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Sunday, 22 October 2017 23:24

App State Field Hockey Wins Fourth Straight Match

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Appalachian State University field hockey (8-8, 3-3 MAC) won its fourth straight game with a 3-2 victory at Ball State on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers improved to 8-8 overall and finished Mid-American Conference play with a 3-3 record. With the win, App State remains fourth in the MAC standings behind Longwood (11-4, 4-2) and ahead of Ohio (4-10, 2-3).

Appalachian owns a 5-1 record in the month of October with its only setback coming to then No. 15 Wake Forest. Over that stretch, App State has outscored its opponents 16-10 with three shutouts and boasts a perfect 3-0 record on the road.

Ball State (4-11, 0-4) opened up the scoring at 14:47 in the first half when Hillary Scott scored off a penalty corner. The Mountaineers would respond just five minutes later with their own penalty-corner score when freshman Veerle Van Heertum netted her second goal of the season. Seniors Taylor Cimbalist and Savanna Sheridan were credited with the assist. The score would remain 1-1 going into the half.

Another Mountaineer freshman in Meghan Smart scored what would end up being the game-winning goal just seven minutes into the second half.

Cimbalist got in on the scoring in the 53rd minute when her senior classmate, Rebecca McLean, assisted her 11th goal of the season. The Cardinals would get within one goal, but the Mountaineers powered through for a 3-2 win.

The App State defense allowed just four Ball State shots with three being on target as goalkeeper Rachel Gaines protected the net with one save. Appalachian had 11 shots (10 on goal) and received eight penalty corners.

The Mountaineers will gear up for their final weekend of the regular season that includes a matchup at No. 2 Duke on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Senior Day against American on Sunday, Oct. 29.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (10-4-1, 5-2-1) used a match-winning goal just 2:16 into the second overtime by sophomore midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, ENGLAND) to down Wingate (8-3, 7-2), 1-0, Saturday on the road in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Pride Park.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) made four saves and picked up her sixth shutout of the season. Wingate’s goalkeeper, Alexis Jones (Midway Park, Ohio), took the loss despite allowing just one goal while stopping four shots. Both keepers played the entire match.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 10-9 edge in shots taken. Mushtaq scored her fourth goal of the year and second match-winner of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne won at Wingate for the first time since the 1998 campaign. Despite the drought, the Bears have tied the Bulldogs on their home turf three times: 2002, 2013 and 2015.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-0-1 in overtime contests this season.

The Bears also earned their eighth consecutive winning record in SAC regular season play.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., in a league contest.

A record-breaking day for senior quarterback Taylor Lamb helped first-place Appalachian State remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play.


Lamb threw for a career-high 427 yards and became the school's leader in career touchdown passes as the Mountaineers overcame a halftime deficit to win 37-29 against Coastal Carolina before a crowd of 30,179 at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.

App State (5-2, 4-0) returns to action next weekend at UMass and resumes its league schedule at ULM on Nov. 4.

With two long touchdown passes to Jalen Virgil increasing his career total to 76, Lamb broke a first-place tie with Armanti Edwards, who had 74 from 2006-09. Lamb's 427 yards rank second in school history behind the 433 Edwards had against South Carolina State in 2008.

Virgil also had an 83-yard touchdown while totaling five receptions for a career-high 186 yards, the highest mark for an App State receiver since Sean Price had 231 against Georgia Southern in 2012.

App State took a 23-22 lead into the final quarter thanks to Virgil's 53-yard touchdown catch midway through the third period. The Mountaineers stretched the lead to 30-22 when redshirt freshman Marcus Williams Jr. scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run with 12:47 left, and Okon Godwin's fumble recovery inside the Coastal Carolina 20 with 8:37 remaining set up another 1-yard TD run from Williams with 6:16 left.


Virgil's first touchdown, which came on a deep throw with App State already ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, allowed Lamb to move into sole possession of first place on the school's career list for TD passes. The Chanticleers (1-6, 0-4) scored 19 straight points to take a 22-17 lead before Lamb reconnected with Virgil, who caught the ball along the left sideline and weaved all the way across the field before scoring near the right-front pylon.

App State has made second-half comebacks in all four of its league wins.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Cross Country Team finished fifth overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Saturday morning at Southside Park.

Queens, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II, won its second league title in three seasons behind the strength of seven runners in the top 12. The Royals also had the individual champion in Tom Bains, who ran the 8K course in 24:28.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.) and senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who finished 16th (25:55) and 18th (26:08), respectively, on their way to honorable mention all-league accolades.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 4, in Wingate, N.C., on the campus of Wingate University.

2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Cross Country Championship
October 21 – Newton, N.C.
Southside Park

1. Queens 23
2. Wingate 88
3. Anderson 95
4. Lincoln Memorial 122
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 135
6. Mars Hill 151
7. Carson-Newman 158
8. Catawba 188
9. Tusculum 219
10. Coker 280
11. Newberry 288

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
16. Corbin Boyles 25:55
18. Jacob Black 26:08
25. Brett Vogelsang 26:29
32. Zack Bunch 26:45
47. Josh Adkins 27:25
48. Derek Chavis 27:27
54. Jacob Franklin 27:45
55. Petar Ivackovic 27:56
56. Brett Haas 27:56
71. Aubrey Hite 28:44

All-SAC First Team
Tom Bains, Queens (Runner Of The Year)
Luke Greer, Carson-Newman
Daniel Wallis, Queens
Nick Kipkemei, Queens
Mason Hazel, Anderson
Felix Wammetsberger, Queens
Micah Kipchumba, Wingate

All-SAC Second Team
Nepolian Patel, Wingate
Conal McCambridge, Queens
Jose Rosas, Queens
Ben Clark, Anderson
Anthony Raftis, Queens
Dalton Cox, Wingate
Jorge Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial

Honorable Mention All-SAC
Kelvin Ronoh, Carson-Newman
Corbin Boyles, Lenoir-Rhyne
Garrett Farrimond, Mars Hill
Jacob Black, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amos Korir, Carson-Newman
Weston Hutto, Anderson
Jacob Gatewood, Lincoln Memorial

SAC All-Freshman Team
Nick Kipkemei, Queens (Freshman Of The Year)
Felix Wammetsberger, Queens
Micah Kipchumba, Wingate
Ben Clark, Anderson
Kelvin Ronoh, Carson-Newman

Coach Of The Year
Kevin Licht, Queens

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Cross Country Team finished sixth overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships Saturday morning at Southside Park.

Queens, ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II, took home its second straight league title courtesy of having two of the races’ top three runners including the individual champion in Hannah Wolkenhauer.

Wolkenhauer finished the 5K course in 17:13 while Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Erin Illich (Waco, Texas), who took 26th overall with a time of 19:41.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships which will take place on Saturday, November 4, in Wingate, N.C., on the campus of Wingate University.

2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Cross Country Championship
October 21 – Newton, N.C.
Southside Park

1. Queens 36
2. Anderson 59
3. Wingate 68
4. Catawba 161
5. Lincoln Memorial 171
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 172
7. Tusculum 175
8. Carson-Newman 178
9. Coker 254
10. Mars Hill 285
11. Newberry 295

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
26. Erin Illich 19:41
33. Kendall Toineeta 19:49
38. Kylie Dahlberg 20:03
44. Blakely Gantt 20:09
46. Domtila Kiplagat 20:23
54. Brooke Zeman 20:55
55. Adie Bjerkness 20:56
60. Katie Gull 21:06
63. Gabriella Dalton 21:10
79. Faith Faller 22:34

All-SAC First Team
Hannah Wolkenhauer, Queens (Runner Of The Year)
Darroneshia Lott, Coker
Lucie Noall, Queens
Haylee Love, Anderson
Madison Hiatt, Wingate
Juliet Salgueiro, Wingate
Allyson Malone, Anderson

All-SAC Second Team
Natane Deruytter, Queens
Gillian Kasitz, Queens
Whitney Elliott, Lincoln Memorial
Hannah Mercer, Catawba
Olivia Evans, Anderson
Abby Bozarth, Anderson
Clementine Archinard, Wingate

Honorable Mention All-SAC
Allyson Arellano, Queens
Mandi Moxie, Queens
Haley Schaeffer, Queens
Tabea Kandlbauer, Lincoln Memorial
Gabriela Iademarco, Queens
Alissa Furches, Tusculum
Priscah Jemeli, Carson-Newman

SAC All-Freshman Team
Gillian Kasitz, Queens (Freshman Of The Year)
Olivia Evans, Anderson
Clementine Archinard, Wingate
Allyson Arellano, Queens
Haley Schaeffer, Queens

Coach Of The Year
Kevin Licht, Queens

Sunday, 22 October 2017 22:42

App State Volleyball Loses to Louisiana

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Appalachian State volleyball lost a tough match to SBC opponent Louisiana on Friday, Oct. 20 (18-25, 22-25, 19-25).

App State had more kills and digs than Louisiana during the match, but it was not enough to overcome the Ragin' Cajuns. In the first set, App State answered back to Louisiana until the Ragin' Cajuns pulled ahead to capture the lead for the remainder of the set.

In the second set, the Mountaineers tied it up with a 4-0 run to bring the score to 19-19. A 4-0 run from Louisiana set them apart and allowed them to earn the victory.

App State was ready to play in the third and final set, starting off with a 5-0 run early on to bring the score up 7-2. The Mountaineers held onto the lead until Louisiana came back at 13-13. Despite kills from Courtney Sullivan, Grace Morrison and Jenna Talbert late in the set, Louisiana won 25-19 to seal the overall victory.

Appalachian State will continue their Sun Belt play Saturday, Oct. 21 in Monroe, Louisiana against the Warhawks at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Appalachian State women's soccer senior Lindsey Tully scored in a third straight match, but the Mountaineers and the Warhawks of ULM (3-12-2, 2-5-2) concluded to a 1-1 draw on Friday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers (3-10-4, 2-5-2 SBC) were on the attack the entire evening with a season-high 13 shots on goal and 24 shots overall, giving the Black and Gold a .542 SOG percentage. Over the last two matches, App is 22-for-41 (.537) in SOG and shot attempts. However, the Apps could just muster one goal on those opportunities when Kat Greer found Lindsey Tully for her third score of the season in the 10th minute to give App an early 1-0 edge.

The Charlotte, N.C. native is undoubtedly ending the season on a high note as she's surpassed her personal best for goals in a season and shots on goal. Tully finished with an impressive five SOG on eight shots overall to lead App in both categories.

App led for the 54 minutes of the match until ULM's Mia Walters tied up the contest, 1-1. Appalachian kept the pressure on the ULM with nine more shots during the rest of regulation, but couldn't convert to take the lead or capture the win. Tully attempted a shot on target in the first overtime period, while Sarah Moon fired off a shot on goal, but wouldn't find the back of the net.

Taylor Ray got the start while Sam Steyl would also see action between the posts. Ray came away with two saves, and Steyl chipped in with one stop.

App State will need a win against Coastal Carolina on Sunday to stay in the hunt for a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament. The Mountaineers will honor seniors, Erin Settle, Sarah Peatross, Sam Steyl, Sharon Osterbind, Morgan Mosack, Tully, Sarah Moon and Kelly Flanders before the 1 p.m. match.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 22:33

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Falls to Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Swimming Team (2-1) fell to Mars Hill, 153-109, in a dual meet and the home opener Friday night at the Shuford Physical Education Center.

Despite the loss, junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) shines for the Bears. Koert won three races on the evening: the 500-yard (5:30.20) and 1,000-yard (11:02.99) freestyle events and the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.53).

LR's 200-yard freestyle relay team - consisting of sophomores Jessica Myers (York, S.C.), Cora Dodson (Waynesville, N.C.) and Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) and freshman Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) - won with a time of 1:45.91.

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming next travels to Atlanta, Ga., to face Emory (host school), Catawba, Wingate and Georgia Southern on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4.

Mars Hill 153, Lenoir-Rhyne 109
Friday, October 20, 2017
Hickory, N.C. – Shuford P.E. Center

Sunday, 22 October 2017 21:20

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming Defeats Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 146-115 victory over Mars Hill Friday night in the 2017-18 home opener at the Shuford P.E. Center.

The Bears were led by sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), who won three events on the evening: 100-yard breaststroke (58.20), 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.55) and 400-yard individual medley (4:12).

In addition, senior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) took first place in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.77) and 500-yard freestyle (4:52.74). Both Queen and McRea were also part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:27.74).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in Atlanta, Ga., on the campus of Emory University against Catawba, Wingate and Georgia Southern as well on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 21:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Swept by Tusculum

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The Tusculum Volleyball Team swept Lenoir-Rhyne, 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference contest Friday night at Pioneer Arena. Tusculum, which avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne, won by scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-13.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond finished with eight kills and 14 digs while junior setters Jessica Funk and Bailey Cloninger, a St. Stephens grad, added 17 and 11 assists, respectively, in the setback.

Tusculum was led by Cassie Born with 16 kills while Shannon Murphy added a double-double – 46 assists and 10 digs – in the victory.

L-R lost its seventh straight match to a league opponent.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 8-9 overall and 4-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears next travel to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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