Sports

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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Men’s Soccer on a Roll

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/msoc/2021-22/releases/20211013x2zr5p on Oct. 17, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team Topped Guilford 2-0. 

Currently, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team is enjoying a four game conference and overall winning streak. 

The team has the unenviable task of being in a conference with the best team in the nation, Washington and Lee. 

Griffin Phillips, a defender, believes his team is in good shape to make the ODAC championship game and compete with Washington and Lee, stating, “I think we certainly have the quality to get there. We just need to keep learning and improving, particularly on the small things. We just need to take it one game at a time and we’ll get to the place we want to be, which is competing for the ODAC championship.” 

Phillips continued, “I think it’s just small things here and there, like more communication from everyone on the field. I know that I need to do it more, and even though we have been doing a good job so far, there’s always room for more. I think we are starting to really get some good chemistry going forward and are really settling into our system.” 

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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 Earina Photography and University of Lynchburg Athletics Website.  

After their loss against undefeated Randolph-Macon this past spring, men’s basketball will be looking to get back into the ODAC Championship. The team has an experienced roster this season and their main goal is consistency. 

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

Acknowledging his significant role as an experienced fifth-year, Suggs understands that, “Leadership is definitely going to be essential for us to be successful.” 

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Relying on Teamwork

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Will Kasemeyer. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

The University of Lynchburg swim teams were in action officially for the first time this season as the Hornets traveled over to Lexington to compete in ODAC relays hosted by Washington and Lee.

Both the mens and womens team fought their way to a third place finish, the highest ever for both teams at the meet. The Hornets came away with their first relay victory at the meet where the men’s 4 x 25 underwater relay won. The team consisted of Matthew Fields, Parker Hayungs, Trevor O’Neil and Kellen Campbell

The Hornets were also able to bring home a trio of bronze finishes to go along with the gold. 

Senior Spencer Swam said, “I think we got a good start to the season facing other teams that will be the same teams that are down in Greensboro come February.”

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Women’s Club Volleyball Needs Funding to Serve

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from Lynchburgclubsports.com on Oct. 11, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Women’s Club Volleyball players join players from other club teams to show the true spirit of club sports at the University of Lynchburg. 

The University of Lynchburg recently launched their women’s club volleyball team, but this organization, its captains, and its players need more funding if they want to successfully serve on and off the court. 

Kailey Loewenberg, the treasurer of the team, stated, “Our team would generally benefit from fundraising. In order to get the equipment we need to succeed and to help make our presence more known on campus, raising money and getting donations/fundraising would be very helpful.” 

Leigh-Anne Mccormick, the secretary of the team, added, “In regards to homecoming weekend, our team would greatly benefit from financial support from any willing parents or alumni. The equipment that we practice with is old, outdated, and not up to regulation. The varsity volleyball team does not allow us to use their equipment, so we do not have access to a reliable net, poles or a ball pump, and we do not even have enough balls for each player. We have never received enough financial support to provide team shirts, sweatpants, or any other team gear. Our team would benefit so much from financial help, and we greatly appreciate any support that we can get.” 

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Men’s Swimming Is Diving Into a New Year

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Parker Hayungs and Landon Ellis. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

Men’s swimming will start the year off Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Washington and Lee University, where they will compete at the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Relays, the first meet where all the ODAC teams will compete against each other since the 2020 ODAC Championship Meet. 

The Hornets look to build off the momentum from the previous season when the men earned a second place finish at ODAC Swimming Championship

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Hill City Homecoming

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Aranna Perez, image from lynchburgsports.com

After a tough start to the season, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team came home to enjoy the sweet success of the Hill City. The Hornets were able to kick off a home stand with a pair of victories against ranked opponents. 

Last Friday, the Hornets took down 13th ranked Ursinus in overtime and then followed it up the following Saturday with another victory against the 19th ranked team in the country, Centre College.

The games were both decided in overtime fashion with the Hornets prevailing with a score of 4-3 against Ursinus and 2-1 over Centre. The game winning goals were scored by Jackie Lerro and Brittany Claybaugh.

Graduate student Jackie Lerro was also named offensive player of the week by NFHCA based on her two goal and two assist game against Ursinus.

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Alix Allen’s Overtime Goal Stung the Generals

Written by William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/releases/20210924wgwhrb on Oct. 4, 2021. Alix Allen, a defender, scores the game-winning goal against the Washington and Lee Generals. 

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team beat the Washington and Lee Generals by a score of 2-1 due to Amanda Wigboldy’s game-winning assist and Alix Allen’s game-winning goal in overtime.

Head Coach Olsen stated the significance of this win, stating, “I think the last two games and the last two seasons we played them, we were not really competitive in those games. These were our least competitive games because they absolutely outplayed us and they definitely had our number. The game was a game changer because we came from behind again and that showed amazing fortitude and grit. Alix’s goal is the most amazing goal I have seen at the college level. We can compete with anyone in the ODAC and if anyone takes us for granted, it will be at another team’s own peril.” 

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Reigning Champs Looking For More

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Lindsey Hair, Delanney Kennedy and Erin Wojtkowski and. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

The Lynchburg Hornets Women’s Swim Team is coming into the year with a target on their back. 

In a year with Covid difficulties, the women’s swim team was triumphant in their efforts to be on top of the ODAC mountain. 

The reigning ODAC champs will carry their crown into ODAC relays in their first competition since spring of 2021. 

The Hornets will get a chance to face off against W&L and Randolph Macon for the first time since Spring of 2020 when the women’s team placed 4th at the ODAC Championship Meet.

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Club Swim Is Back!

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

The University of Lynchburg Club Swim Team. Photo by Jessie Lee, taken on Monday Sept. 20.

Club swim is back at the University of Lynchburg after multiple delays since it’s original launch in 2018. 

Freshman, David Brady said, “it feels amazing to swim again. It’s a different experience from anything else. I feel tired but also energetic afterwards.” 

Caroline Lancaster, a fellow member of the club swim team added, “I’m very excited about swimming again. Swimming is a great way for me to process and clear my thoughts.” 

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Embracing the Road

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Taylor Smith. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Olivia Smith

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team is gearing up for the vigorous conference schedule in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

The team has a rich tradition of being successful and is looking to capitalize on a pair of out-of-conference road victories against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Arcadia University on back-to-back weekends.

The Hornets traveled to Rochester on Sept. 11, to knock off RIT in a double overtime victory with a last second goal scored by Meghan Lauder

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Digging Perseverance & Serving Defeat

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved on Sept. 18, 2021 from Volleyball sweeps Guilford to win ODAC opener – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com). The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team celebrates their first conference victory and looks forward to replicating this success. 

On Sept. 15, 2021, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team opened conference play by sweeping their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival, Guilford.

         Before this conference victory, the team played a challenging out of conference schedule.

         However, coaches and players believed that the challenging out of conference schedule allowed their team to develop perseverance, a necessary trait to prevail in a five-set match.

         Head Coach Hannah Givens, said, “I think that the win against Cabrini helped us gain confidence coming into the season and ODAC play. This was actually the 10th win I have had as Head Coach. I was named head coach during the season in the spring. The win also helped us realize that we could push through a five-set match.”

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Flicking on Home

By Chistopher Jennings ~ Assistant Editor

Image From: https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/fh/2021-22/releases/20210912l5200t

After a couple weeks out on the road for the University of Lynchburg’s women’s field hockey team will be able to return to the Hill City to play in a familiar setting. The nationally ranked team started the season with four challenging teams that are all NCAA tournament hopeful schools. The Hornets came away with a 1-3 record over the past 10 days including giving two top-10 teams in the country a run for their money. 

Graduate Student Emily Dudley says, “I am excited that we played these games early in the season. It gives us a chance to play good teams and use it as a benchmark to see where we are.”

The Hornets have one of the most challenging schedules in the country that will last all season long with multiple ranked teams as well as the vigorous schedule that is the ODAC.

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Crossing Finish Lines for Championships

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/mxc/2017-18/releases/20171111k9xz1g
The University of Lynchburg Men’s Cross Country Team looks forward to competing for their first Cross Country ODAC Championship since the 2012 season.

The University of Lynchburg Men’s Cross Country Team finished in fourth place at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational

The team’s success is based on everyone’s willingness to work collectively to win the team’s first Cross Country ODAC championship since 2012. 

Head Coach Jake Reed said, “Our focus is on the team and Frank is all in with that. We are blessed to have some really strong frontrunners with Frank Csorba and Max Sparks, both of whom have the opportunity to be two really low sticks for us at nationals. I also look for a couple other guys to emerge as big players. Our front group works really well together so we don’t need to do much specifically different for Max or Frank. We will work more on getting out and being in good positioning as that was something that Max struggled with at the 2019 National meet. Having a teammate to feed off of this year will make that much easier.” 

Reed continued, “I wouldn’t say our hopes are in Frank winning a national title. This is definitely not an expectation of mine. There will be many different guys that line up that day who have a shot to win. I think we might have two of them which is a huge advantage for both of them as they can feed off each other. Our goal is to get them to work off each other to put them in a good spot to place as low as they possibly can for our team. I know Frank and Max would both tell you they would give up the individual in a heartbeat if they could get the team on the podium. I know that means far more to them.” 

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Acing The Academic Arena

Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Ellen Druebbisch. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Taylor Herzog

Lynchburg Tennis has been able to accomplish great things on and off the court. Most recently, University of Lynchburg Women’s Tennis was able to accomplish a team G.P.A of 3.75. This allowed for nine Hornets to be named ITA Scholar-Athletes and for the team itself to be an All-Academic team of distinction.

 Ellen Druebbisch ‘21 was named Academic All-American as well as receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship which only 21 women across the country received. 

Druebbisch excelled in academics, athletics, and community service. Before Druebbisch’s senior year, she donated a kidney to someone in need.

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