Local college sports briefs

March 8, 2014 

Baseball

SWIC moves games to GCS Ballpark

BELLEVILLE -- The Southwestern Illinois College Great Rivers Athletic Conference opening series against Lake Land College has been moved to GCS Ballpark in Sauget because of wet grounds.

SWIC will take on Lake Land at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Then the two GRAC foes will play a doubleheader, beginning at noon on Monday.

Men's basketball

Three Lynx honored by USCAA

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday night that Craig Anderson has been named USCAA First Team All - American, while Garrett Gaffner has been named honorable mention. Mitch Postle received USCAA Academic All - American for his efforts in the classroom.

Gafffner, a Breese Central graduate, has started in 11 games this season.

Anderson is averaging 20.9 points per game this season and 6.2 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games and has scored at least 25 points in 10 games this season. On January 4th Anderson picked up a career high 31 points in 100-91 victory over Indiana Northwest. In two victories over previously #1 and #3 Freed - Hardeman, Anderson collected a total of 56 points and 14 rebounds. Anderson currently ranks 13th in the NAIA in points per game, 15th in total scoring (585), and 27th in total steals (53).

Gaffner currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. In his first career game for the Lynx on January 6th Gaffner picked up 15 points and eight rebounds. Gaffner has collected three double - doubles this season. He picked up a career high 17 points in a 78-74 victory over USCAA opponent Apprentice School.

Postle was named USCAA Academic All-American for his hard work in the classroom. Student-athletes earn All-Academic honors by being an upperclassman who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the course of their academic career. Postle has appeared in four games this season for the Lynx.

Women's basketball

LU-Belleville has two players honored

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday night that Shelby Kohrmann and Diamond Burt have been named USCAA First Team All-American. Breana McCullough received USCAA Honorable Mention All-American as well for the Lady Lynx.

Kohrmann has led the Lady Lynx to a 20-10 record this season. She is averaging a team high 19.3 points per game and has scored in double figures in all 30 games this season for the Lady Lynx. On November 5th, Kohrmann collected a career high 34 points against Olivet Nazarene. The 34 points broke the program record for most points scored in a game. Kohrmann has scored at least 25 points in five games this season and two games of at least 30 points. Currently Kohrmann ranks second in the NAIA in total three pointers made (91), sixth in three point field goal percentage (.446), 11th in total scoring (578), and 15th in points per game. Kohrmann picked up a career high 10 rebounds in a 77-74 victory over Rochester College.

Burt currently ranks second on the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. She has scored in double figures in 26 games, including the last 15. Burt picked up a season high 29 points against Olivet Nazarene. She has collected 10 double-doubles this season to lead the Lady Lynx. In a 79-75 overtime victory against Oakland City University, Burt picked up a season high 15 rebounds. Burt has scored at least 20 points in 11 games this season. She currently ranks fourth in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.557), 10th in total assists (141), 12th in total steals (75), and 15th in assists per game (4.7).

McCullough is averaging 12.8 points per game this season for the Lady Lynx. She picked up a season high 22 points in a 90-88 victor over Robert Morris University - Springfield. McCullough has scored in double figures in 19 games this season. Against Oakland City McCullough picked up a season high 17 rebounds to go along with 18 points. For the season McCullough has collected four double-doubles.

Women's lacrosse

Lady Lynx fall in opener to Missouri Baptist

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's lacrosse team opened up their season when they welcomed the Lady Spartans of Missouri Baptist to Lindenwood Stadium.

The Lady Spartans jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first five goals of the game. With 14:55 left in the first half the Lady Lynx picked up their first goal of the season. Kendall Colston was credited with the goal, the first of her career. Exactly twenty seconds later Colston would once again find the back of the net and the Lady Lynx cut the deficit to three.

Shelby Shore picked up a goal for the Lady Spartans with 11:39 left in the half to extend the lead to four, but Colston came right back with her third goal of the game to keep the Lady Lynx within three.

Over the next two minutes the Lady Spartans added three goals to extend their lead to six. Colston cut the deficit to five with her fourth goal of the first half, but the Lady Spartans added a goal with under five minutes left in the half to take a 10-4 lead at the break.

The Lady Spartans scored the first five goals of the second half to take a 15-4 lead. With 21:56 left in the game Colston picked up her fifth goal of the game to cut the deficit to 10.

After a pair of goals by the Lady Spartans, Courtney Kern picked up her first goal of the season with 6:53 left in the game. Morgan Waters picked up the assist on the goal.

The Lady Spartans scored the final three goals of the game on their way to a 20-6 victory. With the win the Lady Spartans move to 4-0 on the season, while the Lady Lynx fall to 0-1.

Colston led the Lady Lynx with five goals on 14 shots. She also added three ground balls. The five goals marked the most goals scored in a single game in program history. Hillary Moll picked up 14 saves in goal for the Lady Lynx. Danielle Pfyl led the Lady Spartans with eight goals on 16 shots, and added eight groundballs. Lauren Murray added six goals on nine shots. Casi Wicks picked up the win in net for the Lady Spartans after stopping 11 shots.

The Lady Lynx are back in action March 21 when they host Oklahoma Baptist. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Track and field

Two Lynx to compete in meet

BELLEVILLE -- In the inaugural season of competition for the Lindenwood University-Belleville track and field team, Christian Herring and Mistiree Stanley will be representing the Lynx at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Herring and Stanley are the first two national qualifiers in program history. The event takes place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Herring will be competing in the 60 meter hurdles after qualifying 12th overall with at time of 8.24.

Stanley will be competing in the triple jump after qualifying seventh overall with a jump of 11.64 meters.

To be awarded NAIA All - American an athlete must finish top eight in their event or be a part of relay team that finishes in the top four.

Softball

LU-Belleville sweep Stephens College

ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The Lindenwood University-Belleville softball team took a doubleheader from the Stephens College Lady Stars on the campus of Lindenwood University-St. Charles.

LU-Belleville won 14-1 and 13-1.

In the doubleheader the Lady Lynx (3-7-1) combined for 27 runs and 27 hits, while allowing just two runs to the Lady Stars (0-2). The Lady Lynx also scored at least one run in every inning of the doubleheader.

LU-Belleville won the first game in five innings.

Michele Pilster (1-3) picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Lynx after going four innings, allowing just two hits and one run. Danielle Des Lauriers (0-1) suffered the loss after going four innings allowing 15 hits and 14 runs.

Brittany Bickelman, Mikayla Conlin, Jordan Edwards, and Pilster each collected two hits in game one. Shadowens led the Lady Lynx with three RBIs.

Starting pitcher Amanda Ahlert worked around a leadoff single in the top of the first inning to keep the Lady Stars off the board. In the bottom half of the inning the Lady Lynx scored six runs to take an early lead.

Ahlert (2-2) picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Lynx after going four innings allowing just four hits and one run. Emily Park (0-1) suffered the loss for the Lady Stars after going four innings allowing 13 runs and 12 hits.

Next up the Lady Lynx will host Roosevelt University and Indiana-Southeast. The doubleheader will be held on the campus of Lindenwood University-St. Charles.

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