Tournament magic runs out for Lipscomb women’s soccer

Tournament magic runs out for Lipscomb women’s soccer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s been a season of firsts for the Lipscomb women’s soccer team. The Lady Bisons won their first ASUN regular season title, their first ASUN tournament championship and their first NCAA tournament game with a thrilling victory over Mississippi State last week. Unfortunately for the Lipscomb, that tournament magic ran out Friday against No. 4 seed Duke. The Blue Devils outplayed the Lady Bisons in every aspect of the match en route to a 3-0 victory at George Washington University. Lipscomb goalie Kate Mason was constantly peppered with Duke shots, and the senior made 10 saves. But Duke’s Tess Boade, Kayla McCoy and Gabi Brummett each found the back of the net by cracking Lipscomb’s back line of Justis Bailey, Logan McFadden and Hailey Eck. Lipscomb (15-5-2) junior Olivia Doak had a scoring opportunity in the closing seconds of the first half, but Duke keeper Brooke Heinsohn secured the ball before Doak could get a clear attempt on net. Kaitlin Echols eventually registered Lipscomb’s first official shot attempt in the 67th minute. Doak had Lipscomb’s best scoring chance in 84th minute, but Heinsohn made a juggling save to preserve the shutout. Duke outshot Lipscomb 26-4. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Georgetown’s Shaw Field. However, the D.C. area was hit with 1.5 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Thursday, forcing the match to be moved to George Washington University’s artificial turf field. With the victory, Duke (16-3-2) advanced to the Round of 16 of the Women’s College Cup. The Blue Devils will play the winner of Washington State-Georgetown on Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb offers three safety steps for active shooter situations

Lipscomb offers three safety steps for active shooter situations

Lipscomb wants to get ahead of the curve by preparing students and faculty in advance for emergency scenarios. School shootings are happening at an alarming, weekly rate in the United States. While Lipscomb may not be able to avoid an active shooter situation, but it is trying to do everything it can to prevent the situation, as well as to ensure its students and staff are safe and equipped. “We aren’t hopeful that something will happen,” Lipscomb’s Assistant Vice President of Risk Management Kathy Hargis said. “[But] yet, we want to be prepared, just in case that it does.” Hargis trains faculty and staff to hold to a three-step rule in active shooter situations: Flee, hide, and fight. First, students should flee the compromised area, if possible. Second, if they are unable to safely leave the premises, students should hide where they are after turning off surrounding lights and locking nearby doors. The third step is a personal option, according to Hargis. If students are approached by the shooter, students are encouraged to defend themselves by using any surrounding objects as a defense or a distraction. The Bison Alert text messaging system is the emergency communication system through which Lipscomb students receive notifications . In the event of an emergency situation, Hargis believes students will receive the text warning of a shooter, including the shooter’s location on campus. Hargis realizes that students may be frightened, due to the amount of shootings happening lately in the country, but she encourages students to recognize recent shooting facts. “It’s really a small percentage on college campuses of active shooters, when you look...
Lipscomb stuns Washington in PKs to advance to second round of NCAA tournament

Lipscomb stuns Washington in PKs to advance to second round of NCAA tournament

SEATTLE – Lipscomb goalie Luke Wilson sat on the bench for most of Thursday night’s first-round NCAA tournament game at Washington. His services simply weren’t needed as senior keeper Chris Zappia made eight saves to keep the game scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods. But Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow let Wilson, a known penalty-kick save specialist, loose with the game on the line, and the decision paid off. “Chris had such a good game… we asked Chris at the end of the game, it was his call,” Morrow told LipscombSports.com. “His words were, ‘Let Luke do what he does.’” Wilson stopped shots from Washington’s Corban Anderson and Charlie Ostrem while five of his Lipscomb teammates buried their attempts to give the Bisons a 5-4 shootout victory. “It’s hard and it takes a lot of confidence and belief in yourself,” Morrow said of stopping penalty kicks. “I couldn’t do it, but apparently Luke’s really good at it. I couldn’t be more proud of Luke’s performance.” Logan Paynter, Austin Eager, Louis Robinson, Ben Locke and John Wynia each converted penalty kicks to lift the Bisons to the upset. “It was an ugly game and definitely not the way we wanted it to play out, but our guys battled,” Morrow said. “I told the Pac-12 [Network] crew yesterday that one thing they might not know about this team is that we can play the beautiful game, but we can also win dirty. I think that is what it was tonight.” Washington (12-8) dominated possession for much of the contest and outshot Lipscomb 14-5. But between Zappia’s performance in net and Lipscomb’s aggressive play...
Lipscomb’s comeback effort not enough in Battle of the Boulevard loss

Lipscomb’s comeback effort not enough in Battle of the Boulevard loss

Allen Arena was crowded with predominantly Bison fans for Thursday night’s edition of the Battle of the Boulevard. But the Belmont faithful traveled two miles down the road, took over a couple of sections and made their presence known. The trip down Belmont Boulevard paid off, as the Bruins (3-0) beat the Bisons (2-1) by a score of 87-83. The Bisons nearly overcame a 19-point deficit, but a late-game turnover with nine seconds left prevented that from happening. “They didn’t do anything at all that surprised us,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “And I’m sure we didn’t do anything at all that surprised them. That’s just…it’s a matter of who executes the best, and that’s usually the team that wins.” Senior guard Garrison Mathews finished with a team-high 27 points for Lipscomb. Meanwhile, Belmont freshman forward and Nashville native Caleb Hollander posted a 21-point performance, and he also had the play of the game when he forced the game-sealing turnover against junior guard Kenny Cooper. The first half was a tale of momentum swings. Belmont started out hot with a 15-5 lead, but the Bisons responded with a 25-9 run. The Bruins eventually went on a 13-4 run to take a 37-34 halftime lead. Fast-forward ten minutes through the second half. During a media timeout with 10:57 left, the Bruins held their largest lead of the game at 19 points, 65-46. “The beginning of the game, I just didn’t think we played with enough energy,” Alexander said. “And then the beginning of the second half, we didn’t guard their actions very well. They scored possession after-possession on ball screens,...
Women’s soccer relishes Mississippi State upset, prepares for battle with Duke

Women’s soccer relishes Mississippi State upset, prepares for battle with Duke

Mississippi State assistant women’s soccer coach Josh Rife sent Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien a prescient text message after the Lady Bisons defeated North Alabama for the ASUN championship on Nov. 3. “Hope we don’t have to play you guys in the NCAA’s,” Rife wrote O’Brien. As luck would have it, Lipscomb and Mississippi State were paired as first-round opponents for the NCAA tournament last week. And Rife, who played with O’Brien on the USL’s Charlotte Eagles the early 2000s, was certainly on to something with his hunch about the strength of the Lady Bisons. “It was really ironic and funny,” O’Brien said of the message and the draw. “And obviously, it turned out to be great.” Lipscomb used an unlikely free kick from midfield to shock Mississippi State with 1-0 upset in the final minute of Golden Goal overtime last Friday. The victory advanced the Lady Bisons (15-4-2) to a second-round date with Duke on Friday morning in Washington, D.C. “The moment was kind of surreal,” O’Brien said. “We had kind of set our lineup for penalty kicks. You’re thinking with a minute on the clock [that] you’re definitely going into the penalty [kicks].” On the free kick, Lipscomb defender Dominique Diller sent a prayer into the box from midfield, hoping for a lucky bounce. The ball ricocheted off the head of Lipscomb Justis Bailey and to the foot of Kaitlin Echols, who quickly touched the ball into the back of the net, although Bailey was initially credited with the goal. “Kaitlin actually got a flick on it,” O’Brien said. “You can see if you watch the video back,...
Pi Delta secures first place at ninth annual StompFest

Pi Delta secures first place at ninth annual StompFest

The “Into the Jungle” theme brought Pi Delta first place at the ninth annual StompFest. “We worked hard,”said Pi Delta member Meredith Harris. “I think that we were really dedicated during our practices, so we didn’t have to practice as often… but when we were there we were focused.” “We had alumni come back and give us tips about what they did that worked and what didn’t work.” The group had been practicing since September, so they expected everyone’s best performance. “We talked about it before, and we agreed that there [could] be no errors,” said Harris.  “I think it was really good. We came off very confident, and I think as long as you are confident it doesn’t matter what your stepping looks like.” Theta Psi snagged second place with a biker theme, and Phi Sigma spies theme claimed third. The other themes included: Phi Nu Lumberjacks, Delta Sigma Cheetah Girls, Delta Omega Magicians, and Sigma Iota Delta JazzerSID. Avery Roland, one of the StompFest coordinators, said she loves to see the progress of the clubs.  “Getting to watch the show progress from the first run-through in Collins to their last run-through – that progression is phenomenal.” The audience of the sold-out show displayed plenty of energy, which pleased the show participants. “It is so much fun,” said Delta Sigma member Maggie Woodhouse. “The energy on the stage is literally the most fun thing ever.” “Sometimes it’s really frustrating when you have lock-ins or really long practices, but you have to think about the end goal. Being on stage and seeing all the people watch you and knowing that...