Guilford’s Gross captures ODAC golf title
Archdale’s Tanner Gross picked an opportune time for his first career college tournament victory.
Gross, a freshman, defeated Washington and Lee University rookie Conley Hurst on a one-hole playoff to claim medalist honors as Guilford wrapped up its 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s golf championship late Tuesday in Conover.
The league’s Rookie of the Year, Gross shot an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole 222. He is the Quakers’ 10th ODAC Tournament medalist.
Guilford College saved its best for last at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The Quakers shot a one-over-par 289, the tournament’s low round, to claim their fourth straight ODAC title, second only to the Quakers’ five consecutive ODAC crowns from 1999-2003.
The Quakers, ranked sixth in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll and seventh in the Golfstat.com NCAA Ratings, started the day tied with Washington and Lee in the 10-team field.
The victory gave coach Corey Maggard’s team the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships May 13-16 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro. The Quakers, who are co-hosting the tourney with the Greensboro Sports Commission, are making their league-record 19th NCAA Tournament appearance.
HASZLER POSTS OHLGA VICTORY
HIGH POINT — Sue Haszler carded 34 to win Tuesday’s Oak Hollow Ladies Golf Association best front nine playday.
Sook Hee Yang shot 80 to post low gross round, while Kum Sook Lee’s 72 earned low net and Lee’s 30 took low putts.
Birdies were registered by Yang at No. 2, Lee at No. 9 and Beth Reavis at No. 6.
HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE FACES PRESBYTERIAN
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team faces Presbyterian College in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament today at 7 p.m. at Vert Stadium. The winner will take on the winner of Winthrop vs. Coastal, who play today at 2 p.m. in Rock Hill, S.C.
High Point enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed after going 7-0 in Big South play this season. The Panthers clinched the regular-season title on Sunday with a 15-8 win over No. 2 seed Davidson. The quarterfinals are being held at the sites of the top four seeds before the semifinals and championship take place at Vert Stadium. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, May 2 with the championship following on Sunday, May 4. The championship will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.
Senior attacker Mackenzie Carroll has tallied multiple points in 15 of HPU’s 16 games this season and leads the team with 64 points on the year, which is fifth most in a single-season in HPU history. She also leads the team with 34 assists on the season, which is third most in a single-season in school history, and ranks in the top-15 nationally in total assists and assists per game.
Senior midfielder Jasmine Jordan leads HPU in ground balls and caused turnovers. Her 41 ground balls are the fifth most in a single-season in High Point history while her 26 caused turnovers are the fourth best mark in a single season.
High Point’s offense led the conference in goals per game with 13.25 and points per game with 19.00. The Panthers’ defense also caused a league-best 9.50 turnovers per contest while HPU goalies combined to save a league-high 44.7 percent of shots. HPU’s scoring defense ranked 10th nationally allowing just 7.88 goals per game while the scoring offense ranked 15th in the nation.
High Point is looking to win the Big South Tournament for a second straight year after winning the inaugural tournament last season with wins over Longwood and Davidson. HPU is 5-0 all-time against Presbyterian College including a 21-3 win to open up conference play on April 3. The Panthers outshot the Blue Hose 32-3 in the contest including four goals by Kendyl Gardner.
HPU TRIO EARNS TOP BIG SOUTH WOMEN’S LACROSSE HONORS
High Point senior Mackenzie Carroll and teammate Jasmine Jordan have been voted the 2014 Big South Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the conference’s head coaches, it was announced Monday by the league office. Davidson midfielder Katherine Rueger was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while High Point’s Lyndsey Boswell was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big South’s sports information directors voted Jordan as the women’s lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Carroll finished the regular-season as the Big South’s leading scorer in conference games with 5.57 points per contest and 39 points. She tallied 23 assists against League foes in addition to 16 scores. Overall, Carroll was third in the Big South in scoring with 64 points (4.00 per game), and ranked third in assists with 34 (2.12). She also tied for the team lead with 30 goals — the only Big South player with 30 goals and 30 assists this season.
Jordan repeats as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year after winning the award as a junior in 2013. A three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2014, Jordan moved to midfielder this season from her defender position, and finished second in the League with 26 caused turnovers and was third with 41 ground balls.
Boswell led the Panthers to the outright Big South regular-season title with a perfect 7-0 record and No. 1 seed in this week’s Big South Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Her squad went 11-5 overall during the regular-season and posted a league-best 7.88 goals against average to rank 10th in the nation.
FRANCIS TAKES OVER AS HURRICANES GM
RALEIGH — Jim Rutherford stepped down as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, and the team promoted Hall of Fame player Ron Francis to replace him.
In a series of moves, the Hurricanes also hired Mike Vellucci as assistant GM and director of hockey operations and promoted Brian Tatum to assistant general manager.
Rutherford, who also owns part of the team, will remain in an advisory role as team president. He assembled the teams that won one Stanley Cup, played for another and reached the Eastern Conference final in 2009.