Around the Region: Tennessee Wesleyan No. 1 seed in AAC women's lacrosse tourney

Around the Region: Tennessee Wesleyan No. 1 seed in AAC women's lacrosse tourney

April 21st, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan will play Reinhardt at 3 p.m. today in the Appalachian Athletic Conference women's lacrosse tournament at Waleska, Ga., after the Lady Eagles defeated Point 17-5 on Thursday behind six goals from Gina Ives and four from Allyah Bryant, their two all-conference players. No. 2 seed Columbia (S.C.) will play third seed Cumberlands in the second semifinal. Senior Jasmine Hickman from TWU (11-4, 8-0) is the AAC offensive player of the year, and Casey Schaefer, Brittany Turner, Mikayla Virden, Margaret Waite, Emily Waldrop and goalkeeper Kelly Bilz joined her from the Lady Bulldogs on the all-conference team. Cumberlands' Jessica Truelove from McMinn Central also was All-AAC, and Asbury's Erin Garmany from Baylor School was a second-team selection. Those two and TWU's Lauren McHugh made the Champions of Character team.

* Led by AAC player of the year Drew Wassenaar, Wesleyan finished in the top four of the AAC men's standings and goes into the league tournament today in Knoxville as the fourth seed, facing Reinhardt (12-1, 6-0) at 7:30 p.m. at Blaine Stadium. TWU finished the regular season 5-8, 3-3 in the AAC, and Roderick Williams was second-team all-conference. Wassenaar, who also was the Bulldogs' Champions of Character representative, led the AAC and is sixth in the NAIA with 48 goals and also has 13 assists.


* Lipscomb University beat the visiting University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team 12-0 in a five-inning nonconference game Thursday night. Aly Walker was 1-for-1 and J.J. Hamill was 1-for-2, each with a walk, for UTC (12-32), but no other Moc had a hit off McCarley Thomas. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Lipscomb (33-13) waited out a 37-minute rain delay and scored nine runs in the second with four hits and six walks. Kasey Gibson, Chloe Yeager and Khayla Green each drove in three runs, Green also scoring three, in the win, and Caitlin Plocheck and Destinee Brewer each was 2-for-3. The Mocs are off until playing Tuesday at Austin Peay.

* Bryan College won 4-1 and lost 1-0 on a ninth-inning home run in its AAC softball doubleheader at Truett McConnell. Olivia Gore had a two-run double and another RBI and Kim Borowski was 2-for-4 and scored twice in the win for Bryan (23-21, 15-5), when Sydney West pitched a five-hitter. Courtney Petty threw a three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the loss.

* Georgia Highlands edged Cleveland State 4-3 in eight innings and won 11-0 in five in their twice-delayed junior college softball doubleheader Thursday in Cleveland. That left the Lady Cougars 13-28.

* Katie Pritchett from Heritage High School went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as Carson-Newman beat visiting Tusculum 7-2 in the second game of their South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Wednesday. CNU (38-10, 15-3) won the first game 2-1. Taylor Battle from Girls Preparatory School doubled and scored the run for the Pioneers (24-22, 8-10) in the first game and had an RBI hit in game two.


* Former Young Harris College midfielder (2014 and 2015) Craig Quinn from Glasgow, Scotland, has become the first Lee University recruit for new men's soccer coach Derek Potteiger. Quinn played for the Scotland Schoolboys Centenary Shield under-18 team that competed against sides from England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland and also competed for five years in the Scottish Premier League for the Hamilton Accies Youth Club. "We are thrilled to have Craig coming to Lee next season," Potteiger said in a release. "From a resume standpoint he has played at the highest level internationally, as well as club, and already has experience with the U.S. collegiate system. We believe he can have an immediate impact on our team."