WVU Varsity Sports Report

Sophomore women's soccer player Meghan Lewis has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend in WVU's seventh and eighth shutouts of the season.

Lewis, a Naperville, Ill., native, got into the attack to attempt three shots in the two matches, including her first collegiate goal in an upset win over 11th-ranked St. John's on Sunday.

She was part of a defense that limited Syracuse's starting forwards to two shots and the Red Storm's starting forwards to one shot over the weekend. The defender logged all 180 minutes and is the only Mountaineer to play every single minute this season.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The women's volleyball team will play host to Big East foe DePaul prior to Mountaineer Madness on Friday at the WVU Coliseum. First serve between the Mountaineers (12-9, 2-4 Big East) and the Blue Demons (6-13, 0-5 Big East) is set for 6 p.m.

  • At halftime of the St. John's contest, the WVU women's soccer team presented a check for nearly $12,000 for the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fund at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 3 West Virginia University cross country team is set to return to action on Oct. 16, with a trip to the Penn State National Invitational in College Park, Pa.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers received their highest-ever ranking in school history last weekend, as they were No. 3 in the polls, announced by United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers won their second-straight race on Oct. 2, as they finished first at the Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. … in one of the most prestigious events in the country, the Mountaineers took the top spot out of 75 teams, with 105 team points ... Guelph finished second (127), followed by Indiana (143), North Carolina State (153) and Cornell (183) ... junior Jessica O'Connell led the Mountaineers at the invitational, finishing in 10th place with a time of 20:24 … redshirt freshman Sarah-Anne Brault followed in 13th (20:35), while juniors Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher finished 20th (20:56) and 21st (20:56), respectively … also racing well was redshirt junior Maria Dalzot, who finished 60th with a time of 21:37, and redshirt sophomore Stephanie Caruso, who crossed the line in 74th place (21:44).

    This Week in Rifle

    WVU continues its season-opening road stand at Ohio State on Oct. 17 and at Akron on Oct. 18 ... both matches will start at 8 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The reigning national champion Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) opened defense of their 14th title with two wins over the weekend … WVU defeated Air Force 4655-4587 on Oct. 10, and Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Nebraska, 4660-4634, on Oct. 11 … both matches were in Lincoln, Neb. … redshirt senior Bryant Wallizer paced WVU against the Falcons, finishing first overall with a score of 1167, and winning air rifle with a score of 590 … junior Andy Lamson tied the Falcons' Tom Chandler for second place with a score of 1163 … Lamson's classmate, Tommy Santelli, finished third with a score of 1162 … though sophomore Michael Kulbacki did not count towards the team's smallbore score, his combined score of 1167 tied with Wallizer for first place … WVU secured the top five air rifle finishes … Lamson nabbed the highest WVU smallbore finish, shooting 579 and finishing second to Chandler (582) … Kulbacki tied the Falcons' Nick Krieger for third (578) … Lamson and junior Kyle Smith finished with match-best 1168 combined scores against Nebraska … Kulbacki finished behind the pair with an aggregate score of 1164, while Santelli shot 1163 … sophomore Justin Pentz and Smith finished first and second in air rifle with respective personal-best scores of 589 and 588 ... Wallizer, Lamson and Kulbacki all tied for third place with scores of 587 … Lamson became the first Mountaineer to win a smallbore competition this season, as he shot 581, one short of his personal-best mark … Smith finished second with a score of 580.

    Notes and Quotes

    All seven of WVU's NRA All-Americans competed last weekend … Smith was the only Mountaineer to achieve program records, shooting 200 prone against UAF and 199 kneeling against UN … he previously shot both last season … WVU defeated UAF and UN in smallbore and air rifle … WVU has yet to lose to UAF in their 16-match series, and the win was the first for the team since 1974 … the win over UN gave WVU a 4-3 edge in the series.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will play two games this week … WVU will play host to non-conference foe Elon Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. … three days later on Saturday, Oct. 17, the Mountaineers will travel to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish … kickoff at Alumni Stadium is set for 11:30 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers went 0-0-2, tying Pitt on Oct. 6 and finishing in a draw with No. 13-ranked Connecticut on Oct. 10 … neither team scored a goal in either contest ... the Mountaineers are now unbeaten in their last six contests … WVU out-shot Pitt, 18-6, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 14-3 … both Mountaineer totals were season-highs … against the Huskies, WVU registered eight shots and held the 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

    Notes and Quotes

    The WVU defense was stellar against Pitt, holding the Panthers to without a shot through the first 45 minutes of action … only three different Pitt players recorded shots … WVU had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half … eight different WVU players recorded a shot against the Panthers … freshman Abel "Shadow" Sebele led the team with four shots in the tie … redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson recorded his sixth and seventh shutouts of the season … he is now tied for the league lead in shutouts … junior Dan Hagey earned his first start of the season against Connecticut … senior Ryan Gillespie led the offense against the Huskies, registering two shots.

    This Week in Rowing

    The WVU rowing team is idle this week and will continue its fall season on Oct. 31, at the Head of the Occoquan, in Fairfax, Va.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers hosted the Head of the Mon regatta in Morgantown, winning the title in the open eight competition.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's team ‘A' boat, composed of Stephanie Roof, Jeannine McCarty, Brett Krumholz, Kimberly Benda, Rachel Viglianco, Kaitlyn Brownson, Caroline Rettig, Alita Meyers and coxswain Amanda Mahasky, took the title in the open eight competition with a time of 19:23 … the team ‘B' boat of Keyara Stevenson, Kathryn Walsh, Lauren Washabaugh, Jenelle Spencer, Jessica Kelly, Shannon Gribbons, Rachelle Purych, Danielle Widecrantz and coxswain Gillian Hanbury finished in fourth place with a time of 20:06 … the Mountaineers earned three top-six finishes in the open four race with times of 21:04, 21:23 and 21:40.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU closes out the regular season with four straight Big East road matches … West Virginia next travels to Villanova on Friday, Oct. 16, for a 4 p.m. match against the Wildcats … WVU completes the weekend with a 1 p.m. match versus Georgetown on Sunday.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Blake Miller slipped behind the Syracuse back line and scored the game-winner on a rain-soaked field at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Oct. 9 … Miller's third score of the season, off a Caroline Szwed assist, was the lone goal in WVU's 1-0 shutout against the visiting Orange … a steady downpour of rain came midway through the first half and lasted through the match, with play suspended for 47 minutes … Miller tied a career high with six shots to lead the Mountaineers, who outshot SU 18-5 and held a 16-1 edge in corner kicks – a season high … WVU extends its lead in the all-time series to 6-3-2 and has outscored the SU 15-1 in the past four meetings … Meghan Lewis promised her senior teammates a victory on Senior Day against 11th-ranked St. John's and made good, delivering her first career goal in leading WVU past the Red Storm, 1-0, on Oct. 11 … WVU started out strong and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the match at the 7:47 mark … Lewis soared high in the air and headed the ball past STJ goalkeeper Kristin Russell for the score … WVU outshot St. John's 11-4 on the afternoon and worked a 6-1 edge on corner kicks … WVU's defense was outstanding in picking up its third-straight shutout and luring STJ into seven offside calls … eight different Mountaineers attempted a shot and WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler was strong again in goal, making two saves in her seventh shutout of the season.

    Notes and Quotes

    Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown stands just one win shy of 200 for her career after compiling a 14.5-year record of 199-79-29 … WVU has scored at least one goal in 11 of 15 matches this season, including eight-straight contests … WVU is currently riding a season-best three match win streak … four of WVU's eight shutouts have come in Big East play.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University women's swimming and diving team will play host to Marshall on Oct. 17 at noon in the WVU Natatorium.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The swimming and diving teams were idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    This will be the second-straight year the team will open the season with Marshall ... last season, both teams traveled to Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall, East Carolina and Xavier ... the men swept East Carolina and Xavier, while the women defeated Marshall and Xavier, but fell to East Carolina ... because Marshall does not have a men's team, the WVU men will compete against each other in exhibition swims.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (12-9, 2-4) will return to home action with a 6 p.m. match against DePaul on Friday, October 16, and a 2 p.m. match against Notre Dame on Sunday, October 18.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend as they defeated Georgetown and fell to USF … WVU started the weekend with a 3-0 (15-25, 19-25, 21-25) loss at USF … the Mountaineers then rebounded with a 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13) win at Georgetown.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior outside hitter Kristina Gallahan led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 20 kills, 10 digs and four service aces … junior middle blocker Lauren Evans also had a good showing with 16 kills, including 12 in the win over the Hoyas … sophomore setter Kari Post recorded 67 assists and 14 digs in the two matches, while junior libero Bonnie West led with 29 digs, averaging 3.62 per set … the Mountaineer victory over Georgetown marked the second conference win of the season and the second-straight time the team has defeated the Hoyas at McDonough Arena.

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