In the 40th anniversary season of Beeghly Center and the 30th anniversary season of Stambaugh Stadium, the Youngstown State football and basketball teams combined to win more than 80 percent of its home games in 2012-13. That is the No. 3 story in Penguins athletics in the last academic year.
The football team was 5-1, the men's basketball team was 12-5 and the women's basketball team was 14-1 for a combined record of 31-7. The 31 wins tied the 1994-95 academic year for the most since Stambaugh Stadium was opened in 1982, and the .816 winning percentage is the third-best in the stadium era and the best since 1997-98.
The football team won its first three contests at Stambaugh Stadium, capped off by a thrilling 42-35 come-from-behind victory over No. 8 Northern Iowa on Sept. 22. In front of 19,277 fans, the Penguins scored the final two touchdowns in the final eight minutes to knock off the Panthers for the first time since 2000. Youngstown State ended the season by beating No. 18 Indiana State 27-6 on Senior Day. Jamaine Cook broke YSU's record for career all-purpose yards in his final game at the stadium.
The men's basketball team had its most home wins since 1984-85 and provided plenty of memorable moments. The Penguins beat Horizon League regular season champion Valparaiso on Jan. 30, and they had two victories over Loyola in the final seconds at Beeghly Center. Blake Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds against the Ramblers on Feb. 7, and D.J. Cole hit a layup with 2.5 seconds remaining on March 5 in the Horizon League Tournament. Youngstown State also beat Oakland 99-87 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at home.
The women's basketball team set a new school record with 14 wins at Beeghly Center, with the lone loss coming to Horizon League Champion Green Bay. The Penguins earned their 500th victory as a program against Milwaukee on Jan. 17, and an emotional 58-53 win over Detroit on Feb. 7 helped solidify their eventual second place finish in the conference. Youngstown State won three home games in five days down the stretch behind Brandi Brown, and the Penguins went on to beat Cleveland State in the Horizon League Quarterfinals and Indiana State in the WNIT at Beeghly Center.
#4: Women's Basketball Turnaround Catches National Spotlight
Three years removed from an 0-30 season, the women's basketball team won 23 games to finish second in the Horizon League and earn a berth in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, which is the No. 4 story in Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#5: Trio Leads Tremendous Turnaround in Women's Tennis
Led by Paula de Man, Margarita Sadovnikova and Marta Burak, the Youngstown State women's tennis team advanced to the Horizon League Championship match and won more matches in 2012-13 than it did in the previous three seasons combined. That is the No. 5 storyline in Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [Read More ]
#6: Men's Basketball's Memorable Season Culminates with Tournament Wins
The Youngstown State men's basketball team had one of its most successful seasons as a Division I program, and, with its berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, it is the No. 6 storyline in Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#7: Ashley Dow Becomes First YSU Swimmer to Win Two League Titles
Sophomore Ashley Dow became the first Penguin swimmer in school history to win two individual titles at the Horizon League Championships, which is the No. 7 story in Youngstown State athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#8: Dosch Repeats as Second-Team Academic All-American, Gets Drafted By Orioles
In a span of eight days, Youngstown State baseball player Drew Dosch repeated as a Second-Team Academic All-American and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round. Dosch's successes earned him eighth place on the list of top 10 moments and storylines of YSU athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#9: Farmers National Bank Field Built for YSU Soccer
Youngstown State added a new facility gem on its campus, and the Penguins soccer team will play its inaugural season at Farmers National Bank Field this fall. The construction of the new soccer field and softball complex along Fifth Avenue is the No. 9 story in YSU athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#10: Allison Mitzel Takes Medalist Honors at Horizon League Golf Championship
Youngstown State sophomore women's golfer Allison Mitzel shot 71 and 73 in the final two days of the Horizon League Championship to win the conference title by seven strokes, earning her the No. 10 spot in the top 10 moments and storylines of Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]