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College Notebook: Lions, Hornets rule in hockey
HEROLD, LINK, MYERS PLAY BIG ROLES IN TEAMS’ TOURNAMENT TRIUMPHS
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Several local players helped their teams to conference field hockey titles over the weekend.
Sophomore Taylor Herold (James Monroe) scored in Penn State’s 3–2 semifinal victory over Iowa Friday in the Big Ten tournament in Iowa City. The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (17–3) beat Michigan 2–0 in Sunday’s final and will be one of the top seeds for the NCAA Division I tournament when the field is announced Tuesday.
Sophomore Kelsey Link (Spotsylvania) had an assist and junior goalie Hannah Myers (Colonial Forge) made five saves in Lynchburg’s 3–0 win over Randolph-Macon in Sunday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference title game.
Link also had a goal and two assists in Lynchburg’s 3–1 semifinal win over Shenandoah. The Hornets (17–3) will host Catholic in a first-round NCAA tournament game Wednesday.
Senior goalie Nicole Woodworth (Eastern View) made 26 saves in the ODAC final for the R-MC (10–10). She had 14 in a 2–1 semifinal overtime win over Bridgewater, and Carrie Jacobs (Orange) scored the game-winning goal off a rebound.
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Davidson senior goalkeeper Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) was named NorPac Conference East Division defensive player of the year She had two shutouts, 144 saves and a 2.29 goals-against average. She was also named to the all-conference team.
Sophomore quarterback Marcus Morrast (North Stafford) ran for two touchdowns and passed for one before leaving with a knee injury as Christopher Newport beat Greensboro 22–16 Saturday. The Captains (6–3, 5–1) can win the USA South title by beating Methodist this week.
Senior receiver Larry Lowe (Brooke Point) caught six passes for 114 yards as Shepherd earned a share of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 34–23 win over Glenville State Saturday.
Sophomore safety Shane Black (Mountain View) made 16 tackles and an interception in Lafayette’s 65–41 loss to Colgate.
Senior linebacker Jake Johnson (Stafford) made 15 stops in South Alabama’s 28–20 loss to Florida International.
Junior linebacker Brock Bullock (Courtland) had a career-high 12 tackles in Apprentice’s 47–0 loss to Wesley.
Georgia junior defender Torri Allen (Colonial Forge) was named to the all-Southeastern Conference second team. She started all 20 games and made two defensive saves for a team that allowed just 22 goals and recorded six shutouts.
Campbell senior Kirsty Meyer (Riverbend) was named second-team all-Big South Conference after posting three goals and four assists.
Randolph junior Jacob Lusczek (Chancellor) was named ODAC men’s player of the week after scoring two goals the previous week. Lusczek finished with three goals and five assists for the defending champion Wildcats (9–7–3), who lost to Roanoke in this year’s tournament semifinals.
Florida State sophomore Josh Friedel (Mountain View) won the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:47.59) in a weekend tri-meet with Florida Southern and Emory.
Radford freshman Mary Flinn (Brooke Point) won the women’s 200 back (2:13.74) in Saturday’s dual-meet loss at Marshall.
Senior Alyssa Berfield (Mountain View) was named Delaware State’s female athlete of the week after winning MVP honors in equitation over fences in Sunday’s show against South Dakota State. She also earned a team point in Saturday’s show against Tennessee-Martin.
Sophomore Trey Thomas (Mountain View) was Longwood’s No. 2 runner (45th place, 26:56 for 6,000 meters) at the recent Big South Conference meet in Rock Hill, S.C.
Junior Shane Gentry (Colonial Forge) went 2–0 as 15th-ranked Maryland beat Johns Hopkins and West Virginia at the weekend’s Terrapin Duals.
Despite a career-high 18 kills and eight digs from sophomore Brooke Kelley (Colonial Forge), Campbell lost 3–0 to Liberty Saturday.
Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443