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Bears Blast Mars Hill, 51-21 PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:28

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (4-3, 3-1) knocked No. 21 Mars Hill College (6-2, 4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten in the South Atlantic Conference with a 51-21 win Saturday afternoon at Meares Stadium.

The Bears finished with a season-high 589 yards of total offense including 429 on the ground as Lenoir-Rhyne won at Mars Hill for the first time since 1989.
Senior quarterback Major Herron (Kingsland, Ga.) led Lenoir-Rhyne with 129 yards rushing and two scores to go along with 147 yards through the air with a pair of touchdown passes as the Bears snapped the Lions' five-game winning streak.
L-R jumped on Mars Hill early by scoring on its first five possessions en route to the win.
On the game's opening drive, Herron found senior wide receiver Nick Stutts (Statesville, N.C.) for a 32-yard touchdown reception just 1:40 into the contest.
Senior halfback Jasper Thomas (High Point, N.C.) gave the Bears a 14-0 advantage midway through the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown run.
Senior placekicker Colin Corpe (Ocala, Fla.) sandwiched a 41-yard field goal between two Mars Hill touchdowns at the 1:10 mark of the first quarter.
Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph (Daleville, Ala.) scored from 13 yards out early in the second quarter to cut Lenoir-Rhyne's deficit to 17-14 but the Lions couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne held Randolph, the NCAA Division II's leading rusher, to just 48 yards on 13 carries.
Thomas (16 yards) and Herron (one yard) scored on the ground to push L-R's lead to 30-14 before Mars Hill scored just before halftime on Anthony Lewis' (Jonesboro, Ga.) five-yard fumble return.
Lenoir-Rhyne then put the contest away by scoring touchdowns on its first three drives of the second half, all in the third quarter.
L-R redshirt freshman fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.) scored from 40 yards out while Herron ran for a score and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to sophomore halfback Graham Duncan (Gainesville, Ga.).
Whitaker added 96 yards rushing while Stutts caught five passes for a game-high 104 yards in the victory.
On defense, the Bears limited the Lions to just 251 yards of total offense.  Mars Hill came into the game averaging over a league-high 480 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which has now beaten two nationally-ranked teams this season, returns home to face Wingate (5-3, 4-1) in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. 
Mars Hill plays at Tusculum (2-6, 1-3) in a league contest next Saturday in Greeneville, Tenn., beginning at 1:30 p.m.


                     1    2   3   4  Score 
Lenoir-Rhyne   17  13  21  0 - 51 
Mars Hill            7  14    0   0    - 21




1st  13:20  L-R   Nick Stutts 32 yd pass from Major Herron (Colin Corpe kick), 4 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:40  7 - 0 
8:48  L-R   Jasper Thomas 32 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 6 plays, 51 yards, TOP 2:36  14 - 0 
6:35  MHC   Josh Young 14 yd pass from Jon Richt (M. Pinkerton kick), 6 plays, 63 yards, TOP 2:06  14 - 7 
1:10  L-R   Colin Corpe 41 yd field goal, 10 plays, 56 yards, TOP 5:20  17 - 7 


2nd  14:33  MHC   Jonas Randolph 13 yd run (M. Pinkerton kick), 4 plays, 50 yards, TOP 1:26  17 - 14 
10:28  L-R   Jasper Thomas 16 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 10 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:06  24 - 14 
6:35  L-R   Major Herron 1 yd run (Colin Corpe kick failed), 8 plays, 36 yards, TOP 3:44  30 - 14 
1:48  MHC   Anthony Lewis 5 yd fumble recovery (M. Pinkerton kick)  30 - 21 


3rd  08:56  L-R   Isaiah Whitaker 40 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 9 plays, 83 yards, TOP 4:05  37 - 21 
6:04  L-R   Major Herron 25 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 3 plays, 80 yards, TOP 0:45  44 - 21 
4:34  L-R   Graham Duncan 26 yd pass from Major Herron (Colin Corpe kick), 1 play, 26 yards, TOP 0:07  51 - 21 










LRU: HERRON 9-12-147-2TD
MARS HILL: RICHT 13-26-139-TD, CRUZ 7-12-58






No. 6 LRU Women's Soccer Wins 13th Straight


The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Soccer Team (14-1, 8-0) became the lone undefeated and untied team in the South Atlantic Conference after holding off Wingate University (11-3, 6-2), 4-3, Saturday evening at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.
The Bears, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, have now won a school-record 13 consecutive matches and snapped the Bulldogs' 10-match winning streak in the process.
Senior All-American midfielder Catherine Hauck (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored twice as the Bears clinched at least a share of their second straight league regular season championship.
Wingate's Jade Montgomery (Monroe, N.C.) scored the match's first goal just 3:32 into the contest as she headed in a long throw-in from Kelly Adams (Matthews, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne then proceeded to score the match's next four goals.
L-R junior midfielder Carley Griffin (Fresno, Calif.) tied the score in the 21st minute when she drove to the center of the field and fired a shot from about 25 yards out.
The goal was the first given up by Wingate against a conference opponent all year.
Hauck then gave L-R the lead for good when she connected from the left side with a 30-yard shot to the back of the net at the 34:30 mark of the first half.
The Bears made it 3-1 in the 49th minute when senior defender Jessica Schob (Ione, Calif.) scored right in front of the goal after collecting a saved shot by senior forward Laura Linehan (San Diego, Calif.).
After Hauck pushed L-R's advantage to 4-1 just two minutes later with a header into the net, Wingate responded with two quick goals but the Bears held on for the win.
Wingate's Kelly Moldenhauer (Charlotte, N.C.) scored on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute before Montgomery's second goal of the night on another header at the 55:31 mark of the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Caitlin Scruggs (Torrance, Calif.) notched the win after stopping five shots while Wingate's Ashlyn Hardie (Summerfield, N.C.) suffered the loss in goal.
Both Hauck and Griffin are now tied for the team lead in goals this year with 10.
L-R hosts Tusculum on Senior Day in the league match next Saturday at 5 p.m., while Wingate returns home to host Lincoln Memorial Monday beginning at 2 p.m.


LRU's Griewisch Wins SAC XC Title


Lenoir-Rhyne senior Kate Griewisch (Banner Elk, N.C.) won the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Championship race, which took place Saturday morning at Panther Creek State Park.
Griewisch, a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2009-10) in women's cross country, ran an 18:09 over the 5K course and finished 25 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Griewisch also won the league individual title for the second time in three years and earned first-team all-conference accolades all four seasons of competition. 
Griewisch was named the SAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Of The Year for the third straight time as well. Griewisch also led Lenoir-Rhyne to a runner-up finish as a team behind Anderson, who captured its second straight SAC Women's Cross Country Championship.
Joining Griewisch on the All-SAC First Team was L-R sophomore Ashley Kale (Maiden, N.C.), who finished sixth with a time of 20:29.
On the men's side, Lenoir-Rhyne placed fourth overall while Mars Hill won its 15th straight league title.  Mars Hill edged Anderson by two points to win the crown.
The Lions' Justin Gragg claimed the men's title as he finished with a 26:31 over the 8K course while freshman Mike York (Kannapolis, N.C.) was the Bears' top runner.
York placed third overall with a time of 26:49 and was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Cross Country Freshman Of The Year in addition to garnering first-team all-league honors.
Sophomore Aaron Nelson (Mayodan, N.C.) finished 17th overall with a time of 27:31 for the Bears as well.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams next compete in the 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 5, in Charlotte, N.C., at McAlpine Park.  Queens University will serve as the host institution.


2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference
Cross Country Championships
Morristown, Tenn. - Panther Creek State Park
October 22, 2011




1. Mars Hill  46
2. Anderson  48
3. Wingate  98
4. Lenoir-Rhyne  101
5. Brevard  142
6. Lincoln Memorial  176
7. Newberry  197
8. Catawba  204
9. Carson-Newman  230
10. Tusculum  249


Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
3. Mike York  26:49
17. Aaron Nelson  27:31
23. Zack Queen  27:50
28. Jakob Maidens  28:13
32. Mike Ryan  28:17
36. Caleb Kingery  28:43
39. Ripken LaMarsh  28:56
49. James Palaniuk  29:51
78. Gustav Meyners  34:29


All-SAC First Team
Justin Gragg, Mars Hill
Christian Crifasi, Catawba
Mike York, Lenoir-Rhyne
Parks Edwards, Anderson
Eric Blackburn, Mars Hill
Derrick Lindsay, Lincoln Memorial
Steve Hammond, Wingate


All-SAC Second Team
Alex Pena, Anderson
Deniz Hay, Anderson
Christopher Powell, Mars Hill
Josh Mower, Brevard
Kyle Koby, Anderson
Biniam Ateka Belachew, Wingate
Josh Greenfield-Tuttle, Mars Hill


SAC All-Freshman Team
Mike York, Lenoir-Rhyne
Maurice Riden, Mars Hill
Bart Merkel, Brevard
Justin Golay, Newberry
David Cooper, Tusculum


SAC Runner of the Year:  Justin Gragg, Mars Hill
SAC Freshman of the Year:Mike York, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Justin Gragg, Mars Hill
SAC Coach of the Year:  Mike Owens, Mars Hill




1. Anderson  60
2. Lenoir-Rhyne  63
3. Wingate  74
4. Carson-Newman  119
5. Mars Hill  125
6. Lincoln Memorial  129
7. Brevard  162
8. Newberry  217
9. Catawba  243
10. Tusculum  288


Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
1. Kate Griewisch  18:09
6. Ashley Kale  20:29
17. Tiffany Payne  21:04.0
18. Laura Rhyne  21:04.8
21. Elizabeth Chaffee  21:19
24. Amanda Barnes  21:28
29. Hanna Ramirez  21:43
38. Alyse Childress  21:55
45. Alyson Brenner  22:34
57. Amber Bowles  23:49
63. Rosa Reyes  24:22
72. Megan Carper  25:43


All-SAC First Team
Kate Greiwisch, Lenoir-Rhyne
Whitney Bishoff, Anderson
Keeley Wood, Wingate
Madison Hill, Brevard
Sofia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Ashley Kale, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hannah Reese, Carson-Newman


All-SAC Second Team
Jessica Viscusi, Mars Hill
Hannah Robles, Anderson
Brianna Stevens, Wingate
Angela Canale, Brevard
Cassie Adamson, Mars Hill
Amber Stoerp, Lincoln Memorial
Amanda Johnson, Anderson


SAC All-Freshman Team
Madison Hill, Brevard
Jessica Viscusi, Mars Hill
Sydney Hazel, Anderson
Rebecca Eddy, Newberry
Hanna Ramirez, Lenoir-Rhyne


SAC Runner of the Year:Kate Griewisch, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC Freshman of the Year:  Madison Hill, Brevard
SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:Kate Griewisch, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC Coach of the Year:  Randy Greer, Anderson



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