Two sophomores and one freshman make up this year’s 2018 Catawba Valley Community College volleyball captains, which were released by head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson this week.
Sophomores Emilee Webber and Emily Williams and freshman Macy Pope were voted by their teammates to serve as captains heading into the 2018 Red Hawk volleyball season, which starts Tuesday, Aug 28 in a home tri-match against Walters State and Spartanburg Methodist starting at 3 p.m.
“All three captains are servant leaders who want to help this young team grow together, and I’m honored to have such amazing leaders this fall,” Hudson said.
Webber, a sophomore setter, was the team leader for the Red Hawks last fall in assists with 802. In 36 matches, Webber tallied 118 kills, 332 digs and a team-high 69 service aces.
“She’s amazing,” Hudson said of Webber. “She’s a great leader. She was our starting setter last year, so she knows this game really well. She’s taking that role and leading out there, especially on the offensive side of things. We actually voted for team captains last week, and she was the top vote-getter. The girls respect her. I think they appreciate her leadership style. She is always encouraging, and besides her phenomenal setting ability, that is one of her greatest assets.”
A sophomore libero, Williams led the Red Hawks defensively last season with 721 digs, which were the second-most digs in a season in program history and also the most of any returning volleyball player in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II ranks.
Williams also had 54 aces and made 87 assists in 37 matches last fall.
“She’s just commanding the defense and the serve receive,” Hudson said of Williams. “We have her in the middle of serve receive as often as possible. Her passing numbers are off-the-chart good. Right now, they are better than any libero we’ve ever had, and we’ve had some amazing liberos. She’s the quarterback of our defense. The girls respect her as a leader. Her serving game is really strong right now, too.”
A freshman setter, Pope comes to Catawba Valley after a successful prep career at West Iredell High School, where she helped lead the Warriors to the 2A state championship match last fall.
She etched 922 assists (10.7 per set), 218 digs and 33 blocks during her senior season at West, helping them finish their season 27-4 overall and 14-0 in Northwestern Foothills conference play.
Pope signed with CVCC on Nov. 28, 2017 and enrolled early, playing for the Red Hawks this past spring.
“She’s our second setter in our 6-2 (rotation),” Hudson said of Pope. “She’ll come in rows four, five and six. She’s doing a great job, too. She brings a different perspective that the other freshmen appreciate.”
For a complete look at the Red Hawks 2018 fall roster, please visit http://gocvcc.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/roster.
Appalachian State's Erik Lunde has been promoted to hitting coach, head coach Kermit Smith announced Monday.
Lunde spent the last two seasons as a volunteer coach for the Mountaineers. He played for Smith at Lander University from 2011-14, earned All-America honors before being picked in the 18th round of the 2014 draft and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization until he retired from professional baseball in August 2016.
"I'm extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity," the 26-year-old Lunde said. "I love working with Coach Smith and everyone on our staff. They're extremely knowledgeable, and they're great people. When you can find those two things, you're moving in the right direction. That's what I hope to continue to do in this position — continue to help us move in the right direction."
A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Lunde set Lander's single-season record with 94 hits during his senior season, when he batted .369 with 14 homers, 20 doubles, four triples, 52 RBIs and 45 walks for a 52-9 team that reached the Division II World Series. He batted .305 for the Bristol Pirates of the Appalachian League in his first full professional season and ended his pro career with a 2-of-3 showing for the Bradenton Marauders of the High A Florida State League.
In joining Smith and former Lander assistant Britt Johnson at Appalachian State in 2016, Lunde is preparing for his third season as a member of the Mountaineers' staff. App State is moving forward from a 2018 season in which it went 8-7 over its final 15 games in Sun Belt Conference play and hit 93 doubles to post its highest total since 2013.
The team's top three hitters by average were freshmen, and the strong stretch to finish the season included 13 homers in a span of 12 games.
"Erik is one of the best young offensive minds that I have come across in my 18 years in this profession," Smith said. "He has a great rapport with our players and a tireless work ethic, which will make this a seamless transition. Watching the role he played in the success of our freshmen last year has me very excited about the direction he will take another talented crop of newcomers along with a solid nucleus of returners."
Alexander Central: 3
Ashe County: 2
Bunker Hill: 2
South Caldwell: 0
East Burke: 3
West Lincoln: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Wilkes Central: 3
East Burke: 4
Fred T. Foard: 5
South Caldwell: 2
West Caldwell: 10
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greenville Drive 11-2 on the road Monday night.
Hickory dominated the contest from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning, two runs each in the second and sixth innings and four more in the eighth.
In the first inning, Tyreque Reedhit a three run home run, his 14th dinger of the season.
In the second inning, Sam Huff walked to open the inning. Kole Enright reaches on a fielding error putting him on first and Huff to second .With Tyler Ratliff batting, a balk advances bith runners to scoring position. Ratliff would fly out. The next batter, Bubba Thompson had a wild pitch thrown while he was batting. That would score Huff and move Enright to third. Thompson would single, scoring Enright.
Greenville added two runs in the fifth to get within three, but the Crawdads would gain those runs back in the top of the sixth. With one away, Huff drew another walk. A pitching change by the Drive didn't help as the next batter, Enright walked as well. Tyler Ratliff singled on a ground ball to right field, scoring Huff and moving Enright to third. Bubba Thompson then singled on a fly ball to right field, allowing Enright to score.
Hickory put the game well out of reach in the eighth. Huff opened the inning with a double, his 22nd of the season. Enright doubled, scoring Huff. Ratliff then singled on a ground ball to right field as Enright scored. Thompson was issued a walk. Three batters later, Reed singled, scoring Ratliff and Thompson.
Reed went four-for-five with five RBI. The last three batters in the order went a combined four-for-11 with seven runs scored, a pair of doubles, three RBI, and were walked four times.
Tyler Phillips picked up the win to improve to 10-5 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out seven. Samir Vivas pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits, and striking out five.
Hickory improves to 34-23 on the second half of the season. They wrap up the road series at Greenville on Tuesday, are off Wednesday and host division leading Lakewood on Thursday.
Coming off their 10th straight season of double-digit wins, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team was picked to finish fourth in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced this morning.
Carson-Newman, who lost in penalty kicks in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, earned 10 first-place votes and are the preseason favorites. Following the Eagles in the poll are Queens and Wingate with the Bears rounding out the top four.
Additionally, three players – senior forward Abbie Brown (Leeds, England), junior midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) and junior defender Christina Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.) – all were selected to the All-SAC Preseason First Team.
Brown led the Bears in goals scored (seven), assists (five) and total points (19) while McGarel added three goals, one assist and seven points. McGarel, the 2016 SAC Freshman of the Year, has earned all-league honors in each of her first two seasons.
Shimshock started 16 matches and picked up two assists as a defender. With her strong play, the Bears’ goals-against average in 2017 was 0.96 and the team posted seven clean sheets.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on the road against Lees-McRae on Thursday, August 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the home opener is slated for September 1 at 7 p.m. against USC Aiken.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank School Total
1. Carson-Newman (10) 110
2. Queens 98
3. Wingate (1) 89
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 82
5. Tusculum 73
6. Catawba 58
7. Anderson 53
8. Lincoln Memorial 46
9. Newberry 39
10. Mars Hill 25
11. Coker 21
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Teams
F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman
F – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
F – Charlotte Ring, Queens
F – Emma Rose Stockton, Queens
MF – Kimmi Moore, Wingate
MF – Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Courtney Velazquez, Newberry
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Caileigh Apicella, Wingate
D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman
D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman
F – Lulu Phan, Queens
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Jordan Newby, Tusculum
F – Megan Foster, Anderson
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum
MF – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
MF – Melanie Maddox, Anderson
D – Kristin Debiase, Wingate
D – Courtney Boyd, Lincoln Memorial
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
D – Nicole McMillen, Tusculum
GK – Samantha Hoffman, Coker
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team has been selected to finish second in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced this morning. The Bears are coming off their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and are looking to improve upon last year’s 10-4-3 mark.
Wingate is the preseason favorite after garnering nine of the 11 first place votes. L-R and Lincoln Memorial each received one first place vote. The Bears were the only team to defeat Wingate in league play in 2017, prevailing 1-0 at Pride Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne also placed four players on the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason First Team; senior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, Spain), sophomore midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, Spain), senior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, Germany) and senior defender Emil Tansinda (Sale, England).
de Goya was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after tallying 12 goals and 27 points. The senior was also named First Team All-Region and a CCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Cascon was second on the squad with four goals and 11 points and earned a spot on the Second Team All-Region. Additionally, Simon garnered a spot on the United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-Region after finishing 2017 with three goals.
Tansinda helped the Bears to seven clean sheets as LR allowed just 18 goals in 17 matches.
L-R went 6-2-2 in league play a year ago and finished in a tie for second place.
Rank School Total
1. Wingate (9) 109
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 97
T-3. Lincoln Memorial (1) 86
T-3. Carson-Newman 86
5. Queens 70
6. Anderson 57
7. Tusculum 55
8. Newberry 51
9. Coker 40
10. Mars Hill 36
11. Catawba 21
2018 SAC Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference
F – Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Edmundo Robinson, Queens
F – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Florian Simon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Cameron Emerson, Anderson
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Emil Tansinda, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
D – Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate
F – Ashley Kelynack, Carson-Newman
F – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker
F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Felipe de Sousa, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Fabrizio Bucco, Newberry
MF – Cam Macer, Mars Hill
MF – Liam Doyle, Queens
D – Christoph Willemsen, Lincoln Memorial
D – Jonny Le Quesne, Carson-Newman
D – Robbie Jenkinson, Coker
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
GK – Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman
The Hickory Crawdads rebounded for a 4-0 win Sunday on the road at Greenville. Hickory scored two runs in the first inning and the pitching staff limited the Drive to only four hits.
Hickory started the scoring in the first inning when Bubba Thompson led off the game with a single. He would then still second base and Yonny Hernandez hit a ground rule double, bringing Thompson home. Hernandez would later score after a third strike was dropped and had to be thrown to first for the out, as Hernandez scampered home.
Tyreque Reed doubled to open the fourth inning on a line drive. Two batters later, Reed scored when Preston Scott singled.
Noah Bremer pitched four innings (60 pitches) allowing three hits. Alex Eubanks got the win with 3.1 innings pitched (51 pitches), allowing only one hit and four strikeouts. Demarcus Evans pitched the final 1.2 innings to record his ninth save of the season.
Hickory is 33-23 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in Greenville through Tuesday. Hickory is off on Wednesday and will be back home on Thursday hosting Lakewood.
Appalachian State University women's soccer (1-1) showed resiliency and grit in a 3-0 triumph over Campbell (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in the home opener.
App State bounced back in a big way after a loss on Friday night to High Point, registering its first shutout in a home opening match since 2009 (UNC Asheville; 1-0). It's the most games scored at home since last season's 3-2 win over Davidson and the first win versus Campbell since 2009.
"I thought our group showed up to play," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "What we saw on Friday night wasn't typical of our program, but today we had it together and recommitted to what we stand for. We scored some great goals, created a lot of opportunities and had much better possession. We were able to go deeper into roster, which is huge. A lot of girls showed up and a lot of girls made an impact, and that is the most exciting part of what we did today."
Several Mountaineers played a pivotal role in the victory including Kait Seitter (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Borough) and Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert). The two teammates each posted a goal and an assist while their assists were to each other in the first and second half. For Seitter, it was her first-ever minutes of action in a Black and Gold uniform after redshirting last season and not playing on Friday night. The performance today for the Point Pleasant, N.J., native was as big as it gets in a debut.
From start to finish, the Black and Gold was on the attack and on target as eight of its nine shots were on goal en route to a 9-7 edge in shot attempts. The defense showcased a stellar outing as well, blanking the Camels after they scored four in their season opener on Friday. Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Lauren Burke (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy) each played 45 minutes between the posts to contribute to the shutout. Burke and Ray came up with two and one saves, respectively.
Starting the surge for App was Jamie Palermo (Chapel Hill, N.C./Northwood), who scored her first-career goal early in the opening period after fighting over a defender to get a touch on the ball for the shot in the back of the. Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./ DH Conley) gave her teammate a perfect cross from outside the box before the score that gave App a 1-0 lead. Just 14 minutes later, Seitter went up the sidelines before finding Hanusek right outside the box and firing the shot in the upper left corner of the frame.
The defense held Campbell in check the rest of the half despite two attempts from the visitors that were on target, leading to a 2-0 halftime lead for the Black and Gold.
Appalachian held onto the 2-0 edge until 79' when Hanusek fed Seitter on the edge of the box before a beautiful shot sailed over the goalkeeper into the left side of the goal. The Mountaineers cruised the rest of the way for the victory, giving the visitors their worse loss away from home since 2016 in a 4-0 setback to Liberty in the Big South Tournament.
The Mountaineers will look to continue the moment next weekend when they face Maryland on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before ending the weekend at Old Dominion on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's soccer bounced back with an improved performance on Saturday evening against Campbell at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers and Camels ended in a 1-1 tie before playing an extra 30 minutes in which App held a 1-0 advantage over the visitors.
"I was really pleased with the complete team effort tonight," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "We certainly got better from our last game, which is the goal to get better every day, week and month. Campbell is a well-coached, talented team, and our guys will grow from this experience tonight. We now turn our attention to Jacksonville and opening night."
Appalachian's freshmen all had a hand in both scores, as Dimitris Moraitakis (Athens, Greece/AEK Football Club) found a sprinting Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Outwood Academy) who found a wide-open net inside the box for the score. Aldo Tarantini (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) scored his goal in the extra session inside the box. App held an 8-6 advantage in shots with three of those shots on goal. Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 90 minutes for the Black and Gold between the posts.
App will open the regular season on the road with a pair of matches in Florida, beginning with Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. before ending the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 26 against North Florida at 7 p.m
Saturday, the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greenville Drive on the road, 7-1. Greenville scored four runs in the third, a run in teh fourth and two runs in the fifth to blow out the Crawdads.
Hickory's only run of the contest came in the form of a solo home run by Tyreque Reed in the top of the second. The dinger was his 13th of the season. Reed was two-of-four at the plate. Prest Scott also was two-for-four batting.
Called up from Spokane, Hunter Crouse took the loss for Hickory. The 6'5" right hander pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six hits with four runs allowed, only one earned. He struck out four and walked three.
The Crawdads fall to 32-23 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in Greenville through Tuesday. Hickory is off on Wednesday and will be back home on Thursday hosting Lakewood.
Alexander Central: 40
St. Stephens: 28
East Burke: 42
West Caldwell: 0
Hunter Huss: 49
Fred T. Foard: 6
Bunker Hill: 0
West Lincoln: 53
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Asheville Tourists on the road Friday night 6-3.
Hickory jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Tyreque Reed doubled on a line drive to left field to open up the inning. Preston Scott singled on a line drive to center field that scored Reed. A wild pitch advanced Scott to second and after a Matt Whatley walk, Scott scored after Enright reached base on an error.
However, Asheville scored two in the bottom of the second and would add two more in the third to take a 4-2 lead.
In the fifth inning with two out, Ryan Dorow singled on a line drive to center field. Tyreque Reed hit his 25th double of the season to score Dorow, bringing the Crawdads back to within one at 4-3.
The Tourists would add insurance runs in the sixth and seventh inning to seal the win.
Reed went three-of-four with a run scored, two doubles and an RBI.
Tyree Thompson suffered the loss on the mound, pitching five innnigs, allowing six, five runs with four of them earned and striking out five.
Hickory drops to 32-22 on the second half of the season. They will face the Greenville Drive on the road Saturday through Tuesday. Hickory is off Wednesday and will host Lakewood on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Appalachian State University women's soccer (0-1) fell to a tough High Point (1-0) team, 4-0, on Friday evening at Vert Stadium.
The Mountaineers faced a formidable Panther squad that was picked to repeat as Big South champions this season while boasting a .746 win percentage at home since 2010.
App and HPU combined for 22 shots with nine of the shots on goal. HPU had five shots at the net while App did fire off four attempts on target. The difference was the Panthers capitalized on their opportunities. Despite the setback, the coaching staff saw some positives they can carry over into Sunday's 1 p.m. home opener against Campbell and what the team can improve on.
"Tonight was a tough night against a high-quality High Point team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "High Point is a regular NCAA Tournament participant, and someone we always play early to evaluate where we need to improve. While we saw some positives tonight, we definitely saw a lot of specific areas we have to focus on. We look forward to training tomorrow and hosting Campbell on Sunday."
Appalachian had two opportunities late in the first period with Jessica Peters (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) firing away a shot to the net at 36', while Tess Cairney's (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) header seven minutes later was saved by the HPU goalkeeper. With the score at a 0-0 deadlock in the first 43 minutes of the contest, the Panthers struck first to take a 1-0 lead going into the break.
Following a second goal from the Panthers, Jamie Palermo (Chapel Hill, N.C./Northwood) gave App its third attempt at a goal and a chance to get on the board but was saved by Talia Klimes. HPU would tack on two more goals to put the game away.
Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) earned the nod in the net playing all 90 minutes. Four other Mountaineers played all 90 minutes in Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook), Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman). Earning their first-career start was sophomore Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill). Molly Niewald (West End, N.C./Pinecrest) also recorded the first start of her collegiate career. She's the first freshman since Lauren Burke registered her first-career start last season.
Appalachian State volleyball posted a 4-1 victory over ACC foe Wake Forest in an exhibition contest on Friday afternoon. The two teams had agreed to play five sets prior to the match.
"I thought we played really well," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "We were able to play everyone and mix up our lineups to get some different looks."
The Mountaineers captured a tight first set 25-23 and carried the momentum into the second frame, winning the set 25-19.
Wake Forest would win the third set 25-19, but the Black and Gold came right back to grab set four by a 27-25 count. Appalachian closed out the exhibition by winning the final set 19-17.
"Our freshman were phenomenal," added Ginipro. "At one point, we played them all in the fourth set and they played great together. Everything that we have worked on as a team in the preseason showed up on the court today. It was nice to see all our hard work be on display against another opponent."
Appalachian State will practice for the upcoming week before opening the 2018 season on Aug. 24 at 4:30 p.m. against The Citadel at the UNC Asheville Tournament. The Mountaineers will also take on Coppin State on Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. and host UNC Asheville at 6:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Has 123 Named to Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement AwardsWritten by Jason Savage
The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the 2017-18 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. Lenoir-Rhyne tied for the most representatives in the SAC with 123 and had the eighth-most recipients in Division II.
The total of 123 Academic Achievement Award winners is the most all-time in LR history and almost double the previous year’s total of 74.
“I couldn’t be more proud of how our Bears student-athletes continue to excel and lead in the classroom,” said Kim Pate, Athletic Director. “This has been an outstanding year for the Bears to demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence as they’ve produced one of the highest overall GPA’s in recent program history, led the SAC in Commissioner Honor Roll Awards honorees for the past two consecutive years, and finished at the top of both the SAC and NCAA DII in D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards.”
The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. In total, 10,116 student-athletes from 162 institutions were recognized for the 2017-18 Academic Achievement Awards.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year
Bunker Hill: 3
East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 1
Fred T. Foard: 3
Davie County: 1
St. Stephens: 1
West Rowan: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Wilkes Central: 3
Alexander Central: 4
Ashe County: 4
Fred T. Foard: 2
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: 5
Bunker Hill: 2
St. Stephens: 2
The Hickory Crawdads pitching staff combined to allow only two hits from the Asheville Tourists as the 'Dads won 3-0 on the road.
A.J. Alexy got the start and went 4.2 innings, allowing the two hits. He struck out eight and walked only three. Kevin Eubanks pitched three innings, striking out two without allowing a hit and getting the win. Joe Barlow closed out the final 1.1, also without allowing a hit and striking out one in earning his seventh save of the season.
Hickory started the scoring in the fourth inning. Preston Scott singled on a line drive to left field. Pedro Gonzalez doubled on a fly ball to right field advancing Scott to thid base. Yohel Pozo then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Scott.
In the fifth inning, Bubba Thompson hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot giving Hickory a 2-0 lead.
Finally in the ninth inning, Ryan Dorow singled. Two batters later, Justin Jacobs singled moving Dorow to second. Yohel Pozo then singled on a line drive to left field scoring Dorow.
Pozo went two-for-three with a double, a sacrafice fly and two RBI.
Hickory improves to 32-21 on the second half of the season. They wrap up their series at Asheville this evening before travelling to Greenville to face the Drive Saturday through Tuesday. The Crawdads will be off on Wednesday and return home Thursday to face Lakewood.
Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Paradine announced the addition of Jay Goldsmith to the Lenoir-Rhyne coaching staff. Goldsmith will serve as an Assistant Coach after a stellar playing career with the Bears.
“I am thrilled to welcome Jay Goldsmith back home,” said Paradine. “Jay brings everything you want to see in a young coach; energy, enthusiasm, passion, knowledge and integrity. I always considered Jay a coach on the field during his playing days here at LR and I look forward to him teaching our young men.”
A former two-year starter at Lenoir-Rhyne, Goldsmith returns to Hickory after coaching stints at Catawba and Methodist. A 2015 graduate, Goldsmith appeared in 30 games and racked up 88 points on 68 goals and 20 assists. He added 52 ground balls, including 37 his senior season. Goldsmith was a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2014 and an Honorable Mention All-Conference pick in 2015. He finished his career with the school's single-game goal record with seven and was drafted by the Charlotte Hounds of the MLL.
Prior to playing for the Bears, Goldsmith played two years for NCAA Division III power Lynchburg College. As a Hornet, Goldsmith saw action in 29 games and scored 15 goals while adding 10 assists.
Goldsmith began his collegiate coaching career with Methodist in 2017 and helped guide the program to a 15-3 record and a SEILC Conference Tournament Championship. The Monarchs were a perfect 8-0 at home that season and averaged 14.2 goals per game.
“I’d like to thank Kim Pate and Coach Paradine for the opportunity they have given me to be back at my alma mater,” said Goldsmith. “The lacrosse program as well as the university has made great strides recently and I’m excited to be a part of it. Coach Paradine is one of the most highly regarded coaches in the game and to work alongside him will be a great experience. I’m ready to get started and I look forward to the upcoming year and building off of the incredible season the team had last year.”
Goldsmith graduated with a degree in health and physical education in 2015. He joins a program that advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2018 and posted a program-record 17 wins.