The fall seasons are coming to a close with cross country already in the books with field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, and volleyball all closing their regular schedules this week. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include (pictured from top-left): Amanda Kelley from Bridgewater women's golf, James Mishoe from Guilford men's golf, Hunter Taylor from Emory & Henry football, Allison Webb from Washington and Lee volleyball, Tyler Redmond from E&H football, Bailey Kratz from BC women's soccer, Dylan Ritch from W&L men's soccer, Hannah Freibert from W&L women's swimming, Danny Lynch from W&L men's swimming, and Nikki Simpao from Lynchburg field hockey.
This week in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll we have eight plays for ODAC fans to consider! Make your choice between a play from each of the conference's eight teams. Watch them all and vote ONCE for your favorite! Voting closes on Wednesday at noon!
Has there ever been a more competitive week for ODAC football than this past weekend? The eighth week of competition saw four games with a combined margin of victory of 11 points. Still, little changed at the top of the ODAC standings with Randolph-Macon, Hampden-Sydney, and Washington and Lee each posting wins. Emory & Henry completed the victorious quartet.
For the first time this season, we have a back-to-back winner in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Bridgewater College collects its third overall win thru seven weeks of the season will two-sport star Alex Galloway featured in the spotlight.
GILBERT, Ariz. --- University of Lynchburg sophomore forward Jackie Lerro added to her weekly awards haul as she was named the Division III Offensive Player of the Week by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) on Tuesday afternoon.
Swimming joins the ranks for this version of the ODAC weekly release, while fall sports are left with just two weeks remaining in regular season play. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include (pictured from top-left): Caitlin Mertens from Lynchburg women's soccer, Jamie Hiegel from Bridgewater men's cross country, Kaitlyn Johnson from LYN women's cross country, Alec Cobb from Hampden-Sydney football, Jackie Lerro from LYN field hockey, Will Corry from Washington and Lee football, Rachel Gaston from BC volleyball, Alex Nelson from Randolph-Macon men's golf, Laurie Jones from W&L women's golf, Alex Fernandez from R-MC men's golf, Emily Hageboeck from W&L women's swimming, Patrick Sullivan from W&L men's swimming, and Austin Kues from LYN men's soccer.
Bye weeks are things of the past as all eight ODAC teams will be in action each week from here on out. Randolph-Macon remains at the top of the conference standings at 3-0 with Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee just a game back at 2-1.
The first ODAC Men's Swimming Coaches' Poll in league history is headlined by the only champion the sport has known. Washington and Lee University, winners of the first four men's swimming team titles, collected 81 points including nine first place votes to lead the list of 10 programs. Randolph-Macon College picked up the remaining top nod on the way to 71 tallies. Roanoke College edged Hampden-Sydney College by just four points (64-to-60) for third place.
Eleven-time defending conference champion Washington and Lee University stands atop the ODAC Women's Swimming Coaches' Poll, picking up 121 points including 11 first place votes in the league's annual survey. Randolph-Macon College sits second with 109 points, while Roanoke College breaks into the top-three with 95 tallies including the remaining top nod as the Maroons embark on their second season of competition.
There's something "special" about this week's ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll winner. For the second time this season, Bridgewater College landed the majority of the vote thanks to its version of the "Philly Special" in ints contest versus Washington and Lee on Saturday.
Believe it or not, we're just a few weeks away from the fall ODAC postseason tournaments. The athletes are certainly aware as they continue to ramp up performances in anticipation. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include (pictured from top-left): Samantha Yates from Washington and Lee women's cross country, Andrew Hawk from Lynchburg men's cross country, James Mishoe from Guilford men's golf, Liza Lewis from Randolph-Macon women's golf, Joshua Chiquillo from Eastern Mennonite men's soccer, Ali Bishop from Bridgewater field hockey, Patrick Ryan from W&L football, Linsey Bailey from Roanoke women's volleyball, Hayden Bauserman from Shenandoah football, and Megan Engeland from W&L women's soccer.
Seven of the ODAC's eight football playing members were in action on Saturday with Ferrum the lone non-participant due to its scheduled bye week. Six squads participated in league contests leaving just one team unbeaten in the conference standings, while Emory & Henry closed out its non-conference slate.
Week five brought about the closest race of the season in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll voting. Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater came down to the final few minutes with the Tigers securing their first win of the season by just a few tallies.
Hampden-Sydney got a big passing day from quarterback Alec Cobb – 519 yards and five touchdowns thru air – but it was an unexpected thrower that provided this highlight. Running back Kaleb Smith, who was a run-pass option quarterback in high school, took the shotgun snap and faked a quick inside-handoff before lofting a pass out in front of Blake Page. The Tigers’ receiver reached out with one hand and hauled in the 30-yard pass with a defender draped all over him. Smith, meanwhile, scored on a five-yard shuffle pass on the ensuing play. Hampden-Sydney went on to win, 56-27.
The turn of the calendar to October means all sports are heavy into conference play. The performances reflect that with several outstanding showings as ODAC standings start to take shape. Those earning ODAC weekly honorees include (pictured from top-left): Kaitlyn Johnson from Lynchburg women's cross country, Jamie Hiegel from Bridgewater men's cross country, Alec Cobb from Hampden-Sydney football, Nikki Simpao from LYN field hockey, Chad Vanlandingham from H-SC football, Laurie Jones from Washington and Lee women's golf, Hunter Martin from H-SC men's golf, Alex Davidson from Virginia Wesleyan women's soccer, Adam Watson from Randolph men's soccer, and Linsey Bailey from Roanoke volleyball.
All eight teams were involved in conference play this weekend, some taking the field for the first time in three weeks due to a combination of bye dates and weather-affected schedules. Bridgewater, Hampden-Sydney, and Randolph-Macon each sit 1-0 in the ODAC standings following wins in their first league games.
Guilford College Director of Athletics Sue Bower named Kim Kleimeier '13 as the Quakers' new women's head tennis coach Thursday. She replaces Dave McCain, who remains as Guilford's men's coach after directing both the men's and women's programs from 2010-18.