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Pitt splits weekend ACC matches

Pitt splits weekend ACC matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers had mixed results for the second weekend in a row, dropping Friday night’s match at Virginia Tech 3-1 and winning Sunday against Syracuse 3-0.“It was really good to refocus and get a win back at home and settle back into our groove, as we kind of lost it against Virginia Tech,” se...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a 6-1 loss on Saturday, Pitt has reason for optimism as it improved on last year's record.

Panthers blown out by No. 3 Virginia in season finale

Panthers blown out by No. 3 Virginia in season finale

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While winning two of 10 ACC games may not seem like cause for optimism, the Pitt women’s soccer team showed great improvement upon a winless 2013 ACC campaign.Pitt wrapped up its schedule Saturday with a 6-1 loss in Charlottesville, Va., to the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers.Virginia outshot the Panther...

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt played its way into an offensive flexing battle against Duke Saturday, and in the end, it was a battle the Panthers couldn’t keep up with.Led by James Conner’s career-best 263 rushing yards, the Panthers combated Duke’s high-powered offensive attack from the start. But a combination of pe...

Blewitt misses late FG

Blewitt misses late FG

By Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Blewitt missed a field goal at the end of the fourth quarter sending the game into overtime.

Dixon experiments with lineup in exhibition win

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

College basketball exhibition games are generally played before sub-1,000 crowds, and they don’t entail much excitement. One attraction to exhibition games, however, is that teams will reveal some type of their starting lineup.In Pitt’s 72-58 win over IUP Friday at the Petersen Events Center, coa...

Under center

Under center

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik awaits the snap.

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team has now lost four of its last five games, and head coach Paul Chryst can’t help but address areas where his team must improve — and must improve soon.Nonetheless, third-year coach Chryst often points out a few “nice things” that he saw from his team after a bad loss.One o...

Above the net

Above the net

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Amanda Orchard leaps for the spike.

Pitt hoping to fight through pain in two weekend matches

Pitt hoping to fight through pain in two weekend matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panther volleyball team is off to one of its best starts in team history but is starting to feel the effects of the challenging slate of ACC conference games.Although a significant percentage of the squad is facing injuries, Pitt (18-3, 6-2 ACC) will have a split weekend facing Virginia Tech in ...

Sliding

Sliding

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Redshirt junior Ryan Myers slides in for a tackle.

Men’s soccer hosts Fighting Irish in season finale Saturday

Men’s soccer hosts Fighting Irish in season finale Saturday

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer will try to end the season on a high note as it hosts fifth-ranked Notre Dame on senior night at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Saturday.The game will be the last for six Panthers. In its four years at Pitt, the class was unable to register a winning record in a single season, but was a p...

Stride for stride

Stride for stride

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Siobhan McDonough (17) fights for possession.

Women’s soccer to end season against ranked Virginia

Women’s soccer to end season against ranked Virginia

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It’s been a challenging season for the Panthers, but the women’s soccer team has taken strides toward future success.The Pitt women’s soccer team will finish its 2014 season on Saturday, as they travel to Charlottesville, Va. for their final game, taking on the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers at 7 p.m. a...

Playing the ball

Playing the ball

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Julian Dickenson in action in 2013. He has missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

With the Pitt men’s soccer team at the end of its ACC schedule, most fans are fixated on the product on the field. However, it’s what one player is doing in the classroom and off the field that has received national attention, including nomination for a prestigious award.Senior Julian Dickenson has be...

In your face!

In your face!

By MCT Campus

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Illegal hands to the face penalties are being called at a higher rate than ever before.

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

Some NFL penalties better left uncalled

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Well, the National Football League has done it once again. The league has found yet another way to make watching its product absolutely intolerable.As if watching a professional football game wasn’t an hours-long commitment already — and as if watching my horrendous fantasy team collapse week in a...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt will work on limiting fumbles this week in practice.

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last September, Pitt football fans expected a walk in the park when their 1-1 team traveled to Durham, N.C., for the Panthers’ first-ever conference game against what used to be a lowly Duke team.The Panthers did pull out a 58-55 win over the Blue Devils in a shootout, and, on paper, it ended up being their marque...

Pitt script helmets

Pitt script helmets

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt wore these script decals on its helmets in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

Pitt brings script helmets back for Homecoming

By Joey Niklas / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Oh what a day Friday, Oct. 24 was — all due to an announcement from Pitt athletics. Based on the Twitter and media reaction, it seemed like Pitt had won the National Championship that Friday. But the announcement was quite different — Pitt would wear formerly-retired script decals on its helmets Sat...

Pitt men’s lacrosse

Pitt men’s lacrosse

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Men's Lacrosse

October 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt men's lacrosse finished 7-8 in the CCLA Division 1 East last season.

Club sports rundown: Fencing and lacrosse prepare for spring season

Club sports rundown: Fencing and lacrosse prepare for spring season

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

October 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Although seasons for fall club sports teams are ending, the spring teams are just getting started. Teams are beginning to recruit new players, develop play strategies and create practice schedules for the upcoming season.Pitt FencingPitt Fencing’s most recent success includes six team members plac...

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

By MCT Campus

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

Fan confessional: The struggles of inconsistency

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I used to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Before Steelers supporters hunt me down, let me explain why I stopped being a fan. It happened during the 2005 NFL playoffs.For much of my early childhood, I lived in a small town in New Mexico, which didn’t have a professional football team, and I didn’t kno...

Maria Genitsaridi

Maria Genitsaridi

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Maria Genitsaridi goes for a spike.

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two years ago, Maria Genitsaridi left behind the only life that she knew to live and play volleyball in the United States. Leaving her parents and younger brother in Greece, Genitsaridi boarded a plane from Crete bound for Pittsburgh.Now Genitsaridi, a sophomore outside hitter, is helping the Pitt vol...

Dixon lands 2015 center commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot-tall center from Pensacola State College (Fla.), committed to play for the Pitt basketball team on Sunday.Nix committed two days after visiting the school on Oct. 24 during the team’s Spike and Slam Madness, Pitt’s basketball season kick-off on Friday night. He was also conside...

Dana Holgorsen

Dana Holgorsen

By MCT Campus

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Dana Holgorsen has said he wants to schedule Pitt in non-conference games, but no efforts have been made towards doing that.

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

Pitt should stay away from WVU in non-conference

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame announced its football games against ACC opponents through the next decade. The Fighting Irish will now play Pitt in the century-old rivalry just five times over the next 11 years, even though they appeared on Pitt’s schedule all but three times the last ...

Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal Sheard

By MCT Campus

October 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Jabaal Sheard combined with K'Waun Williams for five tackles.

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Week eight in the NFL showcased almost unanimously strong performances from former Pitt players, and two of the individuals with better games this week played against each other.Sunday’s marquee matchup also featured two former Pitt stars when LeSean McCoy’s Philadelphia Eagles traveled to meet Larr...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt led No. 4 Florida State two sets to zero, but ultimately lost the match.

Pitt cannot close out No. 4 FSU in five-set loss

Pitt cannot close out No. 4 FSU in five-set loss

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two sets into the Spike and Slam Madness on Friday night, momentum was on Pitt’s side. But the Panthers slowly began to lose control of the match and walked away with a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to No. 4 Florida State.The Fitzgerald Field House shook with close to 2,000 fans in attendance for the hom...

James Conner

James Conner

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner briefly left Pitt's game Saturday with a leg injury.

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

When James Conner lay on the Heinz Field turf Saturday, grasping at his right knee while trainers circled around him, a hush fell over the crowd.Already stupefied by the baffling start to the Pitt football game against Georgia Tech, fans had to cringe as a new nightmare scenario played out in front of...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers lost to No. 17 Clemson in the last career home game for the team's seniors.

Women’s soccer loses last home game to ranked Clemson

Women’s soccer loses last home game to ranked Clemson

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sunday marked the final time Pitt seniors Jackie Poucel, Riliegh McHugh and Alex Charlebois would play in front of their home fans as the Pitt women’s soccer team hosted its last home contest of the 2014 season.The Panthers (6-11-0, 2-7-0) fell to the No. 17 Clemson Tigers (12-3-2, 5-3-1) by a final score of 2...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt lost 2-1 over the weekend, remaining at the bottom of the ACC standings.

Weekend loss ensures no ACC tournament berth for Panthers

Weekend loss ensures no ACC tournament berth for Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though it is just a formality at this point, the Pitt men’s soccer team will not make the ACC tournament, as the team sits in last place in the conference standings. The team needed to pick up three points with a win against Duke on Friday, but it could not.Despite a strong second half, Pitt men’s...

Football

Football

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt could not recover from early fumbling issues in its loss to Georgia Tech.

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

It was the script coming out party that few saw coming.Sporting new script “Pitt” logos on their helmets in their homecoming game against Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) Saturday, the Panthers (4-4, 2-2 ACC) couldn’t recover from a historically poor offensive start in an embarrassing 56-28 loss.To st...

Penalty kick rebound downs Panthers in extra time

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For 92 minutes, the Pitt women’s soccer team had a chance to get a result. That possibility evaporated on an extra time penalty kick rebound.Hosting Louisville on Thursday night, the Panthers (6-10 overall, 2-6 ACC) limited the opposition to six chances on goal in regulation, holding the score eve...

Paul and Elijah Zeise

Paul and Elijah Zeise

By Photo courtesy of Paul Zeise

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Above: Elijah (left) and his brother Isaiah (right) painted their faces the Pitt blue and gold before a game.Below: Elijah (left) with his father and brother at a Pitt football game in 2013.

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

When Elijah Zeise was eight years old, his parents took him to see a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.It was 2003. The Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28 beneath a visible eclipse that lit up the faces of some 66,207 fans in attendance almost as much as Pitt’s last-minute, game-winning touchdown...

Yogi Roth

Yogi Roth

By Photo courtesy of Yogi Roth

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Yogi Roth has done broadcast work for ESPN and Fox, and co-authored a book with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Have you ever wondered whether you are spending enough time with loved ones? Yogi Roth did, and after a seemingly simple walk through Europe with his father, he feels more satisfied with his answer to that question.“We had a great relationship, but I still didn’t know 95 percent of the things I found out [about ...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Tyler Boyd and the Pitt Panthers face Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

On Pitt’s scout team, many underclassmen and walk-ons simulate the opponents’ offenses to give the defense a better understanding of what to prepare for in the weekend’s matchup.This week, Pitt’s scout team might have more impact on the team’s game day execution than it did during any other we...

Very superstitious: Pitt athletes share individual rituals

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Features

Two hours before the rest of her team came, Samantha Winkelmann entered the doors to Trees Pool. Surrounded by empty bleachers that would fill later that day, she began her day in solitude, careful not to stray from the extensive detail of her routine.After she finished her final practice dive, she ...

Penn State football dominates state, according to map

By Alex Fischbein / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Excitement, scoring, wins, championships and fan devotion comprise some of the “ingredients” of a sports fan. Students and alumni typically make up college football fan bases, but there are still schools that gain a following from regions that might not have a Division I school around them. On Oct...

Dana Holgersen

Dana Holgersen

By MCT Campus

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Columns

Dana Holgersen, head coach of West Virginia, now competes with Pitt mostly just for recruits.

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

By Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Columns

Rivalries have helped build college football into the financial machine that it is today. The Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma — played in Dallas — and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party between Florida and Georgia — played in Jacksonville — come to mind as two notable ri...

Good behavior

Good behavior

By MCT Campus

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Aldon Smith (99) looks to potentially garner a reduced suspension after multiple transgressions.

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

NFL lacks firmness in handing out suspensions

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

And the NFL’s hot streak continues!According to multiple recent media reports, the National Football League sources have confirmed that suspended 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could have his ban cut by at least one game for “good behavior.”I’m glad to hear that the NFL’s qualifications for “...

Chasing down

Chasing down

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Siobhan McDonough tries to track down the ball.

Women’s soccer prepares for crucial Louisville contest

Women’s soccer prepares for crucial Louisville contest

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Having just completed a three-game stretch against top-15 teams without recording a win, the Pitt women’s soccer team is looking to use its losing streak as an impetus to play without fear.The Panthers will test their new mindset tonight as the Louisville Cardinals (6-7-2, 2-3-2) travel to Pittsbu...

Setting the standard

Setting the standard

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Freshman Kelsey O'Neill attacks the net.

Rolling Panthers face array of challenges this weekend

Rolling Panthers face array of challenges this weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After defeating two conference opponents last weekend, the surging Pitt volleyball team’s road doesn’t get any easier this weekend. The Panthers will first face No. 4 Florida State on Friday, then Louisville Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.“We have to approach this game with a lot of confidence,” ...

Back to back

Back to back

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kevin Murray (left) scored an overtime goal against High Point to send Pitt into the win column Tuesday evening.

Overtime goal by Murray lifts Panthers over High Point

Overtime goal by Murray lifts Panthers over High Point

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kevin Murray scored early in overtime and keeper Dan Lynd had a career high in saves as Pitt men’s soccer won its first game in October against Big South conference-leader High Point.“It was a good win. We battled, and there were some rough spots near the end of the game, but at the end of the day, yo...

Huddled up

Huddled up

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Tiara Chadran and the Pitt gymnastics team are anxiously awaiting their upcoming season.

Tiara Chadran talks upcoming season, life as a gymnast

Tiara Chadran talks upcoming season, life as a gymnast

By Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When Tiara Chadran came to Pitt to continue her gymnastics career, she didn’t know a high school rival would follow her to the team a year later.She and sophomore teammate Kelly Burak competed against each other for years before they became teammates on a collegiate level.“I was [a member of] Pittsb...

Like magic

Like magic

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 22, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Pitt Quidditch team hopes to qualify for their second straight World Cup.

Brooms and oars: Club teams set sights on finals

Brooms and oars: Club teams set sights on finals

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

October 22, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

With their seasons drawing to a close as the weather gets colder, Pitt’s club sports teams are ramping up their games in preparation for their final tournaments.Pitt Quidditch“Qualifying for world cup gets harder every year since the sport is rapidly growing internationally,” Kimaya Padgaonkar, a chaser ...

Pitt recruiting rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehea...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt is tied for first in the ACC Coastal Division, and plays Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Regardless of its win and loss total, a football team can only grow over the course of a season.Players begin to master a coach’s system and, by January, they’ve learned more about their personal tendencies, as well as those of their teammates’.A team with more underclassmen than any other in Division...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt has not scored in three games, and plays its last non-conference game against High Point.

Panthers attempt to break three game scoreless streak

Panthers attempt to break three game scoreless streak

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Considering how the Pitt men’s soccer team’s season has gone so far, the team’s last game, which ended in a scoreless tie,would be considered a positive result.After a tie on the road against Virginia Tech, Pitt will try to put together another impressive performance at home, this time against...

Reggie Mitchell

Reggie Mitchell

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Reggie Mitchell forced two fumbled in Pitt's win on Thursday.

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The ACC recognized three Pitt football players for their performances in Thursday’s home game against Virginia Tech.Senior tackle T.J. Clemmings was named the conference’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week, sophomore cornerback Reggie Mitchell was picked as Defensive Back of the Week and redshirt freshm...

Recruit rundown: Tipton scores in three different ways

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehead s...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik led Pitt in rushing on Thursday.

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik’s first six career starts have been inconsistent, to say the least. There have been flashes of potential thrown alongside ill-advised decisions and overthrown passes, as well as plays that broke down because Voytik was trying too hard to create high-risk plays when no clear pass existed.D...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt improved to 17-2 this season with two weekend wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Panthers pick up two more ACC wins over weekend

Panthers pick up two more ACC wins over weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Playing in front of two of the ACC’s toughest crowds didn’t prevent the Pitt women’s volleyball team from picking up two more conference wins over the weekend, continuing an impressive season. With the NCAA Tournament in their sights, the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) beat both of their weekend oppone...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt lost 3-0 on Saturday to No. 2 Florida State.

Panthers shut out in loss to third straight ranked team

Panthers shut out in loss to third straight ranked team

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s soccer team must be relieved the weekend is over.The Panthers completed a three-game stretch of matches against nationally ranked ACC opponents Saturday afternoon. They lost to No. 2 Florida State 3-0 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.The contest was fairly one-sided, as the Seminoles (14-1-0...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt tied Virginia Tech 0-0 on Friday.

Men’s soccer draws over weekend, now scoreless in three straight

Men’s soccer draws over weekend, now scoreless in three straight

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Over the weekend, Pitt might have had flashbacks to last week when, for the second straight time, the team ended regulation in a scoreless tie. But, last time out, Pitt’s opponent, Howard, ended the game with a late goal.This time, the Panthers tied Virginia Tech in a scoreless game in Blacksburg,...

Derrick Randall

Derrick Randall

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Derrick Randall sprained his ankle during Sunday's Blue-Gold Scrimmage in a collision with James Robinson.

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt senior center Derrick Randall sprained his left ankle during the first half of Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.While running down the court during a change in possession, Randall collided with point guard James Robinson and fell to the ground, where he...

Panthers continue tough ACC stretch against ranked FSU Saturday

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After losing to No. 6 North Carolina Sunday, the Panthers may not reach their goal of 11 wins this season. But the Pitt women’s soccer team still aims to stay focused on the stretch run of their upcoming ACC schedule.Pitt is currently tenth in the ACC with a 2-4-0 conference record to accompany a 6-8-0 re...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Zach Schaffer / Staff Photographer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik set a career high in rushing yards in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech.

Running wild: Chad Voytik, James Conner combine for 203 rushing yards in Pitt win

Running wild: Chad Voytik, James Conner combine for 203 rushing yards in Pitt win

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

History would suggest that the Pitt students swaying in Thursday’s overcast weather singing “Sweet Caroline” would leave shortly after the song. But running back James Conner burst into the end zone just minutes after the sing-along ended to give Pitt a 21-9 lead over Virginia Tech, ensuring that the...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt lost to Howard in extra time Tuesday, and now plays Virginia Tech this weekend.

Panthers try to forget last game, focus on weekend

Panthers try to forget last game, focus on weekend

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a bad loss, a team’s coach sometimes doesn’t make his team watch film of the performance and just pretend the game didn’t happen. There comes a point when it’s not beneficial to watch a sub-par performance. Tuesday night might have been one of those games for the Pitt men’s soccer team.Now, th...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt is showing well in ACC play so far, but travels for two road conference games this weekend.

Pitt takes winning streak into ACC road trip

Pitt takes winning streak into ACC road trip

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

No matter how well a team performs, coaches and players agree that road conference games always present a significant challenge to the visitors.The Pitt volleyball team tests the challenge this weekend, as the team travels to Georgia Tech Friday evening and wraps up its weekend road trip with a Sunday a...

Running hard

Running hard

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner (24) looks to use his bruising running style to his advantage against Virginia Tech's defense.

Pitt looks to get on track against hurting Hokies

Pitt looks to get on track against hurting Hokies

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

When head coach Paul Chryst arrived at Pitt in 2012, he brought with him plans to develop a Midwest-style football team, meaning that, in some cases, he’d choose to sacrifice speed for size among his players.Chryst has now cultivated three recruiting classes, and his Panthers are finally gaining recognition for being a grind-it-...

The Bryce is right

The Bryce is right

By MCT Campus

October 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Bryce Petty is a favorite to bring home the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In what seems like no time at all, we’re at the halfway point of the college football season. About a month before the first kickoff, I made a handful of bold predictions about college football, its players, its coaches and its media personalities.As it turns out, I’m really bad at predictions.The fi...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Junior Kevin Fielden dribbles by a Howard player.

Panthers lose heartbreaker despite season high in shots

Panthers lose heartbreaker despite season high in shots

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

If the heavy winds surrounding Ambrose Urbanic Field Tuesday were an ominous sign for the Pitt Panthers, they didn’t know it at the time. Kevin Murray and the Pitt men’s soccer team expected to score a regulation goal on Howard, which had not shut out an opponent all season — until Tuesday night.A l...

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