The No. 17 Mercyhurst Women’s Lacrosse Team (1-1) held off a furious Lenoir-Rhyne rally to prevail over the Bears by a 15-13 score Thursday afternoon at Moretz Stadium. LR is 1-4 on the season.
The Lakers’ Angelina Simon (Snyder, N.Y.) scored four goals while Taylor Izzo (Buffalo, N.Y.) added a goal and six assists as Mercyhurst raced to a 13-7 lead at the 16:28 mark of the second half and held off Lenoir-Rhyne to take the win.
The Bears were paced by junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), who scored a game-high six goals in the setback. Sophomore midfielder Kaley Harris (Havre de Grace, Md.) and junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) also scored twice for Lenoir-Rhyne but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Abby Miller (Cranberry Township, Pa.) stopped five shots for the victory in goal for Mercyhurst, who held a 33-22 advantage in shots taken. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite making 10 saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne has played its first five games at home and will now play away from Moretz Stadium for the first time this year.
Sousa and Elmore rank first and second on the team in goals scored with 13 and 12, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., against Wingate.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (17-4), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, made easy work of Davis & Elkins (5-5) with a doubleheader sweep, 16-1 and 6-1, Thursday afternoon at Bears Field.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Talon LaClair (Statesville, N.C.) hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the Bears put the contest away with a 10-run second inning. LaClair finished with four runs batted in.
The Bears registered only nine hits in the first contest but was aided by eight walks and four errors.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 7-3 after picking up the win while Allie Lapallo (North Chesterfield, Va.) (3-3) suffered the loss but hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Senators.
In game two, two Bears – junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) – hit solo home runs while senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in three runs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (9-1) won her ninth straight contest with the complete game victory while Victoria Krystynak (Ronceverte, W.Va.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss for Davis & Elkins.
Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 10-0 at home this year and has now won 15 of its last 16 contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Converse in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3pm.
A third-quarter surge by Little Rock doomed Appalachian State University women's basketball in a 66-34 defeat to the top-seeded Trojans on Thursday afternoon in Lakefront Arena.
App State concludes the 2017-18 season at 8-23, while LR will play the winner of Troy and South Alabama in the semifinal round on Saturday.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) and Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) each scored a team-high nine points while Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) amassed a game-high eight rebounds off the bench. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) paced the Black and Gold with three assists and six points.
Appalachian knew it was in for a battle with the Sun Belt regular-season champs. Both teams started slowly on offense as each started 2-for-7 from the field. After Little Rock started out the gate 6-1 in the first 4:37 of the game, Mathews, and Lainey converted on back-to-back field goals to score four of the next six points to bring the deficit to three, 8-5. LR scored the following four points to take a seven-point edge into the second quarter.
In the second frame, the Apps couldn't get the momentum going on offense as it would eventually go down by 17 until Gosnell hit a reverse layup that sent the Apps into the break with a 26-11 deficit.
App State's offense found some rhythm at the beginning of the third period hitting its first three shots with Stanley hitting a jumper and tough 3-pointer from the right corner followed by a bucket from Gosnell. However, the Trojans answered all three field goals and then some when it shot 66.7 percent from the field and four of their 10-made shots from behind the arc that kept the Apps at bay.
Appalachian improved on defense in the final quarter, limiting the Trojans to just 10 points, but it was too little, too late. Aside from the third quarter, the Black and Gold held LR to 36.1 percent from the field. Appalachian outrebounded LR, 34-32, and held a 13-9 edge in offensive rebounds, but mustered up just three second-chance points.
With the Mountaineers having the least experienced team in the Sun Belt, they'll have the entire team expected to return next season along with the injured players Madi Story, Kaila Craven and UCF transfer Ashley Polacek. Adding those three talented players back to the team with the now-experienced group that was active and the three future Mountaineers in Haile McDonald, Brooke Bigott, and A'Lea Gilbert, the Apps will be loaded and ready to contend for a Sun Belt title.
Appalachian State's Randall Diabe has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for February,
Diabe, a junior from Greensboro, had a 3-0 dual meet record at 197 pounds last month with victories against Duke and two NCAA qualifiers from the Southern Conference.
Diabe capped a 7-0 run through the league with 3-2 decisions against 10th-ranked Scottie Boykin of Chattanooga and The Citadel's Sawyer Root, with the upset win in Chattanooga helping App State erase a 16-12 deficit in an 18-16 victory that gave the Mountaineers a third straight SoCon title. Diabe also earned a win by an 8-3 decision against Duke's Alec Schenk in February.
Diabe (19-7) has received an at-large berth for next week's NCAA Championships in Cleveland, where he will face Kent State's Kyle Conel (24-10) to open competition in their 33-man bracket. Diabe is 31st nationally in his weight class by the Division I Wrestling Coaches' Panel and 28th in the RPI.
Updated forms of those two rankings lists were released Thursday, and five Mountaineers were included.
Forrest Przybysz, a 12th-seeded NCAA qualifier at 174 pounds, is No. 14 in the RPI and No. 18 in the coaches' rankings. Another NCAA qualifier, 184-pound Alan Clothier, is No. 26 in the coaches' rankings and No. 28 in the RPI.
Gavin Londoff, the first alternate for the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds, is No. 32 in the RPI. Cary Miller is No. 32 in the coaches' rankings at the heavyweight spot.
The annual Crawdads Spring Fling, presented by Lonnie Shook CPA PLLC, is returning to the Frans on Saturday, March 17th from 11am to 1pm. The free stadium event will be full of games, food, and exclusive ticket deals. The first 250 fans will receive a prize as they enter the stadium.
The Spring Fling will kick off individual game tickets going on sale for the 2018 season. Fans at the event can take advantage of an exclusive deal of four tickets for Opening Weekend for just $10.99 (savings of $25).
For fans looking to bring groups out to a game, the Crawdads will be offering a deal during the Spring Fling of $10 off the price of a suite or party patio rental in April and May for every upset during the first round of March Madness.
Fans will be able to purchase sweetFrog Claw Club, the official Crawdads kids club for kids 12 and under, and Silver Slugger, the 'Dads club for fans 60+, memberships. Fans who already signed up for the clubs will be able to pick up their membership cards at the event.
The Spring Fling will feature a shamrock shake drinking contest and an apple pie eating contest. The Crawdads will play a movie on the video display for fans to check out the new board. There will also be an inflatable bounce house, speed pitch, cornhole, and an arts and crafts table set up at the event.
Because of weather projections, this weekend's Appalachian State baseball series at Elon will now conclude with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.
Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. in Elon. Game 2 will begin at noon on Saturday and be followed by a series-ending Game 3 the same day.
Andrew Vaccacio is scheduled to start Friday’s game on the mound for App State (4-6), and the projected starter for Elon (5-8) is George Kirby.
Catawba Valley Community College head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson announces the addition of Alexander Central standout Sage Harrington to her fall 2018 line up.
Harrington officially joined the Red Hawks during a special signing ceremony held by the Cougars on Wednesday morning in Taylorsville, N.C.
“Sage is a wonderful late addition to our fall roster,” Hudson said. “She is a consistent, dominating middle who doesn't let her size deter her from scoring. Sage's speed and experience work to her advantage on the net and we are excited to utilize those attributes this upcoming season.”
Harrington led the Cougars this past season on the volleyball court with 218 kills, and she also tallied 94 blocks, 38 digs and 24 aces.
Behind Harrington, Alexander Central finished its fall 2017 season with a 17-8 overall record, 10-4 mark in conference games and made a trip to the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
Harrington is the third member of the Alexander Central volleyball team to play at Catawba Valley, joining teammates Kelsea Dejarnette and Chesney Millsaps, who signed with the Red Hawks on Nov. 7, 2017.
“It's always nice to bring local players onto the roster and in this case, it's a huge gain for Catawba Valley athletics,” Hudson said.
Harrington joins a 2018 Catawba Valley volleyball recruiting class that also includes Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, North Buncombe's Bre Myers, North Henderson's Zoe Phillips, North Surry’s Paige Sizemore, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga's Emma Clark, West Iredell's Macy Pope, West Stokes' Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette's (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 5
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 2
West Caldwell: 4
South Caldwell: 5
St. Stephens: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 18
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 19
South Caldwell: 17
St. Stephens: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Caldwell: 12
North Wilkes: 0
Appalachian State University men's tennis (8-6) got back on the winning track with a 4-1 triumph over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday afternoon in Daytona Beach.
Appalachian snaps a season-long three-match skid while it's the third road win of the season. The Mountaineers recorded the doubles point, and three of the four finished singles matches to capture the win.
Claiming their first win as a tandem was Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga./James Madison) in the early goings of the doubles portion, downing Phillip Lynch and David Ocampo, 6-3. Clinching the point to give App a 1-0 edge was Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood). The now 8-3 pairing defeated Victor Bravo and Jose Plazas, 6-3, to hand App the momentum it needed for singles.
Bargeron continued his solid outing on the day and gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 advantage with a straight-set, 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Ocampo as the No. 3 in the lineup. Scott secured his fifth straight singles win when he downed Bravo, 6-2, 6-3, and improved to 9-3 on the season. Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) was the next to finish but fell to Juan Navarro, 6-1, 6-4. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 3-1, but Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) had other plans when he clinched the match, 6-2, 6-4, to earn his eighth win of the season. The sophomore for the Black and Gold surpassed last season's win total and is boasting a career-high eight wins and counting.
Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) fell in the first set to Plazas, 2-6, before forcing a third frame with a 6-2, but the match was unfinished. Blake Carter's (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) match went unfinished as well. Carter was on his way to a seventh win as he was ahead, 7-6 (7-0), 3-1.
Pavkovich and Ben's doubles match went unfinished as well with a 5-4 lead over Navarro and Juan Diego Ruiz.
The Mountaineers are now 46-35 (.568) in singles and 21-15 (.586) in doubles action.
Appalachian will return to action on Friday, March 16 against College of Charleston at 2 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team has moved up three spots to No. 12 in this week’s NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 National Coaches Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The Bears have won 13 of their last 14 games and are led this year by junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and junior pitcher Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.). Boone leads the team in batting average (.389), runs scored (14), hits (23), doubles (six) and slugging percentage (.567) while Kenley is 8-1 with a 1.20 earned run average and 40 strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne (15-4) hosts Davis & Elkins (5-3) in a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
2018 NCAA NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll
March 7 - Week 3
1. Colorado Mesa (8) 18-0
2. North Georgia (9) 24-1
3. Dixie State (1) 18-0
4. Angelo State 19-1
5. Chico State 18-1
6. North Alabama 15-2
7. Southern Arkansas 16-2
8. Winona State 11-2
9. Minnesota State 11-2
10. Saint Leo 14-6
11. Texas A&M-Commerce 15-2
12. Lenoir-Rhyne 15-4
13. Palm Beach Atlantic 13-2
14. Southern Indiana 9-5
15t. Sonoma State 14-6
15t. West Texas A&M 13-3
17. Harding 11-3
18. Valdosta State 17-4
19. Concordia Irvine 7-4
20. Indianapolis 10-4
21. Cameron 15-5
22t. Merrimack 5-1
22t. Queens 18-3
24. West Florida 11-8
25. UC San Diego 15-4
Appalachian State scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back en route to a 93-64 victory over Little Rock in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.
The fifth seeded Mountaineers (15-17) advance to the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals and will take on fourth seed UT Arlington on Friday at 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST).
The victory is the first for App State in the Sun Belt Tournament since they joined the league in the 2014-15 season. In addition, the 29-point margin of victory is the largest in the postseason for the Black and Gold since they defeated Barton 82-50 in the 1949 North State Conference Tournament.
A total of five Mountaineers reached double figures in the win. Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) poured in a career-high 22 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting and a perfect 3-of-3 clip on three-pointers. He also had three steals.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) had 19 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting and a 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) mark from beyond the arc.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) finished with 12 points and six rebounds and junior Ronshad Shabazz(Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) also tallied 12 points, to go along with five assists.
Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) posted his third double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Mountaineers came out of the gate strong, scoring the first seven points to build a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
The Black and Gold continued to expand their lead in the first half and used a 9-0 run to open a 24-10 advantage with 11:08 left in the first half.
The Trojans (7-25) would trim the App State lead to just six points, but the Black and Gold outscored Little Rock 14-1 over the final 3:25 to take a 46-25 lead into the half.
In the second half, the Trojans would trim the Mountaineer lead to 17 points. But the Apps responded with 10 straight points to build their lead back to 74-47 and put the game away.
App State was red hot from the field, shooting 55.6 percent (30-of-54) and going 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) on three-pointers. The Mountaineers also had 18 assists on their 30 made field goals.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (6-1), the fifth-ranked team in NCAA Division II, continued its success against top teams in the country with a 10-4 win over No. 7 Belmont Abbey (5-1) Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with four goals while sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) added three scores as the Bears knocked the Crusaders from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Belmont Abbey scored the first two goals of the match before Lenoir-Rhyne took control by reeling off the next 10 scores. Senior midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) scored the match-winner six seconds into the second half while the Bears kept the Crusaders off the board until the fourth quarter.
Belmont Abbey held a 40-30 advantage in shots taken but Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped 18 shots while earning the win. The Crusaders’ goalkeeper, Harley Whitham (Elk Grove, Calif.), suffered the loss despite 11 saves on the day.
Callum Tanner (Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA), the Crusaders’ leading scorer (13 goals), was limited to one goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now 3-0 on the year against nationally-ranked top ten teams.
LR is also 29-4 in its last 33 games dating back to the beginning of the 2016 campaign.
Buduo leads the team in goals scored (23) and total points (31).
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Wingate in Wingate, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.