Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pairings Set for 2010 SSC Women's Soccer Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. - With the final conference games concluding on Saturday, the pairings are set for the 2010 Sunshine State Conference Women's Soccer Championship. By virtue of its regular-season co-championship, Nova Southeastern will host the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 5, and the finals on Sunday, Nov. 7. Quarterfinal games will be contested on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the site of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.

The University of Tampa will host Rollins College on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Pepin Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate for $8 (adults) and $5 (senior citizens and students).

The top six teams in the final SSC regular-season standings earn bids to the SSC Championship. Teams are awarded three points for a conference win and one point for a conference tie.

Despite a 4-0 loss at Saint Leo on Saturday, Nova Southeastern (9-5-1, 5-2-1 SSC) secured the SSC regular-season co-championship with 16 points. Florida Tech (9-5-1, 5-2-1 SSC), which notched a crucial 2-0 win over Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon, secured the No. 2 seed and a share of the regular-season title by also collecting 16 points. The Sharks won the tiebreaker over the Panthers due to their 2-1 overtime win in the squads' regular-season meeting. By virtue of taking the top two seeds, both NSU and Tech will receive byes for Tuesday's quarterfinal round.

Florida Southern (9-5-2, 5-3 SSC) claimed the third seed in the tournament with 15 points. Tampa (12-5, 5-3 SSC) also accumulated 15 points to earn the No. 4 seed. The Moccasins claimed the tiebreaker over the Spartans compliments of a 2-1 win earlier in the season.

Rollins (10-3-2, 4-2-2 SSC) received the No. 5 seed with 14 points, and Saint Leo (9-6-1, 4-3-1 SSC) picked up the No. 6 seed with 13 points.

In Tuesday's quarterfinal action, Rollins will travel to Tampa, while Saint Leo will play at Florida Southern. Quarterfinal winners will advance to face Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech in Friday's semifinals. Exact times for each match will be released once they are finalized.

For Tuesday's quarterfinal, UT will offer live stats and a webcast through www.tampaspartans.com.

2010 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, November 2
No. 6 Saint Leo at No. 3 Florida Southern, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Rollins at No. 4 Tampa, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals - Friday, November 5 (hosted by Nova Southeastern)
Winner No. 6/No. 3 Match vs. No. 2 Florida Tech, 4:30 or 7 p.m.
Winner No. 5/No. 4 at No. 1 Nova Southeastern, 4:30 or 7 p.m.

Finals - Sunday, November 7 (hosted by Nova Southeastern)
Semifinal Winners, no later than 1 p.m.

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Pairings Finalized for 2010 SSC Men's Soccer Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. - With all regular-season games in the books, the pairings have been solidified for the 2010 Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Championship. Barry will be the top seed and will host the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 5, and finals on Sunday, Nov. 7. The quarterfinal round will be contested Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the site of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.

The University of Tampa will host Nova Southeastern University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Pepin Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate for $8 (adults) and $5 (senior citizens and students).

The top six teams in the final SSC regular-season standings earn bids to the championship. Teams are awarded three points for each conference win and one point for each tie.

Both Barry (10-2-3, 6-1-1 SSC) and Rollins (11-3-2, 6-1-1 SSC) tallied 19 points to share the SSC regular-season championship. The teams played to a scoreless tie in their regular-season meeting. Barry gained the tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed with a big 5-0 win over Lynn Sunday evening. The offensive outburst gave the Bucs a plus-10 goal differential in SSC matches. The second-seeded Tars posted a plus-eight goal differential in conference contests. Both squads will enjoy a quarterfinal bye compliments of their top seeds.

Florida Tech (7-6-2, 4-3-1 SSC) and Tampa (11-6-1, 4-3-1 SSC) both accumulated 13 points in the standings. The teams battled to a 1-1 tie in their regular-season meeting. Florida Tech earned the No. 3 seed with a plus-six goal differential in its SSC matches. Tampa, which secured the No. 4 seed, recorded a plus-three goal differential in conference play.

Nova Southeastern (8-5-2, 4-4 SSC) claimed the No. 5 seed with 12 points. Saint Leo (9-5, 3-5 SSC) locked up the final tournament spot with nine points. Both the Lions and Florida Southern compiled nine points, but Saint Leo gained the advantage by beating the Moccasins 3-2 in the teams' regular-season meeting.

In Tuesday's quarterfinals, No. 3 Florida Tech will host No. 6 Saint Leo. No. 4 Tampa will entertain No. 5 Nova Southeastern. The winners of those matches will advance to play Barry and Rollins in Miami Shores on Friday. Exact times for all matches will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

For Tuesday's quarterfinal, UT will offer live stats and a webcast through www.tampaspartans.com

2010 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, November 2
No. 6 Saint Leo at No. 3 Florida Tech, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Nova Southeastern at No. 4 Tampa, 7 p.m.

Semifinals - Friday, November 5 (hosted by Barry University)
Winner No. 6/No. 3 Match vs. Rollins, 4:30 or 7 p.m.
Winner No. 5/No. 4 Match at Barry, 4:30 or 7 p.m.

Finals - Sunday, November 7 (hosted by Barry University)
Semifinal Winners, no later than 1 p.m.

Visit tampaspartans.com for the latest news and info on University of Tampa Athletics.

Field set for LSC Women’s Soccer Championship

RICHARDSON, Texas – Midwestern State will host the Lone Star Conference Women’s Soccer Championship after claiming the league’s regular season title.  The championship is set for November 4-5-7 at the MSU Soccer Field in Wichita Falls, Texas.

   MSU, 15-2 overall and 10-1 in the LSC, is the top seed for the six-team, single elimination conference championship.  The Mustangs claimed their first regular season championship since 1998.

   Abilene Christian and Angelo State both finished with identical 9-2 records, but the Wildcats earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye due to a regular season win over the Rambelles.

   The championship begins on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. with No. 3 Angelo State playing No. 6 Texas A&M-Commerce.  The 2:30 p.m. game matches No. 4 Incarnate Word against No. 5 Central Oklahoma.

   The ASU/A&M-C winner advances to play ACU at 5 p.m. on Friday, while the UIW/UCO victor plays MSU at 7:30 p.m.  The Friday winners get a day off before playing on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the LSC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II tournament.

LSC Soccer Championship
November 4-5-7, 2010 in Wichita Falls, Texas

Thursday, Nov. 4
No. 3 Angelo State vs. No. 6 Texas A&M-Commerce, Noon
No. 4 Incarnate Word vs. No. 5 Central Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 5
3-6 winner vs. No. 2 Abilene Christian, 5 p.m.
4-5 winner vs. No. 1 Midwestern State, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7
Championship game, 1 p.m.

http://www.lonestarconference.org/

Norlander Finishes 20th, Augusta State senior leads Sweden at WATC

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Augusta State standout Henrik Norlander finished 20th Sunday in the weather-plagued World Amateur Team Championship at Buenos Aires Golf Club.

A senior from Danderyd, Sweden, Norlander posted the low score among Sweden’s three-man team, a 5-over 77, and turned in his country’s top individual finish of the tournament. Sweden, which was tied for third after Thursday’s first round, finished in a tie for 13th in the 69-team field. 

Two weather delays on Friday forced tournament officials to shorten the event to 54 holes. Then on Sunday, high winds at BAGC led to a final-round team scoring average of 152.67 strokes (par was 144). The 30-mph winds produced white caps on the lake in front of the ninth green.

France combined for an even-par 144 in the final round, good for a four-stroke victory over Denmark. The United States was third, followed by New Zealand in fourth. Scotland, the World Am’s defending champion, finished fifth.

Denmark’s Joachin Hansen shot a 1-over 73 and finished three strokes in front of France’s Alexander Levy and four shots clear of France’s Romain Wattel.

Founded in 1958, the World Amateur Team Championship (WATC) takes place every two years and is organized by the International Golf Federation (IGF). The IGF includes the national federations of golf in more than 110 countries and is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee.

Final results from the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship is available at www.golfstat.com

Adams State men finish season, fall 3-0 at Fort Lewis

Grizzlies end first season of RMAC play with 1-13 league mark

DURANGO - The Grizzlies were on the road to close out the 2010 men's soccer season on Saturday, facing off against the defending NCAA Division II champs on their home turf, and put forth their best result against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) foe Fort Lewis but fell 3-0.

With the loss, Adams State finishes its second season with a 1-16 overall record, and first season of RMAC play with a 1-13 mark, placing eighth in the league with three points. The Skyhawks, who improved to 11-5-2 overall and 10-2-2 in league play will enter the conference tournament as the second seed.

A match tentatively scheduled for Monday afternoon at Murphy Field between the Grizzlies and California State-Los Angeles will not be played.

The Grizzlies' 3-0 margin of defeat is a three-goal improvement over their last meeting with the Skyhawks, a 6-0 loss on Sept. 24. Before that, ASC met up with Fort Lewis on Aug. 30, 2009, where they were turned away by a 9-1 tally.

The Grizzlies found themselves in 2-0 hole heading into the half, after being outshot 13-0 over the first 45 minutes of action.

Both of the Skyhawks' first half strikes came within the first 16 minutes. At five minutes and 37 seconds, Cory Dean put FLC on top, and at the 15:40 mark Keane Hamilton, who had assisted on Dean's goal, put one into the back of the net himself.

Freshman keeper Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.) made three saves in the first half, and added four more in the second stanza to finish the game with seven stops and cap off his season with 98, a new Adams State record, breaking the previous mark set in 2009 by one save. Lee's 98 saves also rank second in the RMAC this season.

Adams State finally managed some offense in the after intermission, as seniors Bruno Falcao (Joao Pessao, Brazil) and David Powers (Fairbanks , Alaska) each accounted for one shot in their final game as a Grizzly. However, ASC was unable to put a shot on goal in the match, and was outshot 28-2.

Fort Lewis tallied its finals score of the game at the 70:42 mark as Jordan Alexander, already with two assists on the day, upped his day's total to four points with his fifth goal of the season.

In addition to Falcao and Powers, senior Tyler Corbin (Mancos, Colo.) also saw his last action as a Grizzly on Sunday. Before Friday's home finale, Falcao, Powers, Corbin, Diego Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Beverly Hottor (Koforidua, Ghana) were all recognized in a pre-game presentation.

Adams State was unable to score in its final five games of the season, during which they faced Colorado Mines, currently ranked No. 4 in Division II twice, as well as ninth-ranked Regis and the defending national champions Fort Lewis. The Grizzlies last goal came in their 3-1 win, the first victory in program history, over Colorado Christian, on Oct. 15. But the Grizzlies did record 149 shots this season, 40 more than in 2009, and made 154 saves as a team, bettering last season's total by 48.

As a team, the Grizzlies end the season ranked second in the RMAC with 161 saves, and joining Lee in the top five in the RMAC in saves is fellow rookie keeper Paul Pizza (Alamosa, Colo.) who stopped 57 shots this season, the fifth-most in the conference. 

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No. 9 UCSD Celebrates Halloween, Senior Day with 2-0 Win Over Cal State East Bay

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Sarah McTigue scored a pair of goals in the first seven minutes and it was all the No. 9 UC San Diego women’s soccer team needed, as the Tritons took down Cal State East Bay, 2-0, in the final match of California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play on Sunday afternoon at Triton Soccer Field.

The Tritons finish the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, compiling a 14-2-2 overall record and a 12-2-2 mark in CCAA competition. They are now unbeaten in their last 13 matches and will finish the year in second place in the CCAA South Division, trailing Cal State L.A. by a single point. The Pioneers fall to 6-10-3 overall, 4-10-2 in CCAA play and will finish in last place in the CCAA South.

UCSD needed only one shot to get its first goal on the board. In the fourth minute, McTigue would find space at the top of the box, lifting a shot that appeared high from the outset towards the goal. However, the ball would dip just enough, ricocheting off the bottom of the crossbar and straight-down into the net.

Less than three minutes later, Jessica Wi would find space at the edge of the penalty box, playing a square-ball back towards the middle. McTigue would jump onto the end of it, cracking a one-timer past the CSUEB goalkeeper’s outstretched arm into the side-netting. The goal marked McTigue’s eighth goal of the season, tying her for the team-high along with Annette Ilg.

CSUEB would nearly cut the deficit to one later in the half, as Shianna Falk struck a firm shot from 22 yards out, forcing UCSD keeper Kristin Armstrong to dive to her right and push the ball just above the bar out for a corner kick. Falk’s strike was CSUEB’s most dangerous opportunity on the afternoon, as UCSD outshot CSUEB, 11-8.

CSULA will win the No. 1 seed going into the CCAA postseason tournament, finishing with 39 points in the CCAA South. UCSD will be granted the No. 2 seed while compiling 38 points on the year. San Francisco State (32 points) and Cal State Stanislaus (31 points), the top two finishers in the CCAA North, will be awarded the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, respectively. CSULA will face CSUS and UCSD will take on SFSU in a single elimination tournament in Turlock next weekend to determine CCAA champion and automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division II Championships. Match times are still to be decided.

The Tritons have won three of the previous five CCAA championships ranging back to 2005, their last coming during the 2008 campaign.

UCSD honored seniors Ilg and Lisa Bradley for their years of service to UCSD soccer before facing CSUEB on Sunday.

--www.ucsdtritons.com--

UCSD Ambushes Cal State East Bay with Six-Goal Outburst

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Five different Tritons scored their first goal of the year as the UC San Diego men’s soccer team ended the regular season with a 6-0 win over Cal State East Bay in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play Sunday afternoon at Triton Soccer Field.

It took eighteen matches, but seniors Josh Jackson, Brandon Yee, and Tyler Zupan finally tallied goals as UCSD ended the year 8-6-4 overall and 8-5-3 in CCAA play. CSUEB falls to 2-15-3 overall and 1-12-3 in conference competition.

UCSD forced the offensive pressure from the get-go, as Yee nearly caught CSUEB goalkeeper Bryce Bookhamer to the short post just three minutes into the match. Shane Micheil would be able to fire off a shot from close range in the 5th minute, but Bookhamer was able to push it wide. After winning four corner kicks and forcing six shots within the first 15 minutes of the match, UCSD’s Kasra Sarabakhsh would draw a foul inside the area after a beautiful display of dribbling in the box, allowing Jackson to convert the penalty kick for a 1-0 UCSD lead.

The Tritons nearly pushed their lead to two goals going into the interval, but Gavin Lamming could not convert an open header off a corner kick from Sarabakhsh, flicking the ball over the bar at the 41:15 mark.

In the 52nd minute, Yee would find space down the sideline, dribbling hard towards goal with a defender on his back. He would be able to work the ball inside the six-yard box, crossing the ball to Zupan, who slid-in and got a foot to Yee’s pass. Bookhamer stonewalled Zupan’s shot, letting the ball trickle back to the toe of Yee, who easily poked the shot inside the near post for a 2-0 Triton lead. It marked the second consecutive match Zupan logged an assist.

In the 65th minute, it would be Zupan that would be rewarded, as Jackson found Zupan posting up his defender on the top of the box. Zupan was able to turn his man, putting the ball on the right side of his body while keeping his defender on his left. He cracked the shot from about 17 yards out, tucking it inside the far post for a 3-0 lead.

Less than eight minutes later, Andisheh Bagheri would free himself along the right sideline, passing a square-ball for Jordan Valenciano. With his back towards goal, Valenciano gathered the ball while shuffling to the right, shouldering off a pair of defenders intent on stealing the ball. Falling away towards the left sideline, Valenciano turned and released a low left-footed shot, cutting the ball hard enough to beat Bookhamer to the right post. The goal was Valenciano’s first on the year.

Bagheri would get a taste of the back of the net for the first time this season just a handful of minutes later. After a poor clearance by the Pioneer defense, Bagheri collected the ball at 23 yards, freezing a Pioneer defender with a clever step-over. Bagheri’s would fire off a high, curling shot, tucking the ball just under the crossbar with no chance for Bookhamer to get a hand to it.

Jackson would add the final goal less than a minute later, cannoning a shot from nearly 30 yards away into the right upper-V. Jackson ended the match with a pair of goals and an assist. Zupan and Bagheri each finished with a goal and an assist.

UCSD outshot CSUEB, 33-11, and won 14 corner kicks in comparison with the Pioneers’ six. UCSD goalkeeper Josh Cohen was called to task four times, while Bookhamer registered 12 saves.

UCSD won five of its final seven matches of the season while going unbeaten in eight of their last ten contests.

Prior to the match, seniors Zupan, Yee, Jackson, Micheil, Sarabakhsh, David Bakal, and Jared Kukura were honored for their years of service to the team.

Lions Men's Soccer are the No. 5 Seed, Face No. 4 LMU

ROCK HILL, SC - Wingate University, which clinched a share of the conference championship with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, is the top seed for the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament, league officials announced Saturday night.

Wingate went 8-1 in conference play to share the league championship with Carson-Newman College. The Bulldogs, 14-2 overall, won their fourth conference championship, but first since 2001. Wingate earned the top seed by virtue of its 6-0 win over Carson-Newman on October 16.

Wingate will face eighth-seed Brevard College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Tornados went 2-7 in conference play and are 3-14-1 overall. Wingate defeated Brevard 6-1 on October 9.

Conference co-champion Carson-Newman went 8-1 in conference play to win its third straight league crown. The Eagles are 11-4-1 overall and will face seventh-seed Catawba College on Wednesday. Carson-Newman defeated Catawba 5-1 in their regular-season matchup on October 9.

Anderson University and Lincoln Memorial University tied for third place with 6-3 conference records. The Trojans earned the third seed by virtue of their 3-1 victory over LMU on October 23.

Anderson, 11-5-1 overall, will face sixth-seed Lenoir-Rhyne University on Wednesday. The Bears went 5-4 in conference play and are 10-7 overall. In their regular-season matchup on September 19, Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Anderson 3-1.
Lincoln Memorial, 10-5-1 overall, is the fourth seed and will host fifth-seed Mars Hill College. The Lions went 5-3-1 in conference play and are 12-4-1 overall. Lincoln Memorial defeated Mars Hill 3-1 on October 27.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 5. The two men's semifinals will be played at 6 p.m.

The men's tournament championship will be Sunday, November 7 at 4 p.m. at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex. The championship match will be videostreamed live over the Internet.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children 13 and under.

Fans showing their Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the adult admission price. Also, the South Atlantic Conference is collecting new, unused soccer balls, footballs or basketballs during the semifinals and championships in conjunction with WRHI's Toys for Happiness campaign for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Fans donating a ball will receive two complimentary admissions.

Wednesday, November 4
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Brevard at No. 1 Wingate, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Catawba at No. 2 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 3 Anderson, TBA
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial, TBA

Friday, November 6
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Brevard / Wingate winner vs. Mars Hill / Lincoln Memorial winner, 6 p.m.
Catawba / Carson-Newman winner vs. Lenoir-Rhyne / Anderson winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 8
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Visit mhclions.com for the latest news and info on Mars Hill College Athletics.

Lions Women's Soccer are the No. 5 Seed, Face No. 4 Newberry

ROCK HILL, SC - The Lenoir-Rhyne University women's soccer team, which clinched its first conference championship with a 3-1 victory over Tusculum Saturday night, has earned the top seed for the 2010 Food Lion SAC Women's Soccer Tournament, the conference office announced Sunday.

The Bears went 8-1 in conference play to share the league crown with Carson-Newman College. Lenoir-Rhyne, 13-2-1 overall, earned the top seed by virtue of its 2-1 victory over Carson-Newman on October 2.

Lenoir-Rhyne will face eighth-seed Lincoln Memorial University in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The Railsplitters went 3-6 in conference play, and are 10-6 overall. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Lincoln Memorial 2-0 on October 9.
Conference co-champion Carson-Newman College earned the second seed. The Eagles, who advanced to the national quarterfinals last year, won their third straight conference title. Carson-Newman went 8-1 in conference play and is 11-6 overall.
Carson-Newman will host seventh-seed Tusculum College on Tuesday. The Pioneers went 3-5-1 in conference play and are 8-8-1 overall. Carson-Newman beat Tusculum 3-2 last week.

Wingate University earned the third seed after going 7-1-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs, 11-2-3 overall, will face sixth-seed Catawba College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Indians went 3-4-2 in conference play to tie for fifth place. Catawba is 7-7-3 overall. Wingate defeated Catawba 2-1 on October 4.

Newberry College is the fourth seed after going 4-5 in conference play. The Wolves, 4-12-1 overall, will face fifth-seed Mars Hill College on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Newberry defeated Mars Hill 1-0 in their regular-season matchup on September 29.

Mars Hill went 3-4-2 in conference play to tie for fifth place. The Lions, 9-6-2 overall, earned the fifth seed over Catawba. Mars Hill and Catawba tied 1-1 on Sept. 25 and both lost to top-seed Lenoir-Rhyne and second-seed Carson-Newman. However, Mars Hill tied third-seed Wingate 2-2 on Sept. 18, while Catawba lost to Wingate 2-1 on Oct. 4.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 5. The two women's semifinals will be played at 3 p.m.

The women's tournament championship will be Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex. The championship match will be videostreamed live over the Internet.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children 13 and under.

Fans showing their Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the adult admission price. Also, the South Atlantic Conference is collecting new, unused soccer balls, footballs or basketballs during the semifinals and championships in conjunction with WRHI's Toys for Happiness campaign for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Fans donating a ball will receive two complimentary admissions.

Tuesday, November 2
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Lincoln Memorial at No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Tusculum at No. 2 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 6 Catawba at No. 3 Wingate, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Newberry, 3 p.m.

Friday, November 5
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Lenoir-Rhyne / Lincoln Memorial winner vs. Newberry / Mars Hill winner, 3 p.m.
Winate / Catawba winner vs. Carson-Newman / Tusculum winner, 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 7
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Visit mhclions.com for the latest news and info on Mars Hill College Athletics.

Mavericks Lose to Beavers 1-0

MSU Finishes Fourth in the Conference

Mankato, Minn.-- With third place at stake in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Minnesota State fell short to Bemidji State Sunday 1-0 in the final game of the regular season.

MSU and BSU both failed to score in the first half with the Mavericks outshooting the Beavers 10-4.

Early in the second half Bemidji State scored at 49:45 on a rebound by Bri Scanlan after a scrum in front of the Maverick goal.

Minnesota State ended the game with 12 shots on the Beaver's goalkeeper Samantha Ross, including eight in the second half. MSU forward Nicole Dooher ended the day with three shots on goal.

Brittany Cygan was credited with four saves on the day. She now holds a record of 4-3-0.

The Mavericks received the fourth seed and will play at home for the first game of the NSIC/ U.S. Bank Soccer Tournament against fifth seeded St. Cloud State. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Pitch at Gage Towers Wednesday.

Other games in the first round include #1 Winona State against #8 Upper Iowa, #2 Minnesota Duluth against  #7 U-Mary and #3 Bemidji State against #6 Augustana. All first round game will be played Wednesday.

PacWest Women's Media Day is Wednesday

The Pacific West Conference will broadcast its annual Women's Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, live on Red Zone Media beginning at 2 p.m.

Fans can listen to the broadcast by going to www.redzonemedia.com

PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue will host the one-hour show. The program will also be available and archived on the PacWest website at www.thepacwest.com

Each coach will join Hogue for 5-7 minutes to preview his or her team. The PacWest Preseason All-Conference Team and predicted order of finish also will be announced.

GCU head coach Trent May is scheduled to be on at 2:10 p.m.

Grand Canyon went 19-8 last season and has won three of the last four PacWest championships. This year's club includes the program's all-time leading scorer in senior guard Samantha Murphy (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier Prep) and all-time leader in assists and steals, senior guard Rosalyn Nelson (Phoenix, Ariz./Deer Valley).

Members of the media interested in participating can get further information about the event from PacWest SID Tom DiCamillo at 480-983-6605, or at tomdicamillo@thepacwest.com.

Women's Volleyball: HPU 3, Dominican 1

HONOLULU, Hawai'i — The Dominican University of California women's volleyball team was swept 11-25, 15-25, 18-25, by Hawai'i Pacific University in Pacific West Conference action on Saturday night. The loss culuminated a four-match road trip in which the Lady Penguins struggled offensively, posting just a .088 hitting percentage.

Freshman Ria Falealili had six kills for the Lady Penguins (3-23/0-14). Sophomore Ashlee Sand added five kills and freshman Hannah Stocking added four in the loss. Freshman libero Ashley Pittman dug out 16 balls and Stocking came up with 11 digs.

The second-place Sea Warriors (16-4/10-3) were led by Brittney Wood's 10 kills. Kyra Pelayo led all players with 18 kills. HPU placed five service aces while Dominican did not record any.

The Lady Penguins will play their final PacWest home match of the season on Saturday, November 6 when Notre Dame de Namur University visits. The last match was a close four-set victory for NDNU, who edged the Lady Penguins by a total of 10 points. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Conlan Center.

Indianapolis Stuns Top-Seeded Lewis Men’s Soccer, 3-0, In GLVC Tourney Opener

Roberts makes 14 saves in goal for UIndy; Adkins records three assists for Greyhounds.

Romeoville, Ill. – The Lewis University men’s soccer team was unable to solve the riddle of Indianapolis goalkeeper Justin Roberts, as the junior netminder turned away 14 shots to help propel the eighth-seeded Greyhounds to the 3-0 upset win over the Flyers in the Great Lakes Valley Conference First Round match-up at the Lewis Soccer Field on Sunday (Oct. 31) afternoon.

   The 14 shots on frame ties the Flyers’ second-biggest output of the season, while Roberts’ 14 saves ties him for the second-most in the GLVC this season for a single-game.

   UIndy sophomore forward Bobby Adkins served as the offensive catalyst for the Greyhounds on Sunday, as he assisted on all three scores. The first goal came at the 35:37 mark, as Adkins found Roger Lee in front of the net to give the Greyhounds the 1-0 advantage.  

   Less than four minutes later, the Greyhounds scored again, as Adkins connected with junior Micah Uemura off a corner kick to extend UIndy’s lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute.

   The set piece proved to be the Flyers’ nemesis, once again, in the second half, as Adkins teamed up with Ryan Barnett off a corner kick for the Greyhounds final score of the afternoon at the 53:42 mark.

   With the win, UIndy improves to 9-7 on the season and will face the winner of Drury/Quincy in the GLVC semifinals. Lewis is now 10-6-1 and will await word of a possible NCAA Regional bid.

Bronchos Overcome Strong Performances of Cardenas and Guthrie in Season Finale

EDMOND, OKLA. — Junior goalkeepers Sierra Cardenas (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Wheat Ridge HS) and Candice Guthrie (Peralta, N.M./Los Lunas HS) combined to make eight saves, but the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team (5-13; LSC 2-9) dropped a 3-0 decision in Lone Star Conference action to University of Central Oklahoma (10-7-1; LSC 6-4-1), Sunday afternoon at Tom Thompson Field.

The Bronchos entered the contest ranked tenth in the lasted NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II South Central Region poll.

Ashton Morris picked up a rebound 7:15 into the contest and found the back of the Zia net to give UCO a 1-0 lead in the opening half. Summer Grantham scored 3:04 into the second half and Sherri Collins sealed the contest after picking up Lizzie Merritt’s rebound in front of the net, just 5:34 later.

Brook Serrano (So., F, Los Lunas, N.M./Los Lunas HS) had ENMU’s lone shot on goal, while the Bronchos held an 8-0 edge in corner kicks. Cardenas made six saves, while Guthrie shut out UCO, making two saves over the final 32:45 of play.

With the loss, the Zias have split their final four matches to conclude the 2010 season.

Tornados achieve historic berth as they head to the postseason

Brevard will face Wingate on Wednesday, November 3rd in 2010 Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals

Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team has earned a historic berth in program history, making it to the NCAA postseason by achieving a berth in the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer tournament.

The Tornados achieved their position in the tournament by virtue of a pair of victories on the BC Soccer Field on September 28th against conference opponent Tusculum College and on October 23rd against Newberry College.

In the match against Tusculum, Renato Barbosa put Brevard on the board early, scoring in the eighth minute of play for his first goal of the season. Tusculum rallied back to go up 2-1, but the Tornados tied it up just before half time as Andrew Gallowitch found the net for his first collegiate goal of his career off the rebound of Jami Uuttu’s shot.

In the second half, Gallowitch struck again, this time sliding into the box to kick the ball past the keeper off the assist from Jaime Villacis to give the Tornados the 3-2 lead, but Tusculum would tie it up again in the 60th minute of this hard-fought match.

Gallowitch would strike again, completing his first career hat-trick at Brevard, taking the rebound off of Villacis’ shot attempt and placing it by the keeper into the back of the net in the 79th minute to give the Tornados the 4-3 win.

Needing one more conference victory on the year to clinch the postseason berth, the Tornados welcomed the Newberry College Wolves to the BC Soccer Field on October 23rd.

The Wolves struck first in the first four minutes of play to go up 1-0, but the Tornados responded as senior Henri Erti’s shot from outside the box deflected off a Newberry defender into the net in the 25th minute to tie up the match at 1.

The score remained tied heading into the half, but the Tornados struck quickly, finding twine just six minutes into the period as Villacis took the pass from Scott Schuurman, beating the Newberry keeper to put the Tornados up 2-1.

Jack Shaw and Pauli Jussila took the net for the Tornados in the match and sealed the victory for Brevard, earning the berth for the Tornados.

Gallowitch finished the regular season as the Brevard leader with four goals on the season, while Villacis, Uuttu and Sean Allison all had two goals on the year. Villacis is probably the most versatile offensive threat on the Brevard team as the freshman added six assists to his totals on the year to lead Brevard with 10 total points on the season and led the team with 45 shots on the year.

In goal, the dynamic duo of Shaw and Jussila recorded all but one of the starts in goal on the season and had all three victories for the Tornados on the season and will be expected to patrol the net again during the Brevard playoff run.

Their opponent for the first round will be tough, as they draw the #1-seed in the tournament in Wingate University. The Bulldogs defeated the Tornados earlier this season in Brevard, N.C. on October 9th, 6-1, scoring four goals in the first half on their way to the win, but the Bulldogs will be facing a different Tornados teams than earlier this season as Brevard has won two of their past four matches and will be ready to perform on the higher stage.

Kickoff for the quarterfinal match between the Tornados and the Bulldogs is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3rd, in Wingate, N.C. at Wingate University.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 5. The two men’s semifinals will be played at 6 p.m.

The men’s tournament championship will be Sunday, November 7 at 4 p.m. at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex. The championship match will be videostreamed live over the Internet.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children 13 and under.

Fans showing their Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the adult admission price. Also, the South Atlantic Conference is collecting new, unused soccer balls, footballs or basketballs during the semifinals and championships in conjunction with WRHI’s Toys for Happiness campaign for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Fans donating a ball will receive two complimentary admissions.

Wednesday, November 4
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Brevard at No. 1 Wingate, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Catawba at No. 2 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 3 Anderson, TBA
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial, TBA

Friday, November 6
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Brevard / Wingate winner vs. Mars Hill / Lincoln Memorial winner, 6 p.m.
Catawba / Carson-Newman winner vs. Lenoir-Rhyne / Anderson winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 8
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

MSOC: Catawba draws Carson-Newman for SAC Tournament opener

ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba men’s soccer team will hit the road to face league co-champion Carson-Newman for its opening match of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament on Wednesday. The conference office announced the pairings on Sunday. The Indians fell to Carson-Newman 5-1 in the regular-season meeting.

Wingate earned the top-seed over Carson-Newman with its 6-0 victory over the Eagles in the regular season. The Bulldogs will host Brevard in its opening match. The other two quarterfinal matches will see third-seeded Anderson hosting Lenoir-Rhyne and fourth-seeded Lincoln Memorial hosting Mars Hill.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, SC, on Friday, November 5. The two men's semifinals will be played at 6 p.m. The men's tournament championship will be Sunday, November 7 at 4 p.m. The championship match will be video streamed live over the Internet.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children 13 and under. Fans showing their Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the adult admission price. Also, the South Atlantic Conference is collecting new, unused soccer balls, footballs or basketballs during the semifinals and championships in conjunction with WRHI's Toys for Happiness campaign for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Fans donating a ball will receive two complimentary admissions.

Wednesday, November 4
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Brevard at No. 1 Wingate, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Catawba at No. 2 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 3 Anderson, TBA
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial, TBA

Friday, November 6
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Brevard / Wingate winner vs. Mars Hill / Lincoln Memorial winner, 6 p.m.
Catawba / Carson-Newman winner vs. Lenoir-Rhyne / Anderson winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 8
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Catawba to face Wingate in opening round of SAC Tournament

ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba College women’s soccer team will travel to Wingate for its opening match of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament on Tuesday. The conference office announced the pairings on Sunday. The Lady Indians dropped a 2-1 decision at Wingate in the regular-season meeting.

Catawba tied for fifth in the season standings and drew the sixth seed based on its loss to Wingate. Mars Hill, who also finished fifth, battled Wingate to a 2-2 tie. Catawba gave up two early goals in its loss to the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne is the top seed after sharing the league crown with Carson-Newman. The Bears earned the top seed by virtue of its 2-1 victory over Carson-Newman in the regular season. L-R will face eighth-seed Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman will host seventh-seed Tusculum and Mars Hill will travel to fourth-seeded Newberry to round out the quarterfinal matches.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 5. The two women's semifinals will be played at 3 p.m. The women's tournament championship will be Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. The championship match will be video streamed live over the Internet.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children 13 and under. Fans showing their Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the adult admission price. Also, the South Atlantic Conference is collecting new, unused soccer balls, footballs or basketballs during the semifinals and championships in conjunction with WRHI's Toys for Happiness campaign for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Fans donating a ball will receive two complimentary admissions.

Tuesday, November 2
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Lincoln Memorial at No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Tusculum at No. 2 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 6 Catawba at No. 3 Winate, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Newberry, TBA

Friday, November 5
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Lenoir-Rhyne / Lincoln Memorial winner vs. Newberry / Mars Hill winner, 3 p.m.
Winate / Catawba winner vs. Carson-Newman / Tusculum winner, 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 7
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Lynn Men’s Soccer Drops Season Finale

Miami Shores, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s soccer team dropped its season finale 5-0 to Barry University on a scary Halloween night.  The Fighting Knights fall to 8-8 overall and 2-6 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Barry (10-2-3, 6-1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute of play with a give-and-go inside the box by Mark Anderson and Sasha Koetting.  Koetting put away his chance for the game-winner.

Anderson contributed to all five of the Bucs goals, scoring three times and logging two assists.  Phillip Uttikal made two saves while BU’s Johnny Rodrigues stopped four shots to keep the pumpkin on the scoreboard for Barry.

Lynn drops to 8-8 overall.

Grizzlies cap off season with 2-1 victory over Lopers at Murphy Field

Season-high crowd on hand for Senior Day & Parent's Day

ALAMOSA - The Adams State women's soccer closed out its 2010 season on Sunday afternoon in front of its largest crowd of the year Murphy Field, where the Grizzlies scored a pair of second half goals, sending seniors Bry Aiken (Lawrence, Kan.) and Theresa Zackary (Salina, Kan.) out with a win in their final collegiate match, topping Nebraska-Kearney 2-1.

With the victory, the Grizzlies finish the season with a 5-12-1 overall record, including a mark of 4-9-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) play, netting them 13 points, good for a seventh-place finish in the league. The Lopers end the season with a 6-9-3 record and 3-8-3 in RMAC play, good for an eighth-place league finish.

On Senior Day and Parent's Day at Murphy Field, 175 Adams State supporters were on hand, including 34 ASC parents who, along with Aiken and Zackary, were recognized during a pre-game presentation on the field.

A slow first half saw the Grizzlies and Lopers enter the break scoreless, as the teams combined for just 10 shots, two on goal in the first 45 minutes.

The first score of the contest came at 58 minutes and one second, as sisters Kaylee Smith (Platte City, Mo.) and Whitney Smith (Platte City, Mo.) hooked up to put the Grizzlies on top, 1-0. Sophomore Kaylee Smith placed a corner kick right into the box where freshman Whitney Smith finished off the set piece, giving the Grizzlies their goal off a corner kick the season and scoring her second goal of the season and first since the Grizzlies season-opening win on Sept. 3.

Less than 15 minutes ticked off the clock before junior Jessica Hellweg (Island Lake, Ill.) doubled the ASC advantage. Sophomore Alyssa Smith (Longmont, Colo.) ensured that all three Smiths tallied points for the Grizzlies, placing a bouncing ball into the box that Hellweg placed into the back of the net on a leaping header. Hellweg paid a price, leaving the game temporarily with a bloody nose, but got moved even with junior Amber Drumm (Maple Valley, Wash.) for the team-lead in goals with six on the season. Six goals on the season is Drumm's season-high, and ties Hellweg's season-best mark, as she scored six goals last season also. The goal was also Hellweg's third game-winner of the season, which ties for second, and the fifth of her career which ties for all-time Adams State lead.

The Grizzlies were just seconds away from notching their second shutout of the season, but the Lopers' Raliegh Mercer tapped in a crossing pass from Becka Talcott, scoring her fifth goal of the season with only 20 seconds remaining in the match, and making the final score 2-1 in favor of Adams State. 

Junior Oralia Gutierrez (Kearns, Utah) was in the net for the second half, making three saves and allowing one goal, and recorded the victory to move to 2-1 on the season. Aiken started her first career game in the net, making one save and allowing no goals in the first half. She ends her ASC career without having allowed a goal. The Grizzlies also made one team save in the game.

Kaylee Smith's four shots led the way for the Grizzlies, while junior Erika Bendele (Lakewood, Colo.) accounted for three with two on target. Sophomore Jenna Iwaniec (Culver, Ind.) and freshman Alex Sanderson (Littleton, Colo.) each fired off two shots as well.

ASC's victory over the Lopers moves the Grizzlies to 3-0 in the all-time series, after having won both previous matches during the 2009 season.

Four league victories match head coach Tom Cliff's season best, and five wins is the second highest mark in Cliff's four-year ASC coaching career. Four victories at Murphy Field is also the most under Cliff, and is tied for third most for Adams State.

As a team, the Grizzlies end the season ranked fourth in the RMAC with 114 saves, while freshman keepr Hannah Kohlts (Littleton, Colo.) ranks second individually with 87 saves and her 5.44 saves per game ranks fourth. Hellweg's three game-winning goals ties her for fifth in the league, while she and Drumm are both tied for 12th in the RMAC with six goals.

Mines clinches first round RMAC Tournament game with a 1-0 win over CSU-Pueblo

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team closed out the 2010 regular season with a 1-0 victory in RMAC women’s soccer action against CSU-Pueblo on Sunday afternoon at the CSM Soccer Stadium.

Anna Evans was on the attack early cutting back across the box and firing a shot far post in the sixth minute that skipped just wide. Evans created space hitting a shot from the top of the box in the eighth minute but CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper Katie Martinet came up with the diving save.

Kat Murphy’s header off a Mines corner in the 27th minute was cleared off the line. Both Evans and Murphy had chances in the 33rd minute as Evans’ shot rocketed off the post to the feet of Murphy with an open net but CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper Savannah Thompson dove back and knocked Murphy’s shot out of the goal.

Aubrey Bagley sent a curving ball far post in the 36th minute but Thompson made punched the ball away and Megan Woodworth’s free kick sailed just high in the 38th minute.

Mines out-shot the ThunderWolves 12 to four in the first half and attempted four corner kicks but the Orediggers were unable to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. CSU-Pueblo’s best chance came in the 45th minute when Katie Thiebaut drilled a shot that hit the post.

Woodworth sent a cross from the right side into the box far post and Evans hit the ball on the ground hard towards the corner in the 55th minute barely missing again.

CSM broke through in the 62nd minute as Evans chased down a ball into the box, staying with the play and emerging on the other side of the CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Briana Schulze collected her 26th career shutout moving her into sole possession of fourth-place on the RMAC women’s soccer all-time career shutout list. Schulze made three saves while the Mines defense held the ThunderWolves to just five total shots in the match on only one shot in the second half.

The Orediggers (10-5-3, 9-4-1 RMAC), the fourth-seed in the RMAC Tournament, will host the fifth-seed Metro State on Wednesday, Nov. 3rd at 3:00 pm in the quarterfinal round. The winner will advance to the semifinal round to be played on Friday, Nov. 5th in Durango at host school Fort Lewis College.

Last-Minute goal downs the Gannon Men's Soccer Team

ERIE, Pa. - The Gannon men’s soccer team lost in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday afternoon after Mercyhurst scored the game-winning goal with just 21 seconds left in regulation of the regular season finale for both teams. 

A trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) men’s soccer tournament was on the line on Sunday as Gannon needed a win to qualify. The Lakers, who had already been eliminated from the playoff race, spoiled Gannon’s chance at qualifying for the tournament with Alex Manea’s goal in the final minute of regulation. 

Manea’s goal came off a pass from Arash Fahandezh to the right side of the field where Manea’s low line drive kick to the far post beat the keeper. 

The crosstown rivals played an even match, as each team recorded 16 shots, with each goalkeeper stopping six. In his first collegiate start Jason Barbarino (Pittsburgh, Pa / Plum Senior) had his most impressive save when the freshman came out of net to stop a Mercyhurst breakaway shot. 

The Golden Knights out-shot the Lakers in the first period 9-5, but Mercyhurst controlled much of the second half recording 11 shots to Gannon’s seven. Five of Barbarino’s six saves came in the second period. 

The Golden Knights held a 9-8 advantage in corner kicks and were called for 22 fouls, while Mercyhurst committed just 10. Afrim Latifi (Erie, Pa. / Cathedral Prep) led Gannon in scoring opportunities, recording seven of the team’s 16 shots. 

Gannon finishes the regular season at 11-7 and will wait for the announcement of the NCAA Tounament field. In last week’s NCAA Atlantic regional rankings the Golden Knights were fourth and only four teams from the region with qualify. Mercyhurst finishes the regular season with a 13-2-3 record. Gannon finishes 4-5 in conference, while Mercyhurst finishes 4-2-3. 

Tusculum to face ETSU in Women's Basketball Exhibition Game Monday in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- The Tusculum College women’s basketball team will play its second exhibition game of the preseason this Monday night as the Pioneers travel to NCAA Division I East Tennessee State University for a 7 p.m. tip-off from the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center in Johnson City.

The Pioneers are coming off a 75-49 victory over Virginia Intermont College on Thursday in an exhibition contest at Pioneer Arena.  Two-time All-American guard Jasmine Gunn led Tusculum with 17 points, while junior forward Staci Hicks tallied 17 markers on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor.

Monday will be ETSU’s first exhibition outing of the preseason.  The Lady Bucs are coming off their best season in school history as ETSU posted 23 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year.

In Thursday’s game with Virginia Intermont, four players reached double figures for the Pioneers, who opened the second half with an 11-2 run and closed the game by outscoring the Lady Cobras 20-4 over the final 6:54. Senior center Catherine Hintz tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots and junior Linda Aughburns came off the bench to contribute 14 points for Tusculum, which converted 30 Virginia Intermont turnovers into 28 points.

Gunn, the Women's Division II Bulletin's Preseason National Player of the Year, went 7-for-10 from the field and added five rebounds and a game-high five assists for the Pioneers, while Hicks equaled Hintz for the team lead with seven boards.

Monday will be the third recorded meeting between Tusculum and ETSU as the Lady Bucs winning the previous two encounters, including a 77-61 win in 2004.

Tusculum fans unable to make the trip to Johnson City can follow the game on-line via video and live stats at www.etsubucs.com.