Lynchburg Basketball in Transition

By Jared Hargis ~ Guest Writer

Over the past several years, the University of Lynchburg men’s basketball team has seen its fair share of success but has also overcome adversity to get to where it is today.

The team has faced new teams which bring new challenges, they have seen players come and go but the one thing that has remained the forefront of this Lynchburg teams is the chemistry that has formed between the players and the staff.

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Hornets’ Swimming sets high goals right off the block

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ODAC men’s rookie of the meet, Parker Hayungs, swims in one of his butterfly events. Photo by Madison Ayres

By Madison Ayres

Varsity swimming returned to Lynchburg this year after a hiatus dating back to the 1970-71 academic year.

After exceeding their own expectations this season, the program’s 28 men and women have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to, according to head coach Brad Dunn.

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Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey in Action

 

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Women’s club soccer players ready to play in a tournament match. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Women’s Club Soccer Instagram Page.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     March represents the height of the club sports season.  

     Many teams at the University of Lynchburg have competed in tournaments recently, including the club women’s soccer and field hockey teams.  

     Since the beginning of their spring campaign, the women’s club soccer team has won one match against the University of Mary Washington team by a score of 2 to 0 on Sunday, Feb. 9.  On Saturday, Feb. 22, the team tied 1 to 1 against a Virginia Beach City FC team of all age groups.  

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OLP:  A New Kind of Sport

 

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     Are you tired of the typical sports, like soccer, basketball, etc.?  Well, you are in-luck because the University of Lynchburg’s Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) is excited to take you on an adventure that you have never gone on before!  Some activities that OLP hosts are rock climbing, hiking, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and – even – caving.

     The OLP activities are centered around fun and adventure while in a positive environment.  “I am really excited for all the awesome trips this semester with the Outdoor Leadership Program.  It is a great program that allows students to gain leadership experience while having fun in the outdoors,” said OLP Experienced Guide and third-year student Nat Hanno.

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Women’s Basketball’s Big Win

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The team listens to Coach Abby Pyzik-Smith as she instructs them on their next decisions in the game at home on Tues., Feb. 11. This photo was retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by photographer Taylor Herzog of the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Saturday, Feb. 15, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team travelled to Bridgewater College, Va., to engage in a battle against one another for Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament positioning.  The Bridgewater College team was tied for first in the conference ranking prior to the match, as a result the Lynchburg team was considered the underdog opponent. The Lynchburg team embraced this challenge and played a hard-fought, physical match.  The game ended in Lynchburg’s favor, winning by a close margin of just 8 points and a total score of 67 to 59.  

   Fourth-year criminology major and team manager, Christian Lohiser, said, “Our win against Bridgewater really showed us what we can do when we stay level headed, play together, and play smart. We used this game as an opportunity to demonstrate who we are as Lynchburg Women’s Basketball, and our growth these past couple of years.”

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Women’s Lax:  Excited to Start Their Regular Season

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Fourth-year midfielder Danielle Hook running with the ball, showing off her ability to control the ball during their ODAC first-round tournament game on May 1. Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) and taken by alumni Hannah Grasberger.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team is looking to make a statement this upcoming season.  The team has their sights set further than the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament where they ended their 2019 season with a loss against conference opponent Shenandoah University by a score of 11 to 12. 

     The Hornets have six fourth-year players on their squad returning for this season.  They are looking to use this maturity and strength to build upon the results of last season, ending their season with a 9-8 record overall.  

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Women’s Club Soccer – Excited to Start Their Spring Campaign

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The women’s club soccer team poses for a team picture for the 2019-2020 campaign on Shellenberger Field. Picture retrieved from the Lynchburg Club Sports Website.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Sunday, Nov. 10, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Club Soccer team ended their final fall season game by defeating Mary Washington University’s team by a score of 2-0.  Overall, the team won six out of their ten games last year! The team has been constantly improving within the last few years as more students of the University have been wanting to join the squad.

     Second-year student and defender Maura Kloski noted, “This team is amazing, the girls are so fun and the coaches might be even funnier. The past two seasons we have grown so much as a team. We are ranked in the top 50 of all club sports, D3 to D1, on the East coast. I am so excited to see how this season progresses, and continue to bond with the girls!”

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