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Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Men's soccer won 2-0 at Robert Morris tonight.

Shutout win over RMU evens Panthers’ season record

Shutout win over RMU evens Panthers’ season record

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While a 4-1 loss to the nation’s now-eighth-ranked team is a tough result from any angle, the men’s soccer team knew they couldn’t afford to dwell on the weekend loss heading into its next game on Tuesday.And they didn’t, as the Pitt men’s soccer team put together a strong effort against Robert Morris to beat its cross...

Club Gymnastics

Club Gymnastics

By Courtesy of Pitt Club Gymnastics

September 30, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The club gymnastics team is one of many enjoying success in the new season.

Club sports enjoying strong performances to start year

Club sports enjoying strong performances to start year

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

While varsity sports typically are best known for fiercely competitive games, Pitt also has plenty of successful competitive sports outside of the Division-I level. The University has more than 20 different men’s and women’s club sports, ranging from hockey to soccer and from fencing to Quidditch t...

Cullen Davis

Cullen Davis

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Cullen Davis is beginning his final season running cross country for Pitt.

Lone senior runner improves team, self in new season

Lone senior runner improves team, self in new season

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While many students begin their day at Pitt rolling out of bed and stumbling to a morning class, Cullen Davis’ day starts differently.As one of the top runners on the Pitt men’s cross country team, and the only senior on the team, he naturally begins each day with a lengthy morning run.Davis, a se...

Playoffs

Playoffs

By MCT Campus

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pirates send Edinson Volquez against the Giants' Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday.

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

LeSean McCoy had a subpar performance in the Eagles' first loss of the season Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy disappears in Eagles’ first loss

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy disappears in Eagles’ first loss

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Many ex-Panthers in the NFL were just spectators this past Sunday. Jabaal Sheard, K’Waun Williams, Larry Fitzgerald and this year’s first round pick Aaron Donald, were on teams with assigned bye weeks and did not play Sunday. But the few Pitt players who took the field might as well have had bye ...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Senior Staff Photographer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men's soccer team lost to ninth-ranked Louisville 4-1 over the weekend.

Panthers return after loss to one of ACC’s top teams

Panthers return after loss to one of ACC’s top teams

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Every time a team returns home to play, it’s happy to have home-field advantage back. But while the men’s soccer team’s next game won’t technically be at home, returning to the area after this weekend will still be especially relieving.After losing 4-1 to the ninth-ranked Louisville Cardinals ov...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a 3-0 start, Paul Chryst and the Pitt football team has lost two straight games.

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s all-around dismal performance in a 21-10 loss to Akron Saturday, wide receiver Manasseh Garner confidently told reporters something that turned heads and enraged many members of Pitt’s fanbase.“We don’t play for the fans,” Garner said. “We play for each other and for our families. That...

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Three weeks ago, Pitt football secured its win over Boston College with a late interception.After safety Terrish Webb intercepted the pass, he began to run out of the end zone before hitting the ground to avoid an onrushing opponent.Teammate Ray Vinopal, a senior captain, then came over and, in an ex...

A step ahead

A step ahead

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Freshman Shaina Ashoursi dribbles past a defender.

Panthers secure first ever ACC win thanks to Arvas’ goal

Panthers secure first ever ACC win thanks to Arvas’ goal

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt head coach Greg Miller and his Panthers can go to sleep tonight knowing they accomplished something that no other Pitt women’s soccer team has done in the past.Pitt capped off its two-game road stint on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the Syracuse Orange at SU Soccer Stadium, giving the program i...

At the net

At the net

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt junior setter Jenna Jacobson (8) goes up for the set.

Pitt defeats Boston College, wins first ACC game of year

Pitt defeats Boston College, wins first ACC game of year

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Fitzgerald Field House continues to be a haven for Pitt success, as the team extended its winning streak to eight Sunday afternoon against Boston College. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 25-22, 25-18 and 25-11.“They were a really solid team. We watched a lot of film on them, and we knew they w...

Recruit Rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quadree Henderson was excellent this week, scoring touchdowns two different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits performed. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch beat Boardman 31-5. Hall accumulated 19 yards on 5 carries, though he left ...

Football drops second straight game, splits non-conference schedule

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Five weeks have passed since the start of the college football season, and it’s safe to say that all Division I teams are now in mid-season form.With that, Pitt has learned a lot about itself as a team, and, after dropping its game to Iowa last week 24-20 and bowing to Akron Saturday 21-10, the Pa...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

September 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt has jumped out to a 12-1 record this season.

Volleyball: Panthers pass test before ACC slate

Volleyball: Panthers pass test before ACC slate

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

If Thursday night’s match was a test for the volleyball team’s upcoming ACC schedule, the team would be pretty happy with the grade it got.The Pitt volleyball team faced its toughest opponent Thursday and held off the surging Long Island University Brooklyn in four sets. The Panthers (12-1) won the ho...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a 3-1 loss to Boston College, Pitt seemed optimistic about the team's performance.

Panthers cannot find first conference win at Boston College

Panthers cannot find first conference win at Boston College

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Lately, the issues facing the Pitt women’s soccer team have to do with the team’s inability to give a full effort on defense. This was evident Thursday night as the Panthers allowed three goals to Boston College. The Panthers went down early in their first ACC matchup of the season last week against ...

Football

Football

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After losing its first game to Iowa, Pitt now plays Akron, which has the 33rd passing offense in the FBS.

Pitt to face pass-happy Akron after losing its first game

Pitt to face pass-happy Akron after losing its first game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Broken by separate calamities years ago, Pitt’s and Penn State’s football programs may have stopped the bleeding. Both teams now appear to be on the winning track, and Pitt fans finally get an opportunity to see how their Panthers (3-1, 1-0 ACC) might match up against the 4-0 Nittany Lions when mut...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a 12-1 start, some do not know what to make of the volleyball team yet based on the competition.

Volleyball to be tested against conference opponent Boston College

Volleyball to be tested against conference opponent Boston College

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a great start to the season, many still may not know what to make of the Pitt volleyball team because of some weak non-conference competition. After Sunday, people may have a better idea.The Panthers will play Boston College at home on Sunday in their first ACC matchup of the season. The team sa...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Senior Staff Photographer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt will try to change its pattern of draws after three straight in the last three home games.

Men’s soccer must play without defender at Louisville

Men’s soccer must play without defender at Louisville

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a disappointing end to a three-game homestand, Pitt men’s soccer may have forgotten how not to tie, with three straight draws to Niagara, NC State and Lafayette. Now, Pitt goes on the road to face the ninth-ranked Louisville Cardinals tonight and play without one of its key contributors after...

Panthers search for first ACC victory at Boston College

Panthers search for first ACC victory at Boston College

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off of three consecutive losses, the Pitt women’s soccer team has a familiar question it wants to answer.After falling apart within the first 20 minutes of their loss against Duke last Friday — giving up three goals and digging themselves into an unrecoverable hole — the Panthers still wond...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Megan Sunners / Staff Photographer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Jackie Poucel fights for the ball.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

By MCT Campus

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Derek Jeter on one of the many stops of his 2014 "farewell tour".

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last week, Gatorade released an advertisement to pay tribute to the career of longtime endorsement partner Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankee shortstop whose career will draw to a close within the next week. I watched the video for the first time with my roommates, one of whom isn’t a baseball fan. H...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Maria Genitsaridi (28) goes up for the kill.

Pitt looks to face stiffest competition yet in LIU Brooklyn

Pitt looks to face stiffest competition yet in LIU Brooklyn

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After an 11-1 start to the season, nothing is going to get easier for the Pitt volleyball team.The Panthers face their toughest opponent of the season Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds come to the Fitzgerald Field House.Pitt will put its unbeaten record at home on the l...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The men's soccer team played its third consecutive overtime game Tuesday, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Panthers surrender late equalizer in drama-filled draw

Panthers surrender late equalizer in drama-filled draw

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite an impressive second-half performance, Pitt was unable to get past Niagara in a disappointing and controversial ending and only managed a draw for its effort.Unable to decide the game in regulation for the third straight game, the Panthers and Purple Eagles went into sudden-death overtime, in ...

Russell Martin

Russell Martin

By MCT Campus

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Russell Martin has arguably been the MVP of the Pirates this year, but is a free agent after this season.

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Do you hear that sound? No, that’s not the screaming fans in a sold-out PNC Park. That’s the cha-ching of a cash register after every clutch hit by Russell Martin.Two years ago, the Pirates signed the catcher to a two-year, $17 million deal. Coming off a .211 average and .714 OPS year with the Ya...

Yankees

Yankees

By MCT Campus

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Yankees have missed the playoffs for the second straight year, despite having the second-highest payroll in the league.

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I grew up thinking I didn’t hate the Yankees. Then, around age 12, I realized what a moron I’d been and thought about the amount of time I wasted not hating the Yankees. So, I blindly hated the Yankees. And then I learned how the world works and how money works ­— what difference is there, re...

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Led by running back James Conner, Pitt succeeded in its first three games of the 2014 season because of a powerful ground attack.During Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Iowa, the Panthers suffered because of the predictability of their reliance on that aspect of the offense. They went to Conner a lot in the fi...

After important tie, Panthers aim to avoid letdown

After important tie, Panthers aim to avoid letdown

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

There was a glaring trend in the stat book for the Pitt men’s soccer team up until its last game.For five straight matches, the Panthers either delivered a shutout or suffered one. Even though its 1-1 tie against North Carolina State on Saturday broke the streak, building momentum is the biggest conc...

Depth put on display in first scrimmage of fall season

Depth put on display in first scrimmage of fall season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Early offense allowed Pitt baseball to cruise to a 14-6 victory in a 12-inning exhibition contest over the Ontario Blue Jays.Most of the Panthers’ runs came in three spurts — four each in the first, fifth and 11th inning. In all, they totaled 17 hits, while the Blue Jays — an 18-and-under team from...

Sheard highlights down week for former Panthers

Sheard highlights down week for former Panthers

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The performances by former Pitt players in the NFL during week 3 of the season were anticlimactic. Jabaal Sheard, a Cleveland Browns linebacker, led the underwhelming group of former Panthers with a respectable outing. Altogether, Sheard finished his bout against the Baltimore Ravens with five tackles and ...

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a 24-20 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst described the contest in one sentence.“I don’t think anybody in this game was trying to fool anybody,” said Chryst, whose Panthers fell to 3-1 on the season after being outscored 17-3 in the second half of Saturday’s...

Panthers sweep second straight weekend tournament

Panthers sweep second straight weekend tournament

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team enjoyed another weekend tournament at home when the team hosted the Pitt Panther Invitational. The Panthers continued their streak of dominance by sweeping South Florida, Sacred Heart and Delaware — its third tournament sweep of the year.Libero Delaney Clesen was named Tournam...

Werth’s second half goal less to tie with Wolfpack

Werth’s second half goal less to tie with Wolfpack

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In its second ACC game of the season, Pitt men’s soccer came from behind to draw against NC State.Forward Cory Werth tied the game in the second half off a post rebound that found its way to his right foot. The goal was his first of the season and saved the Panthers (2-2-2, 0-1-1) ACC) from a secon...

Hall highlights weekly football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s two running back commits, Darrin Hall and Sekai Lindsay, had standout efforts on the ground this weekend. Here’s how they and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 42-32 win over Do...

Pitt falters in second half, loses 24-20 to Iowa

Pitt falters in second half, loses 24-20 to Iowa

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Something changed at halftime for the Pitt football team.Quarterback Chad Voytik summed up the first halfof the game Saturday, not just for the offense but the team as a whole.“We were rolling pretty good,” Voytik said.But after scoring 17 points and holding Iowa to just seven over the first two q...

Pitt overwhelmed early in shutout defeat

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 20, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Before many fans could even make it to their seats, the Blue Devils had scored.Right from opening kickoff of the women’s soccer game on Friday night, Duke operated at a speed superior to Pitt, coasting to a 3-0 victory in the ACC opener for both teams.In the third minute of the contest,  Duke freshman...

Pitt ground game to collide with stout Iowa run defense

Pitt ground game to collide with stout Iowa run defense

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football game on Saturday will be a study in contrasts.  Pitt (3-0, 1-0 ACC) plays Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Heinz Field in a matchup between two teams with opposite strengths that could end up attracting a close final score.On one side, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst has a unique weapon in ru...

Team searching for answers on eve of ACC opener

Team searching for answers on eve of ACC opener

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The word spreading around the Pitt women’s soccer locker room is effort. For some unknown reason, playing a full 90 minutes is hard for the team.The Panthers (4-4) dropped their last non-conference game of this season last Friday night to the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams 1-0. After the ga...

N.C. State brings potent offensive attack to campus

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer plays this Saturday, hoping to right its three game homestand after drawing against an out-of-conference opponent.The Panthers (2-1-2) face N.C. State in their second conference game with an opportunity to even their ACC record with a win. In their previous conference game, Pitt pla...

Pitt prepares for second home tournament

Pitt prepares for second home tournament

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt wraps up tournament play this weekend when it hosts South Florida, Sacred Heart and Delaware in the Pitt Panther Invitational. Pitt faces USF, a former Big East opponent, Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Field House. The following day, Pitt will host Sacred Heart at 12:30 p.m. and finishes it...

Listless performance from Panthers results in 0-0 tie

Listless performance from Panthers results in 0-0 tie

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer disappointed tonight, looking sloppy and unaware at times, and were unable to score during 110 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Lafayette.Wednesday night’s game was the first meeting ever between the two schools, despite playing in the same state. The result was disappointing for th...

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It occurred to me about three weeks ago. I was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. The fans were loud, passionate and raucous, and, much to their delight, the Pirates were winning, moving their way up the wild card standings and seemingly bo...

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

Lasting change will result from collective boycott of NFL

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I grew up a die-hard NFL fan. I knew every statistic, and I collected football cards from the age of six until I was 12. I had Pittsburgh Steelers posters all over my room.As young fans, we all notice the bright lights and hard-hitting action. As we get older, we drop everything to watch “our team...

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Soccer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After losing to now-top-ranked North Carolina over the weekend, men's soccer opens a three game home series, beginning with Lafayette Wednesday.

Panthers open three game series at home after loss

Panthers open three game series at home after loss

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After facing the nation’s best team over the weekend, midfielder Brandon Kolczynski and the rest of the Pitt men’s soccer team will be happy to return home for three games following a tough road trip to North Carolina and the now top-ranked Tar Heels.But that does not mean that they will overlook ...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy contributed to a comeback win for the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night.

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

 While some former Pitt stars like Larry Fitzgerald got back on track Sunday, others, like Aaron Donald, regressed slightly after excellent week-one performances.After a dismal outing in the season opener, Larry Fitzgerald improved dramatically for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. The 11th year wide r...

FIBA World Cup

FIBA World Cup

By MCT Campus

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors were again teammates at the FIBA World Cup.

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The United States men’s team won the FIBA World Cup on Sunday when it beat the Serbian men’s team 129-92.Not the FIFA World Cup that happened months ago — I’m talking about the FIBA World Cup, for basketball.The International Basketball Federation, known as FIBA, held an international basketb...

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Conner carries the teamComing into the season, football fans knew that Pitt had two dangerous offensive threats: running back James Conner and receiver Tyler Boyd.It’s now week four, and one of those threats, Conner, has more carries (81) than any other player from a Power 5 conference, while Boyd has just 11 catches.P...

Volleyball team reflects on weekend

Volleyball team reflects on weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt volleyball bounced back after its sole loss this season when the team competed in its own tournament, the Panther Classic, by sweeping Duquesne, Norfolk State and Niagara.The Panthers (8-1) won their first five matches — now eight of nine after this weekend. In each of its wins, Pitt has not give...

Panthers analyze play against UNC

Panthers analyze play against UNC

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

North Carolina defeated Pitt handily Friday in the ACC opener for both teams, but, according to the Panthers, the box score doesn’t reflect how the team played against the third-ranked team in the country.After their second loss of the season, the Pitt men’s soccer team returned to practice Monday in pre...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton faced off in a thrilling overtime battle on Friday, with Tipton putting together a record-setting performance. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared in last week’s games.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran 10 times for 27 yards, as Aus...

Men’s rugby starts fall campaign

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The football and basketball teams may have discontinued the Backyard Brawl, but one Pitt sport that has continued the rivalry against West Virginia says it is alive and well.The Pitt men’s club rugby team, also known as the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club (PRFC), lists its game against the Mountaineers, ...

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Many of Pitt’s varsity teams were in action over the weekend. Here’s a recap of their performances. Football fell behind early to Florida International University, which scored 16 straight points in the first quarter. But Pitt (3-0) responded with a scoring run of its own, registering 24 unansw...

Pitt erases early mistakes, pulls away from FIU

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Overcoming a 16-point first quarter deficit, the Pitt football team defeated Florida International University in Miami.The game on Saturday afternoon featured sloppy play from both sides, with James Conner fumbling twice in the first quarter, Chad Voytik throwing an interception in the second and Fl...

Offense hard to come by for Pitt in conference-opening defeat

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer couldn’t pull off the upset against third-ranked North Carolina, as they lost 3-0 in its first ACC game of the year.Pitt began the game on Friday night in their usual 4-3-3 formation, but at times appeared to drop back into a 4-5-1 to contain North Carolina’s  powerful attack, lea...

Lacking offense, urgency until too late, Panthers get shutout

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The whistle blew, and Pitt kicked off, spreading the ball around its half of the field with accuracy and purpose.Unfortunately for the Pitt women’s soccer team, that brief opening sequence of Friday’s night’s game against Virginia Commonwealth University, its final non-conference opponent of the r...

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

By MCT Campus

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

K'Waun Williams and Jabaal Sheard are both on the Cleveland Browns' roster.

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

Jabaal Sheard has had his fair share of memorable NFL experiences in his four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He has been named to the All-Rookie team, sacked Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks and recorded 22 sacks in 46 career games from the 2011 season until now.Still, there is one aspect of being in the...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Volleyball has shot out to a 5-1 start.

Volleyball looks to recapture winning ways in home tournament

Volleyball looks to recapture winning ways in home tournament

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a successful tournament out West, despite losing their last game to Colorado, the Panthers return home and aim to recapture their winning ways this weekend when they host the Panther Classic. This marks the first home match for Pitt, after competing in tournaments in Ohio and Colorado to open...

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

It’s no secret that Florida International — Pitt’s opponent this Saturday — was a bad football team last year, and it only projects to finish this season as another bad football team.It’s interesting, too. The program has gained almost as much national recognition in recent years for being so, we...

Elvin Soto

Elvin Soto

By Courtesy of Craig Mitchelldyer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Elvin Soto plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league system.

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing an All-Big East campaign in 2013 with the Pitt baseball team, catcher Elvin Soto decided to move on to the big leagues and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th round. It’s oftentimes a difficult jump from college to the minor leagues, and Soto followed that trend in ...

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Joe Prince-Wright is one of Pitt’s most well-known soccer alumni. Earning 31 caps in head coach Joe Luxbacher’s midfield, he graduated in 2011 in four years with a degree in English writing and communications. While at Pitt, he also earned experience in his field, interning at Root Sports, ESPN Radio Pit...

Needing to regain its edge, Pitt readies for VCU

Needing to regain its edge, Pitt readies for VCU

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

As the Panthers enter their eighth game of the 2014 season, head coach Greg Miller is ready to stop blaming his team’s youth for Pitt’s mistakes.Miller shuffled a few of his young players in and out of the starting lineup Sunday in Pitt’s loss to La Salle, and similar swapping is likely to occur this...

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

City of Pittsburgh, Pitt host NCAA with hopes of hosting women’s Final Four

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team might not make the Final Four next March, but by November, the University and the city of Pittsburgh may have secured a role hosting the prestigious sporting event in the near future.At the David Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday, people from various sectors of ...

Panthers prepare for toughest test of young season

Panthers prepare for toughest test of young season

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a weekend road trip with two games, the Pitt men’s soccer team aims to pull off the upset in its first ACC matchup of the season against North Carolina on Friday.Pitt (2-1) had mild success on the trip, registering close to the same amount of shots as its opponents in both games. Against Wil...

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer with Al Horford. The Hawks' owner stepped down after self-reporting a racist email.

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

We’ve seen all of this before.Just months ago, a phone recording revealed former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making extremely demeaning remarks about minorities. The story dominated headlines, and it was an uncomfortable and sickening reminder of a fact that many know to be true but don...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy had an average day in the Eagles season-opening win.

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

To no one’s surprise, workhorse and defensive superstar Aaron Donald led the pack of Panthers in the NFL with a strong opening day performance. Just as Donald dominated the trenches for the Pitt defense a year ago, he showed up in convincing fashion for the struggling St. Louis Rams in his debut....

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Jameis Winston and Florida State won the last BCS Championship under the previous playoff format.

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

Big Ten conference already in poor playoff position

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With the BCS era behind us and the College Football Playoff era now underway, every college football game is crucial to the initial legacy of the new system. Every Power-5 conference program is giving its all to be one of the teams left fighting for a shiny new trophy at season’s end.It’s evident...

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second week in a row, the ACC honored James Conner for his performance over the weekend. This time, he had the company of some teammates. In the Panthers’ first ACC game this season, vs. Boston College, the sophomore running back powered his way to 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries ...

Hornibrook highlights week two recruiting recap

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quarterback commit Alex Hornibrook had a standout game over the weekend, leading Malvern Prep to a 40-14 victory. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s recruits fared last week. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch romped Cardinal Newman 51-12. Hall carri...

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, a lackluster showing from Pitt’s defensive ends was masked by the presence of All-American defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Donald is now a starter in the NFL, and Pitt’s ends are doing just fine.Senior David Durham leads the Panthers’ ends with six tackles, and redshirt freshman Luk...

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the news coming out Sunday that redshirt junior center Artie Rowell will miss the rest of this season, after tearing his left ACL, what effect his loss will have on Pitt’s offensive output has become a topic of discussion.In their two opening games, the Panthers have rushed for a combined 712 yar...

Panthers split pair of weekend games in Philadelphia

Panthers split pair of weekend games in Philadelphia

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team went into its road trip this past weekend with hopes of winning both of its games against Villanova University and La Salle University. It returns home on Monday having accomplished half of that goal.The Panthers (4-3) defeated the Villanova Wildcats 2-1 on Friday but couldn...

On the attack

On the attack

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Hamish Law had the game-winning goal against Longwood on Sunday. 

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