Catawba Valley Community College has announced that Josh Bumgarner, a 13-year head coaching veteran, was officially named the first-ever head coach of the Catawba Valley Community College softball program on Friday.

CVCC will begin its softball program this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.

“I’m extremely humbled and blessed to have this opportunity,” Bumgarner said. “I’m a firm believer that the good Lord put me here. All the thanks and honor go to Him. I’m blown away to have this opportunity. Even just to get to build it from the ground up is something that blows my mind.”

CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder is thrilled to have Bumgarner establish the Red Hawks softball program.

“We are excited for coach Bumgarner to start our program,” Schroeder said. “His excitement for the game of softball and the advancement of student athletes is infectious. Josh will bring hard work ethic to our program, and we are excited to see where he can take it.”

An Alexander County native and Alexander Central High graduate, Bumgarner was taught the value of hard work by his father and grandfather, who both worked in the saw mill industry.

Bumgarner believes that trait will help him succeed at CVCC.

“Playing basketball and football in high school, I wasn’t the most athletic and not the most gifted as far as height goes so I had to outwork everybody to be successful,” he said. “I’ve tried to carry that over into my coaching style and instill that into my players. So far it seems to be a pretty good combination. We’re just ready to go to work and outwork everybody else.”

Bumgarner’s extensive coaching pedigree includes a pair of 3A state championship titles to his resumé in 2013 and 2018 as an assistant softball coach at Alexander Central High School.

The Appalachian State alumnus also has six-year coaching stint at South Iredell High School.

Also not new to starting up softball programs, Bumgarner was the inaugural head coach of the Alexander Central Post 170 softball team this past summer.

“I believe that I know what it takes to win and be successful,” Bumgarner said. “I am a firm believer that having a strong family-oriented environment for the team is the kind of foundation of that. That’s what I base everything on. I’m a player’s coach and are looking forward to finally getting some of those players around here and getting to work.”

Bumgarner believes there is a lot of immediate value to potential athletes joining the Red Hawks’ softball program from both an athletic and academic standpoint.

“CVCC is a good outlet for people in this area to be able to take advantage of and still play a game that they love for a couple of years,” he said. “We’ll try to help them move on to the next phase of their career if that’s something that they want to pursue. I think this is a great opportunity for the kids that play softball in this area.”

As for those who may not be familiar with Bumgarner’s name, he wants everyone to know one important thing about him.

“You won’t find a coach that loves his players more than me,” he said. “You won’t find a coach that is as passionate about what they are doing and his team as I am. I look forward to showing that in the years to come here at CVCC.”

Appalachian State wrestlers Codi Russell (133 pounds) and Cary Miller (heavyweight) won matches Thursday night to advance to Day 2 of the NCAA Championships.

Russell, who recorded a second-period pin of Ohio's Mario Guillen, and Miller, whose tiebreaking takedown with 40 seconds left against Virginia Tech's Billy Miller led to a 3-2 decision, both went 1-1 on the opening day of the double-elimination event at PPG Paints Arena.

Randall Diabe completed a 77-48 career that included a 26-7 mark as a senior with a pair of one-point losses in Pittsburgh, and Matt Zovistoski finished a 27-15 junior season with two matches. They were both making their second NCAA appearances.

The NCAA Championships resume Friday at 11 a.m., and Russell (23-10) will face 24th-seeded DJ Fehlman of Lock Haven a month after Fehlman (35-7) won a close decision between them in a nonconference dual. Their rematch should occur in the opening hour of the 11 a.m. session.

App State's Miller (24-12) will take on 12th-seeded Conan Jennings, a Northwestern senior with a 19-11 record this season.

After dropping a first-round match against Iowa's Austin DeSanto, Russell trailed 3-1 in the second period against Guillen, who had managed to erase a third-period deficit and take advantage of a Russell misstep to record a pin when Ohio faced Appalachian State in late November.

Russell returned the favor in the final minute of the second period Thursday, switching a deficit into a win by fall.

After losing a major decision against 2018 third-place finisher Amar Dhesi of Oregon State, App State's Miller was facing an opponent who placed third in the ACC and was making his fourth NCAA appearance. Miller executed a match-tying escape early in the third period, took the lead on his last-minute takedown and held on after allowing a post-takedown escape with 18 seconds remaining.

Oklahoma's Jake Woodley won 4-3 in the Tiebreaker-2 period against Diabe, and Buffalo's Brett Perry won a 3-2 decision by producing a tiebreaking takedown with 1:10 remaining.

Diabe and Woodley were tied at 1-all at the end of three periods thanks to one escape apiece, and neither wrestler managed a takedown in the Sudden Victory period. With each wrestler starting a 30-second tiebreaker from the down position, Woodley recorded an escape in six seconds to start that period and Diabe tied the match by getting an escape in 10 seconds.

That four-second difference ended up determining the outcome as the next 30-second tiebreaker included escapes by both Diabe and then Woodley in 10 seconds, meaning Woodley finished with a small but match-clinching advantage in riding time.

Needing to be aggressive to give himself a late chance in the first round, Zovistoski trailed 3-2 in the closing moments of a 10-2 major decision against Missouri's Brock Mauller, a fourth-seeded entry who won twice Thursday to improve to 31-2. In the next round, Penn's Anthony Artalona won by technical fall.

CODI RUSSELL (No. 26 seed, 133 pounds)
1st round: L, DQ, vs. (7) Austin DeSanto, Iowa
Consolation: W, fall in 4:10 vs. (23) Mario Guillen, Ohio
Friday: vs. (24) DJ Fehlman, Lock Haven

CARY MILLER (No. 27 seed, heavyweight)
1st round: L, 18-6 maj. dec. vs. (6) Amar Dhesi, Oregon State
Consolation: W, 3-2 dec. vs. (22) Billy Miller, Virginia Tech
Friday: vs. (12) Conan Jennings, Northwestern

RANDALL DIABE (No. 15 seed, 197 pounds)
1st round: L, 4-3 dec. (TB-2) vs. (18) Jake Woodley, Oklahoma
Consolation: L, 3-2 dec. vs. (31) Brett Perry, Buffalo

MATT ZOVISTOSKI (No. 29 seed, 149 pounds)
1st round: L, 10-2 maj. dec., vs. (4) Brock Mauller, Missouri
Consolation: L, 16-1 tech. fall vs. (13) Anthony Artalona, Penn

Dozens of lady anglers from across the United States will be on the Catawba River next week as they prepare for the Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) tournament that will take place on Lake Hickory March 29 - 30, 2019.

"On behalf of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission we are thrilled to have the Lady Bass Anglers Association back in Hickory for the second time in the last three years," said Hickory Metro Sports Commission Chairman Mark Seaman. "To have a professional fishing organization chose Hickory as one of their tour stops is a great opportunity for us to showcase the Hickory area. They are a great group of ladies and we look forward to a wonderful event."

Local professional angler Angela Mayo brought the tournament to Hickory in 2017 and after the tournament was held the anglers said they wanted to come back to Hickory. Mayo said that this tournament is possible thanks to sponsors like the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, Hickory Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as Lake Electric Company, Shiners Stash Jerky and Fishers of Men Guide Service.

"I can't wait for the ladies to be back on Lake Hickory," Mayo said. "The event in 2017 was a huge success and the Hickory Metro Sports Commission and the Hickory Metro Commission and Visitors Bureau have stepped up to bring the Lady Bass Anglers Association Women's Pro Tour event back to our community. Lake Hickory is a phenomenal fishery and we should be proud of this resource and do all we can to promote it!"

Cheryl Bowden, Co-Founder of the Lady Bass Anglers Association who lives in Texas is also excited to be back in North Carolina.

"The outpouring of support and the great event we had in 2017 made it quite memorable. We are looking forward to this year's event being even better," added Bowden.

LBAA Co-Founder Secret York is also thrilled to be coming back to Hickory.

"I absolutely love this little lake," said York. "It's a great fishery and I expect the fishing to be a little better this time than it was last time we were here. Looks like we are hitting it during a full/new moon phase at prime spawning time. We have a good chance to bust a great bag of bass."

In addition to having a tournament for professional anglers, the LBAA has two community events next week. The first community event will be on Wednesday, March 27 between 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. when local Disabled and Wounded Veterans fish with the professional anglers. At this time, 15 veterans are participating in this event that will begin and end at Lakeside Marina, located at 81 Marina Drive, Hickory (across the NC 127 bridge that links Catawba and Alexander County in the Bethlehem area). The additional community event this year involves local youth. On Saturday, March 30, LBAA teamed up with Pond Hopper Nation to host a "Teach a Child to Fish Day." The event will be between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lovelady Access on Lake Hickory, located at 6162 Rocky Mt. Road in Granite Falls. This is a free event for kids and the first 25 participants will receive a free fishing rod. Visit to register.

"The community can be a part of this great event by supporting the local anglers when you see them around town, on the lake or at the fish weigh ins that will be held at LP Frans Stadium on Friday and Saturday afternoon," said Mandy Pitts Hildebrand, Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau CEO. "The weigh-ins are a lot of fun and this is an amazing sport that is growing in America and Hickory is proud to be a part of hosting the Lady Anglers."

LBAA Fish Weigh-In Events will be held on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at LP Frans Stadium, located at 2500 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory.

To learn more about LBAA go to

A pair of Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball players have received recognition as all-conference performers following the 2018-19 season.

Red Hawk sophomores Sherry Johnson and Zharia Brown have both been named to the 13-person All-Region X team.

Both athletes helped lead the CVCC women’s basketball program to a 24-6 record, a 17-3 mark in Region X games and its second-ever regular-season conference championship this past winter.

“I’m happy for Sherry and Zharia,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “They are both sophomores and going on to the next level. They’ve worked hard. They really wanted this. Hard work does pay off.”

Despite playing just one season at Catawba Valley, Johnson had an immediate impact on the Red Hawks’ women’s basketball program, leading the team in points per game (19.2), rebounds per game (10.6) and field goal percentage (50.1).

During the Red Hawks’ 14-game winning streak this past winter — the second longest in program history — Johnson recorded 11 double doubles. She finished the season with 19 double doubles, becoming the all-time leader in that category in school history for both a season and career.

Johnson finishes her Red Hawk career with the most two-point field goals (245), most rebounds (316) and most rebounds per game in a season (10.5).

“Sherry came in and wanted to make a difference in our program,” England said. “I told her what it was going to take to make that difference. She had to come in here and work hard in the classroom as well as the court, and that’s what she has done. She gave all that she had every game, every day — day in and day out.”

A key returner for the Red Hawks this season from her post position, Brown was second for the Red Hawks this past winter in scoring at 11.6 points per game and rebounding at 8.2 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. played in 30 games for CVCC, starting in 19 of those contests.

Brown finishes her two-year athletic career at CVCC as the second-leading scorer and leading rebounder in program history with 718 points and 505 rebounds. Her 204 free throws are also the most in a Red Hawk career, while her 71.8 free throw percentage ranks fourth all time.

“After last season, Zharia had express how disappointing she was in herself as a freshman when we came up short in the Region X Tournament so she made a commitment to put the work in and get better,” England said. “She did, and it paid off. I’m proud of the growth in Zharia in the classroom as well as on the court. I’m looking forward to seeing Zharia walk across the stage to receive her diploma and to start her journey at the next level.”

Below is a complete list of the All-Region X performers in women’s basketball:

2018-19 All-Region X women’s basketball
J’nai Millner, Guilford Tech
Tiara Williams, Bryant & Stratton
Emily Davis, Wake Tech
Sherry Johnson, Catawba Valley
Ny Langley, Cape Fear
Kapria Pressley, Brunswick
Harmony Davidson, Louisburg
Ashley Planter, USC Salkehatchie
Monique Jones, Louisburg
Tracey Kemp, Cape Fear
Tyrlyanna Owens, Bryant & Stratton
Chrystall Jerome, Lenoir
Zharia Brown, Catawba Valley

Player of the Year
J’nai Millner, Guilford Tech

Coach of the Year
Cornel Parker, Bryant & Stratton

Lenoir-Rhyne leads the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings after the conclusion of the 2018 SAC Winter Regular Season. The Bears took home second place in both men's and women's Indoor Track & Field, while placing fourth in both men's and women's basketball to move their point total to 806.5

This is the first time in program history that LR has led the Echols Cup at the conclusion of the winter season. After finishing third a year ago, the Bears are in search of the first Echols Cup in program history.

The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is presented annually to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the Conference's 20 sports. Regular season finish is used in the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track.

In the Echols Athletic Excellence Award formula, the champion will always receive 100 points and last place will receive 10 points regardless of the number of schools that sponsor that championship sport. The points earned for all other place finishes will vary based on the number of schools that sponsor that particular sport.

2018-19 SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings – Winter 2018

Rank   School             Points
1.         Lenoir-Rhyne  806.5
2.         Wingate          735
3.         Queens           713
4.         Carson-Newman   651
5.         Anderson        592
6.         Tusculum        560.66
7.         Lincoln Memorial   518.66
8.         Catawba          513.5
9.         Mars Hill          275
10.       Newberry        271.66
11.       Coker              211

Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:40

CVCC Baseball Sweeps USC-Salkehatchie

The 18th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team extended its winning streak to nine games on Wednesday with a road non-conference doubleheader sweep of host USC Salkehatchie.

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 19-8 overall on the 2019 season.

Game one: No. 18 Catawba Valley 15, USC Salkehatchie 2
The Red Hawks tallied 12 base hits, including two apiece off the bats of Vinny Consolo, Mason Lyda and Ryan Healy, to earn a 13-run victory in the opening game of the set on Wednesday afternoon.

CVCC scored at least one run in every inning except for one, cruising to its 18th win of the season.

Sophomore right fielder Trent Jones opened the game’s scoring in the first inning with a two-RBI double, giving the road team an early 2-0 advantage.

The Red Hawks added five runs to their lead in the second inning, including a two-run single by center fielder Malik Stephens and an RBI single by first baseman Tyler Campbell, to make it a 7-0 game.

Consolo added the first of his two run-scoring doubles in the fourth inning — a two-bagger down the right field line that scored Campbell. Designated hitter Kevin Gonzalez added an RBI sacrifice fly during the inning to push CVCC’s advantage to 9-0.

After Rod Munoz scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the fifth inning, Consolo’s two-run double to left field plated teammates David Kennedy and Healy to extend the Red Hawk advantage to 12-0.

The Indians broke up the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth inning when first baseman Zachary Hayes reached base on a fielder’s choice, plating shortstop Pierceson Nance for Salk’s first run.

Healy answered the score for Catawba Valley in the top of the sixth inning, driving in shortstop Mason Lyda on a double to left field. CVCC scored two more runs during the seventh — an RBI single by Lyda and catcher Willie Gordon scored on a passed ball.

USC Salkehatchie attempted to overcame its large deficit in the final half-inning, scoring a run on a Jan Carlos Maldonado RBI double, but the Indians stranded runners on second and third base to end the game.

On the mound, CVCC starting pitcher Andrew Patrick improved to 3-0 on the season. He allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out four batters in four innings of work.

Elijah Carr and Austin Blevins finished the final three innings on the mound, combining to allow three hits, two earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts.

Game two: No. 18 Catawba Valley 3, USC Salkehatchie 1
Trailing by one run through five innings, the Red Hawks rallied with three late-inning runs to come away with the doubleheader sweep Wednesday against the Indians.

USC Salkehatchie took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when shortstop Pierceson Nance doubled and later scored on a wild pitch by CVCC starting pitcher Chris Banks.

Catawba Valley struggled to find its offense early in Wednesday’s second and final game, tallying just two hits and stranding three runners on base during the first four innings of the contest.

Banks helped keep CVCC within striking distance in the nightcap of Wednesday’s twin bill, allowing just three hits and striking out six batters in his 3.1 innings of work.

Timothy Davila relieved Banks in the fourth inning, working out of a jam with runners on second and third base to keep it a 1-0 contest through four complete innings.

The Red Hawks finally broke through to tie the game in the fifth inning, loading the bases on back-to-back singles by catcher Cole Chapman and shortstop Mason Lyda and a walk by center fielder Malik Stephens before second baseman R.J. Conner plated the tying run on a sac fly to center field.

Despite the one-out sac fly, CVCC could do no more damage, keeping the game tied at 1-1.

Davila remained poised, dodging trouble again in the bottom of the fifth inning by stranding Indian runners on first and second base to keep the game deadlocked at one run.

After a scoreless and hitless sixth inning by both teams, the Red Hawks completed their comeback in the top of the seventh inning, loading the bases on a walk by Lyda, a double to left field by Stephens and a walk by Conner before freshman left fielder Jackson Brown delivered the eventual game-winning two-run single to left field.

Sophomore reliever Greg Collins closed out his team’s 19th victory, retiring two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning on strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.

Davila picked up the win on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season. He gave up two hits, no walks or runs and struck out four batters in 2.2 innings of work.

After a rare off weekend, the CVCC baseball team returns to action on Tuesday with a road non-conference doubleheader against D1 powerhouse Walters State, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.

First pitch between the Red Hawks and Senators in Morristown, Tenn. is set for 1 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team traveled to 15th ranked Queens Royals on Wednesday night, and lost 20-5.

Freshman Gia Colombo continued her streak of impressive scoring, as she put in two goals in the game. Rachel Elmore, Adriana Williams and Michelle Tang added one each to give the Bears a total of five against Queens.

The Bears managed to collect more ground balls (24-20) and win more draw controls (14-12) than the home team while also having more free position shots (11-4).

Lenoir-Rhyne's starter in goal, Cristi Rowland took the loss in just under 33 minutes played as she gave up 11 goals and collected four saves. Chase Brokaw earned the victory with five goals given up and 10 saves.

Nine members of the Royals scored goals in the game led by Rachel Perrett with five, Ally Blood with four and both Allison Conn and Hanna Scott with three.

The Bears were the first team in SAC history to defeat the Queen's women's lacrosse team last season.

Despite the loss, Lenoir-Rhyne owns a winning road record at 3-2.

Colombo has now recorded six goals in the last three games while Elmore has 10 in the last three while only having one game this season without one goal scored.

Lenoir-Rhyne will stay on the road with another SAC match up with Newberry on Saturday, March 23 at noon.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (19-14) advances to the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational with a nail-biting 57-55 win over UNCA (17-15) on Wednesday evening in Kimmel Arena.

The Mountaineers will play Marshall inside the Holmes Center on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the second round after the Thundering Herd defeated Davidson, 67-64, on Monday. Appalachian State dealt Marshall a 74-52 defeat earlier this season at home.

Three players led the team in double figures with Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) pouring in a team-high 18 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting, while Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) tallied 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with her fourth straight game with15 points and a personal-high three trifectas. The trio scored 49 of the 57 points including the final 15 points of the game.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was a defensive anchor in the paint, snagging a game-high 13 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. The junior is now three boards away from moving into fourth place all-time with 930 rebounds, which would surpass Shannon Thomas (1988-92).

It was an all-around effort on defense, limiting UNCA to 33.9 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from the field. The stingy defense held an opponent to 60 points or less for the sixth time in the past nine games and improves to 18-0 when allowing 70 points or less.

With 1:20 left in the contest and the game tied at 53-53, Stanley rose up for the go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Mountaineers a 56-53 advantage. She later hit a free throw to make the game 57-53
in the Black and Gold's favor with 37 seconds left. UNCA hit two free throws to cut the gap to one possession, 57-55, and later had a chance to go for the win or tie with 2.2 seconds left. However, UNCA wouldn't get the shot off in time, sealing Appalachian's first postseason win since 2012 and the first postseason tournament win under head coach Angel Elderkin.

App State dominated the start of the game, rushing out to a 9-0 advantage capped off by five straight points from Stanley. Appalachian held UNCA scoreless for the first 5:31 of the contest, while UNCA wouldn't hit its first field goal until the 3:40 mark of the period. The Bulldogs closed the gap to three, 9-6, before App ended the quarter with a 10-0 surge over the final 3:15 of the frame to go into the second period with a 19-6 lead.

UNCA stormed back scoring the first 12 points of the second quarter to bring the App lead down to one, 19-18. Coming out of a timeout, Appalachian responded by hitting four of its next five shots to go in front, 27-22. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) later hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left in the half to push the App lead back up to five (32-27) after the hosts closed the gap to one possession. A pair of free throws by Jessica Wall (UNCA) gave Appalachian a 32-39 lead heading into the break.

The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance but couldn't get past the Mountaineers. Neither team scored until the 6:24 point of the quarter when Story hit a mid-range jumper. App and UNCA traded scores on the next four possessions that kept the Mountaineers' lead to three, 39-36. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) scored the next three points for the Apps to stretch their edge to 42-36. The lead stayed at six for the Mountaineers, 44-38, going into the final quarter.

UNCA tied it on two occasions late in the fourth quarter, but both times Polacek scored on the next possession including a layup when the game was knotted up 51-51. Appalachian made timely plays and stops in the gritty win, improving to 6-1 in games decided by five points or less.

Appalachian is now 5-0 all-time in the WBI, while it's now 15-4 against UNC Asheville. The Mountaineers go into matchup against the Thundering Herd winners of seven of their previous nine games.

There were more runs than hits for the Bears, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took advantage of Crusader mistakes to a 12-8 home victory to split the midweek series against the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night.

Lenoir-Rhyne spread the wealth as it pertains to hits, but Hunter Jackson was dominant at the plate, recording three hits, two of which were doubles, all while driving in two and scoring three himself. Grant Fuller and Caleb Beatty join Jackson with two runs batted in for the game. Will Jones did not record a hit but had the batters eye working as he drew a season-high three walks.

The Bears sent Matt Ranson out to start the game but took him out after 2.0 innings of work. Michael Allen came onto the mound in relief, earning his first win of the season after working 4.0 innings, giving up just one run and three hits plus fanning four batters in the process.

Belmont Abbey was led at the plate in the top of the order by Richard DeLaCruz, who finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored. Hitters one through five in the lineup went 8-for-16 (.500) in the game. Ben Gobbel, Mason Dodd and Derrick Dabney each finished with two RBIs on the night.

The Bears take the 2-1 lead in the season series against the Crusaders with the final game between the two teams set for March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne has now scored 10 or more runs six times this season and are undefeated when doing so.

With the win the Bears snapped their four-game losing skid.

The Bears improve to 12-16. L-R will prepare for a four-game road swing with a three game series starting at Georgia Southwestern that is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team held a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter but No. 10 Queens rallied and sent the game into overtime with a goal with 13 seconds left in regulation. Jesse Oliver would net the game-winner with 2:07 left in overtime.

Joe Buduo scored a season-high four goals and is now in third in program history with 114 career goals. Buduo, who is the reigning South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, added an assist a ground ball and a caused turnover.

Eric Dickinson, who is fourth all-time in team history with 111 goals, netted a hat trick with all of his goals coming in the first half.

Ben Austin scored twice in the game and added an assist. On the defensive end, Connor Stanley finished with five caused turnovers and grabbed six ground balls. Weston Bimstefer also added six ground balls for the Bears.

Queens scored five of the game's final six goals to complete the comeback victory. Taking advantage of an LR turnover, Queens' Reed Murphy sent the game to OT with a goal in the final seconds. The game-winner was slowed down by LR goalie Noah Johnson but it eventually trickled past the goal line to give Queens the win.

Queens held a 49-35 advantage in shots in the game and held a 33-31 advantage in in ground balls. Queens won 17 of the 25 face offs in the matchup.

The Royals were led by a hat trick from Quinn Tallant and got two goals and one assist from Murphy and Oliver.

Queens now owns the all-time series over LR 7-6. The Bears had won six of the last seven in the series before today's loss.

This is LR's fifth matchup against a nationally ranked team in 2019 as LR has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

Freshman goalie Noah Johnson, who was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week, made 12 saves for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Newberry for a 3 p.m. face off.

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