Sports

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sweep Conference Titles 

Written by Reagan Bednar ~ Guest Writer 

(photo via @lynchburgsports on instagram)

On October 29th, the University of Lynchburg’s mens and womens cross country teams clinched the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship titles. This is the second straight title for both the men’s and women’s programs. 

On the men’s side, the Hornets swept the field for the first time in history. Senior Frank Csorba took the individual title with an eight-kilometer course time of 25:38.4. Fellow Hornet, Corbin Green followed closely behind with a time of 25:38.7. 

Senior Sam Llaneza and sophomore Marko Kocacevik and Cooper Hurst rounded out the top five to secure a top five sweep of the field for the Hornets. There were also four more Lynchburg runners represented in the top 15.

Junior runner Sam Graham spoke highly of the program’s culture attributing that to their consistent success. “Obviously success is great and everyone wants to be part of a good team, but it takes a cultural commitment and buy-in to turn into a competitive program year-in and year-out. That’s what Coach Reed has established during his time at Lynchburg,” said Graham.

The women’s team also saw a top five sweep in the championship race. Senior Kelsey Lagunas led the way for the Hornets winning her second consecutive championship. She finished the six- kilometer race with a time of 21:55.8. Sophomores Sarah James, Allison Dell, and Molly Silva and junior Lauren Massey completed the top five sweep. 

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NCAA Faculty Representatives

By Emily Brubaker~ Guest Writer 

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The University of Lynchburg has two faculty representatives for the NCAA to help balance life between academics and athletics.

Dr. Adam Dean, History department Chair, and Dean Nancy Hubbard, Dean of the College of Business, are advisors to 577 student-athletes to help monitor athletes’ well-being along with having academic oversight for each athlete. 

Dean has been a representative for four years and has loved seeing the athletics department grow while seeing coaches committed to the academic success of their players. 

“In helping students succeed academically and succeed in life, most of the problems come from not showing up,” said Dean. 

Since athletes are students first, being present in class is just as important as showing up for practice to help students maintain good grades and strong athletic abilities. 

Kevin Arrington, an accounting professor, is teaching about 50% of athletes in his classes this semester and has to work with many athletes with varying schedules. 

Arrington said, “Seasonality is a big thing and I like to be as accommodating as I can.”

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Virginia 10 Miler 2022 

The Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team Volunteering at the Virginia 10 Miler. Photo by Julia Broughton ‘23

By: Reagan Bednar ~ Guest Writer

The 48th Moore & Giles Virginia 10 Miler brought athletes from across the globe to Lynchburg to kick start fall 2022.

More than 2,200 participants from 33 different states and five different countries all competed in  the 10 Mile Run, 4+Mile Run or 4+Mile Walk on Sept. 24.

There were also over 1,000 volunteers representing area nonprofits, colleges and universities, and civic organizations including a large number of University of Lynchburg student and faculty volunteers.

History was made this year when Monicah Ngige of Lansing, MI set the female 10 mile course record completing the race in 53 minutes and 16 seconds. According to http://www.virginiatenmiler.com, this year’s race boasted one of the most talented field’s in years.

This year’s overall champion was Melkamu Wube from Lansing, MI. He completed the race in 47 minutes and 18 seconds. 

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How to win? Get on base!

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

When thinking about the sport of softball most people would presume that in order to win a game the team must score runs. This statement itself is true but the question then becomes how to score runs? The answer to scoring runs is to get on base. The OBP, on-base percentage, statistic is one of the most valuable statistics in sports because it can be a direct causation to winning games. If you have a higher percentage of getting on base then your team has a higher chance of winning the game.

The University of Lynchburg’s Softball Team has experienced some very good games so far this year including multiple wins over ranked opponents as well as disappointing losses to conference foes. 

Freshman Pitcher Kailey Dorcsis says, “So far this year when we are the most successful is when we score lots of runs and our bats are making good contact.”

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LHSN: What is All the Buzz About?

Jackson Moore ~ Guest Writer

LHSN logo, photo by Jackson Moore

The Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN) provides experiences to students at the University of Lynchburg who are interested in broadcasting, photography, or digital media. 

Students can utilize these opportunities to grow professionally, build a portfolio, and increase their competence in these disciplines. 

Erin Farina, a graduate student who manages LHSN’s photography and graphics, said that her time with the network has helped her make many connections in the athletic industry. She also said, “I’ve grown kind of a network that I really didn’t think that I would, especially this soon.” 

Beyond networking, however, students working with LHSN are encouraged to get as much hands-on experience as they can during their time at the university.

Timothy Wengert, LHSN’s new head of digital media, said that he believes that practical experience is the best way to learn. He said, “…I think there is just so much more value out of doing it yourself, getting hands-on, real-life experience…whether it’s just putting a camera in your hands, learning how to direct on the fly…I find that that’s the most tangible thing that employers are looking for…” 

Wengert also noted that students with practical experience could leave Lynchburg with a portfolio of work as well as industry knowledge.

LHSN is also nationally recognized as one of the top D3 broadcasting networks currently available for college athletics, further benefiting students involved. 

Sam Rice, a graduate assistant for LHSN, said “…LHSN has established itself as a pretty quality group…just my name being with that…does a lot for me.” Wengert further emphasized this sentiment, saying that “We are doing it better than the majority of the country…” He also said, “If you’re a student and you’re a part of that and your work looks good, you’re working with quality equipment – it’s not just this rinky-dink Christmas Panasonic camcorder – it’ll make your work look that much better, which makes it easier for you to get a job once you graduate.”

To learn more about LHSN, visit lynchburgsports.com. 

A New Serving Streak

Alissa Anderson. Photo Courtesy of Alissa Anderson

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The Lynchburg Women’s Tennis Team is back on track after dropping their first competition of the year to Sweet Briar. The ladies have gone on a nice tear recently winning their three competitions with a combined 22-4 record. 

The Hornets will be back in action tomorrow against Southern Virginia as they continue their six game road stretch through the month of April. The Hornets will finish the season with five straight ODAC teams including powerhouse Washington and Lee as the season finale at home.

Senior Alissa Anderson said, “The girls have bounced back from the tough loss really well.” 

The Hornets are a relatively young team with only one senior.

Junior Grace Teefey said, “ I think as a team we have a lot of potential considering that we are young but that is the blessing for us. We have a team that almost doesn’t know better and the goal is to continue to improve throughout the rest of the year until we hit ODACs and by the time we will be hitting our full potential.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Pushing Through​​ Mid-Season

Karlie Hughes’ Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Editor

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team is midway through the 2022 season. The ladies currently sit with a three and five record having faced an extremely challenging schedule so far this season. 

The team has faced multiple ranked teams including Denison, Franklin & Marshall, and York. These three teams all sit in the top 20 polls across numerous sites. 

Senior Micah Slacum said, “Facing this schedule has helped understand where our strengths are as a team and where our weaknesses are. I personally feel that we are an extremely athletic team and that is because we take great pride in putting in effort down in Wake.”

The Hornets have been able to benefit from the new additional lifting racks down in Wake Field House to enhance their athletic capabilities. 

Junior Lindsey Barrington said, “The best part about being on the team is the support from not only the students but the athletic department as well.”

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Tough Losses & New Lessons Learned

The University of Lynchburg fought hard against Tufts at Shellenberger Field, but lost 21-11. Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/mlax/2021-22/releases/20220322ybje86 on March 26, 2022. 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Recently, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Lacrosse Team has lost to several nationally ranked teams in NCAA DIII Men’s Lacrosse. 

Ryan Kenney, a senior attackman, believes the team will grow from its losses. He said, “I think we all in the locker room know what we need to do to take our game to the next level. As for giving advice, I would say just harping on being really great at doing the simple plays and the fundamentals of the sport. Small mistakes will cost you against a great team. We have not played our best and we need to expect ourselves to do that every time we step on the field.” 

Kenney also noted, “For me, I need to keep shooting the ball. Finding my lane to get shots off and when I do, make sure they go in the back of the net. I think something I have been working on too is stick protection and having a second plan for when my first plan does not go the way it was planned to be. On top of that is just keeping a level head and when I’m shooting well or make a mistake put it behind me and focus on the next play and give it my all.” 

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Serving Up in South Carolina

Alissa Anderson. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Lauren Anderson 

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The Hornets have been perfect so far this year on the tennis courts, but that has not come without a couple tight contests including their most recent one against Shenandoah University where the ladies edged out the “other” Hornets 5-4. The women have been on a roll this year by winning all five of their matches.

Senior Alissa Anderson said, “I feel like we started to click at the end of last year but fell short in the semifinals of ODACs. This year, we picked up the momentum and are continuing to build off of it.”

The Hornets take their unbeaten record down to Hilton Head, S.C., next week for their annual spring break trip. The Hornets will have four tough opponents next week including Concordia Wisconsin, Millikin, Carroll, and St. Mary’s

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Fastball Start For Baseball

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Brandon Pond. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Taylor Herzog
Brandon Pond is pitching a great game. 

On Fox Field, the boys of summer are taking advantage of a great 2021 season and using every ounce of momentum and carrying it into the 2022 season. The Lynchburg Baseball Team is off to a hot start this year. The Hornets are off to a 6-1 start including two wins over top 15 ranked opponents this year. 

The Hornets started the season off in Alabama with three ranked opponents coming out of the weekend 2-1 before coming home to win four straight against Averett and a weekend series against Dickinson

In Alabama, senior starting pitcher Brandon Pond performed well enough to be named a part of the D3baseball.com team of the week throwing six shutout innings against number 15 ranked Trinity College

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Vetter Twins End an Era

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy-Desk-Chief

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wbkb/2021-22/photos/0002/index on Feb. 22, 2022. University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball players, seniors, and twins Meredith Vetter and Brooke Vetter are so enthusiastic about the win. 

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, marked the official end of Lynchburg’s Women’s Basketball regular season before heading to playoffs. 

Two seniors and twins, Meredith and Brooke Vetter, from Burlington, N.C., reflect on their experiences playing college basketball together, as their season and college basketball career comes to a close. 

“It is definitely a bittersweet moment knowing our last regular season game together is over. Playing together is something we have dreamed of since we were in the third grade and knowing it is coming to an end is something I am still trying to grasp,” said Brooke.

Meredith added, “Brooke and I worked out our entire basketball career in order to get to play in college together. So after playing our last regular-season game together I am definitely sad but also so happy that I got to spend these last four years playing with Brooke and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” 

Brooke and Meredith said that it was the best experience and a dream come true being able to play together. 

“No matter what Brooke and I will be on the same team for life so it is bittersweet knowing that this is the last season of basketball we will play together but I could not be more thankful that Lynchburg gave us this opportunity,” said Meredith. 

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Lacrosse Opens The Year Off Strong

Kyle Lewis. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

This past weekend, the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team traveled to Ferrum University to kick off their season. The Hornets did it in dominating fashion with a 25-1 victory to start the year off 1-0 overall as well as 1-0 in ODAC play. 

Lynchburg was led by senior Kyle Lewis who piled up seven points in the win. Other key contributors on offense were freshman Charlie Evans racking up four points and Logan Zimnoch, Brett Rogers, Logan Lamon and Ian McCarthy all having three point days. The balanced attack led the Hornets to a dominating performance over the Panthers in all statistical categories.

Lynchburg did not only dominate on offense but in all aspects of the game with freshman Darren Palma causing three turnovers, sophomore Michael Kraus picking up five ground balls and freshman Andrew Thomas leading the goalie effort with three saves. 

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ODAC Swim RoundUp

Emma Grace Spach. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Tim LaDuca

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

In Greensboro, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s swim team competed at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, ODAC, Championship meet from Feb. 10th through Feb. 13th. The Lady Hornets finished in third place besting their results from 2020.

The Hornets were led by junior Claire Galloway who earned the lone gold medal in the 100 breaststroke on the women’s side for Lynchburg.

Galloway said, “Being able to win an event has been a great experience and moment in my life and I hope to build off it for next year.”

Lynchburg had 18 members of the team score points individually as it was a whole team effort in Greensboro. The team totals were Washington and Lee at first with 957 points, Randolph-Macon in second with 544 points and Lynchburg rounding out the top three with 526 points.

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Men’s Lacrosse Grind

By William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo: The University of Lynchburg Men’s Lacrosse Team has been scrimmaging during winter break. Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/mlax/2021-22/releases/20211207it9b4g on Jan. 25, 2022.

Over winter break and throughout the off-season, the University of Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team has been working hard to replicate the success they had last year both academically and athletically. 

Head Coach Stephen Koudelka talked about his players’ successes, stating, “Last year we finished the season 18-3 and won the ODAC Championship for the eighth time and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time and ninth consecutive. It was a great year because there were so many obstacles in the way; COVID, testing, etc and our guys responded in an incredible way. 2021 was a great year for our program. As you know, we had an odd academic schedule this year so our guys were home for basically two months…all indications through our strength testing last week showed that our guys went home and put in the work. We are stronger than we were when we left campus and that should provide a great long term springboard for our success this season. Academically, we had our best fall GPA in program history – 3.24 and could not be more proud of the effort our guys put in. They have already set new goals of above a 3.3 this spring.”

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Season Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

Micah Slacumt. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Caroline Greke

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The University of Lynchburg women’s lacrosse team is looking to bounce back from the 2021 season. The Hornets earned 10 wins last season which was the first time since 2016 where the ladies finished the year 12-6.

The 2021 season had many highs including defeating nationally ranked Mary Washington in double overtime. However, the ladies ultimately fell short in the ODAC tournament to a very good Washington and Lee team who was ranked highly in the country at the time of competition.

Junior Lindsey Barrington said, “We had a lot to be proud of last year but I think all the returners have a little hunger to accomplish more this year and I believe that is possible with all the talent coming back as well as the talent coming in.”

The Hornets will have a very challenging year coming up facing teams like York College and Washington and Lee who are both nationally ranked.

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