensburg University sports: Verge, others honored by leagues

Raiders swimming coach Tim Verge and several Shippensburg University student-athletes in various sports received 2020-21 end-of season honors this past week.

PSAC honors

Coach Tim Verge

Shippensburg University’s Tim Verge is the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. The league’s head coaches vote for the PSAC major awards.

Verge, in his 22nd season, directed the Raiders to a second-place finish at the 2021 PSAC Men’s Swimming championships – the team’s best result at the conference meet in 12 years. SU scored 560 points.

Overall, Shippensburg totaled 12 All-PSAC (Top 3) individual finishes and four All-PSAC relays at the conference championships. Three Raiders won event championships: JC Greenwood won the 1,650-yard freestyle, Matt Bochanski won the 200-yard breaststroke, and Michael Salvatori won the 400-yard IM.

It is Verge ’s third PSAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year award; accompanying honors received in 2008-09 and 2006-07.

Bloomsburg’s Andy Thomas is the PSAC Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Year, and IUP’s Luke Mikesell is the PSAC Men’s Freshman of the Year.

READ: PSAC Championships: Raiders swim team head to York

NFHCA awards


Shippensburg University seniors Valen Alonso (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Molly Herigan (Dauphin, Pa./Central Dauphin) were named Wednesday to the 2020 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Senior Team.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 NFHCA Senior Game. The NFHCA Division II membership agreed to continue to recognize a selected group from the graduating class of 2021 who either played or would have played their senior season during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Alonso and Herigan are two of the 38 selections. The selected student-athletes were nominated by their NFHCA member coach and picked based on their career accomplishments.

READ: Shippensburg University sports: 10 Field hockey recruits join Raiders

IWLCA honors


Shippensburg University midfielder Hannah Seifried (Springfield, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) is the 2021 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Atlantic Region Second Team, marking her second postseason honor.

Seifried, the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Year, makes it three consecutive seasons that the Raiders have had an All-Region player. Defender Valerie Hertz was recognized in 2019 and 2018.

One of six Raiders to start all 13 games, Seifried led the team with 34 goals (a total that tied for fifth in the PSAC), tied for the team lead with 49 draw controls, and ranked second on the team with 19 groundballs. Seifried scored hat tricks in more than half of the team’s games (7-of-13) and scored multiple goals in 11 games – including the overtime game-winner over Bloomsburg. Seifried also had at least one point and one draw control in every game.

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2021 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player of the Year finalist

Hannah Marsteller

Shippensburg University sophomore first basewoman Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) is one of 15 finalists for the 2021 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Player of the Year. The NFCA announced the finalists Tuesday afternoon.  

Marsteller, the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Year and a 2021 NFCA All-Atlantic Region First Team honoree, became the seventh player in league history to hit .500 or better in a season.

In 40 games, Marsteller set single-season school records with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and 128 total bases – all totals that rank her among the nation’s Top 5 players in each category. Her single-season school record slugging percentage of 1.103 leads the nation and is the second-best percentage in PSAC single-season history.

Marsteller ended the 2020 season on a six-game hitting streak and began the 2021 season on an 18-game hitting streak, resulting in a school-record hitting streak of 24 games. Over the final four weeks of the 2021 season, Marsteller hit .605 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, 23 runs, 14 walks and one strikeout in 43 at-bats, reaching base in 19 straight games.

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PSAC Second Team honors

Shippensburg University graduate student Kyle Lysy (Moseley, Va./Allentown (N.J.)) was named to the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Baseball Second Team on Tuesday afternoon. The league’s head coaches choose the team members.

Kyle Lysy

Lysy led the SU pitching staff this season with five wins, 54.1 innings pitched and a 3.48 earned-run average (ERA). He recorded multiple single-season career highs, including 66 strikeouts and 10 starts.

In six of his 10 starts, Lysy allowed two earned runs or less. He recorded five or more strikeouts in 9-of-10 starts, including a season-high nine strikeouts on three occasions. Lysy held his opponents to a .225 batting average against.

Millersville University swept this year’s major awards. Bren Taylor is the League’s Athlete of the Year; Conor Cook is Rookie of the Year; Jeff Taylor is Pitcher of the Year, and Jon Shehan is coach of the Year. The full list of 2021 award winners is available here.

READ: SU baseball: Strong pitching helped Raiders

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