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.
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!”
While many students are still sleeping or getting ready for their first class of the day, members of the equestrian team are with their horses, preparing them to compete in events. Along with having the responsibility to take care of their horses, the team members must lift and engage in team-building activities with each other. Fourth-year student Missy Green insisted, “I am glad to be a part of a team that I can call my family.” From spending hours with each other in the barn with their horses, doing homework, lifting, or eating, the team members support one another both in and out of the barn.
While many students were at home or abroad during their winter break, the winter sports teams were at the University of Lynchburg working hard to prepare for the second half of their regular season. Just a few days after Christmas Day, all of the winter sports reported back to Lynchburg. Along with practicing, lifting, film sessions, and playing, the teams also engaged in a large amount of teambuilding activities. From going out to eat together and playing fun yet competitive games with each other off of the field, all of the teams at Lynchburg focus on building a family where each member supports one another both on and off of the court, field, and pool.
After disappointing results during their first season with the University of Lynchburg’s women’s soccer team, the first-years are excited to start of the spring semester and season off strong. The players refuse to allow the same result, a quarterfinal loss in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship, to stop them from success in their next three regular seasons.
Forward, Lindsay Grady, says, “This past year has been a time to learn from our mistakes and move forward to be stronger, better, and more of a family than ever. I’m excited to move into the spring with a positive attitude as well as create new team chemistry.”
The world of competitive video gaming is now growing faster and larger than ever, and the University of Lynchburg has even begun its first eSports team this year.
Esports is a form of competition sports using video games. Competitors from different teams will go against each other and compete in the same games. Teams will compete in games that are popular with at-home gamers, such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL to name a few.
The University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team won its third straight game with a 21-point trouncing over Eastern Mennonite University by a final score of 82-61 on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. This was their second straight ODAC Conference win since they beat another ODAC rival, Hollins University, by a score of 73-60 on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. There winning streak started on Saturday, November 16, 2019 against Colorado College by a score of 76-64 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.