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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, league officials announced earlier today. de Goya is the second Bears’ player to earn league MVP honors in as many years (Ismael Noumansana in 2016).

de Goya, a junior midfielder from Madrid, SPAIN, is one of four Bears to earn 2017 All-SAC First Team accolades: junior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, GERMANY), freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) and senior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) were the others.

de Goya ranks second in goals scored (12) and third in total points (27) in the league and has earned AstroTurf SAC Player-of-the-Week accolades twice for the Bears.

Cascon ranks second on the squad in goals scored (four) and total points (11) while Simon has three goals so far this fall. Both players have started all 16 matches for Lenoir-Rhyne. Cihan anchors a defense which has allowed just 16 goals all year.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Emil Tansinda (Sale, ENGLAND) and senior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned second-team all-league honors for the Bears. King has a 0.95 goals against-average with 61 saves and seven shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-3-3, 6-2-2), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, tied for second in the conference regular season standings – its best finish in 11 years – and hosted a Quarterfinal Round match of the 2017 SAC Championship.

Despite last night’s loss, Lenoir-Rhyne moved up one spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings to second. The top six teams in the region earn bids to the national postseason tournament. The NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Soccer Teams

FIRST TEAM
F – Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Till Neumann, Newberry
F – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
MF – Florian Simon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Filipe Checco, Wingate
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
D – Sercan Cihan, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
D – Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate

SECOND TEAM
F – Edmundo Robinson, Queens
F - Elliot Cutts, Wingate
F – Elma N'For, Wingate
F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Mateo Correa, Wingate
MF – Cameron Emerson, Anderson
D – Emil Tansinda, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill
D – Christoph Willemsen, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ronaldo de Jesus, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne

HONORABLE MENTION
F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial
F – Thomas Joergsholm, Anderson
F – Ashley Kelynack, Carson-Newman
F – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
MF – Tobias Henriksen, Newberry
MF – Fabrizio Bucco, Newberry
MF – Cam Macer, Mars Hill
D – Philipp Hollenhorst, Catawba
D – Jonny Le Quesne, Carson-Newman
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
D – Robbie Jenkinson, Coker
GK – Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman

Player of the Year
Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
Till Neumann, Newberry

Coach of the Year
Gary Hamill, Wingate

Statistical Champions
Goals per Match: Till Neumann, Newberry | 1.0
Points per Match: Till Neumann, Newberry | 2.15
Assists per Match: Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial | 0.47
Goals Against Average: Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne | .822
Save Percentage: Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne | .809
Shutouts: Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman | 8
Team Points per Match: Wingate | 6.31
Team Goals per Match: Wingate | 2.31
Team Assists per Match: Wingate | 1.69
Team Shutouts: Carson-Newman | 9
Team Goals Against Average: Lenoir-Rhyne | .822
Team Winning Percentage: Lenoir-Rhyne | .767

NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
Southeast Regional Rankings
(November 1, 2017)

1. Limestone 13-2-2
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-3
3. Young Harris 11-2-2
4. Wingate 12-4-1
5. Lander 11-3-1
6. Lincoln Memorial 10-3-3
7. Chowan 11-4-2
8. Lees-McRae 11-4-3

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:33

App State Women's Soccer Falls in Sun Belt Tournament

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Appalachian State University women's soccer fell to top-seeded South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament by a score of 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.

The Jaguars advance to the semifinal round to face Little Rock on Friday, while the 2017 season has concluded for App.

USA would score both of its goals within an 11-minute span at the 32nd and 43 third minutes of the first half. The Mountaineers held the Jaguars scoreless for the first 31 minutes of the stanza, which saw Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) come up with some big saves, while Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) would fire the Apps' lone attempt at the goal.

Despite the setback, the Apps shutout the Jaguars in the second half, as Ray notched five stops in the period and eight overall.

App State ends the season with a 4-11-4 mark but will return the likes of Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce), Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and a plethora of talented underclassmen. The Mountaineers will expect to bounce back and have strong season in 2018.

The Tusculum Women’s Soccer Team (10-6-1) advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5-2) on penalty kicks, 4-2, in the opening round on Tuesday at Pioneer Field. The match officially ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action.

Jordan Newby (Clinton, Tenn.) scored for Tusculum in the first half while junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) scored for the Bears at the 83:28 mark of the second half. The goal was Brown’s team-leading seventh of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-15 edge in shots taken.

Both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) and Tusculum’s Hannah Graham (Peachtree City, Ga.) – allowed just one goal while playing all 110 minutes of the contest. Morris had seven saves while Graham stopped five shots.

The Bears failed to advance to the league tournament semifinals for the second time in three seasons.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-3), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, fell to Anderson (9-7-1) by a 3-2 score in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Tuesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Trojans were the sixth seed in the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament while the Bears were seeded third. Lenoir-Rhyne saw its five-match winning streak snapped.

The Trojans scored all three of their goals in the second half in a span of just over 11 minutes.

The last two goals of the match were penalty kicks – courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, GERMANY) and Anderson’s Lars Kuala (Homburg, GERMANY) – with Kuala’s being the contest-winner at the 72:51 mark of the second half.

Anderson was able to hold on for the win despite Lenoir-Rhyne holding a 28-13 edge in shots taken.

The Trojans’ goalkeeper, Gal Elyashiv (Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL), earned the victory after making nine saves while senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal for LR. King made six saves.

Anderson was 1-0-1 against the Bears this year with both matches on the road.

Anderson will face seventh-seeded Queens (8-5-4) in the league tournament semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m., at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne will wait to see if it can earn a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The top six teams in the region earn a bid to the postseason (Lenoir-Rhyne is currently ranked third this week). The selection show is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-11, 6-9) suffered a 3-1 loss to Anderson (21-3, 15-1) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Trojans, winners of 15 straight matches, downed the Bears by scores of 25-22, 25-18, 20-25 and 26-24.

Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman right side hitter Laila Horton (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied a career-high in kills with 14 while senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) had another double-double – 11 kills and 22 digs – in the losing effort.

Four players reached double figures for the Trojans in kills – led by Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) with 17 – while Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 53 assists and 16 digs in the victory.

The Trojans were able to rally from a 21-14 deficit in the fourth set to take the victory.

Anderson swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and increased its winning streak to 15 matches.

The Trojans are now a full one match ahead on Wingate in the conference standings coming down the home stretch.

Lenoir-Rhyne was celebrating its Dig Pink night, the annual fundraising match for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in a league contest Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women's basketball used a dominating fourth quarter to push past Tusculum, 78-58, on Tuesday afternoon at the Holmes Center in the lone exhibition of the preseason.

The Mountaineers outscored the Pioneers, 24-6, in the final frame while shooting 57.1 percent in the period, which was the best of any quarter. App State ended the contest on a 17-0 run over the final 5:42 of the game, and held Tusculum scoreless over the final 6:35 of the game on 0-for-11 shooting.

Tusculum got off to a strong start shooting 53.3 percent from the floor en route to a 22-12 first quarter lead. But the Mountaineers started clawing their way back outscoring the visitors over the next three quarters. Appalachian took a commanding lead after a 54-54 tie thanks to a 5-2 spurt in the beginning of the fourth period, a lead that App wouldn't relinquish.

Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) led the way on offense with a game-high 21 points, while LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) poured in 18 points and grabbed eight boards. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) registered 13 points and corralled 11 off the glass for a double-double.

App State will have 10 days before it hosts ACC foe and WNIT runner-up, Georgia Tech in the season opener on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State junior guard Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep School, W. Va) has been voted Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt by the league's head coaches.

Last season, Shabazz was named Third Team All-Sun Belt after starting all 30 games for the Mountaineers and averaging a team-high 16.7 points. He became just the 21st player in program history to score at least 500 points in a single season, pouring in 502.

Shabazz will enter his third season at App State with 872 career points and needs just 128 points to become the 32nd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

Shabazz and the Mountaineers will host an exhibition against Warren Wilson at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Center on November 7. Appalachian State will officially tip-off the season on November 11 by hosting Toccoa Falls in the Holmes Center at 3:30 p.m.

Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt
Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Sport Management)
Ike Smith (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Sport Management)
Kevin Hervey (UTA, Senior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Erick Neal (UTA, Senior, Guard, Broadcasting)
Jordon Varnado (Troy, Junior, Forward)

Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt
Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Junior, Guard, Criminal Justice)
Jaylen Shaw (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Guard)
D'Marcus Simonds (Georgia State, Sophomore, Guard, Sociology)
Bryce Washington (Louisiana, Senior, Forward, Accounting)
Wesley Person (Troy, Senior, Guard, International Business)

Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt
Frank Bartley (Louisiana, Senior, Guard, Sociology)
Travis Munnings (ULM, Junior, Forward, General Studies)
Demario Beck (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Forward)
Mike Hughes (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard, Sport Management)
Nijal Pearson (Texas State, Sophomore, Guard, Business Management)

Preseason Player of the Year
Kevin Hervey (UTA, Senior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) finalized and released the playoff brackets for the 2017 Men’s Soccer Championships. The tournament will have four classifications of play with six playoff rounds each. The 1A and 4A brackets will field a complement of 48 teams each with 2A and 3A brackets fielding 64 teams each.

Play is scheduled to begin with games at the higher seed through the first five rounds beginning with first round contests on November 1st. Second round is scheduled for November 4th, the third round is slated for November 8th, fourth round games are set for November 11th and the Regional Finals are planned for November 14th.

The State Championship Matches will be contested on Saturday, November 18th in Raleigh at NC State University’s Dail Soccer Field. Play is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Tickets to the Championships are $8.00 at the gate, or digital tickets can be purchased in advance through the NCHSAA’s partnership with GoFan.

Area teams with first round opponents are in bold:

1A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
EAST
#1 - Franklin Academy (19-0-1) vs. #32 - BYE
#16 – Oxford Prep (12-9-0) vs #17 - Camden County (10-10-2)
#8 - Cape Hatteras (6-7-0) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - East Columbus (4-12-1) vs #24 - Lejeune (3-18-0)
#5 - Hobbton (17-4-2) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Holmes (12-9-1) vs #21 - Rosewood (11-11-0)
#13 - Lakewood (10-11-0) vs #20 - Perquimans (9-11-0)
#4 - Research Triangle (20-3-0) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Manteo (17-3-1) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Woods Charter (10-8-0) vs #19 - North Duplin (10-7-1)
#6 - Southside (18-5-0) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Voyager Acad. (18-8-0) vs #22 - Chatham Charter (7-11-0)
#7 - East Carteret (4-13-0) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Raleigh Charter (11-5-3) vs #23 - Pender (5-14-0)
#15 - Riverside (13-3-2) vs #18 - Louisburg (9-11-0)
#2 - Granville Central (19-1-1) vs #31 - BYE

WEST
#1 - Pine Lake Prep. (17-1-1) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - West Montgomery (10-5-0) vs #17 - Blue Ridge Early College (10-7-0)
#8 - Community School of Davidson (15-3-0) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - North Moore (17-2-1) vs #24 - Bradford Prep (5-13-0)
#5 - Lincoln Charter (13-5-0) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Mount Airy (19-1-1) vs #21 - Alleghany (6-10-2)
#13 - Queens Grant (12-7-0) vs #20 - Highland School of Technology (6-11-0)
#4 - Gray Stone Day (18-1-1) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Starmount (18-1-2) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Union Acad. (8-9-0) vs #19 - East Surry (5-10-1)
#6 - Highlands (14-8-2) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Hayesville (11-5-1) vs #22 - Uwharrie Charter Acad. (8-8-0)
#7 - Avery County (9-6-0) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Thomas Jefferson (10-4-1) vs #23 - East Wilkes (7-15-0)
#15 - Polk County (9-9-1) vs #18 - Mountain Island Charter (6-13-1)
#2 - Bishop McGuinness (14-2-3) vs #31 - BYE

2A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
EAST:
#1 - East Duplin (17-3-0) vs #32 - Eastern Randolph (5-11-1)
#16 - Whiteville (14-6-1) vs #17 - East Montgomery (7-4-2)
#8 - North Johnston (13-10-1) vs #25 - Southwest Onslow (9-12-1)
#9 - Washington (13-4-1) vs #24 - Wheatmore (16-5-0)
#5 - Jordan-Matthews (16-3-2) vs #28 - Spring Creek (7-12-1)
#12 - Currituck County (10-6-1) vs #21 - Kenan (13-6-1)
#13 - Randleman (11-10-1) vs #20 - Wallace-Rose Hill (17-4-2)
#4 - Carrboro (18-2-2) vs #29 - Trinity (10-12-0)
#3 - Dixon (19-2-1) vs #30 - Northeastern (9-9-1)
#14 - Durham School of the Arts (12-6-1) vs #19 - Bunn (11-10-0)
#6 - Roanoke Rapids (19-0-1) vs #27 - Heide Trask (8-13-1)
#11 - Croatan (13-9-0) vs #22 - Richlands (12-9-0)
#7 - East Bladen (20-1-0) vs #26 - Midway (9-11-0)
#10 - Clinton (18-5-0) vs #23 - NCSSM (12-5-1)
#15 - North Lenoir (16-4-1) vs #18 - North Pitt (9-4-3)
#2 - First Flight (16-1-0) vs #31 - Greene Central (15-6-1)

WEST:
#1 - Newton-Conover (21-0-2) vs #32 - North Davidson (8-13-2)
#16 - Lexington Senior (17-6-0) vs #17 - East Lincoln (14-8-0)
#8 - Owen (14-5-1) vs #25 - Franklin (10-12-1)
#9 - Forest Hills (15-5-1) vs #24 - Bandys (10-11-0)
#5 - East Henderson (17-2-1) vs #28 - North Surry (8-11-0)
#12 - Hendersonville (11-2-2) vs #21 - East Gaston (13-7-0)
#13 - South Point (16-4-1) vs #20 - Salisbury (13-6-2)
#4 - Shelby (19-2-0) vs #29 - Ashe County (14-9-0)
#3 - Forbush (20-1-0) vs #30 - Thomasville (12-10-1)
#14 - Surry Central (14-5-0) vs #19 - Foard (12-7-4)
#6 - Central Davidson (20-2-0) vs #27 - Atkins (11-9-1)
#11 - Ledford Senior (18-3-0) vs #22 - Smoky Mountain (12-10-1)
#7 - Wikes Central (19-3-0) vs #26 - West Iredell (9-11-2)
#10 - Lake Norman Charter (12-5-2) vs #23 - Maiden (8-10-1)
#15 - Hibriten (11-7-3) vs #18 - Lincolnton (12-8-1)
#2 - Patton (20-1-0) vs #31 - Chase (9-9-0)

3A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings
EAST:
#1 - Jacksonville (18-1-1) vs #32 - South Johnston (11-7-1)
#16 - Eastern Alamance (16-4-2) vs #17 - Conley (12-9-1)
#8 - Gray’s Creek (19-3-0) vs #25 - Northern Durham (12-6-2)
#9 - Southern Nash (12-7-2) vs #24 - Southern Wayne (8-10-2)
#5 - Chapel Hill (17-4-1) vs #28 - West Johnston (9-7-5)
#12 - Clayton (14-6-3) vs #21 - Asheboro (16-3-1)
#13 - Fike (13-6-2) vs #20 - Swansboro (14-6-2)
#4 - Cleveland (17-1-4) vs #29 - Franklinton (16-7-1)
#3 - Lee County (21-2-0) vs #30 - Rose (9-10-0)
#14 - East Chapel Hill (13-6-0) vs #19 - New Hanover (15-4-5)
#6 - Aycock (14-4-0) vs #27 - Hunt (12-11-0)
#11 - Williams (17-2-1) vs #22 - Northside-Jacksonville (8-10-1)
#7 - Northern Guilford (17-3-2) vs #26 - Union Pines (13-8-1)
#10 - White Oak (13-8-1) vs #23 - Orange (13-6-2)
#15 - Southern Lee (11-5-2) vs #18 - Cape Fear (16-5-1)
#2 - Topsail (16-4-0) vs #31 - West Brunswick (7-12-1)

WEST:
#1 - Reynolds, A.C. (18-2-2) vs #32 - Parkwood (7-11-1)
#16 - Roberson (12-6-4) vs #17 - Weddington (13-5-0)
#8 - Forestview (15-5-1) vs #25 - Mount Tabor (8-12-3)
#9 - Asheville (19-1-1) vs #24 - St. Stephens (12-8-1)
#5 - Southwestern Randolph (20-3-0) vs #28 - West Henderson (9-13-1)
#12 - Watauga (15-6-2) vs #21 - Brown (13-7-3)
#13 - Northwest Cabarrus (12-5-2) vs #20 - Tuscola (10-8-2)
#4 - Cox Mill (13-4-3) vs #29 - North Iredell (10-5-2)
#3 - Statesville (18-3-2) vs #30 - Kings Mountain (15-5-2)
#14 - North Gaston (15-5-1) vs #19 - Enka (14-7-1)
#6 - Hickory (15-6-1) vs #27 - Robinson (11-11-0)
#11 - Parkland (12-2-0) vs #22- Cuthbertson (9-9-0)
#7 - Southwest Guilford (14-7-1) vs #26 - Piedmont (11-10-0)
#10 - Charlotte Catholic (16-6-1) vs #23 - North Forsyth (10-7-1)
#15 - South Iredell (10-8-1) vs #18 - Erwin (13-7-2)
#2 - Marvin Ridge (16-3-1) vs #31 - Central Cabarrus (12-9-0)

4A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
EAST:
#1 - Cardinal Gibbons (18-0-2) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - Laney (11-13-0) vs #17 - Jordan (8-9-2)
#8 - Ashley (16-2-4) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - Panther Creek (14-6-1) vs #24 - Corinth Holders (7-9-3)
#5 - Apex Friendship (15-4-0) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Wakefield (10-12-1) vs #21 - Leesville Road (8-10-3)
#13 - Cary (13-8-1) vs #20 - Knightdale (9-10-4)
#4 - Green Hope (18-2-2) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Heritage (22-1-0) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Broughton (12-7-0) vs #19 - Wake Forest (11-7-3)
#6 - New Bern (12-5-2) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Apex (12-7-1) vs #22 - Holly Springs (7-11-2)
#7 - Pine Forest (18-5-1) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Enloe (12-3-7) vs #23 - Sanderson (8-13-1)
#15 - Millbrook (12-11-1) vs #18 - Athens Drive (11-10-2)
#2 - Hoggard (19-1-1) vs #31 - BYE

WEST:
#1 - Hough (20-1-0) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - Butler (11-5-3) vs #17 - Independence (13-8-0)
#8 - Myers Park (14-3-1) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - Reynolds, R.J. (17-4-0) vs #24 - Glenn (10-12-2)
#5 - Reagan (17-5-1) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Mooresville (12-9-0) vs #21 - North Mecklenburg (13-7-2)
#13 - Britt (12-9-3) vs #20 - Lake Norman (11-9-2)
#4 - Northwest Guilford (19-2-1) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Porter Ridge (18-1-2) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - East Forsyth (14-5-1) vs #19 - High Point Central (11-9-1)
#6 - Pinecrest (20-2-1) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Page (10-6-0) vs #22 - Mallard Creek (12-9-1)
#7 - South Caldwell (10-5-3) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - South Mecklenburg (12-4-3) vs #23 - Lumberton (16-6-0)
#15 - West Forsyth (12-8-2) vs #18 - Ardrey Kell (11-8-3)
#2 - Providence (18-0-3) vs #31 - BYE

Appalachian State senior linebacker Eric Boggs was named the Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for his standout all-around performance against UMass on Saturday.

Boggs tied his career high of 15 tackles, recorded one interception, posted one sack, forced one fumble and broke up two passes. His forced fumble set up App State’s first touchdown, and his 36-yard interception return led to the Mountaineers’ second touchdown.

Boggs is one of only two active FBS players with at least 300 career tackles, 10 sacks and seven interceptions. The other is Ohio’s Quentin Poling.

Boggs now has 313 career tackles, which rank 11th among active FBS players and seventh among active FBS linebackers. He has a team-best 68 tackles this season after leading App State with 98 in 2016 and 104 in 2015.

Boggs has been named the Sun Belt's Defensive Player of the Week three times in his career. He won the award twice as a sophomore in 2015, when he had 11 tackles and two interceptions against ULM and six tackles and three sacks against Louisiana. He also had a 15-tackle game against South Alabama that year.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team picked up a huge exhibition victory over NCAA Division I-foe The Citadel, 97-83, Sunday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears used a 61-point second half to key the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) with a double-double – 20 points and 13 rebounds (and five blocks) – while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 18 points off the bench.

Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a 13-point first half deficit – 35-22 with 4:03 left in the first half – to take the victory. The Bears also shot 69 percent (22-of-32) after halftime and hit seven of their 10 treys in the second half.

Five players scored in double figures for Lenoir-Rhyne including senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.), who totaled 10 points and dished out a game-high six assists.

The Citadel hit 16 three-pointers despite the loss. The Bulldogs also had five players in double figures and were led by Matt Frierson (Laurel, Md.) with 21 points on seven treys.

Lenoir-Rhyne came close two years ago against an NCAA Division I school in an exhibition. The Bears fell in double overtime to Clemson, 87-84, in Greenville, S.C., on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017-18 campaign on Friday, November 10, in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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