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Pitt tops WVU and WMU

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Pittsburgh, PA - The Panthers have moved to 6-6 on the season with wins this week over archrival West Virginia and conference foe Western Michigan.  Pitt defeated West Virginia in Morgantown on Wednesday night with a final score of 13-9 and closed out the week with a 20-3 rout of Western Michigan at Upper Saint Clair High School in Pittsburgh, bringing the Panthers' CCLA record to 3-2.

On a cool, clear night in Morgantown, Pitt jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by sophomore attackman Chris Wetzel and senior midfielder Colin Peck.  The Mountaineers fought back to tie the score at 3, and the two teams continued to trade goals, leading to a 6-6 halftime score.  Pitt roared out of the halftime break, outscoring WVU 4-0 in the third quarter, propelled by three goals by freshman attackman Matt Higgins and a solid display in net by sophomore goalie Travis O'Connor, who tallied 21 saves on the night.  The Mountaineers made a late surge in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 11-9 before Pitt closed the game out with the final two scores.

The Panthers moved on to their next foe, taking on the Broncos of Western Michigan in an afternoon battle of conference rivals.  The Panther offense picked apart Western Michigan's zone defense with precise passing and movement early and often, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game.  After establishing this lead, Pitt continued to pour in the goals, and 13 different players tallied a goal or assist on the day.  The Panthers' attack trio of Wetzel, Higgins, and senior Alex Powell led the way with a combined nine goals and nine assists, and freshmen attackmen Pete Marino, Colin Schultz, and Mike Cikovic added a combined five goals and three assists to the attack's production on the day.  Sophomore goalie Chris Wimbrow shut out the Broncos in the fourth quarter, recording six saves in his fifteen minutes of action.

The Panthers have one week off before closing out the regular season with games on Saturday, April 26 at the Cost Center against Michigan State University and the University of Connecticut.  Come show your support for our seniors in their last home game as Panthers!

Hail to Pitt!

 

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