2010-11 Men's Soccer News

May 16, 2011
Wasps Name Kish New Soccer Coach
Emory & Henry College has tabbed Nathan Kish to be the next men's soccer coach of the Wasps' program. Kish comes to Emory from Catholic University, where he served as an assistant for one season. He previously was an assistant at Capital University (Ohio) and Frostburg State University (Md.).

January 15, 2011
Yeager Named National Coach of the Year
Lynchburg College's Chris Yeager was named the 2010 Division III Men's Soccer National Coach of the Year Friday evening, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the NSCAA annual convention. It is the first national coach of the year award garnered by any LC athletics mentor.

December 22, 2010
ODAC Podcast: Turning the Calendar
The 2010 portion of the 2010-11 athletic season has all but come to close. Brad and J.J. take the time to close out the fall campaign, looking back on the run to the NCAA D-III title game experienced by Lynchburg College men's soccer. They also look at on this past weekend's Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., and handicap the first month and a half of men's and women's hoops.

December 12, 2010
Stark, Smith Named NSCAA All-Americans
Roanoke defender Michael Stark (pictured) and Lynchburg defender Hunter Smith were named 2010 NSCAA All-Americans on Sunday. Stark earns his third straight honor while Smith enjoys his first accolade. The two awards highlight seven All-Region honors including a trio of first team honors.

December 4, 2010
LC Falls in OT in National Finals
The Lynchburg College men's soccer team was less than five minutes away from the first-ever team championship in school history, but #3 Messiah College (PA) rallied late for a 2-1 overtime victory in the NCAA Division III Championship game, hosted by Trinity University.

December 3, 2010
Saluting the Fall Scholar-Athletes
Seven student-athletes from Old Dominion Athletic Conference member schools earned a 2010 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award during the fall athletic schedule. Farm Bureau Insurance is the proud presenter of each award for the ODAC's 22 sponsored sports.

December 3, 2010
LC Headed to Men's Soccer Title Game
The Lynchburg College men's soccer team is heading to its first ever Division-III NCAA National Championship game as they defeated #6 Bowdoin College 2-1 in overtime on Friday afternoon in NCAA Tournament play. LC will now face two-time defending national champion Messiah College on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST.

November 21, 2010
LC Tops #2 Ohio Wesleyan in Quarters
LC used goals by Kyle Symczak (pictured) in the 51st minute and Shane Spanninger in the 90th minute to defeat #2 Ohio Wesleyan, 2-0, and claim its first spot in the NCAA national semifinals in program history. The Hornets will face #6 Bowdoin in San Antonio on Dec. 3. The winner will match up with either #3 Messiah or #5 UW-Oshkosh for the national championship.

November 16, 2010
LC's Smith, Yeager Head Soccer Awards
LC placed five players on the first team and took home a pair of individual honors as part of the All-ODAC Men’s Soccer Teams. LC's Hunter Smith (pictured) earned the Player of the Year award and was joined by Coach Yeager as the Coach of the Year. GC's Richard Page was tabbed the Rookie of the Year, and W&L's Jamie Paldino was selected as the scholar-athlete.

November 14, 2010
Hornets Take Down Emory in 2nd Round
Lynchburg senior Shawn Bender scored in the 81st minute as the men's soccer team defeated Emory on Sunday night, 2-1, in the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament. Lynchburg (17-4-1) will now face Trinity (TX) in the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament at a site to be determined.

November 11, 2010
LC Tops Transylvania in NCAA First Round
The Lynchburg College men's soccer team defeated Transylvania University (KY) 3-1 Thursday in the first-round of the 2010 Division III Tournament. Center back Hunter Smith (pictured) helped LC to the win. The Hornets now advance to the second round of the tournament, and will play Emory University in Atlanta on Sunday at 6 p.m.

November 8, 2010
LC to Host NCAA Men's Soccer 1st Round
Lynchburg will be the lone representative for the ODAC in the upcoming NCAA D-III Men’s Soccer Tournament as announced on Monday morning. The Hornets will face Transylvania in the opening round at Shellenberger Field on Thursday. As host of one of four two-team first round sites, Lynchburg eyes a trip to Emory for the second round with a win over TC.

November 6, 2010
LC Earns Second Straight Crown
Lynchburg junior Ryan Renfro scored two goals as the Lynchburg's men's soccer team defeated Hampden-Sydney for the OdAC title by a score of 5-1 on Saturday. The championships marks the second straight for LC and sends the Hornets into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

November 3, 2010
Hornets Top Randolph for Spot in Title Game
Lynchburg tallied twice in the first half and added an insurance goal in the final minutes as the Hornets defeated Randolph, 3-0, in ODAC men's soccer semifinal action. LC will take on H-SC on Saturday for a shot at is ODAC-best 13th league crown.

November 3, 2010
Hampden-Sydney Joins LC in ODAC Title Game
Hampden-Sydney battled back from a 1-0 with a pair of second half goals as the Tigers topped Washington and Lee, 2-1, for the right to play in the ODAC title game. Andrew Berg notched the game-winner in the 86th minute.

November 1, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Nov 1, 2010
Athletes continued to perform at a high level as the ODAC fall seasons wind down and postseason tournaments begin. This weeks honorees include (picture left-right, top-bottom): Kelly Tran (W&L), Mat Hennick (GC), Brittany Klippstein (LC), John Robert Plyler (HSC), Jocelyn Cassada (W&L), Jake Pelton (W&L) and Kala Guy (VWC).

October 27, 2010
LC Seventh in NCAA Reg. Rankings
The NCAA released its second set of regional rankings for the fall team sports (except football) on Wednesday and Lynchburg College men’s soccer sits seventh in the South Atlantic Region.

October 27, 2010
ODAC Men's Soccer Pairings Set
Lynchburg College enters the 2010 ODAC Men’s Soccer Tournament as the top seed with the chance to host games through the ODAC finals. Roanoke College earned the second seed while Virginia Wesleyan College and Randolph College round out the top four, sequentially. The top four teams are separated by a total of eight points in the standings.

October 25, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Oct. 25
ODAC athletes continued to perform amongst the best in the country as the conference regular season winds down. This week's honorees (pictured, left-right, top-bottom): Noah Ratner (GC), Mary McCarthy (R-MC), Josh Richardson (VWC), Chaska Yoder (EMU), Harrison Hudson (W&L), Brittany Freeman (GC), Brandon Harrison (R-MC). Not pictured: Lauren Kasoff (W&L).

October 22, 2010
Listen to the ODAC Podcast: Oct. 22, 2010
Only a few games and matches remain in the 2010 fall regular seasons, leaving plenty for Brad and J.J. to discuss. This week, men's and women's soccer is the focus of conversation. Roanoke head men's coach, Scott Allison, and Bridgewater head women's coach, Mike Van Horn, join the discussion.

October 18, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Oct. 18
The final week to two weeks of the season are upon us, and ODAC athletes are in full swing preparing for the postseason. This week's weekly winners including (left-right, top-bottom in photo): Sean Whitson (VWC), Olivia Mills (BC), Noah Ratner (GC), Jenny Weir (LC), Alan Hinton (VWC), Melanie Waters (BC), Darrin McKenzie (BC), M.A. Boles (W&L), Jake Pelton (W&L).

October 11, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Oct. 11
Game winners, multiple goals and winning races...all were produced by ODAC student-athletes over the past week of competition. This week's winners (from left, top down in photo): Richy Bikko (EMU), Jenny Weir (LC), Shane Spanninger (LC), Betsy Kwiatkowski (LC), Tim Gavrich (W&L), M.A. Boles (W&L), Brett Murray (W&L), and Thomas McDonald (H-SC).

October 4, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Oct. 4
The fall season mid-point came and went over the past week as all sports are heavy into conference play. This week's athletes are (picture, left-right, top-bottom) Derick Kosgei (GC), Olivia Mills (BC), Travis Gahman (BC), Brianna Jacques (BC), Michael Stark (RC), Kristen Melchiori (LC), Luke Heinsohn (W&L), Maggie Wagner (RC), and Jake Pelton (W&L).

September 27, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Sept. 27
ODAC standings began to take shape as the fall season played through the fourth week of action. LC field hockey scored a major non-conference win with a 2-1 triumph over nationally top-ranked Messiah. Lindsay Leonard tallied both goals. EMU's Richy Bikko won his second cross country race at the Maroon Invitational, earning his second weekly honor.

September 23, 2010
ODAC Video Spotlight: H-SC Men's Soccer
In this ODAC Video Spotlight, we take a look at Hampden-Sydney soccer. No. 1 in the ODAC preseason poll, H-SC has reached the ODAC semifinals each of the past three seasons, but this season the Tigers look to play in their first title game since 1994. Interviews feature Josh Laux (HC), Sam Turner and Nick DeProspero.

September 20, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Sept. 20
Golf joined the fall sports roundup for the first time as ODAC competition kicked into action throughout the league. Performance continues to remain on-high, including a 12-point showing in field hockey from R-MC's Mary McCarthy, a second straight in cross country for W&L's Lauren Schultz, and more from each of the ODAC's fall sports.

September 13, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Week 2
The second week of ODAC action saw several standout individual and team performances across all sports. Randolph-Macon volleyball moved to 8-0 with five wins over the past week. Roanoke men's soccer has jumped out of the gates early with the Maroons standing at 5-1. Washington and Lee cross country produced a pair of individual race winners. Learn more inside.

September 7, 2010
ODAC Players of the Week: Week 1
The first week of ODAC action is in the books with several athletes performing as if its mid-season. This week's athletes include BC's Kalah Hess, Dominic Jeter and Olivia Mills, EMU's Richy Bikko, E&H's Caleb Jennings, R-MC's Jessica Sears, RC's Michael Stark, and SBC's Sierra Palmieri.

August 26, 2010
Hampden-Sydney Tops Men's Soccer Poll
In one of the closest surveys in recent history, Hampden-Sydney and Lynchburg each collected four first place votes in the 2010 ODAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll. H-SC tops the list with 110 points. LC garnered 106 tallies, followed by Roanoke with 103 points to go along with a pair of first place votes. VWC picked up the remaining top nod on its way to 99 points.