Local college sports briefs

February 24, 2014 

Basketball

Fans can vote support for Eddie the Cougar

EDWARDSVILLE -- Fans of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville beloved mascot Eddie the Cougar can help him win the Ohio Valley Conference's annual Mascot Challenge.

Delta Dental of Tennessee and the OVC have teamed up again for this year's OVC Mascot Challenge. Fans, students, faculty and alumni can vote for their favorite OVC Mascot until March 6, 2014.

There are 12 OVC mascots included in the competition. Murray State's Dunker won last year's Mascot Challenge, receiving more than 6,000 votes.

"OVC schools are known for their fierce competition on and off the courts and fields. This contest presents a great opportunity to allow our fans to choose their favorite mascot," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. "We know our OVC students, faculty, alumni and fans have great pride in their schools and will enjoy trying to earn the bragging rights for earning the most votes for the best mascot in the Conference. We salute Delta Dental of Tennessee for supporting the OVC and bing a good partner in our communities."

The competing OVC Mascots are: Austin Peay - The Governor; Belmont - Bruiser the Bruin; Eastern Illinois - Billy the Panther; Eastern Kentucky - The Colonel; Jacksonville State - Cocky; Morehead State - Beaker; Murray State - Dunker; Southeast Missouri - Rowdy; SIUE - Eddie the Cougar; Tennessee State - Aristocat; Tennessee Tech - Awesome Eagle; and Tennessee-Martin - Captain.

Fans can vote once a day atwww.OVCMascotChallenge.com.

Voting concludes at 12 p.m. on March 6. The mascot with the most votes will earn "bragging rights" and their school will be awarded $1000 for the general scholarship fund. The winner of the 2014 OVC Mascot Challenge will be announced on March 7 at the OVC Tournament in Nashville.

Baseball

Cougars home opener is canceled

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville baseball coach Tony Stoecklin announced Monday that the team's home opener, scheduled for Wednesday at Simmons Complex, has been canceled due to forecasted cold temperatures.

The Cougars (1-6) were scheduled to meet Indiana State in a 3 p.m. start. No makeup date has been announced.

Women's lacrosse

McKendree match for Friday moved

LEBANON -- The McKendree University lacrosse match scheduled to be played Friday at indiana Institute of Technology has been moved to Indianapolis, Ind.

The contest will still be a home match for Indiana Tech, but the teams play the tilt on Memorial Field at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. Match time is still set for 4 p.m. CST.

McKendree enters its match against Indiana Tech with an overall record of 1-1. The Bearcats edged Shorter University 12-11 on Friday at Hypes Field to record its first victory of the 2014 season.

Men's lacrosse

LU-Belleville drops first match of season

BELLEVILLE -- In the first game of the season, the Lindenwood University - Belleville men's lacrosse team fell 10-5 to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines on Sunday.

At the half the Wolverines held a 3-0 lead. The Lynx picked up 19 shots in the first half, compared to the Wolverines' 15.

After a three minute penalty by the Lynx to end the second quarter, the Wolverines would score three goals in the first two minutes of the second half. The Wolverines tallied two more goals in the period to take an 8-0 lead.

With 3:40 left in the third period the Lynx picked up their first goal of the season. Cody Trella scored after a penalty by the Wolverines. Marcus Seale found the back of the net a minute later to cut the deficit to six. With 1:39 left in the third Riley Yoder picked up his first goal of the season for the third straight goal for the Lynx. Nick Hartmann picked up the assist for the Lynx.

Hartmann pulled the Lynx within six with 3:47 left in the game. Trella then picked up his second goal of the game to cut the deficit to four, but this is as close as they would get.

Trella led the way for the Lynx with two goals and 11 shots. Yoder added a goal and eight shots. Lucas Hartmann led the Lynx with nine ground balls. Andrew Kunkmueller and Dylan Whittingham picked up six saves apiece in net for the Lynx.

With the loss the Lynx fall to 0-1 on the season, while the Wolverines improve to 1-1. Next up the Lynx will travel to St. Paul, Minn., to take on North Dakota State University Friday night. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Bass fishing

McKendree competes inaugural Winter Coffeen Open

LEBANON -- The McKendree University Bass Fishing team battled cold conditions in their Inaugural Winter Coffeen Open.

The Bearcats will travel to Dayton, Tenn., on March 14-15 to compete at the Cabelas BoatUS Tournament Series Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Chicamunga.

A field of 32 fisherman competed at the open tournament, with first place honors going to Wesley and Hartnagel with a weight of 12.62 pounds, followed by the team of Chandler and Kinkel with 11.02 pounds, and third place honors going to Peterson and Hancock with a weight of 8.42 pounds. Chandler also took home big bass honors with largemouth weighing just under five pounds.

Four teams featuring McKendree fisherman also placed in the top 12 at the event. Junior Dustin Pendegraft (Lebanon) and teammate Jeremy Missey finished in fifth place, and junior Phillip Germagliotti (Highland) and teammate Shane Campbell were close behind in sixth place. Senior Adam Brookman (Mount Vernon) and sophomore Reece Ellerbusch finished in eighth place and the team of freshman Trenton Robinson and his father Scott Robinson finished in 11th place.

Women's tennis

McKendree defeats Olivet Nazaene

BELLEVILLE -- The McKendree University women's tennis team remained unbeaten following a 5-3 win over Olivet Nazarene University at the Kings Point Sports Club.

The Bearcats improved to 7-0 overall.

Cougars win season home opener

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's tennis team won four of six singles matchesto win its spring season home opener with a 4-3 victory over Evansville at the Edwardsville YMCA.

Haley Ilcewicz picked up the decisive point for the Cougars at No. 6 singles. She provided the Cougars' biggest win of the night with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Evansville's Mina Milovic.

Ilcewicz and Milovic were the last players to start, having to wait until the first singles match was completed. Having to wait for her turn to start is nothing new for Ilcewicz.

After SIUE lost two of three doubles matches, the team needed a lift in singles.

After Evansville made it 2-0 with a win at No. 5 singles by Kelsey Costales, Kali Donner earned SIUE's first point of the match with a win at No. 4 singles over Andjela Brguljan 6-2, 6-2.

SIUE freshmen Mia Frogner and Lexi Aranda also picked up victories for the Cougars at No. 3 and No. 1 singles, respectively. Aranda won the only three-set match of the evening, a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 triumph over Evansville's Marketa Trousilova.

SIUE improved to 4-2 overall while Evansville dropped to 0-5.

Men's tennis

Bearcats suffer first loss of the season

BELLEVILLE --The McKendree University men's tennis team suffered its first defeat of the season to Olivet Nazarene University 5-3 at Kings Point Sports Club..

The Bearcats fall to 5-1 overall.

Men's volleyball

McKendree gets past Culver-Stockton

LEBANON -- The McKendree men's volleyball team won its second home match in as many nights by sweeping a best-of-five contest against Culver-Stockton College at the Harry M. Statham Sports Center.

The Bearcats rolled to victory by scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-19.

Freshman middle blocker Wyatt Patterson and freshman outside hitter Andy Schnittker shared team-high honors with seven kills each for McKendree. Freshman outside hitter Dustin Borenstein and freshman right-side hitter Eric Abrolat each added five attacks for the Bearcats. Freshman setter Jack MacLean helped out with a match-high 36 assists in the win for McKendree.

The back-to-back wins boost the Bearcats' season record to 3-12 overall.

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