The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week four of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne running back Jace Jordan was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back Eric Jackson was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Jordan, a junior from Mount Zion, Ga., erupted for 159 yards on 15 carries and a pair of touchdowns in Lenoir-Rhyne's 56-28 win over Mars Hill last week. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry and his two touchdowns were the first of his career as a Bear. He also added a catch for seven yards and two kick returns for 69 yards, finishing the day with 235 all-purpose yards. This is Jordan's first offensive player of the week accolade this season.
Jackson, a junior from Charleston, S.C., helped lead the Bears to a 56-28 win over Mars Hill in conference action last week. He made three interceptions in the final 22 minutes of play to secure the Bear victory. In addition to his three picks, Jackson had 10 tackles. He becomes the first Bear to have three interceptions in a game since 2013. This is Jackson's first defensive player of the week honor of the season.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Volleyball Players of the week for matches played during the fourth week of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne's Taylor Prall takes Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.
Prall, a junior outside hitter, helped lead the Bears to a 2-1 record in conference play this week. She tied for the second-most kills in a four-set match in South Atlantic Conference history when she recorded 30 in their 3-1 victory over Mars Hill. Prall also added a career-high 22 digs, while finishing out the week with 58 total kills averaging 5.27 a set, 35 digs, three blocks and three assists.
App State women's soccer earned its first Sun Belt win, defeating Georgia Southern 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Appalachian improves to 4-5-2 on the season and .500 in the Sun Belt at 1-1-1, while Georgia Southern is 4-5-1 and is handed its first loss in league action (1-1-1 SBC). App State stays undefeated at home with a 4-0-2 mark.
"To get that first win in the Sun Belt is huge," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "It was a great team performance, we went deep into our bench and got a lot great minutes from the girls. The energy on the sidelines was awesome and the fans were bought in, were loud, supportive and what we expect from App Nation."
The Mountaineers and Eagles were tied 1-1 until the 78th minute when Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) played Abbey Rand (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) in the top left corner of the box. Rand beat her defender before firing the shot past the goalkeeper to the right side of the net. For Rand, it's her second goal of the season. Both of her goals have either tied up the game or won the contest for the Black and Gold.
In the third minute of the contest, App State held a 1-0 lead after Jess Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) sent a free kick in the box that hit the head of a GS player before sailing over the goalkeeper.
App kept GS scoreless until four seconds left in the first half, when Brogan Boudreaux found the back of the net to tie up the contest going into the break.
Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) got the win between the posts, coming away with four stops on the afternoon, including an impressive save early in the first half. Emma McGibany (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) led the team with two shots on goal. The freshmen trio of McGibany, Hulda Agustsdottir (Husavik, Iceland/Völsungur) and Olivia Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) each led the team with a pair of shots.
App State will look to get its first road win on Friday, when it starts a three-game road trip starting with Louisiana at 8 pm (ET).
In front of a record crowd of 1,542, Appalachian State volleyball improved to 2-0 in Sun Belt play with a 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-10, 25-18) victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
Four players reached double figures in kills for App State (6-9, 2-0 SBC). Victoria Wilform led the way with a career-high 17 kills on a .552 hitting mark. Emma Longley added 15 kills, Kara Spicer finished with 11 and Grace Morrison tallied a season-high tying 10.
Emma Reilly recorded a match-high 23 digs on defense for the Black and Gold. Reilly has now reached 20 or more digs in three of her last four matches and also moved into eighth place in program history in career digs.
Sydney Farthing chipped in with nine digs, Grace Kinsch and Longley each had eight and Sam Bickley added seven digs. Bickley also dished out 48 assists in the victory.
With the opening set tied at 13-13, the Mountaineers scored three consecutive points, including back-to-back kills from Longley, to take a 16-13 lead. App State never relinquished the lead and used a kill from Spicer to take the opening frame 25-21.
Set 2 saw the Black and Gold take a 15-12 lead on a kill from Daryn Armstrong. The Mountaineers held the led for the majority of the set, but saw the Eagles (5-8, 0-2 SBC) rally to win the final four points of the set to win it 26-24 and even the match at a set apiece.
The Black and Gold responded strong in the third set, using a 6-0 run midway through the stanza to open a 13-5 lead. The Mountaineers led by as many as 15 points in the frame, ultimately taking a 2-1 lead in the contest with a 25-10 victory. In the set, the Mountaineers posted a perfect 11-of-11 mark on side out points.
In the fourth set, App State scored four points early on to build an 8-4 advantage. The Mountaineers used another 4-0 run later in the set to build an eight-point lead at 18-10. Georgia Southern pulled within four points, but could get no closer as a kill from Wilform clinched the set and victory.
The Black and Gold finished with 58 kills and a .233 hitting percentage, while limiting Georgia Southern to a .119 hitting mark, which is the second lowest hitting percentage by an opponent this season.
The Mountaineers will embark on a five-match Sun Belt road trip, beginning with a pair of matches in Louisiana next weekend. App State will take on Louisiana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST and ULM on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. EST.
Senior Michelle Taylor netted her first goal of the season in the third quarter to lift Appalachian State University field hockey to a 1-0 win over La Salle.
The Mountaineers (7-3, 0-2) earned their seventh victory of the season, already tying the team's win total from a season ago. App State's sixth shutout victory of 2019 also snapped a three-game losing streak.
"Today was really important for us to get some of our mojo back," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "We had a heartbreaker two Fridays ago against Ohio, and for us this a quality win over a good La Salle team. For us to get that win and grind through it, it gave us our confidence back."
After a strong initial push from the Explorers (4-5), Appalachian's defense stifled La Salle's attack for the remainder of the half. The Mountaineers allowed just two shots in the first half, outshooting the Explorers 10-2 through the first 30 minutes.
With the game tied seven minutes into the second half, sophomore Friederike Stegen slashed through the middle of the circle before laying off a pass to Taylor for the eventual game-winning score. Taylor's tally in the 38th minute made her the eighth Mountaineer to register a goal this season. Stegen's assist increased her total to five in 2019, which ranks first on the team.
Less than a minute later, senior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines recorded a save to maintain the App State lead. Appalachian's defense then shut down the Explorers, not allowing a shot in the final 22 minutes of action.
Ten Mountaineers fired shots in Sunday's victory, including four players not in the starting lineup. Junior Meghan Smart led App State with five shots and four shots on goal. Juniors Veerle Van Heertum and Chloe Bell recorded two shots apiece.
Gaines made three saves to secure her sixth shutout in 2019, boosting her career total to 12 clean sheets.
App State begins another road swing on Friday with a Mid-American Conference matchup at Central Michigan (2-8, 0-2 MAC). Friday's contest is set to begin at 3 p.m.
Sandwiched around nearby lightning strikes, Appalachian State put up plenty of offensive fireworks to win its Sun Belt Conference opener.
Zac Thomas had two touchdown passes while throwing for 246 yards and App State's three primary running backs accounted for a combined five rushing touchdowns in a 56-37 home win against Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The sold-out game at Kidd Brewer Stadium featured a two-hour, three-minute weather delay late in the first quarter.
"It was a unique game today with the delays and having to deal with the lightning," head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. "I thought our guys handled the adversity well. We also had the factor of where we spent a lot of energy last week against UNC, so to be able to come back and sustain that energy for as long as we did today made me real proud of our guys."
Thomas ended up completing 19 of his 23 pass attempts against the league's top-ranked defense, and walk-on Matthew McQuinn delivered a huge special teams play to help the Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0) turn a tie game late in the first half into a 42-21 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Chanticleers (3-2, 0-1) had cut their deficit to 42-30 late in the third quarter before cornerback Shaun Jolly returned his second career interception 24 yards for a touchdown with 11:59 remaining to help clinch the win, which included the biggest margin of victory in three Sun Belt matchups with Coastal.
Akeem Davis-Gaither had a sack among his team-leaading eight tackles for App State's defense, which had three first-time starters, and Demetrius Taylor followed up a starring performance against North Carolina with a batted down pass, one stop behind the line of scrimmage and a partially blocked punt.
Daetrich Harrington rushed for one touchdown and a team-high 71 yards on 11 carries, Darrynton Evans scored twice while adding 60 rushing yards and Marcus Williams Jr. had two rushing TDs in a 43-yard outing. In the passing game, tight end Collin Reed scored the 10th touchdown of his career in support of productive receivers Malik Williams (six catches for 75 yards), Thomas Hennigan (five catches for 89 yards) and Corey Sutton (five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown).
"We spent a lot of time in the film room this week, and I thought we did a good job of realizing this was a real good defense," Thomas said. "We had to make a statement on offense. We put up some pretty good numbers the last few weeks, but I think this game really set us apart as an offense. We were clicking, and even when stuff wasn't clicking, we were still making plays. This offense is really, really good."
The back-and-forth game turned in App State's favor late in the first half.
The Chanticleers used a 14-yard touchdown pass to pull even at 21-all with 3:52 remaining before halftime, and Thomas' 55-yard pass to Hennigan on the next play from scrimmage set up a scoring opportunity.
Williams Jr. followed his 13-yard run to the 1 by scoring a touchdown with 1:59 left in the half, and App State kicked off from midfield because of a penalty during Chandler Staton's extra point. McQuinn forced a fumble with a big hit at the 17-yard line, and Coastal Carolina recovered the ball at its own 3 before going three and out on offense.
Hennigan's punt return to the Chanticleers' 29 preceded Thomas' 15-yard touchdown pass to Sutton with 45 seconds left before the break, and the Mountaineers received to begin the second half. They increased their advantage to 21 points on a 22-yard touchdown run from Harrington, who scored for the first time since the 2017 regular-season finale, before he suffered a torn ACL in the spring of 2018.
Coastal Carolina put together a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to eat up the first five minutes of the game, and App State responded immediately with a 65-yard touchdown drive that included Williams' 35-yard reception on a third-and-7 play.
Evans capped that series with an 8-yard touchdown run, and the Mountaineers quickly regained possession with a three-and-out stop that included a batted down pass from Taylor, a quarterback pressure from Elijah Diarrassouba and Taylor getting his hand on the Coastal punt.
Sutton gained 48 yards to the Coastal 10 on an acrobatic catch of a deep first-down throw from Thomas, and Reed scored on an 11-yard pass.
Thomas completed his first nine pass attempts for 126 yards, and the two-hour delay began with the Mountaineers ahead 14-7. Once play resumed, the Chanticleers quickly responded with a 42-yard touchdown run, but App State regained the lead on Evans' second touchdown run of the day and his ninth rushing touchdown of the season. His 1-yard score came during a drive in which Thomas found Hennigan for a gain of 13 yards on a fourth-and-5 pass from the Coastal 28.
App State returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Louisiana. That game will be shown on ESPN2.
The No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team piled up 609 yards of total offense in a 56-28 victory over Mars Hill that featured three weather delays and took four hours and 52 minutes to complete. Grayson Willingham threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, while Jace Jordan ran for 159 yards and added a pair of TDs on the ground. Lenoir-Rhyne had won only five of the previous 20 matchups at Mars Hill and was leading just 28-21 at the half before outscoring the hosts 28-7 in the second half.
As has been the strength of LR, the run game was dominant again this afternoon. The Bears pounded out 332 rushing yards on 55 attempts, good for an average of 6.0 yards per carry. The Red & Black were led by Jordan who ran for 159 yards on 15 carries and added a pair of touchdowns in just his second game. Ameen Stevens ran for a pair of touchdowns, giving him five this year and 16 in his career. Caine Crews added a touchdown on the ground for LR.
Dareke Young netted his first-career 100-yard receiving game as the junior had five catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Young would add three carries for 19 yards on the ground as well. Preseason All-American WR Craig Rucker continued to be a playmaker, finishing with 10 catches for 161 yards and two TDs including a 75-yarder at the end of the third quarter. Rucker has two touchdown catches in each of his four games against LR and has gone over 130 yards on three occasions. Drake Starks has touchdown receptions in back-to-back games.
Jordan became the first Bear to run for 100 yards in a game this season. Combined with Young's 108 yards receiving, the duo became the first teammates to run and catch for over 100 yards in the same game since Sept. 29, 2018, when Stevens and T.J. Smith each topped the century mark against Tusculum.
DB Eric Jackson had a career-day finishing with 10 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and three interceptions including one in the Mars Hill end zone.
DL Dan Louba added six tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks, while Jaquan Artis registered his 20th career sack.
The Bears scored on their first drive but Mars Hill answered to even the game at seven. On the first play of the next drive, Willingham hit Jaquay Mitchell for an 80-yard touchdown strike. It was the first LR 80-yard passing TD since Miles Freeman hit Victor Brannan for an 82-yarder against Tusculum in 2014. LR went 10-for-13 on third down conversions and went 6-for-6 in red zone scoring.
The Bears' 609 yards of offense matched the most since Drew Cronic took over prior to the 2018 campaign. The Bears also put up 609 against Limestone on Homecoming last season. Before that, the Bears hadn't put up 600 yards in a game since 2014 when they had 622 against Tusculum on Sept. 27.
LR is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears continue conference play when they host UVA Wise next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Homecoming.
The No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team remained unbeaten on the season by beating Queens 4-1 Saturday evening. The Bears, who are off to their best start in program history, haven't had an eight-game winning streak since 2014 when they won the SAC regular-season championship and the tournament championship.
Aqsa Mushtaq opened up the scoring in the 16th minute off a free kick from 25 yards out. Allie Zueger then delivered a pass across the six-yard line to Madi Kyle who tapped in for a goal in the 27th minute to put the Bears up 2-0. Abigael McGarel then scored her sixth goal of the season off a penalty kick putting the Bears up 3-0 in the 44th minute. Christina Shimshock capped things off in the 70th minute scoring the Bears final goal, ripping a shot from outside the box for her first collegiate goal.
Bryce Brocovich scored the Royals lone goal of the game in the 75th minute.
The Bears outshot the Royals 21 (12 SOG) - 5 (1 SOG). The Bears also had more corner kicks 8-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne came into the week ranked No. 16 in the nation and No. 2 in the region and went 2-0 including a win over No. 20 North Georgia.
The Bears are outshooting their opponents 190 (100 SOG) - 56 (18 SOG).
This marked LR's first road match of the season. The Bears first seven games came at home.
LR is back in action at Carson-Newman on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
The fall tennis season opened this weekend at the ITA Southeast Regional and Lenoir-Rhyne sent four men and four women to compete. The results were some of the best in LR tennis history.
"I am so proud of our teams," said first year head coach Jesse Tarr. "It was a great day at the regionals against some of the toughest competition in the country and in very hot and humid conditions. An 11-4 record in singles is a tribute to the great people we have on our teams. That being said, this was day one and we still have work left to do. There's a lot of great tennis to look forward to in both the singles and doubles draws. We may have eight players here but each win by one is a win for all members of our tennis family."
Josh Lazenby - defeated Gabriel Dabdad (6-2, 6-3) in first round and defeated Pietro Martinetti (6-3, ret.) in the second round
Rhodri Atkinson - defeated Adam Elliget (6-3, 1-6, 6-2) in first round and lost to (9) Tommaso Schold (7-5, 6-2) in the second round
Lewis Scott - defeated Tommaso Rossin (6-2, 6-2) in the first round and defeated (16) Lucas Sasak (7-5, 0-6, 6-4) in the second round
Alex Hyman - defeated Bailey Horne (7-5, 2-6, 6-2) in the first round and defeated (9) Matei Avram (6-4, 5-7, 7-5) in the second round
Lucy Whelan - defeated Polina Radchenko (7-5, 7-5) in the first round and lost to (1) Candice Paya (6-1, 6-1) in the second round
Gemma Southwick - defeated Gabriel Karatantcheva (6-4, 6-2) in the first round and lost to (16) Vaishali Jorge (6-2, 6-1) in the second round
Ally Garofoli - defeated Katie Loudermilk (7-6 (2), 6-3) in the first round lost to (16) Anna Greer (7-5, 6-1) in the second round
Evelin Menyhart - defeated Nelli Lius (6-1, 6-0) in the second round
Atkinson/Lazenby defeat Horne/Shiell, (6-1)
Scott/Hyman lost to Avendano/Martin (7-6 (8))
Southwick/Whelan lost to Aguirre/Gonzalez Agud (6-1)
Garofoli/Menyhart lost to Tarlouskaya/Wuilloud (6-2)
In a matchup of last year's SAC co regular-season champions, the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead. The Bears crawled back into the matchup in the second half thanks to Goncalo Garcia's second goal of the year to make it 3-1 but Queens Goalie Sebastian Kalk closed the door on the Bears rally with five second-half saves (nine total).
The Royals jumped out early with two goals in a 107-second span to take a 2-0 lead eleven minutes in. Queens David Alvarez then added his second goal of the night at the 22nd-minute mark to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.
LR did have their chances in the first half however. Kalk stopped a Victor Cascon shot in front of the net, then one minute later stopped Goncalo Garcia's penalty kick. Kalk ended the first half with four saves.
The Bears wasted no time with a quick goal to start the second half. Garcia scored his second goal of the season one minute into the half as the Bears would outshoot the Royals, 17-11.
Entering the contest, Alexander Langer is third in the nation in Goalie Minutes Played. Langer has played all 658 minutes this year in goal for the Bears.
The Royals even the all-time series at 7-7-1 after the win. LR did win last year's matchup 3-2 at home. The Bears have not won at Queens since 1998.
The Bears are 4-3-1 overall, 1-1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will continue their road trip with a SAC matchup against Carson-Newman Wednesday evening at 5pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team rebounded from a Friday night defeat to sweep Newberry, 3-0 inside Shuford Gym on Saturday afternoon. The win wraps up LR's brief three-match homestand with the Bears going 2-1 in that stretch. This is the first three-set win at home on the season for LR.
Taylor Prall led the Bears with 12 kills and chipped in five digs while Rachel Bewick led LR with 17 digs. Madison Asher had her best game of the season as the junior middle back finished with seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Asher added five blocks and a pair of digs. Senior Selena Scudder was tremendous off the bench, coming in to dish out a career-high 13 assists with a pair of digs.
The Bears improve to 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears don't return home until Oct. 25 as the next nine matches take place outside of Hickory. L-R is off until Friday when they travel to Coker.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 12
South Caldwell: 12
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 28
East Burke: 35
West Caldwell: 12
Fred T. Foard: 26
Bunker Hill: 6
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Open: Alexander Central
Both Lenoir-Rhyne Women and Men's Cross Country teams competed in the Queen City Invitational Friday evening. The women finished 6th and the men finished 10th out of 43 teams despite hot conditions.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women finished with 210 total points and a total time of 1:36:09 with an average 5k time of 19:13. The Lenoir-Rhyne women were paced by Janet Kwambai who finished in 5th place with a 5k time of 18:19. The Bears finished better than any SAC school, topping both Anderson and Coker. This marks the Bears third straight top-10 finish on the season. The women's team was just recently ranked sixth in the southeast region by USTFCCCA.
On the men's side, LR finished with 332 total points and a total time of 2:16:05 with an average time of 27:13 in the 8k. LR paced just behind SAC opponents Anderson. Tafton Baker placed 29th for the men leading all of LR's runners with a 26:15 8k time. Just behind Baker was teammate Sean Incardona finishing in 69th place with a time of 27:06. There were over 332 runners that competed in the 8k.
LR's next meet will be the Queen Royal Challenge on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Queens.
Women's Top 5
1. Janet Kwambai (5) - 18:19
2. Caroline Hilliard (33) - 19:01
3. Kylie Dahlberg (39) - 19:08
4. Adie Bjerkness (73) - 19:49
5. Jordan Cruce (76) - 19:52
Women's Top 10
1. James Madison
3. Col. of Charleston
5. North Georgia
7. Western Carolina
9. Augusta University
10. Anderson (S.C.)
Men's Top 5 (overall finish in parenthesis)
1. Tafton Baker (29) - 26:15
2. Sean Incardona (69) - 27:06
3. Josh Adkins (76) - 27:16
4. Brian Kipkemboi (101) - 27:43
5. Eli Riggs (102) - 27:45
Men's Top 10
1. Augusta Univeristy
4. Anderson (S.C.)
6. Col. of Charleston
7. Western Carolina
9. Florida Tech
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team won the first set but ran out of steam as Anderson won the final three sets to hand LR its third loss of the season. The Bears have now lost seven straight against Anderson.
Taylor Prall continued her strong play, leading the Bears with 16 kills and posting a .300 hitting percentage. The junior added eight digs on the night. Prall has led LR in kills in all but one match this season. Her 173 kills on the season is 51 more than anyone in the conference.
Senior Alexis Ivey registered a season-high with seven kills and added four blocks. Sophomore Alannah Thomas came off the bench to chip in eight kills and four digs.
LR jumped out to a 25-17 win in the first set and erased a 14-11 deficit with an 8-0 scoring run. Katrina Samuels closed out the first set with a kill but the Trojans would rally to take the final three.
Anderson was led by Regan Duty who finished with 14 kills and was one of four players with double-digits in kills. Setter Emily Conlin added 53 assists and 21 digs for an impressive double-double.
The loss drops Lenoir-Rhyne to sixth in the conference standings with an 8-3 overall record and 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R returns to action Saturday afternoon when they host Newberry at 2 p.m.