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Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Wins in Overtime

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (6-1, 4-0), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, won its sixth straight game with a 12-11 overtime victory over Tusculum (5-2, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored the game-winner 45 seconds into overtime as the Bears won their second straight one-goal league contest. Dickinson scored twice on the afternoon and has a conference-leading 27 goals on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) led all scorers with five goals and now leads the SAC in both assists (20) and total points (40) as the Bears rallied from a 10-8 deficit entering the fourth period to take the victory. Hanlon forced overtime with a goal with 3:36 remaining in the final stanza.

Tusculum's Ben Boyd (Bel Air, Md.) finished with a team-high four goals while Liam Macdonald (Coquitlam, British Columbia) added three scores as the Pioneers' upset bid came up short.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) totaled 14 saves in the victory while Tusculum's Kevin Haggerty (Suffern, N.Y.) took the loss despite stopping 16 shots. The shots were nearly even with the Bears holding a slim 45-43 advantage and ran their winning streak in conference regular season play to 12 games.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Young Harris in a make-up contest on Tuesday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m., in Young Harris, Ga.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (5-3, 2-1) scored early and often in a 16-6 victory over Tusculum (4-6, 2-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) scored three goals while senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) added two goals and three assists as the Bears jumped out to a 10-1 advantage at intermission and never looked back.

Sack has a team-leading 18 goals on the year and the Bears' defense forced 15 turnovers and totaled 17 ground balls in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and picked up the victory after tallying five saves.

For Tusculum, Emily Gleason (Brentwood, Tenn.) also scored three times but Brooke Wagner (Snellville, Ga.) suffered the loss in goal after stopping three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 28-16 advantage in shots taken in the victory. In all, six Bears scored at least two goals in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:46

App State Women's Tennis Edged Out by Mercer

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Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-14) suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat against Mercer (8-5) on Saturday afternoon at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center in Macon.

The Apps fell in the doubles portion and split the singles matches with the Bears. In the valiant effort, two of the defeats went to three sets while four of the singles contests went to a tiebreaking game.

Three Mountaineers in singles play netted wins despite the loss, which was the third defeat in four matches that has resulted by one point.

Trailing 1-0 after Mercer captured the doubles point, McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) tied the match at 1-apiece after her contest was retired in the No. 6 slot. Looking to take the lead, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) fell to Katie Sidor as the No. 3 in the lineup, 6-0, 6-2.

The Mountaineers aimed to tie the match when Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) grabbed the first set, 6-0, but fell in the next two sets 6-2, 6-2, suffering the three-set defeat to Katia Stravroulaki as the No. 1 in the roster.

Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) shortened the gap to 3-2 when she toppled Marie Mottet in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. However, the Bears claimed the match when Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) suffered a tightly contested three-set defeat to Haley Powell in a matchup of No. 5’s.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) earned herself the fifth win of the season as she set a career-high in singles wins with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph over Grace Korta.

Swope and Zupan fell in their doubles match to Sovic/Sidor, 6-2, while Machado and Bygrave were dealt a close 6-4 loss to Powell/Mottet.

The Mountaineers will have six days off before they head to Mobile, Ala. for a pair of Sun Belt matches against Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. and South Alabama the following day at 8 a.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Patton: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 7
East Burke: 1

East Rutherford: 10
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 17
Newton-Conover: 4

Lincolnton: 10
Bunker Hill: 3

West Caldwell: 11
West Lincoln: 4

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 16
Patton: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 7
East Rutherford: 2

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 5
Newton-Conover: 1

Maiden: 13
Bandys: 2

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 8
Patton: 0

Hibriten: 1
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 1

South Caldwell: 5
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 3
East Burke: 1

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 1
Newton-Conover: 0

In the first game of the 2017 Sun Belt Conference schedule, right-handed pitcher Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) gave 14th-ranked Louisiana all it could handle in his first career complete game, but cold bats failed Appalachian State University baseball as it fell 3-0 on Friday night at Russo Park.

The Mountaineers (8-10, 0-1 Sun Belt) went 4-28 on the night while two home runs by the Ragin’ Cajuns (10-5, 1-0 Sun Belt) would make the difference in an otherwise deadlocked game.

Junior Holden went 8.0 innings, striking out four batters while just allowing nine hits and three runs in 36 batters faced. One shy of his career-high five strikeouts, Holden held Louisiana scoreless for six of eight innings with the help of another strong defensive outing for Appalachian.

Leading the way offensively for the Black and Gold was Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)). Vernon finished the night going 2-3 while also drawing a walk on the night. Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) had one hit in two at-bats, also drawing a walk, while Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) had the first hit of the night in his first at-bat, finishing 1-4 overall.

Senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) earned All-American status by winning three matches for Appalachian State University wrestling on Friday, Day Two of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.

Dejournette becomes the first Appalachian wrestler since 2012 (Kyle Blevins, Austin Trotman) to make NCAA all-America and becomes the sixth wrestler to earn the recognition all-time.

The senior heavyweight began with a 9-4 victory over Utah Valley’s Dustin Dennison, starting his second day of tournament action on the right foot. Dejournette then went on to edge out Oklahoma’s Ross Larson in a 2-0 decision to put him in a position to be an All-American. In the match to secure the recognition, Dejournette wasted no time, getting out to an early lead and holding it to win by major decision over Conan Jennings of Northwestern, 9-0.

Dejournette would drop one match on the day, getting pinned by Arizona State’s No. 7 seed Tanner Hall, 3:44. He now preps for a rematch with Day One’s double overtime match victor, Michael Kroells of Minnesota on Day Three.

Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) started off the day by being the aggressor over Oregon State’s Joey Delgado in the 149-pound division, getting the 6-1 decision to move to round three. Zovistoski would fall, however, there as Northern Illinois’s Steve Bleise won in a tight 10-9 decision.

In the 125-pound division, Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) was unable to overcome Shakur Laney of Ohio, falling 13-3 in a major decision.

Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) battled tough on the day, but dropped a 13-3 major decision to Missouri’s John Erneste.

Dejournette will represent the Mountaineers in Day Three in the NCAA Tournament with the action resuming on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Follow live on @AppWrestling and trackwrestling.com and watch live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

2017 DI WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 18
Time - Event - Location
9 a.m. - Gates open - Scottrade Center
10 a.m. - Session V - Scottrade Center
Noon - 6:30 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival - St. Louis Union Station
5:30 p.m. - Gates open - Scottrade Center
6:35 - 6:50 p.m. - Parade of All-Americans Scottrade Center
7 p.m. - Session VI - Scottrade Center

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (15-9, 4-6) put an end to its six-game losing streak with a 6-5 triumph over Coker (13-9, 5-5) Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Tom J. New Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 7-1 with the victory while junior Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the year. St. Clair struck out three batters to increase his league-leading total to 73.

With the score tied at four in the top of the eighth inning, senior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run double. Newcomer finished with three hits and three runs batted in while sophomore designated hitter Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) added two triples and three runs scored in the victory.

For Coker, A.J. Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio) hit a solo home run in the third inning but Cody Brown (Royersford, Penn.) fell to 1-2 after suffering the loss.

The two teams wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at Noon.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
North Lincoln: 1

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 3
Hickory: 1

Watauga: 6
Freedom: 0

Non-conference:
St. Stephens: 8
Maiden: 7

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