UofL Women’s Basketball

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Team listens to Head Coach Abby Pyzik Smith during a water break in the game against Averett University on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Sports Website. 

On Sunday, December 2,  the University of Lynchburg women’s basketball team defeated Shenandoah University by a score of 74 to 62.  This win marks their second Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win and their third team win overall.

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Lynchburg Men’s Basketball Starting Strong

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Members of the Lynchburg Mens Basketball team cheering on their other teammates in the game against Ferrum College. Photo taken by Taylor Herzog and retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website.

On Sunday, November 25, the University of Lynchburg’s Men’s Basketball team overwhelmed Eastern Mennonite University by a score of 87 to 72.  This is the team’s fifth straight win of the season. Their win streak began in their home opener on Thursday, November 8, against Ferrum College by a score of 75 to 57.  Next, the team defeated St. Mary’s College (Md.) in a nail-biter by a score of 83 to 80 on Sunday, November 11. Then, at the start of our Thanksgiving Break, the team defeated Randolph College by a score of 60 to 48 on Saturday, November 17.  That particular win was huge as it marked the beginning of the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular season.

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Cross Country Players Going to Nationals

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Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson running in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regionals on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Sports Website 

The University of Lynchburg men’s and women’s cross country team competed in the 2018 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championships last weekend.  The men’s team placed sixth and the women’s team placed seventh overall. Three runners, freshman Max Sparks, senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel, and sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson had fast enough to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championships, which will be held on Saturday, November 17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Second Consecutive ODAC Championship

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On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer team won their second consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship by defeating Virginia Wesleyan University by a score of 3-0. The Hornets started off strong when Senior Forward, Caitlin Mertens scored off of a breakaway within the first five minutes of the first half.  Then, Redshirt Senior Forward and Captain, Hannah Olds scored the next two goals, both assisted by Mertens.

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Women’s Basketball Ranked Third in Preseason Poll

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Head Coach Abby Pyzik giving the team a pep talk during a team timeout against Washington and Lee last season.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports website.

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual pre-season poll on Thursday, October 25, and the University of Lynchburg women’s basketball team was ranked third as they head  of their 2018-19 season. The Lynchburg women’s basketball team, with 122 points, was one of only four teams in the conference to reach over 100 points in votes.

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LWS: Ohana Leading to Success

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Left to right – Junior Midfielder Alyssa Rudy, Senior Forward Caitlin Mertens, Graduate Student Midfielder Rachel Cooke, Senior Defender Tate Royer, and Senior Defender Katie Waring.  Photo taken by Senior Hannah Grasberger of Lynchburg Sports.

As highlighted in  Issue 3 of The Critograph, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer teams’ theme for this year is ‘Ohana’.

With only two regular season ODAC matches left, the team is looking to end their regular season on a six game winning streak.  After losing a close game to Randolph-Macon College in the middle of the season, the team has regrouped.

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The Lynchburg Cheer Culture

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The University of Lynchburg’s Cheer Team is gearing up for their season to begin.  

The cheer squad is preparing hard, and they are ready for their first performance in front of the student body this season. The cheerleaders are more together and more committed than they have ever been according to junior, Nursing major and Cheer Co-Captain, Abigail Herring.  

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