Lenoir-Rhyne's Joe Buduo (19) charges the net against Newberry's Dan Sullivan (21) on Tuesday in Hickory. Buduo finished with a pair of goals as the Bears advanced to the SAC semifinals. David Scearce/Record

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team beat Newberry 15-6 on Tuesday in a South Atlantic Conference quarterfinal matchup at Moretz Stadium.

Anthony Fraga had a game-high four goals and three assists for the Bears (8-7), who have now won six straight games. Edward Tate added a hat trick, while Joe Buduo and Ben Austin each scored twice in the victory. Goalkeeper Noah Johnson made 18 saves while allowing just six goals to earn the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne advances to Friday’s SAC semifinal against third-seeded Queens.

Additionally, five Lenoir-Rhyne players were honored as the SAC released its annual award winners Wednesday, according to a press release from the SAC.

Buduo, Eric Dickinson and Tyler Bane were named to the all-conference first team. Johnson earned second-team honors, while Connor Stanley received an honorable mention nod.

L-R’s Colombo named co-freshman of year

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Gia Colombo has been voted as the South Atlantic Conference co-freshman of the year for women’s lacrosse, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Colombo, a midfielder from Waxhaw, had 21 goals and three assists while playing in every game for the Bears this season. She also had 22 ground balls, 43 draw controls and 14 forced turnovers as Lenoir-Rhyne finished second in the league. Colombo shared freshman of the year honors with Wingate’s Becca Ruiz.

In addition to Colombo, senior midfielder Rachel Elmore and sophomore defender Cassie Lafler were named to the all-conference first team. Junior attacker Cathleen Gaffney, redshirt sophomore attacker Alyssa Sack and junior defender Madison Prkna were second-team selections. Freshman goalkeeper Teanna Sieben earned an honorable mention nod.

Elmore scored a team-high 53 goals while adding 77 draw controls and 29 ground balls. She earned two SAC offensive player of the week awards this season. Lafler gathered 33 ground balls and forced 23 turnovers on the defensive side.

Gaffney led the Bears with 37 assists this season while ranking fourth with 20 goals. Sack was second on the team with 27 goals and 17 assists.

Prkna finished with 25 ground balls and 13 forced turnovers. Sieben had a record of 7-2 in goal while making 98 saves and posting a .473 save percentage.

Lenoir-Rhyne will face Lincoln Memorial on Friday in the SAC tournament semifinals.

L-R baseball places four on All-SAC teams

Four Lenoir-Rhyne baseball players have been honored by the All-South Atlantic Conference for the league’s postseason awards, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Clayton Jeffries was named to the second team, while E.J. Ranel, Matthew Freeman and Alex Shirazi all earned honorable mention nods.

Jeffries, a senior outfielder, was fifth in the league with a .380 batting average. He played in all 50 of the Bears’ games this season, driving in a team-high 49 RBIs while adding 14 doubles and 33 runs.

Ranel, a junior outfielder, hit .288 in 45 games this season. He tied for the team lead with seven home runs and finished with 37 runs and 30 RBIs.

Freeman, a senior degisnated hitter, had the second-highest batting average for Lenoir-Rhyne at .361 while posting a team-best .699 slugging percentage. He also finished with seven home runs, 32 runs and 36 RBIs.

Shirazi, a junior right-handed pitcher, went 2-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 starts this spring. He finished second on the team with 66 strikeouts in a team-high 70.2 innings pitched.

The Bears wrapped up the season with a 15-14 extra-innings win against Erskine on Tuesday.

CVCC baseball drops 2 in Spartanburg

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday at Spartanburg Methodist, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The Red Hawks lost by scores of 6-0 and 8-5, which dropped their record this season to 26-19.

CVCC was held to one hit in the opener, a single in the fifth off the bat of Trent Jones. In the field, the Red Hawks committed five errors. Myles White (4-2) picked up the loss on the mound after allowing two runs and five walks in 1.2 innings.

Grant Tilley and Vinny Consolo both went deep in the second game. Both guys finished with two runs apiece, while Consolo and Malik Stephens had two-hit games. Timothy Davila (2-2) was charged with the loss in relief after allowing two runs in an inning of work.

CVCC will look to end a three-game losing streak this weekend with a Region X series at Guilford Tech. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday ahead of Sunday’s series finale.

CVCC to host softball tryouts

The Catawba Valley Community College softball program will hold tryouts this weekend, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics. 

The tryout will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Newton-Conover High School. These tryouts are open to anyone who has completed their junior year of high school and has remaining eligibility. Those interested must bring a copy of a signed sports physical from the past 13 months and dress accordingly. Additionally, interested athletes should bring batting equipment to the tryout.

For more information, contact coach Josh Bumgarner at jbumgarner918@cvcc.edu.

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