For the third straight week, we have a new winner in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Shenandoah University picks up the mantle in week three following a back-of-the-end-zone touchdown pass play from Hayden Bauserman to Austin Ward.
Shenandoah and Hobart played hot-potato with the score all game long with five lead changes dotting the play-by-play. With 0:24 to go in the third quarter, the Hornets took a 48-42 lead thanks to some elusiveness and clutch catching. Bauserman, the Hornets' quarterback, avoided the rush a couple times and bought some time for Ward to come open near the back of the end zone. SU’s tight end kept his feet in bounds in the back-corner for his first collegiate touchdown and only grab of the game. Bauserman finished 46-of-64 for 471 and six TDs in the 56-48 setback.
Director of Athletics Myra Sims is pleased to announce the hiring of Emilee Dunton as the new head basketball coach at Hollins University. The position was vacated in August when previous head coach Jenny Logan resigned to accept the coaching position at Eastern Mennonite University.
Washington and Lee University junior Brian Peccie opened the 2018-19 men's golf slate the same way he ended last season as he claimed medalist honors at the NCAA Division III Preview hosted by Transylvania University at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
Guilford College Athletics Director Sue Bower announced two significant enhancements to the Quakers’ women’s swimming program Monday. She appointed Bradley Herndon as the Quakers’ first full-time head women’s swimming coach and also disclosed an agreement with the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) to serve as Guilford’s home pool for practice and competition.
Sweet Briar College has hired Jerry Diamond, most recently an assistant swimming and diving coach at Hartwick College, as its head swimming coach. Prior to his time at Hartwick, Diamond was an assistant at the State University of New York at Oswego.
The weather has been national news over the past week with Hurricane Florence affecting nearly everything on the East Coast. That included sports schedules, which were forced into major alterations. Still, that didn't keep ODAC athletes from performing at high levels for the events that were competed. Plus, golf joins the ranks this week. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include (pictured from top-left): Chamberlain Zulauf from Roanoke men's cross country, Kaitlyn Johnson from Lynchburg women's cross country, Laurie Jones from Washington and Lee women's golf, Wesley Jones from Emory & Henry men's golf, Caitlin Mertens from LYN women's soccer, Hayden Bauserman from Shenandoah football, Kayla Alderman from SU field hockey, Aaron Cox from Randolph-Macon football, Emily Cheatwood from SU women's volleyball, and Tyequis Stallins from E&H men's soccer.
Hurricane Florence forced ODAC schedules to shift throughout all sponsored sports, leaving football with just three games played. Guilford, Randolph-Macon, and Shenandoah played their games, while others saw theirs canceled or pushed backed to dates later in the season.
Guilford College Athletics Director Sue Bower appointed Marty Owens as the Quakers’ first director of cross country and track and field Thursday. Owens comes to Guilford after completing 15 years as the head cross country and head track and field coach at Susquehanna University.
Week two of the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll feature a quartet of gamebreaking plays. Football fans spoke loud and clear as Guilford College took home the victory by a resounding margin on the heels of a 60-yard catch and sprint to the end zone in the Quakers' 61-35 win over Methodist.
Thru just two weeks of action, we can see that the 2018-19 campaign is going to be a banner season. Athletes continue to step up their performance levels, even finding some time on ESPN. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include Alex Dolwick from Washington and Lee men's cross country, Evelyn Foster from Hollins women's cross country, Catherine Haufe from Bridgewater women's soccer, Abibi Osman from Lynchburg men's soccer, Jarrod Russ from Guilford football, Linsey Bailey from Roanoke volleyball, De'Eric Bell from Guilford football, and Megan Stevens from Shenandoah field hockey.
The offense was in full gear for ODAC teams in week two as six of the seven squads in action scored 23 points or more with Guilford eclipsing 60 points to lead the way. Conference teams went 5-2 in non-league play, leaving four teams unbeaten thru the first two weeks.
The first week of the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll returned with a strong competition among the four nominees. Bridgewater College proved the winner in the end, with Demetreus Jalepes' run narrowly eclipsing Nate Hill's interception return for Shenandoah University.
The first week of action is in the books for the 2018-19 academic year and ODAC athletes are already performing at a high level. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include Caitlin Mertens from Lynchburg women's soccer, Skyler Lattuca from Virginia Wesleyan men's cross country, Samantha Yates from Washington and Lee women's cross country, Ariyel Yavalar from W&L field hockey, Daquan Pridget from Shenandoah football, Rachel Gaston from Bridgewater volleyball, Josh Breece from W&L football, and Thomas White from BC men's soccer.
Weather didn't treat the opening of the 2018 Division III collegiate football season too kindly with three ODAC games directly impacted by adverse conditions. Conference teams went 3-2 in non-conference play and saw the first league contest competed at new member school Ferrum College.