Women’s soccer set to host ASUN tourney after late-season surge

Women’s soccer set to host ASUN tourney after late-season surge

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Lipscomb women’s soccer team will be sleeping in their own beds when the ASUN conference tournament rolls around on Nov. 3. That’s because the Bisons clinched the No. 1 seed after reeling off four straight conference victories in the first two-and-a-half weeks of October – including a 1-0 win at No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast on Oct. 17. Senior Ellen Lundy scored on a penalty kick to knock off the Eagles, who topped Lipscomb in both the 2015 and 2016 ASUN conference title games. “It’s been a long time coming,” Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We’ve lost to (FGCU) in the last two conference championships, so if I had [to list] a nemesis, they would be ours. Our players were really fired up for that game.” Lundy has been the key cog for Lipscomb and she leads the team with seven goals – four of which have been game-winning tallies. “What makes [Lundy] so incredible is that she’s got no ego,” O’Brien said. “If you ask her to play in the back, she’s plays in the back with everyone’s she’s got. If you ask her to play up front, she’ll play up front with everything she’s got. She the epitome of a team player.” In addition to the FGCU win, Lipscomb defeated NJIT, North Florida, Jacksonville and USC Upstate in conference play. The Bisons will get a first-round bye for their efforts and will play the winner of the Kennesaw State-North Florida game on Nov. 3. “It’s huge,” O’Brien said of the bye. “We’ve got some players that are worn down and injured, so they’ll have some extra...
UPSET ALERT: Men’s soccer shocks Kentucky

UPSET ALERT: Men’s soccer shocks Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.- The Lipscomb men’s soccer team is peaking at the right time and continuing to find ways to win. After victories over Memphis, North Florida and Evansville, the Bisons (9-6) extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 stunner at Kentucky on Saturday night. Logan Paynter got Lipscomb on the board by freezing the Kentucky keeper with a chip shot that lofted its way into the back of the net. The Wildcats (7-5-2) answered with a Leon Jones goal 10 minutes later, but the Bisons countered with a tally by senior forward Ivan Sakou in the 36th minute. Lipscomb led 2-1 at the halftime break. In the 59th minute, Kentucky knotted the game at two when Noah Hutchins scored on a volley from the far post. The Bisons were not to be outdone. Lipscomb junior Ryan Birchfield deposited a shot into the net just one minute later to take a 3-2 lead. Several saves by Lipscomb goalie Christopher Zappia preserved the advantage and the eventual upset victory over the Wildcats. Kentucky was ranked fifth in the Southeast Regional poll heading into the contest. Lipscomb will look to continue its winning ways when it takes on UAB in Birmingham on Tuesday. The Bisons will then wrap their 2017 regular season by hosting Jacksonville next Saturday, Oct. 28. Highlight of Paynter’s goal Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lady Bisons Volleyball rises at right time, hosts Kennesaw State tonight

Lady Bisons Volleyball rises at right time, hosts Kennesaw State tonight

The Lipscomb Bisons volleyball squad heads into tonight’s match with first-place Kennesaw State two games back in the conference. The Lady Bisons (11-9, 4-3 ASUN) rattled off three wins last week and are playing some of their best volleyball of the season. After knocking off Belmont on October 10th, the Bisons swept NJIT on October 13th and USC Upstate the next day to put themselves right back in the conference race. Lady Bisons’ coach Brandon Rosenthal said he is very encouraged by his team’s recent play. “I’m really pleased with what we’ve seen over the past week-and-a-half as far as practice and play.],” Rosenthal said. “The big part for us was eliminating the unforced errors that we were making.” The win against Upstate was one of the most dominating of the season for the Lady Bisons, as they completed their 15th sweep of the season thus far (25-18, 25-14, 25-18). Lipscomb’s hitting percentage was .317, .484, and .387 in each set respectively in comparison to Upstate’s .256, .148, and .161. Lauren Anderson, a junior outside hitter, led the team with a career-high 15 kills on 33 attacks, to go along with three aces, two blocks, and eight digs. Maddie Phillips, a sophomore middle, and Chloe Rogers, a senior right side, had 11 kills each. Phillips had five blocks and Anderson had two. Carlyle Nusbaum had 12 kills and nine digs to round out a balanced attack. Morgan Elmore, a sophomore setter, tied a career-high for the second time in a week with 49 assists. Rosenthal spoke highly of the other programs in the league and their continued improvement in...
Men’s soccer downs Evansville, hits home stretch of regular season

Men’s soccer downs Evansville, hits home stretch of regular season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There was a point in early October when the Lipscomb men’s soccer team had to do some serious soul-searching. Over an eleven day stretch beginning Sept. 27, the Bisons lost three consecutive ASUN conference matches by a combined score of 5-1. However, Lipscomb (8-6) has since reeled off three straight wins, including a 4-2 victory over Evansville on Wednesday evening. “We hit a stretch where we were in a funk,” junior forward Logan Paynter said. “We were struggling to get things together, but now we’re back on track and starting to roll.” Freshman forward Ihaia Delaney scored a goal in the first half, and Paynter, Ivan Alvarado and Bennie Harris each found the back of the net in the second half to power the Bisons past the Aces. “The credit goes to the guys,” coach Charles Morrow said. “They have the mentality of keeping their head down and working hard and the goals will come.” The Bisons have had their fair share of ups and downs throughout the 2017 season. The graduation of goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe left big shoes to fill in the net, while Lipscomb has been inconsistent on the attacking side of the ball. Redshirt junior goalie Christopher Zappia has made 56 saves in his first year as a full-time starter, and Morrow said Zappia has continued to show improvement as the season has progressed. “He’s done well,” Morrow said of the goalkeeper. “I think that there’s been some speed bumps along the way. Down the stretch, he’s made all the saves he needed to make . . . that’s all you can ask...
Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Artists such as Reba McEntire, Lauren Daigle and Pat Boone gathered together in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena to celebrate another year of Christian and Gospel music. The GMA Dove Awards celebrated its fifth consecutive year on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night to honor outstanding artists, songs, albums, films and more. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobbs co-hosted the event, which centered on a “Sound the Remedy” theme. “We believe the message of Gospel and Christian music offers God’s remedy to the world,” GMA President Jackie Patillo said. A unique aspect for this year’s Dove Awards, a 40-foot-tall replica of the Gutenberg Gates was displayed outside Allen Arena October 16-17. The display was part of a five-city tour by the Museum of the Bible set to open in Washington D.C. on November 17. Attendees had the opportunity to visit the replica prior to entering the concert venue. Photos by Anna Rogers Country music star Reba McEntire takes home first Dove Award Legendary country music artist Reba McEntire took home one Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year. The album category was a brand new award this year.  From the stage, McEntire expressed humble gratitude in receiving the award, praising her fellow nominees as well. “It’s not mine,” McEntire said. “It’s God’s. We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle and think of Him every time I look at it.  “It [music] is a way of expressing our thanks to God for giving us and allowing us this opportunity to use our God-given gifts to help other people.” McEntire added that she finds music to be very healing,...
Reba McEntire set to perform at 48th GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb on Tuesday

Reba McEntire set to perform at 48th GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb on Tuesday

The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards is returning to Lipscomb for the fifth year on Tuesday, and country music star Reba McEntire is leading this year’s performers. McEntire is also nominated for two Dove Awards this year: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Better Together,” and Bluegrass/Country Roots Album of the Year, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope. “I am excited and honored to perform at this year’s show,” McEntire said in a statement. “Recording a faith-filled album has been on my heart for many years, and to see how Sing It Now has been embraced is really special. I’m thrilled this collection of my favorite hymns and some new songs of hope continue to touch people.”  Other top artist nominees include: Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, For King & Country, Hillsong United, MercyMe and TobyMac. Williams and Daigle lead the nominations with five each. In addition to McEntire, Williams will also be performing on Tuesday night. Additionally, Casting Crowns, CeCe Winans, Erica Campbell, Gaither Vocal Band, Hezekiah Walker, Hillsong Worship and MercyMe are slated to perform. Lipscomb alumnus Pat Boone will be honored as well with the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. According to GMA, “This award recognizes the contributions of members of the entertainment community in the fight for public policy to protect all creators.” Last year, Chris Tomlin received the SoundExchange Digital Radio award. SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe will be presenting the award to Boone. “We are excited to present the SoundExchange Fair Play Award to Pat Boone, and we are honored to do so during the premiere awards show for...