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September 17, 2012

College sports notebook: Mr. Robinson catches on

The biggest beneficiary of Penn State’s new-look offense — not to mention the defections of Silas Redd and Justin Brown and the departures of Shawney Kersey and Devin Smith — has been Allen Robinson.

The sophomore wide receiver from Michigan had a career day in Saturday’s win over Navy, catching five passes for a career-high 136 and three TDs. His first two catches each went for 45 yards and he capped his day hauling in another long TD on a ball that glanced through the hands of freshman Trevor Williams.

Through three games, Robinson has 24 catches for 322 yards and is well on his way to smashing Penn State records. The PSU record of catches by a sophomore is 48 set by Bobby Engram (1993) and Deon Butler (2006), which he could break by Halloween. The all-time season mark is 63 held by O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Engram (1995).

Robinson leads the Big Ten in receptions (24, 8.0 rpg) and receiving yardage (107.3 ypg), and is 10th nationally in both categories. His four touchdown catches are tied for the Big Ten lead.

OUT OF ACTION: Lafayette senior quarterback Andrew Shoop was suspended for the Leopards’ home opener against Penn last week for violating team rules. There is no word if the Danville graduate will play this week in the Patriot League opener at Bucknell, but it sounds like it will be a one-game suspension.

Lafayette coach Frank Tavani told the Allentown Morning Call that Shoop violated part of his “Leopard Law,” team rules which the players must follow. Tavani said that Shoop did not violate any of the three major rules — alcohol or drug abuse, class attendance or stealing — which would have called for a lengthy suspension.

In a statement to the Morning Call, Shoop said he “made a mistake, and thus took responsibility for that mistake as I needed to as a man.”

MILESTONE: Bucknell’s women’s volleyball team claimed its first three-set win of the year Saturday by beating Providence, and in the process gave head coach Cindy Opalski her 400th career victory.

In her 23rd season with the Bison, Opalski is now 401-382 after the Bison went 2-1 at their own tournament this weekend.

Jessica Serrato was named to the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Karen Campbell. Bucknell is now 6-7 heading into Patriot League play next weekend.

GOOOAAALL! Caitlin Landis played a role in Kentucky’s women’s soccer team’s biggest offensive output of the season in a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Mississippi State on Sunday, capping a big weekend sweep for the Wildcats.

Landis, a junior from Milton, assisted on freshman Kelly Hibly’s goal in the opening minutes. Eight minutes later Landis scored her first goal of the season to make it 2-0.

Coupling Sunday’s win with a 2-1 win Friday over No. 13 Florida, Kentucky (7-1, 2-0 SEC) completed a SEC-weekend sweep. The full allotment of six points comes as the most points UK has earned on an opening weekend of conference play since 2003 when UK tallied two wins.

The Wildcats now hit the road for a pair of SEC games this weekend when they make the trip to Arkansas and LSU.

RARE GOAL: The nationally ranked Susquehanna men’s soccer team gave up just its second goal of the season on Saturday, but it was enough to hand the Crusaders their first setback.

The Crusaders, ranked 25th, fell 1-0 in double overtime to Penn State-Altoona, despite dominating the game statistically. The Crusaders, now 6-1, doubled up Altoona in shots (14-7), shots on goal (8-4) and had 15 corner kicks to the Nittany Lions’ three but just could not find the back of the net.

Goalie Matt Salsman, a Selinsgrove grad, made three saves and gave up what was just his second goal in six games.

HOME COOKING: After playing its first five games on the road, the Bucknell men’s soccer team certainly had some fun in its first two games at Graham Field this weekend.

The Bison, hosting the Class of ’98 Invitational, routed Adelphi on Friday 7-0 and then blanked Albany 4-0 on Sunday. Bucknell won the tournament over Penn State, based on goal differential. Brendan Burgdorf, on the Hermann watch list as the nation’s top player, was named the tournament’s MVP, with Mayowa Alli, Brian Ward and Christ Thorsheim named to the All-Tournament team.

Alli scored two spectacular first-half goals and Burgdorf and Ward added two more in the second half in the win over Albany as the Bison improved to 4-1-2. Bucknell, who has yet to lose in regulation this year, has won four in a row heading into Saturday’s Patriot League opener at Lehigh.

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