The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (17-28) increased its winning streak to a season-high six games with a 4-2 victory over Montreat (17-25) Wednesday

night at Bears Field.

L-R did not allow an earned run while striking out 10 batters and freshman first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to lead the Bears to the win. Newcomer finished with two hits while senior second baseman Nate Martin (Lansing, N.Y.) and junior designated hitter Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) added RBI singles for the Bears as well.

For Montreat, Brent Rowe (Marion, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and drove in a run while Joey Duncan (Marion, N.C.) fell to 1-4 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) improved to 2-1 after earning the win in relief while sophomore Nick Flachofsky (Pfafftown, N.C.) pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. The Bears also limited the Crusaders to just five hits on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Pfeiffer at 3:30 p.m., in Misenheimer, N.C., on Friday afternoon in a non-conference game. Montreat returns home to host Point on Friday at 3:00 p.m.


No. 13 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Earns Doubleheader Sweep Of Queens, 2-1 And 4-0


The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (37-10, 15-5), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II and third in the region, took over sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference with a sweep of Queens (21-23, 5-13), 2-1 and 4-0, Wednesday at Park Road Park.


Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Queens 1

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) pitched a two-hitter and improved to 19-6 on the year with the win.

Hoskins struck out seven batters and has now pitched 50 straight innings without allowing an earned run.

L-R scored both its runs in the top of the second inning to take 2-1 advantage and the score held up the rest of the way.

In the frame, freshman catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a solo home run and freshman outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) came through with the game-winning RBI single.

The Royals' sophomore Ashley Rollins (Fairfax, Va.) fell to 8-9 after suffering the loss.


Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Queens 0

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (18-4) threw a four-hit shutout, her seventh of the season, to lead the Bears to the sweep over the Royals.

L-R took control with a three-run third inning to open the scoring highlighted by a two-run home run from freshman first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) rounded out the scoring with an RBI double in the sixth inning as the Bears ran their winning streak to five contests.

Queens' Lyndey McCurry (Commerce, Ga.) fell to 9-8 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens faces Carson-Newman Friday on the road in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Puts Five On The 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Teams


Five players for Lenoir-Rhyne earned 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference


Anchoring the first team for the Bears includes junior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.).

Donovan leads the league in goals scored (49) and total points (70) while Wach is second in the SAC in points (63) to go along with 41 goals and team-highs in assists (22), ground balls (57) and draw controls (68).

Rounding out the first team for Lenoir-Rhyne is senior midfielder Hayley Beattie (Lebanon, N.J.) and junior midfielder Jamie Ryan (Syracuse, N.Y.).

Beattie, a four-year starter for the Bears, has 20 goals, eight assists and 41 ground balls so far this season while Ryan leads the defense with 40 ground balls, seven goals and two assists.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Kelsie Swanson (Baltimore, Md.) was voted to the 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team. Swanson has 18 goals, nine assists and 46 draw controls this year.

In addition, senior goalkeeper Amanda Cotto (Fort Myers, Fla.) and senior defender Rachel Hall (Durham, N.C.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades.

Cotto has a 12.03 goals-against average and 74 saves while Hall, a captain, has a goal and 17 ground balls this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7, 5-1) is the second seed in the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament and will face third-seeded Newberry on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University


2014 South Atlantic Conference

Women's Lacrosse Awards

All-SAC First Team

A - Jena Ready, Queens

A - Abigail Paulus, Queens

A - Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne

A - Noelle Allen, Newberry

MF - Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF - KerriAnn Barlage, Newberry

MF - Brittany Larranaga, Queens

MF - Hayley Beattie, Lenoir-Rhyne

D - Aarika Kaester, Queens

D - Bridgette Larranaga, Queens

D - Akasha Kasper, Queens

D - Jamie Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne

D - Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker

GK - Bethany Davis, Catawba


All-SAC Second Team

A - Maggie Masters, Queens

A - Alyssa Corace, Catawba

A - Kelsie Swanson, Lenoir-Rhyne

A - Hayley Ferone, Coker

A - Logan Bounds, Wingate

MF - Ebony Mills, Catawba

MF - Brittany Barnwell, Queens

MF - Kelly Dowd, Queens

MF - Mackenzie Baker, Coker

D - Tricia Powell, Newberry

D - Kelsey Perusse, Catawba

D - Kourtney Jones, Catawba

GK - Danielle Horoschak, Queens


All-SAC Honorable Mention

A - Meredith Jones, Catawba

A - Kim McConnery, Catawba

A - Allie Holland, Wingate

MF - Victoria Thomas, Newberry

MF - Laura Swanson, Wingate

MF - Kaelin Evans, Wingate

MF - Julia Gasston, Brevard

D - Sydney Dishman, Queens

D - Rachel Hall, Lenoir-Rhyne

D - Erin Palma, Catawba

D - Leslie Valderramos, Wingate

GK - Amanda Cotto, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK - Mandy Lopez, Coker


Co-SAC Players of the Year: KerriAnn Barlage, Newberry/Jena Ready, Queens

SAC Freshman of the Year: Abigail Paulus, Queens

SAC Coach of the Year: Julika Blakenship, Queens


Four Lenoir-Rhyne Players Earn All-Conference Honors In Men's Lacrosse


Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team earned 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

In addition, Greg Paradine was named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Co-Coach Of The Year while two more players picked up honorable mention all-league accolades for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) and junior defender Stephen O'Hara (Bellport, N.Y.) were named to the all-league first team.

Ashton leads the squad in assists with 23 so far this year to go along with 16 goals and 19 ground balls while O'Hara started all 12 matches this year and helped the Bears limit their opponents to a league-low 7.99 goals-against average.

In addition, junior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) and senior midfielder Imari Davis (San Marcos, Calif.) were named to the all-conference second team. Goldsmith leads the team in goals scored (28) and total points (37) while Davis has totaled 17 goals and six assists this spring.

Senior midfielder Tyler Kotch (Butler, Pa.) and junior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were named honorable mention All-SAC players. Kotch has 15 goals and 14 assists while Squires is first in the league in goals-against average (.751) and save percentage (59.9) to go along with 88 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-3, 6-1) earned a share of the first-ever South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship this year. L-R tied for first in the league standings with Queens.

The Bears will be the second seed in the 2014 Food Lion SAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament and will face third-seeded

Mars Hill in the semifinal round on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.


2014 South Atlantic Conference

Men's Lacrosse Awards

All-SAC First Team

A - Garrett Chan, Queens

A - John Scheich, Catawba

A - Jimmy McBride, Mars Hill

MF - Evan Farkas, Queens

MF - Anthony Malcolm, Mars Hill

MF - Sam Ashton, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF - Tim Cloud, Queens (Long Pole)

D - Patrick Murphy, Queens

D - Stephen O'Hara, Lenoir-Rhyne

D - Gage Mason, Catawba

D - Patrick Thomas, Queens

Spec. - Kenneth Stryker, Queens

GK - Eric Dolan, Queens


All-SAC Second Team

A - Austin Murphy, Wingate

A - Jay Goldsmith, Lenoir-Rhyne

A - Casey Hock, Queens

MF - Mike Martiello, Coker

MF - Ryan Sage, Mars Hill

MF - Cory Schumacher, Wingate

MF - Imari Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF - Hartland Jones, Catawba (Long Pole)

D - Zach Gregg, Mars Hill

D - Mitch Chapman, Tusculum

Spec. - Bryce Sneed, Wingate

GK - Patrick McMahon, Mars Hill


All-SAC Honorable Mention

A - Andy Campos, Coker

A - Ryan Maurer, Coker

A - Adam Zulak, Mars Hill

MF - Tyler Kotch, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF - Chase Watts, Wingate

D - Dylan Marks, Coker

D - Shea Fadel, Catawba

D - Drew Thompson, Wingate

Spec. - Daniel Rew, Catawba

GK - Alex Squires, Lenoir-Rhyne


SAC Player of the Year: Garrett Chan, Queens

SAC Freshman of the Year: Austin Murphy, Wingate

SAC Co-Coaches of the Year: Jim Fritz, Queens and Greg Paradine, Lenoir-Rhyne