Lamar football wins two in a row

Lamar football wins two in a row

The Lamar University football team made it consecutive wins on the season by knocking off Abilene Christian, 38-10, on Oct. 8 at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. The Cardinals (2-3, 2-1 Southland Conference) continue their dominance over ACU in Abilene improving, to 7-2 all-time on the road in the series. It marks the first time LU has recorded back-to-back victories since defeating Incarnate Word and nationally ranked McNeese to close out the 2014 season.

LU racked up 520 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground. Senior Kade Harrington finished the night with the 17th 100-yard rushing game of his career. The Kingwood native carried the ball 23 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in two passes for 89 yards. Big Red held the Wildcats (0-6, 0-4) to 306 of total offense.

Senior Carson Earp was once again effective at quarterback, completing 16-19 for 211 yards and one score.

“This is a very tough place to play. It is a long road trip,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “We weren’t good early but just kept fighting through some things. That is two complete games for us. We are really starting to jell together as a team.”

For the third consecutive game, Georgia transfer Brendan Langley had an interception.

After winning SLC honors last week, Langley was chosen as the FCS Football Defensive Hero of the Week, awarded by herosports.com on Oct. 7. The award is given to the athlete who garners the most fan votes on the organization’s site.

The Marietta, Georgia, native beat out four other nominees, defenders-special teams players Frederick Henry-Ajudua (North Carolina Central), Nate Chavious (Sacred Heart), Juwan Wells (Liberty) and Lane Clark (Tennessee State).

Lamar will return home this weekend to host Northwestern State on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Lamar University will be honoring all first responders and veterans, who will be admitted into the game for free.

A pre-game tailgate will take place in lot A1 beginning at 3 p.m. featuring performances by Jamie Talbert and Kimberly Dunn.

There will also be a halftime fireworks show.

Soccer

The Lady Cardinals turned in one of their strongest efforts of the season Oct. 7, battling defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana to a 1-1 tie at the LU Soccer Complex.

The Cardinals (1-11-2 overall, 0-4-2 Southland) seemed to be on their way their first conference win of the year until Southeastern Louisiana’s Linda Karlsson caromed a shot off the post and into the net with 2:02 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 1.

“We just can’t catch a break,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We gave it a great effort, but we just couldn’t come away with the three points.”

The game turned into a goalkeeper’s duel between LU’s Lauren Lovejoy and Southeastern Louisiana’s Hope Sabadash. Lovejoy finished the night with 11 saves, while Sabadash, a first-team All-Southland Conference selection last season, turned away eight shots.

“We had some great opportunities on breakaways, but their goalkeeper made some big saves,” Holeman said. “I thought Lauren played very well for us.”

Lamar will travel to Abilene Christian on Friday, Oct. 14, and play at Incarnate Word on Sunday, Oct. 16.

“We still control our own destiny,” Holeman said. “We still have five games remaining. I was very happy with what I saw tonight. We just have to keep that going next week.”

Volleyball

LU volleyball split a pair of Southland Conference home games last weekend, defeating Central Arkansas 3-2 on Oct. 6 before losing 3-2 to Northwestern State on Oct. 8 to fall to 3-14 overall and 3-2 in league play.

In the home win over Central Arkansas, head coach Alan Edwards praised the fans who came out to support the Lady Cards.

“(The fans) are a huge lift. You can’t overstate what that crowd does,” said Edwards. “This is the third season I’ve been here, and I’ve never heard it like that. We are lucky to play in the building, and a lot of magic happens between those walls.”

Chelsea Grant led LU with 16 kills, and Tomar Thomas added 14 kills.

In the loss to Northwestern State, Grant led the Cardinals in kills with 17. The senior has now led the team in kills over the last 17 matches.

Lamar will travel for its next two matches against Incarnate Word (Oct. 13) in San Antonio and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Oct. 15).

Golf

The men’s golf team finished seventh out of 13 teams in the Bayou City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 10-11 at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland.

The Cards shot a 16-over 880 for the three rounds while Kansas won the event with a 12-under 852.

Lamar senior Mans Berglund became the third LU golfer this fall to win medalist honors. Berglund, from Sweden, finished with a 9-under 207, which was three strokes better than Charlie Hillier of Kansas.

The team will be idle until Oct. 28 when they travel to Loxley, Alabama, to play in the David Miller Collegiate hosted by South Alabama.

Tip-Off Basketball Luncheon

Basketball fans can dine with their favorite Cardinals at the LU Tip-Off Luncheon scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Montagne Center.

The event features a deluxe lunch, silent and live auctions and season previews presented by men’s coach Tic Price and women’s coach Robin Harmony.

Tables for the luncheon range from $300 to $1,000. Individual tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit the men’s and women’s basketball programs by assisting with summer scholarships.

For more information, call (409) 880-8250.

The men will host their annual Red & White scrimmage Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. inside the Montagne Center. The scrimmage is open to the public.

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