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Friday, 07 November 2014 23:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins to End Regular Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (21-8, 15-7) wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Queens (6-24, 3-18) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Curry Arena.

The Bears defeated the Royals by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 26-24 and swept the season series from Queens in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) finished with a match-high 11 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) dished out 33 assists in the victory.

Queens was led by Meredith Jones (Blythewood, S.C.) with 10 kills and Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wis.) with a match-high 34 assists but the Royals suffered their seventh consecutive defeat.

Sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added eight kills and seven digs for the Bears, who are ranked fifth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 7-1 in its last eight matches and has now won six consecutive contests away from home.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament Championship beginning on Friday, November 14, at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (16-3-1), the top seed in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship, advanced to the finals after defeating fifth-seeded Catawba (11-6-3) in the semifinal round by a 3-0 score Friday at Manchester Meadows.

Lenoir-Rhyne, winners of 12 straight matches, will face second-seeded Wingate (12-2-3) for the tournament championship Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wingate defeated Newberry by a 1-0 score in its semifinal contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Casey Marlin (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) scored twice as the Bears defeated the Indians for the second time this year.

Marlin opened the scoring in the 24th minute after finishing off a shot in the lower left corner of the net off a pass from junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.). Alequine was credited with the assist.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke the contest open with two more goals after halftime courtesy of junior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Marlin just three minutes apart at the 66:16 and 69:26 marks, respectively, in the second half.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 12-0 with the win. Morris stopped two shots for her seventh shutout on the year. Catawba's Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md.) suffered the loss in goal despite tallying 13 saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll as well, held a 26-4 edge in shots taken in the convincing victory.

The Bears will be looking to capture their third league tournament crown in school history. Lenoir-Rhyne also won the SAC Tournament Championship in 2010 and 2012.

Friday, 07 November 2014 23:13

Appalachian State Field Hockey Ends Season

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Appalachian State University field hockey ended its 2014 saeson with a 5-2 loss to Pacific in the fifth-place match at the NorPac tournament on Friday. The Mountaineers finished with a 5-16 overall record, going 1-5 in the NorPac.

The match was scoreless through the first 18 minutes of play, but opened up for Pacific when Alicia Muinos scored the match’s first goal. The Tigers would add three more goals over the next eight minutes to blow the match open. Nicole Laskosky scored the first in the 20th minute followed by another by Muinos in the 26th minute. Leah Cofer added the final goal before halftime to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead at the break.

With ten minutes left in the second half, Laskosky scored her second goal of the game. One minute later, Appalachian was finally was able to get on the scoresheet when Jordyn Warren centered a pass that Jessi Stuart put into the back of the net. The goal was Stuart’s fifth of the season which is tied for a team high with Taylor Cimbalist.

In the final minute of the match the Mountaineers has a two-on-one situation in the Pacific half. Savanna Sheridan passed to Warren on the right side and she was able to slide to past the goalkeeper’s left side to make the final score 5-2.

Appalachian goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi saved eight shots in 70 minutes. The Mountaineers will bring back 20 players from this year for the 2015 campaign.

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) hit a layup in traffic with 4.2 seconds to play and Appalachian State University men’s basketball earned a hard-fought 71-69 win over Lees-McRae in an exhibition contest on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers, who led by as many as nine points with just over seven minutes to play, saw their lead disappear in the final 40 seconds when the Bobcats tied the game at 69-69 as Kendall Isler converted a three-point play.

After calling a timeout with 11 seconds on the clock, first-year coach Jim Fox drew up a play on the sideline, and the Apps converted to perfection as Eaves sliced through the lane, soared between two defenders and put home the game winner.

In what proved to be an exciting back-and-forth battle, it was Lees-McRae which jumped out to the early advantage, building a nine-point lead (30-21) with 7:23 to play in the first half. Despite trailing by four (5-1) in the opening minute, the Bobcats would claw their way back and led for the majority of the first half and led 37-34 at the break.

Following the intermission, Appalachian’s defense put the clamps on Lees-McRae, holding the Bobcats to just 25.0 percent (9-of-36) from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Despite App State’s solid defensive effort in the second half, a poor shooting performance from the free-throw line allowed Lees-McRae to stay within striking distance.

The Mountaineers shot just 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the charity stripe, including just 10-of-20 in the second half. Appalachian’s largest lead of the game came when Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military) nailed a jumper with 7:26 to play to make it 61-52, but the Bobcats answered with a three to cut the deficit to six and hung around until the closing seconds.

Eaves, who connected on 7-of-16 shots, led all players with 22 points while Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) fell just shy of a double-double with nine points, a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocks. Mike Kobani (Bodo City, Nigeria/High Point Christian) chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds and Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) came off the bench to score eight points.

Despite the team’s overall performance at the charity stripe, Eaves (5-of-5) and Goesling (6-of-6) shined as the duo combined for a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Lees-McRae was led on offense by a trio of double-digit scorers in Sean Deniton (16), Raul Tutton (14) and Isler (12). Isler and Jacquise Moore tied for a team-high six rebounds and Deniton dished out a game-high five assists.

On the night, Appalachian shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the floor while holding the Bobcats to just 32.4 percent (23-of-71). The Mountaineers outrebounded Lees-McRae 57-39, but turned the ball over 20 times compared to just eight for the Bobcats.

The Mountaineers finished with a 17-5 advantage in second-chance buckets, but were outscored 23-9 in points off turnovers.

Appalachian State begins its regular season when it travels to Ohio University for a 2 p.m. contest on Nov. 15.

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball lost to Denmark Tech Thursday night 90-86.

Shakirra Allen paced CVCC with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kierra McKnight added 12 points and Kianna Bowe added 11.

The Red Hawks suffer their first loss of the season as they drop to 2-1. CVCC goes to Clinton Junior College on Tuesday.

Appalachian State University field hockey fell in the opening game of the NorPac Conference tournament to California. The Mountaineers were unable to overcome an early deficit and dropped the match 3-1.

The Golden Bears opened the scoring up quickly in the fifth minute when Cal’s leading scorer Laura Kruggel dribbled into the circle fired a shot passed Appalachian goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va. /James Madison) for her 11th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later Cal struck goal again. This time it was Nicole Wallstedt who found the back of the net to give her team a 2-0 advantage going into the break.

The Mountaineers fought hard to get back into the game and earned a penalty corner in the 50th minute. Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) took the corner and Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) converted the chance after the stop by Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) set up the opportunity. The goal was Malinoski’s third of the season. Wetmore and French were credited with the assist.

With the score at 2-1, the Bears found themselves with numbers in the Appalachian half. Wallstedt was able to pick out a pass to Andrea Earle, who converted the cross into the Golden Bears third goal.

Despite the loss, Ceppi had a excellent game in the net for the Mountaineers. She tallied 11 saves in the match, which was her most since recording 16 at Miami on Sept. 20th.

California advances to the tournament semi-final against the East’s top seed Liberty on Friday.

Appalachian will play for the last time this season on Friday at 12 p.m. versus the loser of the matchup between Pacific and UC Davis. The match will decide fifth place at the NorPac tournament.

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team have been selected to the 2014 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team for NCAA Division II.

Sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Slagle (Sharpsburg, Ga.), senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, N.C.) and senior defensive backs Joe Anderson (Lilburn, Ga.) and O’neil Blake (Kissimmee, Fla.) all garnered Academic All-District honors for the Bears.

Slagle is the team’s starting left tackle and helps anchor a unit which ranks first in NCAA Division II in rushing offense at 410.7 yards per game. Slagle has a 3.81 grade point average while majoring in healthful living and sports studies.

Powell, a finance major with a 3.60 grade point average, is the team’s leading scorer (69) this year and has connected on all nine field goal attempts including a season-long of 48 yards.

Anderson, a Third-Team Academic All-America honoree last year, has 30 tackles, seven pass break-ups and a 79-yard interception return for a score this fall. Anderson carries a 3.74 grade point average while majoring in economics.

Blake was a 2013 Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection and ranks fourth on the squad in tackles with year with 37 to go along with a team-high 11 pass break-ups. Blake is a sociology major with a 3.71 grade point average.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-0), the third-ranked team in the nation and the top team in the region, faces Alderson Broaddus (6-3) this Saturday beginning at Noon in Philippi, W.Va.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District ® Football Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America ® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

2014 Capital One CoSIDA Academic NCAA Division II
All-District II Football Team

Punter - Charlie Rhea, CARSON-NEWMAN, Sr., Norcross, Ga., 3.44, Exercise Science
Quarterback - Tyler Sulivan, DELTA STATE, So., Louisville, Mississippi, 3.75, Biology/Pre-Medical Science
Receiver - Alex Macaulay, WEST GEORGIA, Sr., Lakeville, Minn., 3.80, Marketing/Finacne
Receiver - Lee Mayhall, NORTH ALABAMA, Jr., Jackson, Tenn., 4.00, Industrial Hygiene
Tight End - Brandon Ellington, WINGATE, Sr., Wilmington, N.C., 3.87, Sport Management
Running Back - Andre Overholt, BREVARD, Sr., Tryon, N.C., 3.68, Business and Organizational Leadership
Running Back - Randall Freeman, CARSON-NEWMAN, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.86, Graphic Design
Offensive Line - Will Poteat, WINGATE, Sr., Vale, N.C., 3.85, Accounting
Offensive Line - Dan Gallman, CARSON-NEWMAN, So., Naples, Fla., 3.75, Business
Offensive Line - Jacob Slagle, LENOIR-RHYNE, So., Sharpsburg, Ga., 3.81, Healthful Living & Sports Studies
Offensive Line - Colin Glasco, VALDOSTA STATE, Sr., Hartwell, Ga., 3.50, Computer Science
Offensive Line - Evan Sobocinski, NEWBERRY, Jr., Lexington, S.C., 3.72, Business Administration/Education
Kicker - Justin Powell, LENOIR-RHYNE, Sr., Connelly Springs, N.C., 3.60, Finance
Defensive Back - Joe Anderson, LENOIR-RHYNE, Sr., Lilburn, Ga., 3.74, Economics
Defensive Back - O'neil Blake, LENOIR-RHYNE, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla., 3.71, Sociology
Defensive Back - Manny Abad, FLORIDA TECH, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3.79, Accounting
Defensive Back - Jon Jimenez, WINGATE, Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz., 3.41, Sport Management
Linebacker - Eric Mapoles, WINGATE, Jr., Snellville, Ga., 3.76, Management
Linebacker - A.J. Booker, NEWBERRY, Sr., Spartanburg, S.C., 3.67, Nursing
Linebacker - Dan Atkins, UNC PEMBROKE, Sr., Four Oaks, N.C., 3.82, Athletic Training
Defensive Line - William Alderman, CARSON-NEWMAN, Sr., Brooksville, Fla., 3.32, Exercise Science
Defensive Line - DeAndre Harrison, NORTH ALABAMA, So., Lithonia, Ga., 3.49, Exercise Science
Defensive Line - Nick Napolitano, WINGATE, Sr., Shallotte, N.C., 3.32, Marketing

Lenoir-Rhyne University and Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Neill McGeachy announces the hiring of Clare Gaeng has its new Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach.

Gaeng comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending one season as an Assistant Coach at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., in 2014. Gaeng helped lead the Royals to the first-ever South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships last spring.

Queens was ranked in the top 15 in the nation and finished the year with a record of 13-4 including a 6-0 mark in league play.

"I am blessed to be given this opportunity from (Athletics Director) Neill McGeachy at Lenoir-Rhyne University and look forward to leading the women's lacrosse program,” said Gaeng.

“I am committed to making Lenoir-Rhyne competitive nationally while maintaining excellent academic standing and a creating a visible impact on the community through service to others. I am excited to build onto this already great program."

Gaeng also coached one season at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., in 2013, leading the squad to an 8-0 start and a berth in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament.

Gaeng graduated from Lock Haven in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration. As a member of the Lady Eagles’ Women’s Lacrosse Team, Gaeng helped lead the squad to a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship match and the 2010 national semifinals.

Gaeng was a four year starter (2009-12) for Lock Haven and was a three-time all-conference and 2012 all-region honoree. Gaeng was also part of three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship Teams (2010-12) and was Team Captain and Defensive MVP as a senior.

Gaeng has also coached several lacrosse club teams including the Queen City Stars in Charlotte, N.C., as Lead Coach for the High School Division.

Gaeng, a native of Frederick, Md., is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching at Queens.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished with an 11-8 record last year including a 5-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears were second in the league standings and earned a berth in the conference tournament championship match last season as well.

During the annual NorPac Conference tournament banquet, three Appalachian State University field hockey players received all-conference recognition when the NorPac announced its first, second and all-academic teams on Wednesday night.

Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) was named as both a second team all-NorPac and all-academic selection. Wetmore started every match this season for the Mountaineers and led the team in points (13), assists (5), shots (30) and shots on goal (16). The Appalachian senior forward was ranked 10th in the NorPac in assists.

Two other Mountaineers, Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and Jordan Yaukey (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring), joined Wetmore on the NorPac all-academic team. O’Brien was a vital part of Appalachian’s defense all season and led the NorPac in defensive saves with five in 19 matches. O’Brien ranked ninth nationally in defensive saves.

Yaukey saw action this season as the backup goalkeeper. She played in four matches, starting one and recording 15 saves.

2014 NorPac Accolades
First Team All-Conference
Kelsey Harbin, Sr., D (Stanford)
Sarah Gipe, Jr., F (Liberty)
Lara Kruggel, Sr., MF (California)
Bethany Barr, So. MF (Liberty)
Alex McCawley, Sr. A (Stanford)
Clara Goni, Jr. D (California)
Ali Campos, So., F (Pacific)
Serena Barr, So., D (Liberty)
Maddie Secco, Jr., MF (Stanford)
Cristina Castella, Fr., D (Pacific)
Dulcie Davies, So., Jr., GK (Stanford)

Second Team All-Conference
Jamie Garcia, Jr., D (UC Davis)
Andrea Earle, Sr., MF (California)
Lauren Becker, Jr., A (Stanford)
Stephie Sabraw, So., F, (UC Davis)
Dana Wetmore, Sr., MF/F (Appalachian State)
Agustina Singh, So., F (UC Davis)
Ashlee Krulock, Jr., F (Liberty)
Nicole Laskosky, So., F (Pacific)
Shannon Herold, Sr., MF (Stanford)
Martha Duterte, Jr., D (UC Davis)
Laura Pujade, So., GK (Pacific)
Player of the Year
Kelsey Harbin (Stanford)
Offensive Player of the Year
Alex McCawley (Stanford)
Defensive Player of the Year
Dulcie Davies (Stanford)
Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year
Katie Keyser (Stanford)
Coach of the Year
Tara Danielson (Stanford)

All-Academic Team
Hannah Bettencourt (Pacific)
Serena Barr (Liberty)
Olivia Carroll (Liberty)
Emily Catan (California)
Emily Costa (UC Davis)
Helen Doolittle (Liberty)
Andrea Earle (California)
Kori Griswold (California)
Nicole Henriksson (California)
Marissa O’Brien (Appalachian State)
Kasey Quon (Stanford)
Hannah Thiemann (Stanford)
Dana Wetmore (Appalachian State)
Jordan Yaukey (Appalachian State)

2A:
Newton-Conover: 3
Central Academy of Technology and Arts: 0
Red Devils are at home for the regional semifinals hosting Forbush.

3A:
Fred T. Foard: 1
Marvin Ridge: 0
Tigers advance to the regional semifinals going to Statesville.