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Lynchburg Men’s Golf Fall Review

By Andrew Watson ~ Guest Writer

Eddie Coffren V, Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics

The University of Lynchburg men’s golf team had a very strong fall semester. The team began the year in record-setting fashion at the Tom Kinder Memorial, hosted by Bridgewater College. According to lycchburgsports.com, the men set a record for the lowest 36-hole tournament score in program history on their way to a second-place finish. 

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Lynchburg Men’s Basketball begins 2021-22 season

The Hornets will travel to Fayetteville, NC to play Methodist in the season-opener

By Samuel Graham ~ Guest Writer

Tharon Suggs (0), Dow Dunton (11) and Noah Bullock (14) meet on the floor during a 2021 game.
Suggs led the Hornets in scoring last season, averaging 16.9 points per game.
Photo Credit: lynchburgsports.com

Lynchburg Men’s Basketball will open its 2021-22 season this Sunday as it travels to Fayetteville, North Carolina to take on Methodist.

Lynchburg defeated the monarchs 78-65 to start last year’s campaign before going on to finish with an overall record of 6-4 and a runner-up finish in the 2021 ODAC tournament.

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Hoping to Field an NCAA Tournament Bid

 By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/fh/2021-22/releases/20211030vxb7ms on Nov. 7, 2021. Jackie Lerro scores a goal while facing off against Bridgewater goalkeeper and player in the quarterfinals.

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey team lost to nationally ranked Washington and Lee in the ODAC championship game, but the team can still qualify for the NCAA tournament; however, but not with an automatic bid. 

The team enjoyed a successful tournament by beating Bridgewater 3-0 through Jackie Lerro’s hat trick in the quarterfinals and avenging their regular season loss to Shenandoah by beating Shenandoah 3-1 in the semifinals.

Despite the team experiencing a successful regular season and conference postseason, some impressive streaks were snapped this year. 

In the regular season, the loss to Washington and Lee snapped Lynchburg’s 32 game conference winning streak. 

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Field Hockey defeats Bridgewater, advances in ODAC Tournament

Lynchburg defeated the Eagles 3-0 to advance to the ODAC tournament semifinals, where they will face Shenandoah.

By Samuel Graham ~ Guest Writer

Graduate student Jackie Lerro carries the ball. Lerro ranks third in the ODAC in goals.
Photo credit: Erin Farina/Lynchburgsports.com

Lynchburg advanced to the second of three rounds in the ODAC Tournament Tuesday as they defeated Bridgewater on Shellenberger Field.

As the third-seed in the tournament, Lynchburg will travel to Winchester, Virginia to play second-seed Shenandoah in the semifinals.

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Fielding a Winning Season 

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Jackie Lerro scores goal in loss against Shenandoah University. Photo retrieved from Shenandoah tops field hockey in final regular-season game – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com) on Oct. 31, 2021. 

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team has successfully fielded a winning team, both overall and in ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) play, despite having one of the nation’s most rigorous schedules. 

Head Coach Enza Steele believed that the team’s fierce schedule prepared them for ODAC play and will prepare them for the ODAC tournament.  stating, “We have lost a few to top teams and that is to be expected when you have the 5th strongest schedule in the country.  Playing such strong teams has really tested our defense.”

Steele continues to believe that the team’s “biggest ODAC rivals will be Washington and Lee and Shenandoah University.” 

In the regular season, Steele’s team lost to both Shenandoah University and Washington and Lee, so Steele and her players will have to beat these ODAC rivals on the road. 

Despite having to beat two fierce rivals on the road, Steele shared some keys to the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team keeping its ODAC championship streak alive and successfully defending its title, stating, “We need to continue playing strong defense and score more than our opponents. Keeping possession is vital. We can not win another ODAC championship unless we play with intensity every single game.” 

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Lynchburg Cross Country Sweeps Washington and Lee University in ODAC 

By Hailey Bayne ~ Guest Writer

Retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/xc/2021-22/releases/20211030mbhkld on Nov. 2, 2021. Men’s Cross Country captures ODAC title for the University of Lynchburg Hornets. 

University of Lynchburg men’s and women’s cross country teams dominated the ODAC championship on Saturday at Washington and Lee. This was the first conference title since 2012 for the men’s team and 2009 for the women’s. 

Despite weather challenges due to heavy rain in the days prior to the meet both teams accumulated just 48 points. The Hornets women displayed 26 points to the Generals with 33 and the men with 22 points compared to the Generals with 23.

Max Sparks, the previous winner of the 2019 men’s ODAC race, also placed first this year finishing with a time of 26:28.3. He finished just 0.8 seconds ahead of teammate Frank Csorba who took second place. 

Sparks was enthusiastic about his second career championship, stating, “It’s a great feeling, it’s something that doesn’t happen a lot so I’m just happy that I was given the opportunity to be a champion, but also it just shows that it’s taken a lot of work to get there, and there’s still a lot more I still want to give to the team.” 

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Swim’s ODAC Opener

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Claire Galloway. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

This past weekend the Lynchburg swim team rode over the mountain to take on the Washington and Lee Generals in a dual meet. 

This was the first action the Hornets have had since Oct. 9, when they were in Lexington competing at ODAC Relays where both the mens and womens team captured a third place finish. 

This time however it was a one on one matchup in the pool against the Generals the first time that the two teams have met in a regular season dual meet.

The Generals won on the mens and womens side this past weekend but not without a tough fight from the Hornets. 

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University of Lynchburg’s Swim Team Aims to Bring Home Medals 

By Camille Waits ~ Guest Writer

​​Liberty Natatorium. Photo Courtesy of lynchburg swimming Instagram

This Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, the swim team at the University of Lynchburg will be traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina, to compete in a swim meet.

According to the University of Lynchburg’s sports page, the swim team has competed in three swim meets so far this season.

Sophomore Will Kasemayer said, “We are swimming at an invitational, meaning a lot of different teams will be there.” Lynchburg Swim is currently ranked third in the ODAC conference.

He said, “My expectations for our team is to further close the gap between us and Roanoke College who is ranked second in the ODAC conference currently.” Kasemayer added, “In order to close the gap, we must focus on morale and persevering through the entirety of the meet.”

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The University of Lynchburg Men’s Golf team Fall Semester in review

By Andrew Watson ~ Guest Writer

Eddie Coffren V, Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics

The University of Lynchburg men’s golf team had a very strong fall semester. The team began the year in record-setting fashion at the Tom Kinder Memorial, hosted by Bridgewater College. The men set a record for the lowest 36-hole tournament score in program history on their way to a second-place finish (Retrieved from Lynchburgsports.com). 

Eddie Coffren V, a freshman, led the way for the Hornets and tied the record for the single day lowest round after shooting a 5-under 67. This helped him earn his way to a third place finish and the first of his three ODAC Player of the Week awards. 

Taking the confidence from this good playing, they traveled south to the Royal Lakes Collegiate, where the team finished in the fourth position after shooting a 36 hole total of 595. 

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Men’s Soccer prepares for ODAC Tournament

By Samuel Graham ~ Guest Writer

Photo Credit: Kate Duncan/Lynchburgsports.com
Lynchburg players listen to the starting lineups being called. The Hornets will host Shenandoah in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals this Saturday.

The Lynchburg Men’s Soccer team defeated the Eagles of Bridgewater College 6-1 on Tuesday night to secure the number two overall seed in the 2021 ODAC Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Tuesday’s win came on senior night for the Hornets and marked the seventh straight victory for the team.

“The guys have been playing well at the end of the year,” said head coach Chris Yeager. “We hope to carry this steady play into the playoffs.”

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Looking For A Rebound

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Alyssa Damato. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Lauren Anderson

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team will be looking for a rebound this week after losing two of their last four matches to conference opponents. 

The Hornets are no longer ranked and are searching for some momentum before heading into the last week of their regular season. 

Last Saturday, the Hornets lost 1-0 against Bridgewater, who were picked to finish first in the conference this season by the polls at the start of the year.

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Lynchburg’s Redemption Year: Men’s Road To ODACs

By Markus Herbert ~ Guest Writer 

Thranon Suggs at the free-throw line and Isräel Lockamy taking on his opponent. Pictures provided by Erin Farina Photography (Instagram: erinfarinaphotography) and University of Lynchburg Athletics Website.  

After their loss against undefeated Randolph-Macon this past spring, University of Lynchburg’s men’s basketball team is eager to play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship this upcoming season due to having an experienced roster this season, and having a main goal is consistency. 

Graduate student Thranon Suggs `21, who has an intrinsic goal more important than obtaining ODACs said, “My goal is to win the National Championship.”

Besides his hopes of winning a national championship, Suggs acknowledged his significant role as an experienced fifth-year student by explaining how leadership has to be essential for the team to be successful this season. 

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Volleyball Road Warriors Serve Defeat

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from Volleyball sweeps crosstown rival Randolph – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com) on Oct. 23, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team concluded its four game road stretch by dominating Randolph. 

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team has successfully enjoyed a 3-1 record in the team’s brutal four game stretch against ODAC conference foes on the road. 

Before this successful stretch, Head Coach Hannah Givens and the volleyball team endured some tough losses. 

Givens said, “When looking towards the ODAC tournament, we are still taking one game at a time. If we don’t have that mindset then we will not be able to stay focused and take care of the teams that we need to take care of. I love coaching all of the games because each game brings new information and new accomplishments. I loved the Washington and Lee game (our Code Red game) because the energy in the gym was so much fun.” 

After this successful road stretch, nothing has changed, as Givens continued, “We are always looking to stay intentional. The girls do a great job of that, but we are always looking to stay consistent in that aspect.”

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Homecoming for the Hive

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Lynchburg Lacrosse. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics

This past weekend, the men’s lacrosse team played their annual alumni game at the University of Lynchburg. The current roster played against a group of alumni from over the past 20 years in a regulation game. The Hornets beat the Alumni 17-15 Saturday to kick off what would be an eventful day on Shellenberger field. 

Senior Tyler Kuni was excited about facing off against former players. He said, “Coach K tells us all the time how lucky we are because of the guys who came before us and he is absolutely right. These are the guys who earned everything that we have today.”

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Steve Koudelka always reinforces that being recruited to the University of Lynchburg is a 40 year decision, not just a four year decision. This was on display this weekend as current players were able to connect with former players.

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