Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team – Brianna Belsky, Emmi Dunn and Leah Mullins – earned 2015 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Belsky was selected to the first team while Dunn and Mullins garnered all-region second-team accolades.
Belsky, a senior defender from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., anchored a backline which limited the Bears’ opponents to just 15 goals in 18 matches to go along with 10 shutouts.
Belsky is a two-time Academic All-American (2014-15) and a three-time first-team All-South Atlantic Conference and all-region honoree (2012, 2014-15) who finished her collegiate career with seven goals, 12 assists and 26 total points.
Dunn, a senior midfielder from Reading, Pa., ranked second on the team this year with 11 goals including seven on penalty kicks and four match-winners. Dunn earned all-region honors for the second time and totaled 24 goals and 49 points during her career with Lenoir-Rhyne.
Mullins, a senior forward from Kissimmee, Fla., led the Bears in goals scored (16) and total points (32) on her way to all-region accolades for the third time this fall. Mullins is a four-time all-conference pick who totaled 39 goals, 10 assists and 88 points during her Lenoir-Rhyne career.
All three players also earned all-state accolades and led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 12-4-2 record this year including an 8-2-1 mark in league play.
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2015 D2CCA NCAA Division II
Women's Soccer All-Southeast Region Teams
GK - Maylyn Parsons, Columbus State University, Jr., Greenville, S.C.
D - Shelby Rolling, Columbus State, Sr., Stayner, Ontario
D - Megan Gil, North Georgia, Jr., Dacula, Ga.
D - Brianna Belsky, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
D - Macy Franklin, Wingate, Jr., Conover, N.C.
MF - Jade Pennock, North Georgia, Sr., Pontefract, England
MF - Hulda Sigurdardottir, King, So., Reykjavik, Iceland
MF - Maria Marti Bartis, Clayton State, Sr., Girona, Spain
MF - Sophia Matonak, North Georgia, Jr., Monroe, Ga.
F - Nicole Corcione, Columbus State, Jr., Candler, N.C.
F - Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman, Jr., Donegal, Ireland
F - Idoia Agirre, Anderson, Jr., Legazpi, Spain
F - Olivia Jarrell, Columbus State, Fr., Saint Augustine, Fla.
GK - Alexis Jones, Wingate, So., Midway Park, N.C.
D - Jessica Allen, North Georgia, Jr., Loganville, Ga.
D - Hugrun Elvarsdottir, Columbus State, So., Gardabaer, Iceland
D - Siobhan Wilson, Clayton State, Jr., Essex, England
D - Michelle Allen, Armstrong State, So., Lilburn, Ga.
MF - Varin Ness, Carson-Newman, Fr., Sogndal, Norway
MF - Taylor Marks, Columbus State, Jr., Fayetteville, Ga.
MF - Emmi Dunn, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Reading, Pa.
MF - Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate, Jr., Littleton, Colo.
F - Leah Mullins, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
F - Jacy Ramey, North Georgia, Jr., Buford, Ga.
F - Jenny Allen, Armstrong State, So., Lilburn, Ga.
F - Meghan Philp, Belmont Abbey, Sr., Houma, La.
Southeast Region Player of the Year – Nicole Corcione, Columbus State
After recording three of Appalachian State University football’s six sacks in Saturday’s 28-7 romp over UL Lafayette, inside linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Boggs is only two-time Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week this season. The sophomore also earned the honor after tallying two interceptions and 11 tackles in Appalachian State’s 59-14 win at UL Monroe on Oct. 17.
Boggs’ latest honor comes on the strength of his career-best three sacks in the Mountaineers’ triumph over UL Lafayette. The three sacks were the most by a Sun Belt student-athlete and tied for the 13th-most by an NCAA Division I FBS student-athlete in a game this season. In fact, the three sacks are as many or more than all but 11 Sun Belt student-athletes have recorded this season.
The three sacks were also the most in a game by a Mountaineer since Jeremy Kimbrough had three in a 38-27 win at Western Carolina on Oct. 27, 2012.
Led by Boggs, Appalachian State limited UL Lafayette to seven points, 246 total yards and 42 rushing yards, all season lows for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Cajuns’ seven points were their fewest in a game since a 55-7 loss to Georgia on Sept. 4, 2010 and their fewest in a Sun Belt contest since a 48-3 loss to Troy on Nov. 22, 2008. UL-L did not manage any points with Boggs on the field, as the Cajuns scored their lone touchdown against a defense comprised entirely of reserves with 57 seconds to go in the game.
For the season, Boggs ranks ninth in the Sun Belt with 80 tackles, is tied for 10th in the conference with two interceptions and is tied for 12th in the league with three sacks.
Boggs and the Mountaineers (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) look to become only the second team in Sun Belt history to record 10 regular-season wins on Saturday when they close the regular season at South Alabama (5-6, 3-4 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be the Sun Belt Network Game of the Week on ESPN3.
The North Georgia Women’s Basketball Team (6-0) remained unbeaten on the year with a 57-47 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-4) Monday evening at Memorial Hall.
The Nighthawks were led by Kelsey Hutchins (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who came off the bench to lead all scorers with 15 points as North Georgia rallied from a 29-20 halftime deficit to take the win.
Julie McKie (Smyrna, Ga.) and Jordan Livesay (Woodstock, Ga.) added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for North Georgia, who took control of the game after scoring the first 17 points in the third period.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 13 points as a reserve while junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added seven points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.
The Bears, who suffered their third straight loss, shot just 32 percent (19-of-60) for the game and hit just three of 11 three-point attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Rob Noyes has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
Noyes, a senior forward from Morganton, N.C., averaged 22.0 points and 10.7 rebounds and shot 84 percent (26-of-31) from the floor for the week as a Lenoir-Rhyne player won the honor for the third time this year - senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) earned the weekly honor the first two weeks of the season.
Noyes tallied career-highs in both points scored (27) and rebounds (17) in a 98-88 victory over Wingate last Wednesday before totaling 18 and 21 points, respectively, in wins over Livingstone (105-77) and Saint Augustine’s (78-61) last weekend in the Finis Horne Classic in Greenwood, S.C.
Noyes, a preseason all-league pick, currently leads the nation in field goal percentage (.827) and the South Atlantic Conference in rebounding (9.7 rpg) in addition to averaging 18.3 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne (6-0, 2-0) returns to conference play on Wednesday when the Bears host No. 17 Lincoln Memorial (4-1, 1-0) at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Bears are off to their best start since winning 12 straight to begin the 1990-91 campaign.
Appalachian State University wrestling alumnus and Hall of Famer Wayne C. York will present an extremely generous donation to the wrestling program before its home match against NC State on Friday night in Varsity Gym.
York has a passion for App State wrestling and plans to present a check for $25,242 in support of the wrestling program and wrestling student-athletes.
“We are extremely grateful for Mr. York’s generous gift!,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “We have a great tradition and we are thankful that we have alumni willing to give back to the program.”
York wrestled for Appalachian State from 1949-51 and graduated with a degree in physical education. York was inducted into the Appalachian State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 20, 1997 in recognition of his outstanding collegiate career. York was a member of the undefeated 1950 squad that went 13-0 and set a new national scoring record with 368 points.
“We are so thankful to have the support of alumni like Mr. York to inspire our student-athletes to strive to be their best,” said senior associate athletic director Brian Tracy. “His generosity is greatly appreciated by our athletic administration, coaches, student-athletes and Mountaineer faithful.”
After the presentation of the check, the Mountaineers will square off against the NC State Wolfpack. The match is set to start 6:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball team is ranked second in the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of America Southeast Region Poll. The Bears were ranked third last week.
The Bears have started the season 6-0 and are ranked second with two first place votes in the regional poll.
The Bears are the top of five teams from the South Atlanitc Conference in the top 10 poll. Lincoln Meorial is tied for fourth with Queens. Wingate is ranked seventh, and Tusculum is tenth.
D2SIDA Southeast Region
Men’s Basketball Poll
Week 3 – November 30, 2015
1. King (4) 4-0
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 6-0
3. UNC Pembroke 5-1
4t. Lincoln Memorial 4-1
4t. Queens 5-0
6. Columbus State 5-0
7. Wingate 3-1
8t. Francis Marion 5-1
8t. Lander 5-2
10. Tusculum 4-1
Receiving Votes: Clayton State (3-0) 4, Mount Olive (3-4) 2, Augusta (2-2) 1, Coker (4-1) 1, Georgia College (5-2) 1.
Appalachian State men’s basketball set a Challenge in Music City tournament record by shooting 67.4 percent (31-for-46) from the floor, but committed 28 turnovers that led to 37 points for Stephen F. Austin and would fall to the Lumberjacks 94-84 on Sunday. You would have to go back to December 30, 2013 for the last time Appalachian shot as well from the floor as they did on Sunday. In a game against Bluefield College, App State shot 63.2 percent (36-for-57).
The Mountaineers (2-5) had four student-athletes finish in double-figures on the night. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) notched 19, while Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) each tallied 18 a piece. The total for Shabazz was a new career high after scoring 17 in a win over Liberty on Thursday.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) also finished with double-digit points by matching his career high with 14. The four leading scorers for the Black and Gold finished a combined 25-for-38 - good for 65.7 percent from the floor.
Appalachian State came out on fire and shot a robust 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field in the opening half. The Mountaineers started out 6-for-7 from the field and had themselves a 13-11 lead at the 15:01 mark of the first half. The Lumberjacks (3-3) would come out of the first media timeout and promptly go on a 7-0 run to gain a five-point lead at 18-13.
Stephen F. Austin’s first half lead would grow to as many as nine at one point, 31-22. Appalachian, however, would engineer an 8-2 run keyed by Shabazz getting to the foul line and hitting both free throws. The run took just 47 seconds for the Apps and they would bring themselves to within three points at 33-30 with 7:49 left in the half.
Both teams would match points for the next few minutes, but an 11-5 run from the Lumberjacks gave SFA its biggest lead of the first half at 50-40 with 2:20 to play. Once again, an 8-0 run that used just 57 seconds off the game clock brought App State to within two at 50-48. The run consisted of five-straight points from Shabazz followed by an Eaves three-pointer. The Lumberjacks would hit a three with 35 seconds left and App State would take a five-point deficit into the locker room.
App State turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, which led to 18 Stephen F. Austin points. The Lumberjacks also outscored the Mountaineers 31-18 in points in the paint and 8-5 in second-chance points.
Out of the break, Appalachian got back-to-back buckets from Eaves and Shabazz and were quickly to within one at 53-52 just 1:11 into the second half. Over the next 3:17, the Lumberjacks constructed an 11-1 run that put them back up by double digits at 64-53. The Mountaineers were kept to a distance for much of the half and trailed by its largest deficit in the game 86-70 with 5:06 to play.
The closest App State would get the rest of the way was 10 points following a Kinney layup with 26 seconds left in regulation.
For his efforts, Shabazz was named to the all-tournament team following the conclusion of the Mountaineers game against the Lumberjacks.
Appalachian will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 6 when they travel to the Big Apple and take on Hofstra from the “World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden. Tipoff from The Garden is slated for 1 p.m.
Led by a defense that limited UL Lafayette to 246 yards and pitched a shutout until the final minute of the game, Appalachian State University football closed the home portion of its 2015 schedule in style with a 28-7 romp over the Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Highlighting the dominant defensive effort, Appalachian State (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) surrendered just 42 rushing yards on 36 carries (1.2 yards per attempt), tallied nine tackles for loss, sacked UL Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack six times and hurried him eight times.
The Mountaineers allowed just 171 yards, forced eight punts and blocked a field goal through UL Lafayette’s first nine possessions, but the Cajuns spoiled the shutout bid by marching 75 yards against mostly Mountaineer reserves and scoring their only points with 57 seconds to go in the ballgame.
Senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and sophomore linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) led the Mountaineers’ spectacular defensive effort. Blair tallied a team-high eight tackles with a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry while Boggs finished with a career-high three sacks among his six tackles. Playing in his final game at Kidd Brewer Stadium because he has elected to forego his final season of eligibility after graduating, fourth-year junior Tashion Singleton (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg) added a sack and two tackles for loss.
Offensively, Appalachian State quietly racked up 402 total yards. The Mountaineers gashed the Cajuns for 230 yards and 5.0 yards per rush on the ground and completed 14-of-21 passes for 172 yards through the air.
Appalachian scored one touchdown in each quarter to account for its 28 points. Playing for the first time in 23 days, running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) scored on nine- and one-yard runs to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 halftime lead. Freshman Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) made it 21-0 with a career-long 54-yard run in the third quarter and walk-on tight end Michael Moll (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) closed the scoring with his first-career touchdown catch, a two-yarder in the final period.
Moore and Cox combined for 182 rushing yards — 104 for Moore and 78 for Cox. Quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) added 36 yards on the ground to go along with his 14-for-21, 172-yard passing performance. Seniors Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett), Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) led the receiving corps by totaling eight catches for 139 yards — three for 58 for Jones, three for 44 for McElfresh and two for 37 for McGuire.
With the win, Appalachian stayed in contention for the Sun Belt Conference championship heading into the final week of the season. Appalachian is one game behind league-leading Arkansas State (8-3, 7-0 Sun Belt) with one game to play. The Mountaineers travel to South Alabama (5-6, 3-4 Sun Belt) while A-State hosts Texas State (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) next Saturday.
The Mountaineers’ season finale at South Alabama is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The Sun Belt Network Game of the Week will be carried nationally on ESPN3.
NOTES: Appalachian State won for the 15th time in its last 17 games overall and 12th time in its last 13 Sun Belt games ... the Mountaineers’ nine wins are their most in a season since they finished 10-3 in 2010 ... Appalachian finished 5-1 at home this season, good for its most home wins since it went 6-1 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2011 ... the Mountaineers won for the seventh time in their last eight games that immediately followed a regular-season bye .. App State fell just 57 seconds shy of recording its third-straight shutout following a bye — the Mountaineers blanked Georgia State, 44-0, following their second bye of last season (Nov. 1) and whitewashed Old Dominion, 49-0, following their first bye this season (Sept. 29) ... in two all-time games against UL Lafayette, Appalachian has totaled 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss ... the Mountaineers’ six sacks were their most since they had six in last season’s 35-16 win at UL-L ... on his nine-yard touchdown run in the first half, Cox became the first student-athlete in school history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Cox has run for 1,069 yards through 10 games this season.
The Limestone Women’s Basketball Team (5-0), ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3), 77-66, Saturday afternoon at the Timken Center.
The Saints’ Maurissa Lester (Marietta, Ga.) led all scorers with 29 points while Amaura Brandt (Aiken, S.C.) added 15 points as Limestone led by as many as 20 points – 60-40 with 9:35 left – and held on to remain unbeaten.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, was led by junior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) with 20 points and junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) with a double-double – 16 points and 11 rebounds – in the losing effort.
Limestone held a 35-32 advantage at halftime but took control in a third period by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 23-8 count. The Bears tried to rally with 26 points in the final period but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) added 13 points and the Bears held a 43-32 edge on the boards despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne was also hurt by 19 turnovers and missed 13 free throw attempts in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Dahlonega, Ga., to take on North Georgia on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-0) kept its record unblemished with a 78-61 win over St. Augustine’s (3-3) Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Finis Horne Classic.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points and connected on all eight field goal attempts as the Bears wrapped up the weekend with two wins in the tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added 19 points and junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 12 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears continued their best start in 25 seasons.
St. Augustine’s was led by Anthony Gaskins (Greenville, N.C.) with 19 points and Quincy January (Atlanta, Ga.) with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
In the first half, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off 16 straight points for a 26-13 advantage capped off by a pair of free throws from Palmore at the 10:15 mark and maintained at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hit 10 three-pointers and shot 53 percent (29-of-55) from the field in the victory. St. Augustine’s hit 10 treys in the setback as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday night when the Bears host No. 17 Lincoln Memorial at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.