The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (1-0-1) earned a key regional road victory over Lander (0-2), 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Van Taylor Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE), an All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, scored both goals – one in each half – in the shutout win.
Sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) and junior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) assisted on the goals which came at the 14:07 and 69:57 marks, respectively. Both shots were from the right side of the box.
Lander held a 20-12 advantage in shots taken but Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) notched the victory after making eight saves to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard.
Lander’s goalkeeper, Dean Cowdroy (Canberra, AUSTRALIA), made four saves but suffered the loss. The Bearcats have lost their first two matches of the year after going 14-3-2 last season and earning a berth in the playoffs.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts USC Aiken on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (1-1) won its first match of the year, 2-1, over Lynn (1-1) Sunday morning at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) broke a one-all tie with the match-winning score with just over 12 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Bears opened the scoring at the 9:20 mark of the first half when senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) found the back of the net off a free kick. Both Van Eerden and Feronti tallied their first goals of the year.
The contest remained 1-0 until Lynn tied the contest thanks to Donish Cole’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) team-leading third goal of the year in the 50th minute of the match.
Lynn held an 8-7 advantage in shots taken while Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) registered the win after stopping two shots. The Fighting Knights’ Alexa Downie (Coral Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making five saves in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 19 North Georgia in its home opener on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Hickory Crawdads made a late push offensively Saturday night to breakup a shutout and bring the tying run to the plate against the visiting Legends. The 'Dads rally would fall short of tying the game however, as Hickory fell to Lexington 3-1 at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the final inning facing their second straight shutout at the hands of the Legends, as the 'Dads were held off the board on four hits over the first eight frames. A leadoff walk by Frandy De La Rosa and a two-out, RBI double from Ricky Valencia got Hickory on the board and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Lexington reliever Matt Ditman squelched the rally there with a strikeout of Yeyson Yrizarri to end the game.
The 'Dads entered the ninth still in the game due another solid performance by the Crawdads pitching staff. Starter Christian Torres began the night with three scoreless frames before the Legends used a double by Ben Johnson, a single from Tanner Stanley, and an RBI groundout off the bat of D.J. Burt to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Lexington expanded their advantage to 3-0 in the sixth, as Burt led off the inning with a single before Chase Vallot lofted a 2-run home run to left off of Hickory reliever Peter Fairbanks.
The score remained the same until the ninth, when the Crawdads scored their first run of the series but ultimately fell short of a comeback resulting in the 3-1 defeat.
Torres (2-3) took the hard-luck loss for the 'Dads with one run allowed on three hits and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Legends starter A.J. Puckett (2-3) earned the win after tossing five scoreless frames on two hits and four strikeouts, while Ditman (5) recorded the save for working around the ninth inning run to end the game.
De La Rosa paced the Hickory hitters with a 1-3 game including a double, a walk, and a run scored, while Valencia finished 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
The Crawdads (34-34/72-66) will look to bounce back in game three of their season ending 4-game against the Legends (27-41/52-85) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer was unable to overcome a second-half goal by ETSU, dropping a 1-0 decision on Saturday evening.
I am disappointed with the result obviously, but I am really pleased with our effort,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Unfortunately, we just need to add more quality moments in a 90-minute game to get the desired result on the road. Have to give the credit to ETSU, though, as they played well.”
The Mountaineers (0-2) started off the match with a strong defense and the Buccaneers (2-1) was able to meet their effort. For the entire first half, the battle was had over the middle of the field as Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn/Farmington) only had to make one save in his 36:44 of play.
The game was played to a deadlock until ETSU’s Cameron Woodfin was able to find some room in the 51st minute and Fletcher Ekern found him on the left side for him to tap it in.
Leading Appalachian in shots on goal were Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover)) and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert), who both were able to put pressure on ETSU’s Jonny Sutherland twice. Also getting shots on the night were Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight).
Finishing up in the net for the Mountaineers was Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), who led the way with two saves and the one goal allowed on seven shots faced.
The Apps will continue their road warrior mentality as they travel to play in-state ACC foe, Wake Forest on Tuesday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on the ACC Network Extra, viewable on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Appalachian State University volleyball ended the Black and Gold Invitational going 0-3 over the weekend after being swept in straight sets by Ohio (14-25, 20-25, 23-25) on Saturday evening.
The Mountaineers (2-4) struggled from the get-go but received great play from Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) and all-tournament member Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).
Coleman led the team with 10 kills, while Shoff finished with seven kills and four blocks.
Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) drove the Mountaineer offense with 34 assists, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) controlled the defense with 13 digs.
In the opening set, the Bobcats (2-5) got out to a quick 10-4 lead which ballooned to as many as 10 at 20-10. Ohio was able to fend off App State for a 25-14 set one win.
Appalachian State came out strong in the second set and held a 6-3 advantage following a Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) kill, but Ohio stormed back and worked its way to a 19-13 lead. The Bobcats were able to carry out the set with a win and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Following an App State timeout and the Mountaineers trailing 17-13, App State began to claw back in the third set. A kill from Coleman brought the Apps to within just one at 23-22. Down 24-23, a service error would seal the match for Ohio.
Appalachian State will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 6 when it travels to Western Carolina for a showdown with its former Southern Conference foe. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-2) fell to both Lander (3-0) and USC Aiken (3-0) by scores of 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, Saturday on the final day of the Queens Fall Invitational.
Lander 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Bearcats defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-16 in the first match of the day for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lander was led by Halle Dotson (Titusville, Fla.) with 14 kills while Kendall Korte (Morris, Ill.) added 16 digs as the Bearcats remained unbeaten on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 10 kills while freshman defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) had 18 assists in the setback. The Bears were hurt by a .036 hitting percentage.
USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
After losing the first set, USC Aiken rallied to capture the final three sets and earned the win. The Pacers won by scores of 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-14.
USC Aiken stayed perfect on the season thanks to Julia Forster (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Taylor Stratton (Chesapeake, Va.) with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Lauren Howard (Aiken, S.C.) had a double-double – 46 assists and 14 digs – for the Pacers as well.
Redmond led the way once again with 16 kills in addition to 11 digs while Smith totaled 22 assists and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) had 21 digs in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, September 6, against Catawba on 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The match is also the home opener for the Bears.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams got off to a rousing start Saturday morning at the Chick-fil-A Invitational at the Salisbury Community Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) won the men’s race with a time of 26:45 over the 8K course and led the Bears to a second-place finish out of 10 teams. Louisburg College was the top men’s team on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.) ran a 27:31 to place sixth overall for the Bears as well.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Team placed first overall out of 11 schools competing and was led by sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.). Yarber placed second in the 5K race with a time of 20:10. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Kyla Resnick (Woodstock, Ga.) was seventh overall (20:53).
Both the LR Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams will host its annual invitational next Friday, September 9, at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Salisbury, N.C. – Salisbury Community Park
September 3, 2016
1. Louisburg 21
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 48
3. Catawba 76
4. Pfeiffer 119
5t. Guilford 155
5t. Barton 155
7. Bluefield State 206
8. Winston-Salem State 223
9. Livingstone 232
10. Bluefield 245
1. Jacob Black 26:45
2. Corbin Boyles 27:31
10. Derek Chavis 28:02
17. Josh Adkins 28:48
22. Zack Gross 29:28
29. Brett Haas 30:30
33. Peyton Jones 31:42
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 63
2. Pfeiffer 68
3. Catawba 92
4. Louisburg College 101
5. Winston-Salem State 113
6. Barton 116
7. Guilford 187
8. Livingstone 201
9. Bluefield State 224
10. Salem 265
11. Bluefield 272
2. Audra Yarber 20:10
7. Kyla Resnick 20:53
12. Blakely Gantt 21:32
18. Brooke Zeman 22:04
24. Erin Illich 22:34
35. Jessica Rumple 23:40
48. Sheniya Marshall 25:40
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (0-1) fell to Virginia State (1-0), 34-9, Saturday afternoon in the 2016 season opener at Moretz Stadium.
Virginia State’s Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) scored twice on the ground and rushed for a game-high 83 yards as the Trojans jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.
Virginia State scored touchdowns the first three times it touched the ball including a three-yard scoring run by Bellamy to cap off a nine-play, 85-yard drive on the opening possession.
The Trojans quarterback, Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, Va.), passed for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 46 yards on the ground as Virginia State held a 445-213 yards advantage in total offense.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone score came at the end of the first half when redshirt freshman Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) found senior tight end Ray Beam (Morganton, N.C.) in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard scoring toss but the Bears were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way minus a safety with 21 second remaining. Kellar threw for 158 yards on the day.
The Trojans’ Trenton Cannon (Hampton, Va.) added two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – while Geo Feggins (South Hill, Va.) led all tacklers with 15 in the victory. For the Bears, senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) finished with a team-high 11 takedowns and recovered a fumble. Virginia State also totaled four sacks for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on North Greenville next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University dropped its second-straight match of the Black and Gold Invitational in a five-set thriller against Wofford 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 14-16) on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (2-3) were led by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with a double-double. Longley tallied a match-high 27 kills and collected 14 digs in the effort.
Two other Mountaineers finished with double-digit kills. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) totaled 13 kills, while true freshman Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) finished a career-high 10 kills.
Defensively, Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) led the way with a career-high 25 digs, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected 10 digs each.
Junior setter Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) tallied a double-double with 37 assists and 12 digs. Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) contributed 16 assists.
Appalachian fell behind in the first set and were down by as many as four at 20-16 - forcing a Mountaineer timeout. The Apps would claw to within two on three different occasions but two costly errors sealed the set for Wofford.
In the second set, Appalachian State let a three-point advantage dwindle down to one at 21-20 before a 4-0 run keyed by a Longley kill tied the match at 1-1.
The Mountaineers found themselves down four points at 21-17 in a crucial third set before an 8-2 run gave the Apps a set victory and 2-1 lead in the match. The run was started by a Terrier service error and included kills from Longley, McMath and a combination of Terrier errors.
Early in the fourth set, App State held a slim advantage, but a 6-1 run by Wofford put the Terriers up 17-13 and they would hold on despite Appalachian pulling to within one point and tie the match with a 25-21 set win, setting up a decisive fifth set.
Wofford dominated the early portion of the fifth set and led 10-3 - seemingly ready to put the match away. App State crawled back with kills from both Longley and McMath, while a kill from Coleman coupled with a Terrier errors brought the Apps to within one at 13-12.
With the match tied at 14-14, back-to-back Terrier kills clinched the set and match for Wofford.
Appalachian State will play once more in the Black and Gold Invitational this evening with a 7 p.m. showdown with the Ohio Bobcats.
The Sun Belt Conference announced that the league’s coaches picked Appalachian State University women’s cross country to finish third in the conference on Friday.
Last year’s conference champion South Alabama topped the list receiving 135 points and five first-place votes. Three points behind the Jaguars was new Sun Belt Conference member Coastal Carolina racking up 132 points with four first-place votes. Rounding out the top three are the Mountaineers with 129 points receiving three first-place votes.
UT Arlington came in fourth place with 104 points, Georgia State landed in fifth place with 93 points, Arkansas earned the sixth-best spot with 70 points, and Georgia Southern reeled in 65 points for seventh. Eight points behind Georgia Southern was Little Rock with 57 points, Texas State landed in ninth with 50 points, and UL Lafayette took tenth place with 44 points. The final two spots were distributed to Troy (44 points) and UL Monroe (13 points).
2016 Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll (First Place Vote)
1. South Alabama (5) - 135 points
2.Coastal Carolina (4) - 132
3.Appalachian State (3) - 129
4.UT Arlington - 104
5.Georgia State - 93
6.Arkansas State - 70
7.Georgia Southern - 65
8.Little Rock - 57
9.Texas State - 50
10.UL Lafayette - 44
11.Troy - 44
12.UL Monroe - 13
Appalachian State men’s cross country was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference, as selected by the league’s coaches and announced by the conference office on Friday.
2015 Sun Belt Cross Country Champion UT Arlington reigned at the top of the list reeling in 100 points and earned all of the league’s first-place votes (10). Eleven points behind UT Arlington was Appalachian totaling 89 points earning nineteen more points than last year’s 70. Rounding out the top three was South Alabama with 72 points.
At No. 4 was UL Lafayette with 68 points and eight points behind them was Texas State landing at No. 5. Next was Arkansas State ranked at No. 6 with 49 points and Little Rock at No. 7 with 37 points. The final three spots belonged to new conference member Coastal Carolina (31 points), UL Monroe (27 points), and Troy (17 points).
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points
1.UT Arlington (10) - 100
2.Appalachian State - 89
3.South Alabama - 72
4.UL Lafayette - 68
5.Texas State - 60
6.Arkansas State - 49
7.Little Rock - 37
8.Coastal Carolina - 31
9.UL Monroe - 27
10.Troy - 17
Alexander Central: 54
South Caldwell: 7
Fred T. Foard: 28
Bunker Hill: 13
East Burke: 12
West Caldwell: 7
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (0-1) opened the season with a 2-0 setback to Barry (0-1) Friday night at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs entered the match ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II.
Barry, the 2015 Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champions and playoff qualifier, received goals from Molly Sharpe (Bradford, ENGLAND) and Christy Grimshaw (Aberdeen, SCOTLAND) at the 22:10 and 48:14 marks of the first and second halves, respectively.
Sharpe also assisted on the second goal when Grimshaw scored from about 23 yards out from the middle of the field.
The Bears lost despite tying the Buccaneers in shots taken with nine. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves despite the setback.
Barry’s goalkeeper, Paula Forero (Bogata, Columbia), earned the shutout victory after making three stops on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lynn in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Barry faces Flagler next Friday at 6:00 p.m.
In the first away match of the 2016 season, Appalachian State University field hockey falls to No. 19 James Madison 5-1 in Harrisonburg, Va on Friday night.
The Duke’s (3-0) started off the match applying much pressure at net and scored the first goal of the game in the 6th minute. JMU’s Miranda Rigg received a great pass from Sarah Floeter from right field to jump up on the board first. After twenty-minutes of back-and-forth possession and aggressive play, JMU struck again, this time off of a double assisted goal to extend their lead to 2-0.
Only down by two, the Mountaineers (0-3) did not let the Duke lead phase them in executing their game plan. In the 33rd minute of the match, Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scrambled for the ball and pushed the perfect pass to Julia Wenz (Bayern, Germany/Stadtisches Louis-Schroeder Gymnasium) who sent a rocket into the net to bring the score to 2-1 at the end the half.
In a close match, both teams were eager to stay aggressive and dominate the pitch. The Dukes quickly found their rhythm and smacked their third goal into the net one minute and seven seconds into the half. Soon thereafter, JMU’s Miranda Riggs would score her third goal of the game tipping the ball past the goal line from a penalty corner.
Two minutes later, JMU’s Ashley Gippe sent in the final blow smashing an unassisted shot past the right shoulder of App goalkeeper Laird Dunn (Manasquan, N.J./Wall) to end the match 5-1.
James Madison controlled most of the match and provided more offensive plays than the Mountaineers. The Dukes had the upper-hand in total shots (24-6), shots on goal (13-4), and penalty corners (7-3).
Making her Mountaineer debut was freshman goalkeeper Laird Dunn. Dunn held her own at goal against the 24 shots brought by the Dukes. The New Jersey-native deflected eight shots on goal and played for 70:00 minutes.
The Black and Gold will travel to Davidson, N.C to play LIU Brooklyn in the Blackbird’s second ever field hockey match on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s cross country finished second at the Covered Bridge Open on a 5,000-meter course in Boone on a cool Friday night. The Florida Gators won the meet scoring 28 points and Florida State rounded out the top three with 86 points.
The Mountaineers were paced by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who sprinted past the finish line in 18:15.92 to place third, which is two spots up from where she finished at last year’s Covered Bridge Open. Florida State’s Carmela Cardama-Baez was the fastest female of the day running a time of 18:10.78 and in second was Florida’s Taylor Tubbs crossing the tape at 18:12.22.
Rounding out App State’s top five finishers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) , Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of Arts), and Emily Fedders (Beckly, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who all finished in the top fifteen. These four ladies finished one after the other, which helped to catapult the Mountaineers over the Seminoles by 37 points to snatch second place. Kile finished first out of the group coming in tenth with a time of 18:55.65. Right behind her was Leonard (19:01.16/PR) and Ratcliffe (19:01.44) who finished in eleventh and twelfth respectively. Lastly, sophomore Fedders stayed with the group and landed in 13th running a time of 19:02.58.
After those five, three more Mountaineers finished in the top 25 including Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) (19:08.42/16th/PR), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Cary) (19:13.22/17th), Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) (19:31.29/24th), and Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) (19:32.57/25th).
The Black and Gold will embark on their next meet right back in Boone. The Mountaineers will host the Mountains to Sea Duals on Friday, Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s cross country opened up the 2016 campaign in the 6,400 meters at State Farm Fields and Kennedy Trails in Boone on Friday night. App State gathered a total of 54 points to place third at the Covered Bridge Open behind first-place Florida (46 points) and second-place Florida State (52 points). Appalachian had seven runners finish in the top 24 and three land in the top 10.
The Mountaineers were led by senior Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) who crossed the finish line in fifth with a time of 20:18.14. Florida State’s Harry Mulenga finished the race in first with a time of 20:04.44 and a comfortable lead. The next for runners were neck-and-neck when they approached the tape, but Florida’s duo of Carlos Miranda and Mac Reynolds finished in second and third. A mere seven second separated second from fifth.
Right behind Ellis were his teammates Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic). Anderson ran a personal best of 20:24.19 to place sixth and 55 milliseconds later, the sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. cruised through the finish line in 20:24.74 (PR) to land in seventh and round out App State’s top three finishers.
Around twenty-one second later came senior Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./ Panther Creek (William and Mary)) who ran a time of 20:45.15 to place sixteen. Not far behind him was senior Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 20th who hustled across the finish line in 20:49.15 (PR).
Rounding out the top 24 runners of the evening was Appalachian’s Ryan Shannon (Maiden N.C./North Lincoln) (20:49.29/PR) in 21st and Colin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) in 24th (20:54.74/PR).
The Black and Gold will host another home meet in Boone, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mountains to Sea Duals will begin at 5:30 p.m.