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Penn State Beaver’s athletics teams enjoyed another successful year in 2012-13.

The campus won Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships in softball and women’s basketball and was a PSUAC runner-up in men’s basketball.

Three teams qualified for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament, seven players were named USCAA All-American, and three players were named USCAA Honorable Mention.

In addition, Beaver tied with Penn State Brandywine for second place in the PSUAC Chancellor’s Cup, which recognizes the athletic success of each campus. Teams are ranked according to a point system that records final league standings, playoff appearances and championships.

With only eight varsity sports, Beaver finished ahead of other campuses that offer 10 or more sports. Penn College, with 11, won the Chancellor’s Cup for the fifth consecutive year.

Softball

Despite a slow start to the season, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions finished spring 2013 play strong, securing a PSUAC playoff spot and ultimately bringing home the coveted trophy for the second year in a row.

Beaver’s regular season record of 19-12 (10-6 conference) was enough for the team to snag the No. 2 seed in the tournament, held May 6-7 at Penn State Mont Alto. Three consecutive wins ­— against Penn State Schuylkill, Mont Alto and Hazleton — was all it took for Beaver to capture the title.

Senior Korey Freyermuth and sophomore Nicole Bowersox were named to the PSUAC All-Tournament Team, while junior Lauren Pier and sophomore Sydney Brinton received Second Team Honorable Mention.

Freyermuth was also named PSUAC Pitcher of the Year.

The Lady Lions didn’t fare as well as the team headed into the USCAA Tournament in May.

With a 1-3 tournament record, the team finished eighth in the Small College World Series, where they placed fifth last year.

Baseball

After edging into the PSUAC championships as the No. 4 seed, the Penn State Beaver baseball team ended its season April 26 with two tournament losses and a 13-16 record.

The team struggled most of the season, and it wasn’t until a five-win surge in the final week of conference play that Beaver was able to slide into the final spot in the four-team tournament.

Last year, Beaver finished second in the PSUAC and placed fifth at the USCAA Small College World Series.

Seniors Markus Allen and Vinny Beatty were named to the PSUAC All-Conference Team, while seniors Cory Wagner, Alex Filippi and Jim Musgrave received Second Team Honorable Mention. Allen was also named PSUAC Player of the Year.

Women's Basketball

After a stellar season that included just three conference losses, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team swept the PSUAC Tournament, bringing home the team’s fourth championship cup.

Beaver earned decisive wins against Penn State Worthington Scranton, Fayette and Greater Allegheny during the Feb. 12-17 tournament. The quarterfinal game was played at Beaver, while the semifinal and championship rounds took place at Penn State Brandywine.

Senior Brittany Tomaselli and freshman Morgan Kurtz received PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention.

The Lady Lions were knocked out of the USCAA National Tournament March 1 with a 1-1 tournament record. The team finished the season with a 21-8 record overall.

Men's Basketball

With just one conference loss all season, the Penn State Beaver men’s basketball team was expected to easily take the PSUAC Championship once again this February.

But a nail-biting finish involving a foul called with just 1.3 seconds left allowed rival Penn State York to take a one-point lead and claim the championship Feb. 17 in the Beaver campus gymnasium.

Freshman Robert Agurs III and junior Nick Miller were named to the PSUAC All-Conference First Team, while junior Chris Weathers received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Agurs was also named PSUAC Player of the Year, and Coach Marcess Williams was named PSUAC Co-Coach of the Year.

Beaver fell in its second matchup in the USCAA National Tournament March 1 after securing a tough 92-89 overtime win in its first tournament game. The team ended the season with a 21-8 record.

Soccer

Despite a 5-14 season record, the Penn State Beaver men’s soccer team enjoyed some success in the fall 2012 season.

That success included securing a spot in the PSUAC Championship Tournament Oct. 22. But a first-round loss to Penn State New Kensington on their home field ended Beaver’s season.

The women’s soccer team, meanwhile, went another year winless.

Volleyball

With new coach BJ Bertges taking the helm for her first year, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions volleyball team ended the season with an 8-20 record, including a 6-10 PSUAC record that just wasn’t strong enough to make post-season play.

Sophomore Natalie Gamble was named to the PSUAC All-Conference Second Team, while sophomore Kayona Ward received All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Wrestling

In only its second year of existence, the Penn State Beaver wrestling team struggled to find its first win.

The team finished the combined PSUAC/USCAA Tournament Feb. 17 at Penn State University Park with a seventh-place finish. Freshman Devante Phillip finished third in his weight class.