The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (6-7-5) battled Anderson (8-9-1) to a scoreless tie in the opening round of the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship Tuesday but advanced with a 4-3 edge in penalty kicks at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the fourth seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded and No. 20 Wingate (12-3-1) Friday in the semifinals at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m. Anderson was seeded fifth.
Both goalkeepers, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) and Anderson’s Bo Haug (Stuttgart, GERMANY), did not allow a goal in 110 minutes to go along with two saves each en route to earning the shutout.
Sophomore defender DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) notched the match-advancing penalty kick for the Bears. Anderson held a slight edge in shots taken – 15-14 – despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne advances to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time since the 2011 season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (15-3-1), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opened the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship with a 3-1 victory over Anderson (7-10-1) Tuesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Junior defender Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawai’i) scored twice for Lenoir-Rhyne, who faces fifth-seeded Catawba (11-5-3) in the tournament semifinals Friday at 4:00 p.m., at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the five-time defending SAC Regular Season Champions, entered the tournament as the top seed while Anderson was seeded eighth.
The Bears also increased their winning streak to 11 matches.
After Anderson’s Emily Cowan (Belmont, Mich.) scored on a free kick in the first half, Lenoir-Rhyne rallied with three goals after halftime to take the win.
Madriaga scored the Bears’ first two goals while freshman defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) rounded out the scoring in the 84th minute off a breakaway. Bedell assisted on Lenoir-Rhyne’s first goal as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 11-0 on the year after picking up the win. Morris stopped three shots for the Bears, who held a 28-7 advantage in shots taken. Anderson’s goalkeeper, Sadie Lancaster (Celina, Texas), suffered the loss despite tallying 10 saves on the night.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (20-8, 14-7) swept Brevard (10-17, 4-16), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.
The Bears won by scores of 30-28, 25-13 and 27-25 and completed the season sweep of the Tornados. Lenoir-Rhyne also won 20 matches in a season for the first time in eight years.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) with 40 assists and 12 digs while junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) added a match-high 13 kills in the win.
Sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) also finished with a double-double – 12 kills and 10 digs – in the victory for the Bears.
Brevard’s Fatima Gharachorloo (Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA) and Rachel Ruble (Advance, N.C.) finished with six kills each and Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) added 27 assists and 11 digs but the Tornados lost their ninth consecutive match.
The Tornados were also limited to a .065 hitting percentage.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Charlotte, N.C., to face Queens in its regular season finale.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team traveled to Caldwell CC on Tuesday night losing 79-69.
Sam Sanders led Caldwell with 15 points and Raquan Davenport with 13 points.
CVCC was led by Ray'Quelle Days with 23 points and Tryle Poindexter with 11 points.
Appalachian State University men’s golf teed off the final round of the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic on Tuesday. The tournament was held at the par-72, 7,100 yard Turtle Point Golf Course. The Mountaineers shot a final round 307 for a total of 67-over 931. App State finished in 19th place.
The Mountianeers came into the final round in 19th place and were unable to make a move up the leaderboard on the tournament’s last 18 holes. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C.) shot the only under-par round of the tournament for the Mountaineers when he recorded a final round 1-under 71. Chance had a total score of 226 and finished tied for 47th place.
Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) and Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) both tied for 84th place after Mitchell recorded a third round 8-over 80 and Keck shot a 5-over 77. Both Mountaineers had a total of 235.
For the second-straight round Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) recorded a 7-over 79. Furr had a total tournament score of 238 and finished tied for 92nd. Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) Finished with a 243 after a final round 82.
The Mountaineers completed the first 36 holes of 54-hole tournament on Sunday and Monday. Appalachian recorded a team score of 315 on day one followed by a 309 in round two for a total 48-over 624.
Mitchell and Watson were both tied for 65th place after 36 holes. Mitchell started his tournament with a 9-over 81, but bounced back with a second round 2-over 74 for a total of 155. Watson shot a first round 6-over 78 followed up with a 5-over 77 in the second round.
Keck recorded back-to-back rounds of 7-over 79 for a total of 158. Keck was tied for 86th place after two rounds.
Rounding out the Mountaineers,Furr shot a 159 over the first two days with a first round 80 and a second round 79. Furr was in 91st place. Eberspeaker shot a first round 78 followed by a second round 83 which left him in 93rd place going into the final day.
Competing as an individual, Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) ended his tournament tied for 84th place after shooting his tournament best 1-over 73 in the final round. Moriarty was for 94th place after an opening round 84 and a second round 78.
The Wendy’s Kiawah Classic was the last tournament of the fall season for Appalachian. The Mountaineers will be back on the course on Feb. 23rd-24th at the Pfeiffer Invitational for their first spring tournament.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer players Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) earned Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
With both Chapman and Harrow earning weekly awards, it marks the second time this season that the Mountaineers have swept the weekly accolades. Both Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Lyceé Rabelais) swept Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week on Sept. 16.
“Both of these guys were integral pieces last week in our win,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “I’m glad the coaches in our conference recognized their contributions.”
Chapman, a sophomore, and Harrow, a senior, each contributed at a high level in helping the Mountaineers push past Longwood on the road last Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Chapman, a Greensboro, N.C. native, earned Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals, including the game-winner at Longwood. The effort marked Chapman’s first career multi-goal output, including his fifth and sixth career goals. The game-winner was also the striker’s second of his career.
Trailing 2-1 to the Lancers, Harrow sent a long ball up the far sideline in stride with Chapman who was able to put it in the back of the net for the equalizer. Then in the 73rd minute with the score tied, Chapman headed in the game-winner off of a John Walrath cross to the back post.
Chapman joins Broaden and Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) as other Mountaineers to earn Offensive Player of the Week.
Harrow, a Davidson, N.C. native, earned Defensive Player of the Week after providing stellar defense on the backline and serving up two helpers in the Mountaineers’ win. Both assists in the match doubled Harrow’s career total in that category.
The senior tallied his first assist after Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) chipped a free kick into the box, Harrow struck it with one touch across the goaline to the back post where Broaden was able to head it in for an early 1-0 lead. Later, Harrow sent the long ball up to Chapman who tied the game at 2-2 as a result of the assist.
Harrow joins Beranger as the only other Mountaineer to earn Defensive Player of the Week.
The Mountaineers will finish up their regular season and conference season with Senior Night at Appalachian Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 8. App State will host Sun Belt foe NJIT for a 7:30 p.m. kick off.
Sun Belt Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Cristian Marcel, NJIT
Sept. 9: Shaun Keegan, NJIT
Sept. 16: Stanley Broaden, Appalachian State
Sept. 23: Mike Rood, Hartwick; Joshua Mercer, NJIT
Sept. 30: Stephen McGill, Georgia State
Oct. 7: Christian Marcel, NJIT
Oct. 14: Donovan Japp, Appalachian State
Oct. 21: Kyle Celestine, Howard
Oct. 28: Christian Marcel, NJIT
Nov. 4: Stephen Chapman, Appalachian State
Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Jack Falle, Georgia Southern
Sept. 9: Kit Tregear, Hartwick
Sept. 16: Alex Beranger, Appalachian State
Sept. 23: Christian Foust, NJIT
Sept. 30: CJ Cochran, Georgia State
Oct. 7: Tom Buckner, Hartwick
Oct. 14: Jimmy Myers, NJIT
Oct. 21: Eric Hamilton, Howard; Tom Buckner, Hartwick
Oct. 28: Jack Falle, Georgia Southern
Nov. 4: Patrick Harrow, Appalachian State
The Red Devils advance to the third round to host Central Academy on Wednesday.
Fred T. Foard: 4
Tigers advance to the third round to host Marvin Ridge on Wednesday.
AC Reynolds: 2
The Panthers season ends at 12-8-2.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (9-0, 6-0) moved up one spot in the national poll for the second consecutive week today, ranking No. 3 in today's AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches Poll. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.
The Bears also received two first-place votes for the first time in school history.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked first in this week's NCAA Division II Super Region No. 2 Poll. The top six teams in each of the four super regions earn a berth to the national playoffs.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues its best start since 1962 after defeating Carson-Newman by a 35-32 score last Saturday in a league showdown in Jefferson City, Tenn. The win also helped the Bears clinch at least a share of their fourth consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship.
Lenoir-Rhyne, last year's national finalists, ranks first in the nation in rushing offense at 410.7 yards per game.
The Bears have also won 22 of their last 23 games and have prevailed in 19 consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season contests dating back to 2012.
Lenoir-Rhyne steps out of league play to face Alderson Broaddus (6-3) on Saturday at Noon in Philippi, W.Va. The Bears defeated the Battlers by a 62-24 score last year on November 9, 2013, in Hickory, N.C.
AFCA NCAA Division II
Football Coaches Top 25 Poll
(November 3, 2014)
1. Minnesota State-Mankato (28) 9-0
2. Minnesota-Duluth (1) 9-0
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (2) 9-0
4. Ferris State (Mich.) 9-0
5. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-0
6. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 8-1
7. Northwest Missouri State 8-1
8. Colorado State-Pueblo 8-1
9. Ouchita Baptist (Ark.) 8-0
10. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 8-1
11. Ohio Dominican 7-1
12. Delta State (Miss.) 7-1
13. Concord (W.Va.) 9-0
14. Henderson State (Ark.) 8-1
15. North Alabama 7-1
16. Harding (Ark.) 7-1
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-1
18. West Chester (Pa.) 8-1
19. Colorado School of Mines 8-1
20. Michigan Tech 7-1
21. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-1
22. Ashland (Ohio) 8-1
23. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8-1
24. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-2
25. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-1
Others Receiving Votes: Humboldt St. (Calif.), 19; Texas A&M-Commerce, 18; Midwestern St. (Texas), 16; Central Missouri, 13; Angelo St. (Texas), 12; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 11; West Georgia, 9; Central Oklahoma, 1; East Central (Okla.), 1; Virginia St., 1.
NCAA Division II
Super Region No. 2 Rankings
(Nov. 3, 2014)
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 9-0
2. Delta State 7-1
3. North Alabama 7-1
4. Tuskegee 7-2
5. Valdosta State 6-2
6. West Georgia 7-2
7. Albany State (Ga.) 6-2
8. Carson-Newman 6-2
9. Miles 6-3
10. Florida Tech 6-3
Appalachian State University volleyball player Paige Brown was named the Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Brown led the Mountaineers to a win over second-place UT Arlington this week, tallying 43 assists in the three-set match. Brown averaged 14.33 assists per set in the victory.
The junior from Overland Park, Kan. has recorded 1,010 assists so far this season and is currently seventh all-time in the Appalachian record books for career assists.
Brown leads the league in assists per set this season with an average of 11.74. She is currently ranked third in the nation in assists per set.
This is Brown's fifth Setter of the Week honor this season.
Brown and the rest of the Mountaineers return to action on Friday when they host Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.
Sun Belt Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 1: Emily Corrigan, Appalachian State
Sept. 8: Emily Corrigan, Appalachian State
Sept. 15: Emily Corrigan, Appalachian State
Sept. 22: Edina Begic, UALR
Sept. 29: Edina Begic, UALR
Oct. 6: Edina Begic, UALR
Oct. 13: Edina Begic, UALR
Oct. 20: Sonja Milanovic, UALR
Oct. 27: Sarah Kemp, Arkansas State
Nov. 3: Edina Begic, UALR
Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 1: Kiah Cheatham, Troy
Sept. 8: Caralee Dillard, UALR
Sept. 15: Abby Baker, South Alabama
Sept. 22: Markie Schaedig, Arkansas State
Sept. 29: Ali Dowdall, Troy
Oct. 6: Markie Schaedig, Arkansas State
Oct. 13: Caitlyn Cooney, UT Arlington
Oct. 20: Ali Dowdall, Troy
Oct. 27: Edina Selimovic, UALR
Nov. 3: Markie Schaedig, Arkansas State
Sun Belt Setters of the Week
Sept. 1: Paige Brown, Appalachian State
Sept. 8: Paige Brown, Appalachian State
Sept. 15: Paige Brown, Appalachian State
Sept. 22: Paige Brown, Appalachian State
Sept. 29: Andrea Hole, UL Lafayette
Oct. 6: Megan Mathis, UALR
Oct. 13: Andrea Hole, UL Lafayette
Oct. 20: Kat Minnerly, Georgia Southern
Oct. 27: Natalie Nieto, Georgia State
Nov. 3: Paige Brown, Appalachian State
Sun Belt Freshmen of the Week
Sept. 1: Lauren Kirch, Texas State
Sept. 8: Drew Jones, Arkansas State
Sept. 15: Qiana Canete, UT Arlington
Sept. 22: Drew Jones, Arkansas State
Sept. 29: Jordan Kohl, Texas State
Oct. 6: Qiana Canete, UT Arlington
Oct. 13: Qiana Canete, UT Arlington
Oct. 20: Megan Chevalier, Georgia Southern
Oct. 27: Jessica Uke, Arkansas State
Nov. 3: Jessica Uke, Arkansas State