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.”


Tough Losses & New Lessons Learned

The University of Lynchburg fought hard against Tufts at Shellenberger Field, but lost 21-11. Photo retrieved from 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.” 


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


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 team of the week throwing six shutout innings against number 15 ranked Trinity College


Vetter Twins End an Era

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy-Desk-Chief

Photo retrieved from 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. 


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. 


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.


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 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.”


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.


Off to a Swimming Start

Maddie Corbett. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Caroline Greke

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The University of Lynchburg Lynchburg Swim Teams were back in action to kick off the new year during the winter break. Both the men’s and women’s teams were able to earn victories in the first month of the new year. 

The Hornet men went 2-0 with victories against ODAC opponents Bridgewater College and Randolph Macon College. The final scores were 109-75 over the Eagles and 146-59 over the Yellow Jackets; both wins came on the road. 

The women were able to defeat the Eagles of Bridgewater, but fell short in a tightly contested matchup against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph Macon. The final scores were 122-63 over the Eagles while the Yellow Jackets bested the Hornets 112-93 both contests being on the road for the women as well. 


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, the men set a record for the lowest 36-hole tournament score in program history on their way to a second-place finish. 


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.
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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.


Hoping to Field an NCAA Tournament Bid

 By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from 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. 


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/

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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