ODAC spring athletes and teams continue to gear up with full conference play on the horizon. The performances over the past week show they're ready for the challenge. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Sean Guida from Roanoke baseball, Kendall Varner from Emory & Henry softball, Ben West from RC baseball, Candace Whittemore from Randolph-Macon softball, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, James Mishoe from Guilford men's golf, Cordelia Peters and Jack Taylor from Washington and Lee women's and men's lacrosse, Joe Dillen and Nicole Shifflett from BC men's and women's tennis, Dash Dericks from W&L men's track, Bailey Parks from RC women's track, Alex Dolwick from W&L men's track, and Kaleigh Hinton from W&L women's track
For what is believed the first time ever in ODAC history, three women's basketball players took home Academic All-America Awards on Wednesday afternoon. Bridgewater College guard Briana Moore and Washington and Lee University guard Emily Perszyk were tabbed to the first team, while Randolph-Macon College center Kelly Williams earned a spot on the second team in the national process conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Washington and Lee University guard Nicholas George added a very unique honor to his career list of plaudits on Wednesday afternoon as he was named a Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). George is the fourth men's basketball player in Generals' history to earn Academic All-America laurels and the first since Michael Holt '91 in 1991.
Spring sports are officially a full go with outdoor track and golf opening their seasons. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, Sean Puleo from Washington and Lee men's golf, Abby Zorrilla from Shenandoah women's lacrosse, Evan Lombardo from Lynchburg men's lacrosse, Ryan Shepard from BC men's outdoor track, Rachel Murray, Kevin Moran, and Endasia Mitchell from LC outdoor track, Christina Harris from LC women's tennis, Grant Sarver from Randolph-Macon men's tennis, Sydney Reath from Eastern Mennonite softball, Colin Morse from SU baseball, Savannah Wood from R-MC softball, and Joseph Tuzzolo from R-MC baseball.
For the second straight season, ODAC athletes will bring back a handful's worth of All-American honors from the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships. The conference's contingent of seven competitors collected five top-eight finishes over two days of action in Birmingham, Ala.
The Randolph College Athletics Department announced today that Adam Godwin will serve as its new men's soccer head coach. Godwin becomes the second head coach in the history of the WildCat program, replacing Bryan Waggoner, who took over the same position at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Seven student-athletes from ODAC member schools will carry the league's banner at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend. Standouts from five schools will make the trip to Birmingham, Ala., for two days of competition on March 9-10 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Guilford College lifted its 16th ODAC men's golf trophy in 2017 and opens the 2018 spring season as the favorite to repeat following its assignment to the top position in the ODAC Men's Golf Coaches Poll. The Quakers collected nine first place votes on the way to a table-topping 99 points. Washington and Lee University earned the remaining two top nods towards 90 total tallies, while Virginia Wesleyan University rounds out the top-three with 80 points.
Despite some very high winds that knocked out power for much of the state near the weekend, ODAC spring athletes showed they're near mid-season form with some outstanding performances over the past week. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): A.J. Witherell from Washington and Lee men's lacrosse, Dwyer Neal from Bridgewater women's lacrosse, Christina Harris from Lynchburg women's tennis, Harry Shepherd from W&L men's tennis, Michael Bugonowicz from Shenandoah baseball, Amy Large from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Ben Sexton from Emory & Henry baseball, and Hanna Hull from VWU softball.
Women's golf has been an official ODAC sport for a little less than six years. Despite the relatively short track record, conference athletes have shot up the charts and challenged the best NCAA Division III has to offer. The level of exposure reached a whole new level last season.
The Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball 2017-18 campaign came to a close Saturday night in NCAA Tournament Second Round action against Christopher Newport 84-58 in Crenshaw Gymnasium. R-MC closes the season with a host of accolades, including ODAC Tournament Champions and the ODAC's Player of the Year for sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy).
The Emory & Henry College Women's Basketball Team (23-7) saw its historical season come to a close Saturday evening as No. 12 Messiah College earned a 62-49 win in the NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round. With the victory, the Falcons advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.
Randolph-Macon College scored a 67-56 victory over the University of Valley Forge on Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. Sophomore center Kelly Williams notched 17 points and 17 rebounds, becoming the ODAC's new leader in single-season points (715) and strengthening her grip on the conference's single-season rebounding record (512).
The Emory & Henry College Women's Basketball Team (23-6) made history Friday evening as it defeated Roger Williams University (23-6) in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament by a 66-55 score. It was the first-ever NCAA Tournament game for Emory & Henry, and with the victory, the Wasps set a new school record for wins in a season at 23.
The Franklin & Marshall College Men's Basketball Team (21-6) used a strong second half to pull away from Emory & Henry College (22-7) by a 73-59 score in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Friday. The contest marked the first NCAA postseason game for the Wasps since the 1992-93 season when they reached the Sweet 16.
There will be plenty of swimmers wearing blue and white trident caps in Indianapolis in three weeks as Washington and Lee University and the ODAC will be represented by 13 student-athletes at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Eight women and five men will take to the waters at the Indiana University Natatorium on March 21-24.