Lamar football to face Southeastern Louisiana

Kade Harrington

The Lamar Cardinals (2-1, 1-0) will face No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana (2-1, 1-0) on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. The game will be shown live on the American Sports Network. For Time Warner digital cable subscribers, it’s channel 1248. For those with satellite, it’s channel 413 on Dish and 681 on Direct TV.

LU is 3-4 all-time versus the Lions and has lost the last three, including a 61-34 rout last season in Beaumont.

After Lamar University’s victory at No. 3 Sam Houston State more than a week ago, the Cardinals are still receiving national recognition. Junior running back Kade Harrington has been named the American Sports Network’s FCS National Player of the Week.

“I have to give all the credit to my offensive line,” said Harrington following the game in Huntsville. “Those guys do a great job of blocking up front, which makes my job very simple. It is easy to run the football when all you have to do is run in a straight line.”

The ASN National Player of the Week is slightly different than the previous honors LU has been receiving. This honor is awarded based on fan voting over the Internet. Harrington went head-to-head against Steve Cluley (William & Mary), Zack Bednarczyk (Villanova) and Chima Uzowihe (Liberty). The LU running back received 82 percent of the vote to win the award, and more raw votes than the other three players combined.

Harrington posted a career night against the third-ranked Bearkats, moving into second on the school’s all-time list for most 100-yard rushing performances. The Kingwood native did more than just rush for 100 yards in Cards second-ever win in Huntsville – and their first since 1959. Harrington accounted for a school-record 313 all-purpose yards in the victory and carried the ball 24 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught two passes for 83 yards and a score.

Women’s golf

The Lamar University women’s golf team turned in the second-best score of the day as the Lady Cards rallied to finish in a tie for fifth place at the Bob Hurley Shootout on Sept. 29.

“We had a fantastic day today, and I’m so proud of our ladies,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “They came to the course believing they could do something good and they did. Climbing from 10th to fifth is a great accomplishment.”

LU was led by Wenny Chang, who finished tied for third at 4-over 220 for 54 holes on the 6,051-yard, par-72 Meadowbrook Country Club course.

Heather Shake of Sam Houston State earned medalist honors with a 1-under 215 for 54 holes, three shots better than Brenna Lervick of South Dakota.

“This was a good tournament for us because we saw how we stack up against some of the better teams in our conference,” Steward said. “This should boost our confidence.”

The next tournament will come Oct. 5-6 in Huntsville at the Bearkat Invitational hosted by Sam Houston State.

Men’s golf

The Cards placed 13th of 14 teams in the Windon Memorial at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. on Sept. 27-28.

The Cardinals, who were tied for 11th heading into final round, posted a 14-over-par 298 team score on after a 1-over-par 285 in the second round. Purdue won the tournament with an impressive 22-under 803.

Leading the Cards was Gregory Wiggins, who tied for 44th with a 4-over 220. Brian Carlson of Purdue earned medalist honors with 6-under 207.

“Obviously, this isn’t the finish we wanted, but we are going to learn what we can from this tournament and continue on in the season,” first-year LU coach Jessie Mudd said.

Other LU golfers were Mans Berglund (T50, 221), Eason Wang (T56, 223), Louis Bemberg (T61, 226) and Zander Gous (71st, 229).

The Cardinals return to action at the Utah Invitational, set for Oct. 5-6 in Salt Lake City.

“The guys are obviously disappointed, but I expect we will come back strong for the next event,” Mudd said.

Volleyball

A late run in the third game that carried over into the fourth gave Sam Houston State all it needed to close out the Lamar University volleyball team 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 10-25) on Sept. 25 in Huntsville.

For the match, Cortney Moore led the team with 14 kills and a .324 hitting percentage, and Autumn Taylor added on 10 kills in her 28 attempts. Grant had a match-high five blocks while Lauren Stahlman had 17 digs. As a team, Lamar had a .189 hitting percentage with 41 kills, 17 errors and 127 attempts, while Sam had a .237 percentage.

The Cardinals (10-5, 0-1) return home for back-to-back Southland Conference matches against McNeese State on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. and Nicholls on Sunday, Oct. 3, at McDonald Gym at 1 p.m.

Soccer

The Lady Cards split a pair of Southland Conference matches last week, defeating Northwestern State 3-1 on Sept. 25 and losing to Central Arkansas, 6-1, on Sept. 27.

In the win over Northwestern State, Lauren Lovejoy matched her career high with nine saves. Scoring for the Lady Cards were M.J. Eckart, Juliana Ocampo, and Jordan Mulnix.

LU (6-6, 2-1) will host two games this weekend beginning with Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m.

In the 6-1 loss to Central Arkansas, Lovejoy made a career-high 10 saves. LU’s only score came on Marie Lund’s first career goal.

“I know we’re a better team than what we showed today,” said coach Orlando Cervantes. “We had a game plan, but we didn’t follow it. This is what happens when we get away from the way we are supposed to play.”

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