Sophomore Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) drilled a 39-yard field goal with 29 seconds to go to lift Appalachian State University football to a thrilling 31-29 come-from-behind win over UL Monroe on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
After falling behind 29-28 with 1:42 left in the ballgame, Appalachian State (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt) drove 53 yards in 1:13 to set up Critcher’s game-winning kick.
Freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) engineered the go-ahead drive, completing seven-, 12- and eight-yard passes to Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) and Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), respectively, to move the Mountaineers from their own 25 yard line to the ULM 22 in just 73 seconds. Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett), Appalachian State’s leading receiver on the afternoon with seven catches for 82 yards, also drew two key pass-interference penalties on the drive.
After Critcher split the uprights from the left hash to give the Mountaineers the two-point lead, Appalachian State was called for consecutive penalties on the ensuing kickoff and UL Monroe (3-6, 2-3 Sun Belt) took over on its own 40 yard line with 22 seconds left on the clock. However, App State forced a pair of incomplete passes to seal the victory.
Appalachian State, which fell behind 20-7 early in the second quarter, scored two touchdowns in the final 2:04 of the first half to take a 21-20 halftime advantage.
However, the Mountaineers’ lead was short-lived, as ULM regained a 23-21 advantage early in the third quarter lead on Justin Manton’s third field goal of the game.
The score remained 23-21 until late in the final period when Cox capped a 12-play, 89-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run that gave the Mountaineers a 28-23 lead with 6:10 left in the ballgame.
ULM responded with a 14-play drive, converting two fourth downs along the way, including a spectacular touchdown catch by Ajalen Holley on fourth-and-goal from the three yard line that gave the Warhawks a 29-28 lead with 1:42 left on the clock. ULM’s two-point conversion try was no good, setting up the Mountaineers’ game-winning drive.
Appalachian State totaled 380 yards of offense against ULM, 30 more than the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense had surrendered per game coming in and 137 more than it allowed in last Saturday’s 21-16 loss at Texas A&M.
Lamb led the way, completing 25-of-35 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Cox accounted for 150 all-purpose yards (94 rushing and 56 receiving) and McGuire added 59 yards on three receptions. Most impressively, the Mountaineers’ offensive line did not surrender a sack against the Warhawks, which came in to the game with a conference-best 29 sacks on the season.
Defensively, Appalachian limited ULM to just 299 yards, marking the third-straight game and fifth time in nine games this season that it held its opponent to less than 350 yards.
The stout defensive effort was led by a relentless pass rush that recorded a season-high six sacks, including one-and-a-half apiece by first-time starter Nathaniel Norwood (Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy) and senior Deuce Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood).
Appalachian also tallied seven quarterback hurries (including two by Robinson) and six pass breakups.
True freshman Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) led all players with 11 tackles.
Riding its first three-game winning streak since winning the final three games of the 2012 regular season, Appalachian State begins a grueling two-game road stint next Saturday at Arkansas State (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.
NOTES: Appalachian State won when trailing after three quarters for the first time since it overcame a 28-24 deficit to defeat Georgia Southern, 31-28, on Nov. 3, 2012 … Appalachian won for the first time in nine all-time games versus opponents from the state of Louisiana … UL Monroe lost for the first time in three all-time games in the state of North Carolina … the Mountaineers moved to 21-1 in their last 22 home games played in the month of November … true freshman Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) made one of the most spectacular catches of the year in college football when he made a diving one-handed grab on a terrific throw from Lamb with 18 seconds left in the first half … Meadors’ 31-yard catch was originally ruled a touchdown but after video review, it was determined that he was down on the one yard line … Appalachian scored one play later on a one-yard touchdown pass from Lamb to Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) to take the 21-20 halftime lead … junior Tacoi Sumler (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) scored the first touchdown of his career on an eight-yard slant from Lamb in the second quarter … App State’s top six tacklers included four true freshman (Boggs, Devan Stringer – 7, A.J. Howard – 6 and Latrell Gibbs – 5) and two sophomores (Kennan Gilchrist – 7 and Norwood – 6).
Appalachian State University volleyball fell to Arkansas State on Saturday night in four sets with scores of 25-17, 21-25, 11-25 and 24-26.
The Mountaineers (19-7, 9-7 Sun Belt) won the first set but then dropped the next three to the Red Wolves (17-8, 12-4) for their seventh conference loss.
Arkansas State took the early lead in the first set, recording five kills for an 8-5 lead. The Apps would begin to chip away at the score, going on a 7-1 run to pull ahead 12-9.
The Mountaineers would keep their lead, tallying kills from Jess Keller, Caroline Wainright and Hailey Kerr at the end of the set to take the first 25-17.
The Red Wolves took an early lead again in the second set with a score of 6-4 but Appalachian would score five of the next six points to take a 9-7 lead. The Apps would not keep a comfortable lead as the Red Wolves scored six-straight points to lead the Mountaineers 20-14.
Arkansas State would be too much for the Mountaineers as they dropped the second set with a score of 25-21.
The Red Wolves came out in the third set and dominated, immediately taking a 13-3 lead. Appalachian would not catch up as the Red Wolves scored the last six points of the third, winning 25-11 to lead the match 2-1.
The fourth set was much closer, featuring 12 tied scores. The Apps took a 3-0 lead, but Arkansas State would then pull ahead 6-5. From there the Apps would tie the score at seven with a kill from Keller and then score the next three points to lead 10-7.
Arkansas State tied the score at 17 and then went on a 3-0 run to take a 20-17 lead, but App State would respond with a run of their own, scoring four-straight points to pull ahead 21-20.
The run would not be enough as Arkansas State scored six of the last nine points to take the fourth set 26-24 and win the match 3-1.
Keller led the Mountaineers with 18 kills, while Paige Brown recorded 45 assists and Meghan Mahoney notched 18 digs.
The Red Wolves were led by Drew Jones' 13 kills and Markie Shaedig's match-high 31 digs.
The Apps hits .161 on the match while Arkansas State hit .277. The Red Wolves tallied eight blocks to Appalachian three.
The Mountaineers return to action when they travel to South Alabama on Nov. 14.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team fell to the University of Tennessee by a 77-49 score in an exhibition Saturday night to kick off the 2014-15 season at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Bears were down just six points - 34-28 - at the break before the Volunteers pulled away in the second half.
Tennessee was led by Derek Reese (Orlando, Fla.) and Josh Richardson (Edmond, Okla.) with 14 points each as the Volunteers pushed their advantage to as many as 30 points in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) with 14 points while sophomore guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) added 11 points but the Bears shot just 38 percent (19-of-50) for the contest.
Tennessee finished with 18 steals as well while Kevin Punter (Bronx, N.Y.) also scored in double figures for the Volunteers, finishing with 12 points on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Davidson, N.C., to face Davidson in an exhibition on Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tennessee, meanwhile, opens its 2014-15 season on Friday against VCU at 6:30 p.m., in Annapolis, Md., for the Veterans Classic.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the regular season on Friday, November 14, against UNC Pembroke in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Challenge at Goodman Gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team will enter the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship as the fifth seed and will host fourth-seeded Tusculum in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
The Bears will serve as the host institution with all matches taking place at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Lenoir-Rhyne last hosted the conference tournament in 2005.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 21-8 on the year and 15-7 in conference play while Tusculum is 16-14 and 15-7, respectively. The teams tied for fourth place in the league standings but the Pioneers earned the higher seed by virtue of sweeping the season series from the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) with 1,074 assists and 307 digs and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 300 kills, 308 digs and 51 blocks.
The winner of the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Volleyball Playoffs. Lenoir-Rhyne enters the tournament winners of seven of its last eight matches.
2014 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball
Hickory, N.C. - Shuford Memorial Gymnasium
Friday, November 14
Game 1: No. 1 Wingate vs. No. 8 Newberry, Noon
Game 2: No. 4 Tusculum at No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 2 Carson-Newman vs. No. 7 Mars Hill, 5:00 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Anderson vs. No. 6 Lincoln Memorial, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 15
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16
Game 7: 3:00 p.m.
Wingate Quad Meet
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
November 7-8, 2014
1. Wingate 1,016
2. Catawba 552
3. Limestone 446
4. Gardner-Webb 418
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 268
1. Wingate 941
2. Limestone 483
3. Catawba 481
4. Gardner-Webb 362
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 358
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Leah Watts (Hickory, N.C.) finished second in the women's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.68.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next compete in the Wingate Fall Frenzy on November 21-23 in Charlotte, N.C.
The third-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (10-0) continued its march to an unbeaten regular season with a 42-7 victory over Alderson Broaddus (6-4) Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) rushed for a game-high 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears scored the final 42 points and finished with 514 yards on the ground in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked rushing team in the nation, also received a career-high 108 yards and two scores from junior tailback Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) in the victory.
The Bears, the top-ranked team in the region as well, won for the 23rd time in their last 24 contests and continued their best start in 52 seasons.
After Lenoir-Rhyne spotted Alderson Broaddus a 7-0 advantage on the game's opening drive, the Bears responded with back-to-back touchdowns on their first two possessions to take the lead for good.
Patrick scored on a 33-yard run to tie the game before redshirt freshman quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) gave the Bears the lead for good with a one-yard touchdown run to cap a four-play, 80-yard drive with 2:11 left in the first quarter.
Robinson and Patrick scored touchdowns on the ground from 10 and five yards out, respectively, in the second quarter and the Bears held a 28-7 advantage at intermission and never looked back.
Lenoir-Rhyne's defense sacked the quarterback three times and picked off two passes while being led by senior defensive back O'neil Blake (Kissimmee, Fla.) with a team-high nine tackles. Senior All-American defensive lineman Blake Baker (Bethlehem, N.C.) had two of those sacks to give him a team-high 10.5 on the year for the Bears.
For the Battlers, quarterback Wilson Vaughn (Glen Allen, Va.) passed for 235 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Jones (Williamsburg, Va.) rushed for 101 yards in the losing effort. Vaughn hit Braxton Johnson (Parkersburg, W.Va.) for a nine-yard scoring pass on the game's opening drive but the Bears kept the Battlers off the board the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne looks to cap a perfect regular season when the Bears host long-time rival Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday at 12:30 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Maryah Sydnor scored 21 points in Appalachian’s exhibition game against Lees-McRae, leading them to a 95-46 win over the Bobcats.
The Mountaineers dominated the Bobcats from the start of the game, holding them to just 46 points as 13 Mountaineers tallied at least one point.
The Apps started the game with high energy as KeKe Cooper hit a jumper just 30 seconds into the game. Appalachian continued to find points, going on a 20-0 run.
App State found baskets from Sydnor, Katie Mallow, Mia Marshall, Bria Carter and Bria Huffman in the first five minutes, shutting out the Bobcats to a take a 20-0 lead.
The drought ended for Lees-McRae when Lexus Norwood hit two free throws with 13:36 left in the first half. The Mountaineers held the Bobcats to just 21 points in the first half, leading Lees-McRae 51-21 at halftime.
Sydnor would begin the second half with a layup and free throw, starting the Mountaineer’s 18-4 run to lead 70-25 with 13:51 left to play.
Carter would score six-straight points for the Apps to carry them to a 76-26 lead, but Lees-McRae would respond with seven points of their own.
With five minutes left in the game Katelyn Doub would hit a layup to give Appalachian a dominating 83-38 lead and from there the Apps would have no trouble closing out the game.
Vernessa Hinnant, LaShawna Gatewood and Doub each scored points in the remaining two minutes to help Appalachian win the exhibition game, 95-46.
Sydnor led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds, followed by Hinnant’s 12 points. Carter and Farrahn Wood each had nine points in the victory, while Cooper added eight points and seven rebounds.
The Mountaineers shot 50.7 percent from the floor in the game, grabbing 55 rebounds and turning the ball over 18 times.
The Bobcats were led by Kelsey Wypych’s 12 points and Kerri Belcher’s six rebounds. The Mountaineers held Lees-McRae to just a 26.5 field goal percentage and forced 26 turnovers, while the Bobcats recorded 31 rebounds in the game.
The Mountaineers begin regular season play on Friday, Nov. 14 when they travel to Kentucky for a 7 p.m. game.
Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams finished fourth overall at the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Championship Saturday morning at Salisbury Community Park.
On the men's side, Mars Hill won its 18th consecutive league championship with four of the top seven runners in the race.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.). Hite ran the 8K course in 27:08 to place 13th overall en route to All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team honors.
In the women's competition, Wingate capture its second straight South Atlantic Conference Championship.
For the Bears, junior Chloe Newell (Tucson, Ariz.) earned second-time all-league accolades after placing ninth on the 5K course with a time of 19:19.
In addition, freshman Lauren Bourne (Worthing, Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM) and junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) garnered honorable mention all-conference honors after finishing 16th and 18th, respectively, for Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams will next compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships on Saturday, November 22, in Montevallo, Ala.
2014 South Atlantic Conference
Cross Country Championships
November 8, 2014 - Salisbury, N.C.
Salisbury Community Park
1. Wingate 47
2. Queens 85
3. Anderson 92
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 101
5. Lincoln Memorial 106
6. Mars Hill 110
7. Brevard 207
8. Coker 217
9. Carson-Newman 232
10. Tusculum 292
11. Newberry 324
All-SAC First Team
Megan Wright, Queens
Catie Byrd, Queens
Jessica Viscusi, Mars Hill
Alyssa Johnson, Wingate
Hannah Cook, Brevard
Kristen Trammell, Mars Hill
Morgan Neher, Wingate
All-SAC Second Team
Haylee Love, Anderson
Chloe Newell, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alex Dixon, Anderson
Sam Hering, Wingate
Valerie Griesche, Wingate
Bri Stevens, Wingate
Olivia Gardner, Anderson
All-SAC Honorable Mention
Shauntel Smullen, Coker
Lauren Bourne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kelly Brown, Lincoln Memorial
Paige Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
Allie Vincent, Lincoln Memorial
Megan Smith, Mars Hill
Katie Swindle, Lincoln Memorial
SAC Runner of the Year: Keeley Wood, Wingate
SAC Freshman of the Year: Brittany Tretbar, Wingate
SAC Coach of the Year: Joe Soehnlen, Wingate
9. Chloe Newell 19:19
16. Lauren Bourne 19:46
18. Paige Smith 19:50
23. Blakely Gantt 20:00
35. Hope Rust 20:17
40. Marie Mauhar 20:23
48. Jessica Rumple 21:06
59. Erin Illich 21:38
62. Taylor Keyes 21:51
64. Julia Bennett 21:54
1. Mars Hill 27
2. Queens 41
3. Wingate 136
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 140
5. Anderson 154
6. Lincoln Memorial 160
7. Coker 184
8. Tusculum 186
9. Carson-Newman 196
10. Catawba 242
11. Newberry 252
All-SAC First Team
Felix Duchampt, Queens
Alex Griggs, Mars Hill
David Jones, Mars Hill
Jimmy Hollingsworth, Queens
Derek Gibson, Mars Hill
Adrien Barral, Queens
Cesar Reyes, Mars Hill
All-SAC Second Team
David Cooper, Tusculum
Mason Hazel, Anderson
James Gilreath, Mars Hill
Victor Moreau, Queens
Hassan Kiprono, Brevard
Aubrey Hite, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brandon Beard, Mars Hill
All-SAC Honorable Mention
Brandon Ward, Lincoln Memorial
Michael Hering, Wingate
Garrett Farrimond, Mars Hill
Lachan Dickie, Carson Newman
Dale Pate, Lincoln Memorial
Chris Vilela, Queens
Westley Wilson, Anderson
SAC Runner of the Year: Felix Duchampt, Queens
SAC Freshman of the Year: Adrien Barral, Queens
SAC Coach of the Year: Mike Owens, Mars Hill
13. Aubrey Hite 27:08
27. Charles Koontz 27:50
32. Kyle Barry 28:00
36. Derek Chavis 28:18
39. Zach Gross 28:26
58. Jack Stuart 29:20
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 34
Alexander Central: 28
Fred T. Foard: 41
St. Stephens: 19
South Caldwell: 27
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 28
East Burke: 20
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 61
Bunker Hill: 34
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (6-8-5) ended its 2014 season with a 2-1 loss to No. 20 Wingate (13-3-1) Friday night in the semifinals of the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament at Manchester Meadows.
The top-seeded Bulldogs received both goals from Aksel Juul (Newcastle, ENGLAND) including the match-winner in the 78th minute which broke a one-all tie and sent Wingate into the tournament finals. Lenoir-Rhyne was seeded fourth in the league tournament championship.
Wingate will face Tusculum (10-6-3) in the finals on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The Pioneers tied Mars Hill, 1-1, but won on penalty kicks by a 5-4 count. The Bulldogs' Shaun Gadsby (Newcastle, ENGLAND) was credited with both assists in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) tied the score with his team-leading fifth goal of the year at the 64:57 mark of the second half. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) was credited with the assist.
In goal, Wingate's Stephen Banick (Pickerington, Ohio) earned the win while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) took the loss. Hernandez was credited with two saves.