Hampden-Sydney College is back in the winner's circle after capturing a majority of the vote in the week 7 of the ODAC Play of the Week fan poll. Cam Johnson's catch marks the third win of the season for the Tigers.
Men's and women's swimming joins this week's report as the fall continues to wind down with the winter seasons beginning to gear up. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Marissa Coombs from Virginia Wesleyan women's cross country, Jamie Hiegel from Bridgewater men's cross country, Jackie Lerro from Lynchburg field hockey, Carter Morgan from VWU men's golf, Liza Lewis from Randolph-Macon women's golf, Tommy Thetford from Washington and Lee men's swimming, Emily Hageboeck from W&L women's swimming, Kyle Dexter from Shenandoah football, Miranda Hall from R-MC volleyball, Josh Breece from W&L football, Isabella Krider from BC women's soccer, and Christian Torres from R-MC men's soccer.
For the second time in the last four months, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) will see an adjustment to its membership. Southern Virginia University has accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division III league as an associate member in football. The Knights will begin ODAC competition on the gridiron in the 2019-20 academic year.
There was no shortage of offense in week seven with ODAC teams posting a combined 270 points to average more than 38 per squad. Shenandoah scored just that many in remaining unbeaten in the ODAC. Hampden-Sydney maintained its unblemished league mark by capping its non-conference schedule with a win. Randolph-Macon and Washington and Lee both ran their way to a pair of league victories with the latter squad notching its first ODAC triumph of the season.
ODAC men's swimming has grown each year of its official sponsorship in the league, but the expansion for 2017-18 doubles the size of the conference contingent from a season ago. Five new programs are set to the join league ranks, bringing total sponsorship to 10 teams for the fourth full season of men's swimming under the ODAC banner.
Three new squads join the ranks of ODAC women's swimming in 2017-18, but despite the fresh infusion of competition, the view from the top remains the same. Washington and Lee University, winners of 10 straight conference women's swimming championships, picked up 11 first place votes towards a perfect 121 points to lead the ODAC Women's Swimming Preseason Poll.
The ODAC Football Play of the Week has a new winner in week six. Jalen Hudson's catch-and-run in Saturday's 47-24 win over Emory & Henry earned the first fan poll victory of the season for Shenandoah University.
Believe it or not, there are just three weeks remaining in the ODAC regular season. Athletes continue to help put their teams in position with the postseason looming. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Hayden Bauserman from Shenandoah football, Haley Tucker from Washington and Lee field hockey, Griffin Davis from Hampden-Sydney football, Michaela Mast from Eastern Mennonite women's cross country, Austin Tolbert from Emory & Henry men's cross country, Kylah Blackmore from Roanoke volleyball, Brian Peccie from W&L men's golf, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, David Shafer from EMU men's soccer, and Kennedy Jakubek from Lynchburg women's soccer.
Thru two weeks of league play, we've got two teams standing atop the table at 2-0. Shenandoah eclipsed 40 points for the fourth time in five games in its win over Emory & Henry. Hampden-Sydney out-lasted Guilford for a three-point win, the Tigers' third victory by 10 or fewer points this season. Randolph-Macon evened its league record at 1-1 with a win at Bridgewater, while Washington and Lee capped its non-conference schedule with a victory over Washington-St. Louis.
The ODAC Football Play of the Week returned following a week off due to each squad's scheduled bye, but the hiatus didn't keep Hampden-Sydney from pulling out its second straight poll win behind Brendan Weinberg's interception.
ODAC teams are heavy into conference play, with the student-athletes reaching peak midseason form. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Haley Tucker from Washington and Lee field hockey, Zachary Evens from Guilford men's golf, Hayden Bauserman from Shenandoah football, Mariah Clark from Randolph-Macon volleyball, Justin Banks from Emory & Henry football, Rebecca Morris from W&L women's soccer, Renato Grgic from Bridgewater men's soccer, Marissa Coombs from Virginia Wesleyan women's cross country, and Jamie Hiegel from BC men's cross country.
Week one of conference play let all supporters know that the ODAC is up for grabs this season, and offense just might lead the way to a title. League teams combined to score 261 points overall. Shenandoah eclipsed 50 points and Emory & Henry topped 40 markers in opening their ODAC slates with victories. Hampden-Sydney came just shy of the 40-point mark in its league win.
With a new month on the horizon, ODAC athletes continue to reach peak form in anticipation of full conference play. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Aislynn Smith from Shenandoah women's cross country, Austin Kinne from Washington and Lee men's cross country, Allen Smith from Hampden-Sydney men's golf, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, Lauren Heffron from Roanoke field hockey, Fredy Flores from Lynchburg men's soccer, Miranda Hall from Randolph-Macon volleyball, and Alex Davidson from Virginia Wesleyan women's soccer.
A few ODAC sports started to enter into the conference portion of their schedules with performances continuing to ramp up. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Samantha Schreiber from Lynchburg women's cross country, Tristan Lucy-Speidel from LC men's cross country, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, Walker Brand from Washington and Lee football, Ariyel Yavalar from W&L field hockey, Isaac Evans from Bridgewater football, Anna Sobus from BC women's soccer, Daniel Obour from Eastern Mennonite, Meg Guignon from W&L volleyball, and Josh Hill from Guilford men's golf.
ODAC teams found the going tough in week three with just a pair of victories heading into each program's bye week. Bridgewater College remains undefeated with a win this weekend to move to 3-0, while a triumph out west for Washington and Lee University improves the Generals' record to a 2-1, joining three other league squads at that mark.