Lady Cards volleyball beats McNeese State, Nicholls

Cortney Moore as she accumulated 15 kills.

The Lady Cards improved to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play by going 2-0 last week, defeating both McNeese State and Nicholls 3-1.

In the win over McNeese State, it was a momentous match for senior Cortney Moore as she accumulated 15 kills to become the 19th member of the exclusive 1,000-kill club at Lamar.

“That’s a huge mark for any kid,” said head coach Alan Edwards. “That number is big, and she has gotten there in pretty impressive fashion, too. She’s a free-swinging kid and a high-flyer, and we’re very proud of her.”

LU will travel to Abilene on Thursday, Oct. 8, to play Abilene Christian at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Cards will then play Incarnate Word in San Antonio on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. before returning home Tuesday, Oct. 13, to play Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.

Lamar football back home to host Abilene Christian

After a crushing loss to Southeastern Louisiana last week, the Lamar Cardinals (2-2, 1-1) will return home for the first time since early September to host Abilene Christian (2-2, 2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Cardinals own a slight edge in the series against Abilene Christian with a 10-7 all-time record, but both teams have struggled in their home venues. LU is (6-2) against Abilene Christian on the road but just 4-5 in Beaumont. Saturday’s game will be ACU’s first trip to Beaumont since the 1972 season. Big Red has won three-straight in the series, including a thrilling 24-21 come-from-behind victory at Shotwell Stadium last year.

Lamar University will honor veterans this Saturday. All veterans and their families receive a free game ticket. There will also be a pregame tailgate event featuring musical performances by Jamie Talbert and Kimberly Dunn, plus a halftime fireworks show.

In last week’s game against Southeastern Louisiana, a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining put an end to the Cardinals’ hopes for a third consecutive upset of a ranked Southland team as the No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana Lions survived a scare, 30-27, Thursday night at Strawberry Stadium. The Lions improved to 3-1 (.750) overall, and 2-0 in league play.

The Cardinals finished the night with 365 yards of total offense, while the Lions ended the night with 539 yards, including 256 on the ground. One of the more telling stats of the game was the amount of time LU’s defense spent on the field. Southeastern held the ball nearly 20 minutes longer than the Cardinals.

Junior Kade Harrington recorded another stellar performance. He carried the ball 20 times for 152 yards and one touchdown. It was his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season, and the eighth of his career. Senior Reggie Begelton hauled in eight passes for 95 yards and a score. The LU defense was led by senior Ronnie Jones’ 15 tackles. Sophomore Shawn Jones added 14 tackles, including one for a loss.

Men’s hoops

Freshman forward Dorian Chatman has been named Southland Conference Preseason Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness.

“It is a great honor for Dorian to be recognized,” said head coach Tic Price. “Obviously, there is a lot of hard work that has to be done, and he will have to put in the hours on the court, but Dorian is an extremely talented young man with a lot of potential. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch him grow as a player.”

Chatman, a 6-6, 224-pound forward from Port Arthur Memorial High School, was a part of head coach Tic Price’s seven-member recruiting class last year.

Chatman played for head coach Travis Williams at Memorial, where he was ranked as high as the No. 16 player in the state. An all-state selection, Chatman received defensive MVP honors as a junior. He followed that up by repeating as defensive MVP and earning all-region honors the following season.

Lamar’s annual Red-White scrimmage is set for Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Soccer

LU fell to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the Southland Conference after dropping two 1-0 matches to Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State.

The Lady Cards will next play in Hammond on Saturday, Oct. 9, against Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. It will be first time this season the Cardinals have played on artificial turf; the Lady Lions are using Strawberry Stadium, Southeastern Louisiana’s football stadium, as a temporary home.

“It’s going to be a different game on turf. It’s going to be much faster,” said head coach Orlando Cervantes. “We plan on practicing on the turf at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Thursday to get used to it.”

Lamar leads the Southland Conference with 37 goals, the second-highest total in the nation. Southeastern Louisiana’s 34 goals are second in the conference and fourth in the nation.

Women’s golf

The Lady Cards posted their best finish of the young season, a third place at the SHSU Bearkat Women’s Invitational that concluded Oct. 6 in Huntsville.

“We put up a strong final round and climbed up the leaderboard,” coach Jessica Steward said. “It was truly a team effort, and I’m proud of everyone.”

Taylor Stockton finished in a tie for fourth place to lead the Lady Cardinals, whose 296 was the second best team score of the day. Stockton, who started the day in fifth place, posted her second consecutive 75 to finish at 7-over 220 for 54 holes.

LU returns to action at the Fred Marx Invitational in Calhoun, Louisiana, on Oct. 19-20.

Men’s golf

Eason Wang fired a 4-under-par 67 on the final day of the OGIO Utah Invitational as the Lamar University Cardinals finished in a tie for eighth place in the 13-team field on Oct. 6.

Wang had five birdies and just one bogey on the 7,075-yard, par-71 layout at The Jeremy Golf & Country Club in Park City as he finished in a tie for 13th at 2-under-par 211 for 54 holes after starting the final round tied for 25th.

“Eason played well. He hit good shot after good shot,” coach Jessie Mudd said. “The rest of the guys played well too. I like the overall progress we are making. We are still making careless mistakes, but we are taking note and will address them in the events to come. We are learning and improving each round.”

The Cardinals are in action at the Bayou City Collegiate in Pearland beginning Oct. 12.

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