Typically, cross country is thought of as an individual sport. However, at the University of Lynchburg, individuals on the men’s and women’s cross country team lift together, practice together, and compete together. Through this togetherness, the members of the cross country team have created strong, nearly unbreakable bonds.
Fourth-year Michela Cholak insists, “As a senior, it has been an amazing experience to see how the program has grown! The team is filled with dedicated and motivated runners, and it makes the whole experience ten times better because we all enjoy the suffering and grind together.” She goes further to say that running is for the joy and love of the team as a whole, not the individual.
On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m., the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball program defeated Meredith College by a score of 81-60. This game was the first of the regular season, and they began their campaign with a big win.
Third-year guard for the Lady Hornets, Maggie Quarles, started off the game by scoring a three-pointer. In total, she scored 15 points in the game. Second-year transfer student and guard, Alissa Smalls, was the highest scorer in the game with 18 points.
On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Lady Hornets ended their regular season with sixteen wins, three losses, a national ranking of nineteen, and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) ranking of one. They ended their regular season with a game against the Fighting Scots of Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio. Jackie Lerro, Maggie Chiappazzi, and Kessa Romero scored three goals that propelled the Hornets over the Fighting Scots by a score of 3 to 1.
This win was even more impactful for the program, in general, as head coach Enza Steele earned her six-hundredth win. According to NCAA records, Coach Steele is the first NCAA head coach to ever accomplish the 600-win milestone.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, the women’s club soccer team travelled to Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Va. to compete in a match against their club team. With a slippery field and a gloomy day, the Lady Hornets came out on top in a tough match by a score of 2 to 0. Senior Caitlyn Harper scored both goals for the day.
“We went down to CNU with 12 players and an 80% chance of rain in the forecast. Even with this, however, we not only won but dominated the game. It was a hard fought fight, and our girls gave it their all. We landed on top with a 2-0 victory as a result of the team bonding and sheer love for the game that we all share. The team never stopped working hard, going that extra inch for their teammates,” said Harper.
The No. 20 nationally ranked University of Lynchburg field hockey team won their fifth straight match on Sat., Oct. 12 against Shenandoah University in overtime by a score of 2 to 1. In all five of these past matchups, the goals have been decided by less than two goals.
Students are given an outlet to play sports that they are interested in or love through the club sport opportunities at the University of Lynchburg. For students who are seeking a way to relieve stress or to just have fun being active, club sports is a great path to try! Continue reading “Club Sports Are Family”→
The University of Lynchburg Volleyball team is currently on a five game winning streak. Since the beginning of their regular season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Mary Baldwin University, the Lady Hornets have been focused on one goal: winning with class. Although the team did slightly stumble in a loss on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Meredith College, the team was quickly able to re-focus and move onto the next set of matches.