The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (11-7) defeated Catawba (13-5), 14-10, in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Tuesday night at Shuford Stadium.
The Bears, the fifth seed in the tournament, will now take on top-seeded and eighth-ranked Queens (14-3) Friday afternoon in the semifinals at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C. The Indians were the fourth seed.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) led all scorers with six goals and two assists as the Bears avenged a 12-11 overtime loss to the Indians last Saturday in the regular season finale at home.
Catawba's Imani Grays (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high three goals in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba were tied at three-all before the Bears took control by scoring five straight goals to take an 8-3 advantage into intermission. From there, Indians couldn't get closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) added four goals – increasing her season total to a team-high 48 scores – including three in a row in the final 1:24 of the first half.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made 11 saves in the victory while Catawba's Madison Anselmo (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) took the loss despite stopping five shots.
Avery Jackson’s (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) walk off home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth rallied Appalachian State University baseball past ETSU, 8-7, on Tuesday night at Smith Stadium.
Jackson sailed the third pitch from ETSU reliever Dillon Cate (L, 0-1) just inside the left field foul pole to set off a wild celebration at the plate. The Mountaineers (17-24), who trailed for most of the night, scored the final three runs to overcome a two-run deficit in their final four at-bats.
Relievers Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) (W, 1-2) combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to hold ETSU (19-19) down after the Buccaneers took a 7-5 lead in the top of the sixth. Mason struck out two in 2.2 innings of work and did not allow a hit.
App trailed early, falling behind 2-0 in the first, but chipped away at ETSU’s lead all night, scoring once in the sixth, again in the eighth, and finally walking off on the ninth.
Jason Curtis’ (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) RBI single with the infield in scored Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) to tie the game in the seventh. Vernon tripled off the centerfield fence with one out and Curtis lined a single off the glove of reliever Peyton Taylor to knot it at 7-7. App took advantage of three ETSU wild pitches in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-6 at the time.
App cut into the lead in the third on a two-out, RBI single from Jackson to score pinch runner Connor Baldy and make it 4-3, ETSU.
The Mountaineers grabbed the lead an inning later on an RBI single from Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) to score Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury), who reached with a leadoff double. Vernon followed with a double down the left field line to plate Davis and give the Apps their first advantage at 5-4.
ETSU would re-tie the game in the fifth as the see-saw continued, taking a two-run lead in the sixth.
The Mountaineers would close the gap in the sixth as Vernon was able to score off a wild pitch after reaching by walk before they tied the game in the eighth. Vernon shot a triple to center field before being driven home by a Curtis RBI single up the middle.
Vernon finished 3-for-4 and scored three times, while Jackson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Mountaineers will conclude their seven-game homestand with a three-game series with Arkansas State on Friday night at Smith Stadium. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team finished 12th overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship which concluded Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
The Bears shot a 467 (+43) on the par-71, 6,685-yard course while Carson-Newman won in a fourth-hole playoff over Coker to take the team crown. Both teams shot a 431 (+7).
The tournament, scheduled for three days and 54 holes, was shortened to just 27 holes due to persistent rain and flooding at several locations on the course.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.), who tied for 32nd overall with a 113 (+7). Coker's Wanjoo Lee was the individual champion with a 104 (-2).
The Eagles earned an automatic qualifying berth to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional Tournament which takes place at The Shoals Golf Club in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, from Monday, May 8, through Wednesday, May 10.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Golf Championship
April 23-25, 2017 - Final Results
Country Club of Salisbury
Catawba College, host
1t. Carson-Newman 431 (+7) *
1t. Coker 431 (+7)
3. Newberry 432 (+8)
4. Queens 434 (+10)
5. Tusculum 437 (+13)
6t. Lincoln Memorial 441 (+17)
6t. Brevard 441 (+17)
8. Mars Hill 448 (+24)
9. Anderson 449 (+25)
10. Wingate 451 (+27)
11. Catawba 462 (+38)
12. Lenoir-Rhyne 467 (+43)
32t. Jackson Bailey 113 (+7)
49t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 117 (+11)
51t. Hunter McCombs 118 (+12)
54t. Brad Robinson 119 (+13)
60. Blake Childers 124 (+18)
* Team Champion
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Sarah Kenley has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.
Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., is hitting .451 on the season with a team-leading nine home runs and 52 runs batted in. Kenley also ranks first on the squad in total bases (124), slugging percentage (.756) and doubles (21) and is the Bears' first league MVP in six years.
Joining Kenley on the 2017 All-SAC First Team for Lenoir-Rhyne are sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).
Boone ranks first in the league in batting average (.466), hits (83) and runs scored (62) to go along with six home runs, 48 runs batted in, 17 stolen bases and 123 total bases so far this year. Landreth, meanwhile, has a .405 batting average with four home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI.
Both Boone (a two-time first-team all-league pick) and Landreth (three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree) have started all 53 games this year for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) and freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) were named to the all-league second team. Cates is batting .314 with seven home runs and 45 RBI while Miller is 13-5 with a 2.27 earned run average, two saves and 53 strikeouts. In conference play, Miller won nine of 11 decisions.
Lenoir-Rhyne (44-9), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, will be the second seed in the 2017 SAC Championship and will face seventh-seeded Tusculum (25-23) at 12:30 p.m., in the Quarterfinal Round Thursday at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C. LR shared its 11th league regular season championship in school history with Carson-Newman this year.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Hailey Drawe, Newberry
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry
UTIL – Mindy North, Coker
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
P – Devon Morrison, Newberry
OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Sammie West, Tusculum
OF – Elaina Frantellizzi, Queens
1B – Maria Williamson, Coker
2B – Natalie Willis, Newberry
SS – Dakotah Fraley, Lincoln Memorial
3B – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Taylor Wells, Wingate
UTIL – Taylor Martin, Catawba
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Sydney Miller, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Augie Pena, Anderson
OF – Casey Simmons, Coker
OF – Kelsi Bachmann, Coker
OF – Cassidy Dahle, Mars Hill
1B – Emily Hester, Tusculum
2B – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Hannah Price, Coker
DP – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
UTIL – Addison Harris, Mars Hill
C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Taylor Forehand, Coker
P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
COACH OF THE YEAR
Vickee Kazee-Hollifield, Carson-Newman
SAC Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Lenoir-Rhyne (.375)
Team Slugging Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.557)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.426)
Team Runs Scored Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (7.24)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Anderson (0.97)
Team Triples Per Game – Wingate (0.34)
Team Doubles Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.45)
Team RBIs Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (6.50)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Queens (1.82)
Team ERA – Carson-Newman (1.92)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Carson-Newman (7.25)
Batting Average – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.466)
On-Base Percentage – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.534)
Slugging Percentage – Cailah Niles, Anderson (.787)
Home Runs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (0.29)
RBIs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (1.14)
Runs Scored Per Game – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.16)
Triples Per Game – Cacey Simmons, Coker (0.13)
Doubles Per Game – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)
Stolen Bases Per Game –Sydney Ditto, Queens (0.59)
ERA – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (1.35)
Strikeouts Per Seven Innings – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (7.70)
Pitching Victories – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (21)
Appalachian State University redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Ketterng, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) was selected to the U.S. Senior Indoor National Field Hockey Team on Wednesday as announced by USA Field Hockey.
“This is a really big deal for Rachel and our program,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Rachel is a dedicated student-athlete who works tirelessly on and off the field. She is committed to pushing herself to be the best she can be and to achieve her goals. As a program, we are proud of what Rachel has achieved and look forward to her career here at Appalachian.”
Gaines was one of 20 athletes chosen to train throughout the summer and represent the red, white and blue at the Pan American Indoor Cup (PAIC) and later travel to Guyana for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Tournament held in October.
“I am very excited to be training with the national team,” said Gaines. “Indoor field hockey is a passion of mine and competing on the national team has been one of my goals since I was introduced to the sport. It is an honor to be able to represent App State and my country at the international level.”
The Ohio State transfer played a significant role in App State’s defensive core and started in every game in 2016. In 1126:53 minutes of play protecting the cage, Gaines registered a .620 save percentage that included 119 rejections. On Oct. 1, her stellar performance against Pacific University ranked third in the nation that week blocking a career-high of 19 shots on goal. Also, the Ohio native reeled in a pair of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Academic honors after achieving a 4.0 G.P.A.. during the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Cameron Sealey as its new Head Women's Basketball Coach, school officials confirmed earlier today. Sealey becomes the 12th coach in program history, and the first to return to her alma mater.
"We have a very special and unique opportunity to hire one of the top up-and-coming coaches in women's college basketball who also happens to be one of Lenoir-Rhyne's most accomplished players, said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. "Coach (Cam) Sealey brings tremendous passion and pride for our University and will immediately ignite excitement in our players, recruits, and alumni to restore a tradition of excellence that will return the program to national prominence."
Sealey comes to LR after serving one year as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wofford College (2016-17). As a member of the Terriers' staff, Sealey developed Chloe Wanink into a All-SoCon Second-Team honoree and was part of a team which produced the second-most victories for Wofford since the 2000-01 campaign.
Prior to Wofford, Sealey was an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia State (2015-16) for one season as well. At GSU, Sealey recruited this year's Sun Belt Freshman Of The Year (Jada Lewis) and coached the league freshman of the year in 2015-16 (Madison Newby).
"I am honored to return to my alma mater to teach and learn from these special student-athletes," said Cameron Sealey. "It is an exciting time for LR Women's Basketball and I cannot wait to get started on our team's journey as we grow together. I also would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Fred K. Whitt (LR President), Kim Pate (LR Athletics Director) and their team for trusting me with this opportunity."
Sealey's last experience at the NCAA Division II level came at USC Aiken where she served as an Assistant Coach for two seasons (2013-15). Sealey helped lead the squad to a third-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference and a berth in the league tournament semifinals in 2014-15. Sealey began her coaching career at Pittsburgh-Johnstown (2012-13). At UPJ, Sealey guided both Kaitlynn Fratz (WVIAC All-Conference First Team) and Jasmine Harper (WVIAC Freshman Of The Year).
Sealey earned her bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012 in business administration before obtaining her master's from Concordia University Irvine in 2016 in coaching and athletic administration.
Sealey played four years at Lenoir-Rhyne (2008-12) and left as one of the best players in recent history. Sealey was a three-time all-league honoree including a First-Team All-SAC selection in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and led the Bears to a pair of NCAA Division II Playoff berths (2009 and 2010). Sealey was also an all-region selection as a senior.
Sealey currently ranks sixth in scoring (1,493 points), second in free throw percentage (.796) and 10th in assists (267) on the school's all-time lists and was part of two SAC Regular Season Championship Teams (2008-09 and 2009-10) and one league tournament title in 2009. As a freshman in 2008-09, the Bears went 27-5 on the year and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
"I am extremely blessed and humbled to be named the next Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women's Basketball Coach," added Sealey. "I would be remiss if I did not recognize former LR Head Coaches Todd Starkey and Katie Pate for bringing the program to regional and national prominence.
A native of Gastonia, N.C., Sealey starred at East Gaston High School as she still holds the school record for both points scored (1,500) and assists (450) and played in the prestigious NCSAA East/West All-Star Game.
Lenoir-Rhyne posted its first winning season in three years in 2016-17, finishing 17-12 overall with a 13-9 record in South Atlantic Conference play.
A press conference and meet-and-greet session is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m., in the PEF Board Room located in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. All members of the media are invited and the meeting is open to the public.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMERON SEALEY
"I watched Cameron (Sealey) grow into one of the best players and toughest competitors in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Since she left LR, she has developed into one of the brightest young coaches in America. Other than her family, no one is more proud of Cameron than I am … and the Bears will win again."
Todd Starkey, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Kent State University
Lenoir-Rhyne is getting a terrific coach in Cam (Sealey) to lead its women's basketball program. Coach Sealey has a passion for basketball and developing players both on and off the court. She will demand excellence from them in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Cam is an excellent recruiter and I am confident she will bring in players that will continue to make LR's program successful. She will bring in players of high character, work ethic and who will place a high priority on being good teammates. We are sad to see Coach Sealey move on but could not be more excited for her to take over the women's basketball program at her alma mater. We wish her nothing but the best."
Jimmy Garrity, Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Cameron (Sealey) is a great young coach. She is mature beyond her years and understands the game and the importance of relationships in this profession. She has integrity and character and a strong competitive drive. I am excited to watch her success at LR. They made a great hire."
Sharon Baldwin, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Georgia State University
Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced its second addition for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) on Tuesday.
Forrest, a six-foot, two-inch, 195-pound combo guard and son of former Georgia Tech star James Forrest, will come to App State after posting back-to-back Georgia High School Association Class A-Private Boys State Championships. His father played for heralded former Appalachian State basketball head coach Bobby Cremins while at Georgia Tech.
Forrest recently led Greensforest to its second-straight Class A-Private championship. He finished with 36 points, two assists and two rebounds in an 81-57 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the title game. For his efforts, Forrest was named to the Class A-Private GHSA Boys All-State First Team.
Over his junior and senior seasons, Forrest averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from beyond the arc. During that span, he lead his team to a 57-7 combined record.
Forrest will join O’Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy/South Georgia State) as the two newest commitments for Appalachian State heading into 2017-18. Both will join Nick Hough (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Belmont Abbey) and Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman/William & Mary) in their first year of eligibility.
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“We are thrilled to have Justin and his family become part of our Appalachian State family. Justin comes from a great basketball family and we are excited to add his toughness, versatility and competitive drive to keep moving our program forward. I am anxious for him to get on campus and get to work.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Lacrosse Team took home all three of the top 2017 South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) was named the league player of the year while attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) has been voted on as the conference freshman of the year. In addition, Greg Paradine earned coach-of-the-year accolades for the second time in his career.
Hanlon, the Bears' all-time leading scorer (189 points), has 31 goals, 31 assists and 62 total points so far this season. Meanwhile, Dickinson has already set the school single-season record for goals (47) and total points (64). Both statistics currently lead the conference.
Joining Hanlon and Dickinson on the 2017 All-SAC First Team from Lenoir-Rhyne are junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), junior defender Jacob O'Connor (Penfield, N.Y.), junior specialist Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) and junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.).
Corrigan has 22 goals, 16 assists and 38 points on the year while O'Connor anchors a defense which allows just under 10 goals per game (9.91). Gottberg leads the team in ground balls (109) and has won 201 of 287 faceoffs this year while Lett has three goals, three assists, six points and 48 ground balls.
Junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades after winning 11 of 12 decisions so far this season and has a 9.06 goals-against average with 130 saves for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, was won 22 of its past 23 contests including 12 straight games. The Bears won their second consecutive league regular season championship outright this past Saturday and will enter the 2017 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship as the No. 1 seed.
Lenoir-Rhyne will face the winner of the fourth-seeded Queens (8-6) and fifth-seeded Catawba (8-7) quarterfinal game in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Honors
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Drew Thompson, Wingate
D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Will Sheridan, Wingate
A – Ben Boyd, Tusculum
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Justin Swick, Queens
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ross Parsons, Tusculum
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Kevin Haggerty, Tusculum
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill
A – Dalton Cook, Catawba
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Alex Lipsky, Mars Hill
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial (Tie)
MF – Ryan Vogrig, Wingate (Tie)
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Asych Schildt, Mars Hill
D – Julian Maxey, Catawba
LP – Tyler Antram, Wingate
Spec. – Vinny Aiello, Wingate
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player Of The Year
Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
Freshman Of The Year
Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach Of The Year
Greg Paradine, Lenoir-Rhyne
Goals per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (3.58)
Assists per Game – Austin Murphy, Wingate (2.77)
Shot Percentage – Adam Golla, Lincoln Memorial (.538)
Save Percentage – Will Sheridan, Wingate (.623)
Goals-Against Average – Will Sheridan, Wingate (7.02)
Faceoff Win Percentage – Jonathan Paige, Queens (.708)
Ground Balls per Game – Jonathan Paige, Queens (9.31)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Josh Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial (2.62)
Points per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (4.83)
Team Scoring Offense – Tusculum (14.83)
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate (6.77)
Team Scoring Margin – Tusculum (6.0)
Team Man-Up Offense – Lenoir-Rhyne (.476)
Team Man-Down Defense – Tusculum (.800)
Team Faceoff Win Percentage – Queens (.677)
Team Shot Percentage – Brevard (.367)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (37.58)
Appalachian State sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) tied for 28th to lead the Mountaineers at the 2017 Sun Belt Championships, which concluded on Monday at Raven Golf Club. Burris eagled the par-5 eleventh hole as part of his round of 74 (+3) to finish the week at 8-over par.
Troy (+3) grabbed the top seed in tomorrow’s match play, followed by Georgia Southern (+12), Arkansas State (+20), and Georgia State (+20) in the four-team playoff. App (+47) fired a 298 in the final round and couldn’t close the gap on the rest of the field, finishing 12th.
Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) closed out his career with a 75 (+4) with a slow start, but a birdie on his fifth hole helped him play the final 14 holes at 1-over.
Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) finished with a 76 (+5) after opening his round with eight consecutive pars. He finished tied for 40th in his first championship appearance.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) closed out his first championship with a 79 (+8).
Freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) carded back-to-back birdies on his fourth and fifth holes to close with App’s low final round, a 2-over 73.
Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team – freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) and junior defender Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) – were named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team.
Sack ranks second on the team in both goals scored (36) and total points (48) while Kessler has started every game for the Bears this year and has anchored a defense which has allowed just under 10 goals per contest.
Four members of the team – sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.), sophomore midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), senior defender Melissa Bechtel (Eldersburg, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) – picked up all-league honorable mention laurels.
Sousa leads the team with 44 goals and 50 points while Elmore has 17 goals, seven assists and 24 total points. In addition, Bechtel has started all 17 contests while Flueck ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average (10.52) in addition to 155 saves this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7), the fifth seed in the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament, will take on fourth-seeded Catawba (13-4) in Salisbury, N.C., on Tuesday in the quarterfinals beginning at 7:00 p.m.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Lacrosse Honors
A – Faith Kent, Coker
A – Brittany Andrews, Wingate
A – Hanna Scott, Queens
A – Shannon O’Neal, Wingate
MF – Kelly Dowd, Queens
MF – Marabeth Durden, Coker
MF – Alexandra Bruder, Queens
MF – Madison Malone, Tusculum
D – Cammy Case, Queens
D – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker
D – Aarika Kaester, Queens
D – Hannah Scott, Catawba
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate
A – Kirstyn Kruse, Catawba
A – Haley McCusker, Coker
A – Nina Siu, Brevard
A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
MF – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Paulena Dempsey, Wingate
MF – Mackenzie Baker, Coker
MF – Nicole Hunt, Catawba (Tie)
MF – Nicolette Salay, Catawba (Tie)
MF – Rachel Dillon, Newberry (Tie)
D – Jasmin Singh, Queens
D – Lindsay Ordemann, Coker
D – Morgan Insel, Wingate
D – Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens
A – Abigail Paulus, Queens
A – Savannah Elliott, Tusculum
A – Gabby Sousa, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Becky Frost, Catawba
D – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
D – Gracie Wolfman, Catawba
D – Melissa Bechtel, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player Of The Year
Faith Kent, Coker
Freshman Of The Year
Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
Coach Of The Year
Kate Keagins, Coker
Draw Controls per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (4.20)
Ground Balls per Game – Shannon Novak, Lincoln Memorial (3.86)
Assists per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (2.93)
Saves per Game – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne (11.00)
Goals-Against Average – Shelby Arsenault, Brevard (12.13)
Save Percentage – Arion Pierre, Wingate (.506)
Goals per Game – Brittany Andrews, Wingate (4.07)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker (3.00)
Points per Game – Faith Kent, Coker (5.38)
Team Points per Game – Queens (21.38)
Team Caused Turnovers per Game – Queens (11.75)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Catawba (23.06)
Team Scoring Offense – Queens (14.75)
Team Scoring Defense – Queens (7.56)
Team Scoring Margin – Queens (7.19)
Team Draw Controls per Game – Coker (13.94)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Eric Dickinson has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Dickinson, a freshman midfielder from Charlotte, N.C., wins the award for the second time this year.
Dickinson came up big for Lenoir-Rhyne in the season finale – four goals and two assists – as the Bears pulled out a 14-13 victory over rival Catawba on Senior Day last Saturday at home. Dickinson scored twice in the pivotal fourth period.
Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (47) and total points (64) – both school single-season records – in addition to 17 assists, 34 ground balls and seven game-winning scores.
Wingate’s Will Sheridan was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in the nation and the outright league regular season champions, will be the No. 1 seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Bears will play in the semifinals on Thursday against the winner of the Queens and Catawba game at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State shot a team-297 is tied for ninth with UT Arlington following the opening round of the 2017 Sun Belt Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at Raven Golf Club.
Teams endured a three and half hour rain delay mid-morning before going back out to complete the first round about 1:30 p.m. CT. Teams finished their first rounds, and the second round was underway when darkness ended play around 7:30 p.m.
Teams will finish the second round, of which App has played about nine holes, and play a third round on Monday. The top four teams in stroke play advance to match play.
App State (+13) is a stroke back of Louisiana (+12) for eighth and five back of Texas State and Arkansas State (+6). Georgia State (-6) holds a six-shot lead over Troy (E) after one round. Georgia Southern (+1) is third.
Sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) carded a 2-under 69 with five birdies and three bogeys in his round. He finished the opening round in sixth, playing his final 11 holes at 6-under.
Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) fired a 4-over 75 and is tied for 36th. He had three birdies in his opening round.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) is tied for 41st after 18 holes following a round of 76 (+5).
Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) had a pair of birdies in his round of 77 (+6), and freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) put together a round of 83 (+12).
App’s final hole of the opening round was its only flaw in an otherwise solid first round. The Mountaineers played No. 9 at 10-over toward their team score to slip in the standings.
Play resumes on Monday morning 8:30 a.m.
Despite a late rally that cut Troy’s lead to one run, Appalachian State University softball slipped to the Trojans 7-6 in the final inning on Sunday at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala.
App State (12-30, 0-18 SBC) had held the 2-0 lead before the Trojans (20-29, 8-14 SBC) scored four runs in the third to help edge the Mountaineers in game three. Appalachian turned in the best conference performance against the Trojans scorings six runs on nine hits and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) was piping hot at the plate going 3-for-4 and registered her 17th RBI of the year.
Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) (1-4) started things off in the circle for the Mountaineers and pitched 3.0 innings, and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) came in relief and rang up two batters.
Game Three: Troy 7, App State 6
Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) wasted no time in the first, parking a solo jack over the center field fence on the second pitch to snag the early lead in the first.
After an hour rain delay and an epic dance batting, the Apps closed out the second inning with a ground out, and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) opened the third hitting a double that tap danced down the left field line and later dashed home on a Trojan fielding error for the 2-0 advantage.
In the third, the Trojans mustered up a string of RBI to take the 4-2 lead then tacked on two more in the fourth, but Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), Parker and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla. (University) knocked in back-to-back-back RBI single to shrink Troy’s lead to 6-5.
Then in the sixth, the Trojans extended their advantage to 7-5 with a sacrifice fly, but App State began to rally back into the game at the top of the seventh when Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) pinched in and pounded out a RBI single, but the Trojans stopped Appalachian’s last batter to slide past the Black and Gold 7-6.
App State softball heads back to Boone for a four-game homestand that starts on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. against UNC Charlotte and continues April 29-30 against conference foe UTA.
For the second straight day, Appalachian State University track and field was able to top another program record. On Saturday it was Taylor Drummonds on the women’s team who topped her own mark in the pole vault with a new record of 13-2.25 feet to claim first in the pole vault invite event.
Makayla Roten claimed a first-place finish in the high jump after clearing 5-6.00. The Mountaineers 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Catherine Crawford, Darlene Girardeau, LaBria King and Chelsey Hargrave, finished fourth with a time of 45.53.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Torre Moser, Molly Pusateri, Sarah Venable and Elisa Sargent finished 14th with a time of 4:09.19.
King placed eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.30, while Girardeau took 13th with a time of 24.50.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kate Butler placed sixth with a time of 11:10.35, while Emily Fedders ran it in 11:31.59 and came in 16th. Venable finished 32nd in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:51.31.
After qualifying on Friday for the 100-meter hurdles finals, Girardeau took sixth with a time of 14.96. In the 400-meter hurdles, Brooke Brekke placed 23rd with a time of 1:06.18.
At the Virginia Challenge, Tristin Van Ord ran the 5,000-meters and finished 18th with a time of 16:26.48.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up the final day of the Duke Invitational on Saturday.
Elliott Graves moved into fourth all-time in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing in second-place with a time of 51.48. Brandon Smith took 10th with a time of 53.54 and Andrew Spear finished 18th with a time of 54.81.
William Buckley finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.31. Antonio Marcano Jr., finished 11th and Jordan Johnson took 13th with times of 21.61 and 21.63, respectively. Brandon Smith finished 57th (22.19) and Andrew Spear took 37th (22.37).
Appalachian’s 4x100-meter relay team of Buckley, Johnson, Marcano Jr. and Graves finished third with a time of 40.92.
The Black and Gold’s 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Josh Hanna, Ryan Hastings, Smith and Jabari Johnson finished fifth with a time of 3:21.18.
Nick Hinton took ninth in the high jump with a height of 6-3.25. In the shot put, Nicolas Botett finished 17th with a throw of 47-9.75. Michael Albert placed 18th in the discus with a throw of 146-7.00, while Peter Kenn finished 20th with a distance of 145-7.00.
The Newberry Baseball Team (31-19, 16-8) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (21-26, 6-18), 7-2 and 5-4, Saturday afternoon at the Smith Road Complex.
Game One – Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Wolves' Derek Olenchuk (Irmo, S.C.) drove in two runs while Evan Estridge (Chapin, S.C.) improved to 5-2 on the year after allowing just one run while striking out six batters in six innings of work.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Garrett Vaughn (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a solo home run and totaled two hits while sophomore outfielder and third baseman Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) added an RBI in the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 2-5 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Newberry 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4 (eight innings)
The Wolves rallied from a 4-0 deficit to complete the sweep of the Bears. Olenchuk scored on Daymon Totherow's (Danville, Va.) walk-off single with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Brandon Lam (Bradenton, Fla.) hit a grand slam in the top of the second inning in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (0-3) suffered the loss while Tomas Sorcia (Saluda, S.C.) improved to 2-0 on the year after pitching two scoreless in relief for Newberry.
Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., against UNC Pembroke at Bears Field.
Appalachian State University baseball exploded with seven multi-hit efforts in two games to conclude the series, downing Georgia State in a doubleheader, 6-1, 13-1.
The Mountaineers (16-24, 6-12 Sun Belt) won their second conference series of the season and their fourth win in its last six games by limiting the Panthers (14-25, 4-14 Sun Belt) to just two runs all day.
GAME ONE: APP STATE 6, GEORGIA STATE 1
Appalachian trailed to start the first game of the doubleheader as Georgia State was able to get a home run in the second inning to start things off. However, the scoring would end there as the Black and Gold immediately responded in the bottom half with an Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) homer – his third in the last five games.
The Mountaineers stayed on the attack, getting to more runs in the third as a Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) hit-by-pitch and a Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) double down the right-field line set up great positioning. Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) continued his strong weekend by bringing the play to fruition with a shot down the right-field line to bring both home.
Moving to the seventh, App State used a center field rocket by Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and two Panther errors to set up Curtis scoring on a wild pitch. They put the final runs on the board an inning later when a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) single through the left side set up a two-RBI jack to right field by Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) – his first of the season.
On the mound, the Mountaineers kept the throttle punched for nearly the entire game. Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) received the win on the day for throwing six scoreless innings (seven total), allowing just five hits overall and striking out five. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) got his third save of the year, pitching the remaining two innings of the game, allowing just one hit and one walk, while also getting a strikeout.
GAME TWO: APP STATE 13, GEORGIA STATE 1
Without any letdown from Game One, Appalachian State continued to rake, getting 16 total hits for the game and six batters with two or more hits.
Once again, the Panthers were the first to get on the board, getting one run off two hits in the top of the first, but the Diamond Apps used a four-run second inning to blow past them and never look back in the series.
The second inning began with an Avery Jackson hit-by-pitch and Brian Bauk double to right center that gave Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) the opportunity to get his first career RBI after getting his first collegiate hit the game prior and he took advantage. Davis sent a bullet to right field to bring home Jackson and allow Calev Grubbs to sacrifice Bauk home and move Davis to second.
Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) then sent one to deep left field, which brought home Davis and pushed the lead out further. Jason Curtis drew a four-pitch walk before Tyler Stroup joined the hit party, singling through the left side to bring home Vernon.
In the next at-bat for the Mountaineers in the third, the offense took advantage of Jackson reaching on a fielding error and Conner Leonard drawing a four-pitch walk, which set up an RBI single for Bauk, bringing home Jackson. Grubbs then laid down a beautiful bunt that he was able to stretch to a single before Vernon hit a sacrifice fly that plated Leonard.
Appalachian extended its lead in the fourth by one run as Bauk continued to plant seeds in the outfield, this time bringing home Drake Zupcic.
In the fifth inning, App State had its second four-run inning of the afternoon, as a Vernon walk and Curtis single up the middle starting things off. Zupcic fired one through the left side to bring home Vernon and then Jackson was able to get the walk. Leonard once again came through clutch with the bases loaded, sending a screamer right down the right field line to plate everyone and stand up at second.
App State’s offense finished its job in the sixth when Grubbs got his second hit of the day through the ride side before Vernon doubled down the left field line. Curtis then hit a sacrifice fly to score Grubbs before Stroup finished things up with a first-pitch shot up the middle to bring in Vernon.
The Game Three run rule ended the game after the top of the seventh.
Zupcic and Leonard led in the second game, going 3-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively. Vernon, Curtis, Stroup and Grubbs all finished with two hits while Leonard led all with his three RBI.
After going for just an inning on Friday due to the rain delay, Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) was able to get his full start in for Game Three, once again having a fine outing. Holden went 5.0 innings and allowed five hits, striking out three batters on the night.
Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) provided an inning of relief, allowing just a hit and getting a strikeout, while Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) finished the final inning off without allowing a hit and striking out one as well.
The Mountaineers continue this seven-game homestand when they host East Tennessee State on Tuesday, April 25. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Catawba Women's Lacrosse Team (13-4, 5-3) rallied from a three-goal deficit late in the second half to take a 12-11 overtime win over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7, 5-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game on the Bears' Senior Day.
The Indians' Nicole Hunt (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the game-winner 30 seconds into the first overtime while Katie Barth (Baltimore, Md.) led all scorers with four goals as Catawba rallied from an 11-8 deficit with just under six minutes left in the game to take the win.
Three players – freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.), sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) and senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) – scored three goals each for the Bears despite the loss. Sousa leads the team in goals scored with 44.
Gianna Pezzulo (Henniker, N.H.) added two goals and four assists for the Indians, winners of five straight games. Catawba's goalkeeper, Madison Anselmo (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), earned the victory after stopping 14 shots on the afternoon.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) was tagged with the loss despite making 11 saves. The Bears held a 32-29 advantage in shots taken in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba will face off in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship on Tuesday in Salisbury, N.C. The Bears are the fifth seed in the tournament while the Indians are seeded fourth.
Appalachian State University softball dropped the conference doubleheader to Troy on Saturday at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala. App State fell 8-3 in game one after a seven-run fourth inning by the Trojans and slipped 5-0 in game two.
Appalachian State (12-29, 0-17 SBC) cranked out six hits on the day with Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) pounding out doubles in game one. Also, Walker registered her first multiple-RBI game of the season knocking in two on her first double of the year.
Game One: Troy 8, App State 3
App State dropped a three-run lead after the Trojans’ (19-29, 7-14 SBC) bats got hot in the fourth scoring seven runs to put away game one, 8-3.
After a scoreless first inning, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) reached on base first drawing a two-out walk, and Parker knocked her in driving a RBI double to right center for the 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Mountaineers bumped up their lead by three runs thanks to a two-run RBI double by Walker. Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and White opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and Parker landed on first on a fielder’s choice. Next, Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in and filled up the bases on a hit by pitch that set the stage for Walker to knock in two.
Then in the following inning, the Trojans snatched the lead from underneath Mountaineers’ feet tacking on seven to seize the 7-3 advantage and added one more in the sixth to put game one out of reach.
Three pitchers saw action in the circle in game one striking out one Trojan and yielding two walks.
Game Two: Troy 5, App State 0
Troy held the Apps to one hit in game two to aid in a 5-0 shutout victory.
The Trojans hopped onto the scoreboard first in the third parking a solo jack over the left field fence and stretched out their lead to 3-0 in the fourth from RBI single and RBI double.
Then at the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans snagged two earned runs to solidify the doubleheader sweep, 5-0.
The Mountaineers fell into an offensive rut and struggled to make any connections until the top of the seventh. Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) slapped a two-out single that landed perfectly between the second and first baseman robbing the Trojans of a no-hitter.
Two pitchers faced the Trojans in the second half of the doubleheader and rang up one batter.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (44-9, 16-4), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, split a doubleheader with Carson-Newman (39-10, 16-4) Saturday afternoon as the two teams share the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
The Bears fell in the first contest by a 3-2 score before salvaging the split with an 8-3 win over the Eagles in the nightcap. Lenoir-Rhyne, the fifth-ranked team in the region, won its 11th league regular season championship in school history.
Game One – Carson-Newman 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Ashlyn Cooper (Friendsville, Tenn.) hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to provide the Eagles all the offense they would need in holding on for the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) both drove in runs in the sixth inning but the Bears couldn't get any closer.
The Eagels' Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, N.C.) improved to 22-5 on the year with the complete game victory while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) (13-5) was tagged with the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Carson-Newman 3
Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 7-0 lead after four innings of play as the Bears managed the doubleheader split with the Eagles.
The Bears were aided by two bases-loaded walks in the second inning to get things going as part of a four-run frame while Kenley finished with two runs batted in. Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) added two runs scored and a home run in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 11-2 on the year after earning the victory in relief while Allison Webster (Charlestown, Ind.) fell to 17-6 after taking the loss.
In the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship Quarterfinal Round in Hartsville, S.C., on Thursday, April 27, second-seeded LR faces seventh-seeded Tusculum at 12:30 p.m.,
The fourth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-1, 8-0) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 14-13 victory over Catawba (8-7, 4-4) Saturday afternoon in addition to clinching the outright South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second straight year.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior forward Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) both scored four goals as the Bears won their 12th straight contest and improved to 22-1 in their last 23 games dating back to last year.
Dickinson has a league-leading 47 goals on the year and broke the school record for points (64) in a single season. Dickinson added two assists as the Bears ran their winning streak in conference regular season play to 16 dating back two years. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also notched two goals for the Bears.
Catawba’s Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga.) scored four times and the Indians nearly pulled off the upset.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked team in the region, held a decisive 56-33 edge in shots taken and a 21-8 advantage in ground balls despite the close margin of victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping five shots while Catawba’s Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 21 saves on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will play a semifinal round game on Thursday, April 27, in Charlotte, N.C., at 4:00 p.m. Catawba is seeded fifth and will travel to fourth-seeded Queens on Tuesday for a quarterfinal contest. The Bears will play the winner of the Royals and Indians’ affair.