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College Notebook: Jackets, Hornets set for hockey showdown
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
After starting the season 0–6, Randolph-Macon’s field hockey team has found its stride in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.
Coached by Stafford High School graduate Crystal Carper, the Yellow Jackets are now 5–0 in ODAC play entering Wednesday’s first-place showdown with visiting Lynchburg (also 5–0).
Junior Olivia Newman, one of three Orange High School graduates in R-MC’s starting lineup, scored twice in a 5–0 victory over Sweet Briar last Wednesday. The Jackets (7–8 overall) lost a 2–1 nonconference tuneup against visiting Rhodes College on Saturday, despite 20 saves from goalie Nicole Woodworth (Eastern View).
Lynchburg (11–3 overall) also has a local flavor to its roster. Junior Hannah Myers (Colonial Forge) is the Hornets’ starting goalie, and midfielders Katie Kline (Colonial Forge) and Kelsey Link (Spotsylvania) have five goals each. Lynchburg has outscored ODAC foes 24–1 in its five wins.
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Senior goalie Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) stopped 16 shots—including a penalty stroke—as Davidson shut out Colgate 2–0 Sunday.
North Carolina Wesleyan senior quarterback John Jackson threw a career-high four touchdown passes—two to fellow James Monroe graduate Greg Edwards—but the Bishops lost 51–35 at Ferrum in a USA South Conference game.
Jackson completed 31 of 61 passes for 335 yards, but also threw four interceptions. Edwards caught seven passes for 85 yards, including touchdowns of 23 and 7 yards, for N.C. Wesleyan (1–5).
Junior running back Jerricho James (King George) ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for Ferrum (4–2). Sophomore Kenny Tapscott (Liberty) had a team-high nine tackles.
Sophomore safety Shane Black (Mountain View) made 11 tackles and intercepted two passes in Lafayette’s 20–10 victory over Yale Saturday.
Senior defensive end Aaron Harper (Courtland) made seven tackles, including a sack, in James Madison’s 27–26 double-overtime win over William & Mary. Senior linebacker Jabrel Mines (Caroline) had nine tackles for the Tribe.
Senior linebacker Jake Johnson (Stafford) had nine tackles and recovered a fumble in South Alabama’s 36–29 loss to Arkansas State.
Freshman midfielder Daniel Jobrack (Stafford) notched his first career goal and assist in Lynchburg’s 3–0 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Saturday.
Senior Kirsty Meyer (Riverbend) tied Campbell’s game against Liberty with a goal in the 72nd minute Saturday, but the Flames won 2–1 in overtime.
Rowan sophomore forward Christian Fountain (Stafford) was named New Jersey Athletic Conference offensive player of the week after posting four goals and an assist in three games.
Junior midfielder Kara Blosser (Courtland) scored her second goal of the season in No. 16 West Virginia’s 1–1 tie with 20th-ranked Baylor Saturday.
Senior Stormy Malik (Liberty) scored in Shenandoah’s 2–0 win over Guilford Saturday, boosting the Hornets (6–9–1, 4–4–1) in their bid for a berth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women’s tournament.
Bridgewater senior Olivia Mills (Fredericksburg Christian) finished second to teammate Kaylee Kubisiak at Saturday’s Christopher Newport Invitational. Mills finished the 6,000-meter course in 22:35, eight seconds behind Kubisiak.
Lynchburg’s men placed second as a team in the meet, thanks in part to senior Lawrence Minor (Louisa) and sophomore Anthony McBride (Spotsylvania). Minor was seventh (26:05 for 8,000 meters) and McBride eighth (26:06). CNU senior Daniel Austin (Culpeper) finished 29th (27:18).
Junior Thomas Porter (Mountain View) was Virginia’s No. 2 finisher at Friday’s Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, placing 60th overall out of 316 runners (24:05 for 8,000 meters).
VMI senior Leah Schubel (Chancellor) finished 31st (18:58.58 for 5,000 meters) at Friday’s Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C.
Sophomore Monica Ashby (Courtland) was Randolph’s top finisher at Saturday’s Gettysburg Invitational, setting a 6,000-meter personal best of 27:08 to place 221st.
Chowan freshman Cindy Ehrich (Riverbend) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association rookie of the week after collecting 39 digs in the weekend CIAA Roundup Tournament at Shaw. She leads the Hawks (13–6) with 245 digs for the season.
Lafayette senior Sarah Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) had 41 assists and 13 digs in a 3–1 victory over Holy Cross Friday.
Davidson junior Megan Chamberlin (Culpeper) had 17 kills in a loss to Elon and 11 in a victory over N.C.-Greensboro last week.
Air Force Academy senior Samantha Morrison (Massaponax) finished third in the women’s 18–24 division (10:35:46) at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Freshman Taylor Nichols (Riverbend) finished the regular season 8–3 at both No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles at Fairmont (W.Va.) State. The Falcons begin West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament play Thursday.
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