WVU Varsity Sports Report

West Virginia University junior Andy Lamson has been named WVU Athlete of the Week after recording one school record, three personal-bests and four first-place finishes in the Mountaineers' 2-0 weekend.

The Colchester, Vt., native led the Mountaineers to a 4666-4538 at Ohio State on Oct. 17 with a school-record 1177 combined score. Lamson also finished first in air rifle (594) and smallbore (583); both marks are personal-bests. Lamson continued to shoot strong at Akron on Oct. 18, finishing first in air rifle with a score of 593. He finished second overall with a combined score of 1171. The Mountaineers defeated the Zips, 4665-4560.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The Gold team takes a 2-0 lead over the Blue team into tonight's final contest of the WVU Baseball Gold-Blue World Series. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. at Hawley Field.

  • The men's swimming and diving team takes to the pool for the first time this season, as the squad travels to State College, Pa., for a 1 p.m. race at Penn State. The women's team, which defeated Marshall last weekend, will also swim against the Nittany Lions and Colgate.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 3 West Virginia University cross country team is idle this week … the Mountaineers are set to return to action on Saturday, Oct. 31, with the Big East Championship in Kenosha, Wis.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    Despite inclement weather on Oct. 16 which forced the Penn State National Invitational to be moved from University Park, Pa., to Lock Haven, Pa., and provided for frigid conditions, the Mountaineers prevailed to take first place … WVU had seven runners in the top 20 and scored 27 points, and was followed by Penn State (56), Providence (75), Cornell (131) and Boston College (134).

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior All-American Keri Bland led the team with a second-place finish, as she crossed the line at 20:22 … she was followed by senior Marie-Louise Asselin who finished fourth (20:36), and classmate Clara Grandt finished fifth (20:38) … also racing well and scoring for the Mountaineers were Sarah-Anne Brault who finished ninth (20:59), Kaylyn Christopher who finished 12th (21.02), and Kate Harrison and Jessica O'Connell, who finished in 14th (21:07) and 19th (21:20), respectively … this is the second-straight year the Mountaineers have won the Penn State National Invitational … so far this season, WVU has finished first in three of four races and second in one.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers break from action until Nov. 14, when they play host to Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Army at the WVU Rifle Range at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    WVU (4-0, 1-0 GARC) continued its season-opening road trip in winning fashion and earned victories at Ohio State on Oct. 17 and at Akron on Oct. 18 … the Mountaineers trumped the Buckeyes, 4666-4538, and the Zips, 4665-4560 … WVU did not drop a discipline match to either team … junior Andy Lamson led the squad over OSU, finishing first overall with a school-record 1177 score, and first in both air rifle (594) and smallbore (583) … both winning scores are personal-bests … redshirt senior Bryant Wallizer was tops against the Zips, finishing first with a combined score of 1172 … Lamson finished first in air rifle for the second-straight day with a score of 593, while sophomore Justin Pentz shot a personal-best 584 in smallbore to win the discipline.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers have yet to lose a discipline match this year … the team's winning score over OSU matched its second-best score of the 2008-09 season … Wallizer finished second at Ohio State with a combined score of 1171, while Lamson finished second at Akron with the same score … Wallizer and junior Brandi Eskew were strong in smallbore against the Buckeyes, with Wallizer shooting a personal-best 580, and Eskew recording a perfect prone score … Wallizer shot 580 against the Zips as well … the Mountaineers improve their respective series records over OSU and Akron to 36-0 and 8-0.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will play their final non-conference game at No. 23-ranked Ohio State on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. … WVU returns home and resumes Big East action with a match against Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 24 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers went 1-0-1 this past week … WVU is now unbeaten in its last eight matches (5-0-3) … WVU earned a 1-1 double-overtime draw with non-conference foe Elon on Oct. 14 … the team then recorded a 1-0 upset victory over then-No. 22-ranked Notre Dame on the road on Oct. 17.

    Notes and Quotes

    Against Elon, sophomore Ruben Garrido registered his first career goal to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute … freshman Abel "Shadow" Sebele earned his fourth assist of the season on the play … Sebele finished the game with a team-high five shots … redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson made eight saves in the tie … WVU finished the match against Elon with 17 shots and eight corner kicks … sophomore Alex Silva made the most of his 48 minutes on the pitch against Notre Dame, as he scored on his lone shot in the 48th minute … the Mountaineers used six substitutions in the win … Johnson was pivotal in the win, coming up with eight saves en route to his eighth shutout of the season … the clean sheet was the 29th of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place in the WVU annals.

    "(The win at ND) was a big result for a number of reasons. It keeps us in the running for the top of the Big East. I believe the victory helps put us in contention for the top two seeds in the Big East Tournament. Any time you go on the road, you want to steal points and that's what we were able to do today." - coach Marlon LeBlanc

    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 were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU last competed Oct. 10, at the Head of the Mon in Morgantown, W.Va. … the team ‘A' boat took the title in the open eight competition with a time of 19:23 … the team ‘B' boat 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.

    "Our results in the 8+s and the 4+s confirm our belief that we have a deeper team which certainly provides a stronger base upon which we will build this year. However, we need to make sure we're continually working to get better within every facet of our program." - coach Jimmy King

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers close out the regular season with a pair of road matches at Connecticut and Providence on Friday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 25, respectively … both matches hold postseason implications as WVU looks to secure a spot in the Big East Championship for the 10th-straight season.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia and Villanova fought the rain, wind, mud and chilly temperatures in playing to a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Villanova on Oct. 16 … the Mountaineers finished with a 17-10 shot advantage that included 10 shots on-goal … forward Chelsey Corroto paced WVU with four shots … WVU outshot VU after halftime by an 11-4 margin and took eight of its 11 corner kicks in the final 65 minutes of the contest … goalkeeper Kerri Butler made two saves in working her fourth-straight shutout of the season … forward Samantha Baker broke a 1-1 tie in the 58th minute to push Georgetown past visiting West Virginia, 2-1, at a muddy North Kehoe Field on Oct. 18 … the Mountaineers tied the match at the 53:02 mark on a brilliant play from a pair of freshmen in Bri Rodriguez and Caroline Szwed … from the left flank, Szwed served a ball deep into the box where Rodriguez headed it in the air to herself, and volleyed the ball past Hoyas' goalkeeper Jackie Desjardin for the score … the goal was the first of Rodriguez's career and team-leading fifth assist for Szwed … Baker put an abrupt halt to WVU's momentum with the game-winner less than five minutes later … freshman Steph Carpenter made her first career start at defender, one of seven freshmen or sophomore starters for WVU on Sunday … the loss snapped West Virginia's season-high four match unbeaten streak.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Georgetown goal was the first allowed in the previous 399 minutes of play by the WVU defense … senior Carolyn Blank has made 86 career starts, good for third-place all-time in WVU's record book … coach Nikki Izzo-Brown stands just one win shy of 200 for her career after compiling a 14.5-year record of 199-80-30 … WVU played its seventh overtime match of the season against Villanova … 14 different Mountaineers have started a match this season … sophomore Meghan Lewis is the only Mountaineer to play every minute of every match this season.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will travel to State College, Pa., to swim against Penn State on Oct. 24 at noon ... the women will also be swimming against Colgate.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The women defeated Marshall by a score of 126-105 on Saturday, Oct. 17 ... the WVU women took first place in every event with the exception of the 3-meter dive and had eight different women place first ... senior Kayla Andrews and freshman Rachael Burnett each had two wins a piece with Andrews taking the 50 free and 100 free and Burnett winning the 200 free and 500 free ... in diving, senior Ashley Malik finished first in the 1-meter dive (280.75) ... that score qualifies Malik for the Big East Championships and the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, along with being a new school and pool record ... after West Virginia took a big lead in the first 11 events, the rest of the meet was competed in exhibition mode.

    Notes and Quotes

    In Penn State's season opener, the Nittany Lion men defeated St. Bonaventure by a score of 144-97 ... the women also defeated the Bonnies, 174-60.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (13-10, 3-5) returns to the road on Friday, Oct. 23, and travels to Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa., for a conference match against Pitt … match time is set for 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 1-1 at home last weekend as they defeated DePaul 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-20) on Friday, Oct. 16, for their second-straight conference win … WVU then fell to Notre Dame 0-3 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) on Sunday … the Fighting Irish remain undefeated in the conference.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior middle blocker Lauren Evans led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 20 kills and a .375 hitting percentage, while also adding eight blocks … in the win over DePaul, Evans posted 11 kills with a season-high hitting percentage of .625 … sophomore Kari Post also had a good weekend, as she recorded 62 assists, averaging 10.33 per set, while also posting 16 kills and three blocks … junior libero Bonnie West led in digs with 32.

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