New Kensington, Pa. - Penn State New Kensington senior forward Pascal Bikanura (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) and sophomore defender Ryan Stanga (West Deer, Pa./Deer Lakes) earned Penn State University Athletics Conference year-end awards, the conference announced today. Bikanura was honored on the PSUAC All-Conference 1st Team, while Stanga was included on the 2nd Team.
Bikanura had an exceptional year for the New Kensington offense, contributing fifteen goals and four assists for a total of 32 points. He led the PSUAC in goals per game with 1.5 and points per game with 3.4. The captain recorded two hat-tricks on the season against Penn State Worthington on Sept. 16 and Penn State Beaver on Oct. 18.
Stanga, also a captain, was the backbone of the defensive unit that produced two shut-outs and ranked third in the conference in goals allowed. He also contributed two goals on the season, both game-winners, against Penn State Schuylkill on Oct. 7 and against Penn State York in the PSUAC quarterfinals on Oct. 25.
The Lions, coached by Pat Cavanaugh, finished the season with a record of 7-5-1 and advanced to the PSUAC semifinals for the second year in a row.