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.
The Hornets began the season with a bang at the Bridgewater Invitational, as they obtained their first win of the 2021-2022 golf season. In this season-opening win, the hornets set two program records. These included the lowest single-round team score of 300, as well as the program record for the lowest tournament team score, at 612.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.