It was a solid performer this fall season, topping Tri-County League schools week after week with consistent individual Top 10 finishes.
That gave the Perkiomen School cross country team a decided head of steam heading into the circuit's team meet Wednesday. And the Panthers continued their heady pace, topping the nine-team meet at Phelps School.
With three Top Five finishers, and four among the first 10, Perkiomen claimed the team championship in a close finish with Collegium Charter. The Panthers had 34 points to Collegium's 38, with host Phelps (111), Renaissance Academy (116) and Woodlynde School (125) rounding out the Top Five.
Henry Yan was Perkiomen's highest finisher, placing second at 16:55 behind overall winner Mike Mikula of Collegium (16:26). Sasha Vorliky was fourth at 17:23, and Joey Pena fifth at 17:40, while teammate Ethan Feldman placed 10th in 18:37.
Collegium went 6-7-8 behind Mikula, the Perkiomen contingent and third-place Jacob Montenegro of Woodlynde (17:22). It also had the top two girls' finishers, Lia Herman (21:06) and Bryn Calles (22:18).
Kimberton had runners finish among the boys and girls leaders. Ben Bowers was ninth with a time of 18;35, and Kathyrn Miles placed fifth in 23:02.
Ac. of Notre Dame 4, Hill School 2: Touched for three goals in an 11-1/2 minute span of the second half, the Blues fell off the Irish's pace and lost to their non-league hosts.
With only seconds left in the first half, Charlotte Vaziri took a shot that hit teammate Becca Shipper's stick to tip the ball for a goal and to tie the game 1-1. Notre Dame's balanced offense made it a 4-1 game with 14:21 left in the second, and the Hill could only counter with Amanda Willet's tally off the assist by Alex Lange with 4:58 remaining.
The Irish held 13-7 and 14-4 advantages in shots and corners, respectively. Erin Dempsey had a six-save day in goal for the Hill.
Ursinus 2, Eastern 1: The Bears closed their home schedule with a win over Eastern evening their record at 8-8-1.
Nicole Good had two assists, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute supplied by Ama Achiaw. Alexis Haug scored in the lone goal in the first half for Ursinus, her third goal in the last two matches.
Kara DiJoseph netted three saves, including one in the final minute to preserve the lead.
Swarthmore 3, Ursinus 0: In a match that saw 26 ties, Swarthmore was able to eke out a sweep of the Bears. Set scores were 25-19, 29-27 and 25-21.
Ursinus (0-9, 9-18) got nine kills from Karla Thiele, while Gina Powers had seven and Mara Berzins had six. Powers finished with 15 assists, and Emily van Mulbregt added 12.
Leah Masiello had a match-high 26 digs.
NWCA: While Ursinus College will be competing at the Messiah Invitational to start its season Saturday, one wrestler will be showcasing his talents on a national stage.
Chris Donaldson will be competing as part of the 2013 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic set for Saturday night at George Mason University. Donaldson will wrestle as part of four local feature matches before the main card, taking on David Terao of American University.
The four matches are scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. The main card features wrestlers from strong Division I programs such as Penn State, Oklahoma, Iowa and Minnesota.
Donaldson is coming off a sophomore season where he earned 35 wins and was Ursinus' first All-American since 2006.