Fieldhouse Weekender, 02.04.2019

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Furman fell in their 2019 opener to Duke (photo – Furman Athletics)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (February 4, 2019)Men’s Lacrosse – It was opening weekend in NCAA men’s lacrosse and Furman drew a formidable opponent in the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday in Greenville. The Paladins (0-1) were stymied on offense, scoring three in the first but following it with two goals in each of the next three quarters in a 17-9 defeat. The nine Paladin goals were spread out among seven scorers. 

In men’s lacrosse, Furman is the only NCAA DI entry in the Fieldhouse region. The “Mountain Five” (Brevard, Mars Hill, Lees-McRae, Montreat, and Warren Wilson) narrows to four in both men’s and women’s lacrosse as Warren Wilson does not field teams in either sport.

Mars Hill defeated Lees-McRae, 19-18, in a season-opening matchup of regional men’s teams. Spencer Andrews scored five goals for the Lions (1-0), while Alec Molander had six goals and five assists for the Bobcats (0-1). 

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Montreat lacrosse in a scrimmage against the University of Tennessee (MCLA DI) on Saturday in Knoxville (photo – Ben Jakobowski)

Brevard handily defeated DII Belmont Abbey, 13-3, in an impressive preseason win on January 30, while Montreat scrimmaged and fell to the University of Tennessee’s MCLA entry on Saturday, 16-15. The Cavaliers will host the Tornados on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. 

Women’s Basketball – The UNCA Bulldogs are currently on a six-game winning streak in the Big South after defeating Winthrop on Saturday, 70-36.  Senior Zip Scott had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs, while teammate Sonora Dengokl leads the team on the year with a 15.1 ppg average.

In the Mountain Five, Warren Wilson had won six straight before falling to Johnson & Wales (N.C.) on Saturday, 73-57. The records of all area teams as of Sunday included: 

NCAA DI:

  • Furman (12-10, 3-3 SoCon) 
  • UNCA (11-9, 6-3 Big South)
  • Western Carolina (4-17, 0-6 SoCon)
Mountain Five:
  • Warren Wilson (11-12, 3-2 USCAA)
  • Brevard (9-13, 5-10 NCAA DIII)
  • Montreat (10-13, 9-11 NAIA)
  • Mars Hill (1-16, 0-12 NCAA DII)
  • Lees-McRae (10-11, 7-7 NCAA DII)
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In late December, Colin O’Brady became the first person to ever cross Antarctica unassisted (photo – Colin O’Brady)

Outdoors – Late last month, I wrote an article on the remarkable effort of explorer Colin O’Brady in a record-breaking trek across Antarctica. The piece was for Forbes and can be found here. 

Arianna Williams contributed to this post. 

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