Undefeated Lionsbridge FC take four-point division lead – The Virginian-Pilot


HOME SOCCER

Undefeated Lionsbridge FC took control of their division’s race on Wednesday night, beating Maryland’s Christos FC 3-0 near Baltimore.

The Lions (11-0-2, 7-0-2 in USL League Two) will play four of their final five regular-season games at home, including a 7 p.m. matchup against Virginia Beach United on Sunday at TowneBank Stadium in Christopher Newport. With three points on Wednesday, the Lions lead the Chesapeake Division of the USL League Two Mid-Atlantic Conference by four points over Christos (6-2-1).

Lionsbridge took the lead at the Moose Athletic Complex in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on a Sam Hall free kick. Maxi Hopfer made it 2-0 at half-time by hitting a pass from Adam Davie, whose goal from a Coleman Jennings cross pass was the only score in the second half.

The Lions named goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Huzen their man of the match after his shutout.

STATE GOLF

Fredericksburg teenager Grayson Wood and Ross Funderburke of Roanoke, who plays for Furman University, advanced to today’s 36-hole final of the 109th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Cedar Point Club in Suffolk. The game will start at 7:30 a.m.

Funderburke, the No. 6 seed, ousted No. 2 seed Evan Beck of Virginia Beach 2-and-1 in the semifinals, though Beck was 4-under for 17 holes. Wood beat Liberty University’s Isaac Simmons 3 and 2.

PRO HOCKEY

The Norfolk Admirals have signed defender Elijah Vilio for the 2022-23 season. Traded to Norfolk on March 31, he finished the season with points in three straight games.

He was the second admiral to sign for the season. The first was forward Ryan Valentini, who had 18 points in 19 games for Norfolk after being traded to the Admirals on March 10.

HOME BASEBALL

Despite an emotional comeback in the ninth inning, the Peninsula Drivers lost their second straight game, losing 12-9 Thursday night to the Tri-City Chili Peppers at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights.

Hunter Gilliam broke a 9-9 tie with a three-run homer against reliever Jack Dragum with two outs in the ninth.

Thanks in part to Chris Sparber’s two-run homer in the fourth inning, the Pilots (11-14 in the Coastal Plain League) led 4-0. But in the bottom of the fifth, Tri-City (15-11) scored three runs on three hits. The Peppers tied the game on Kenny Mallory Jr.’s RBI single in the sixth and looked set to win with a five-run seventh. Gilliam scored the go-ahead on wild pitch, and Brandon Eike scored a grand slam to put them ahead 9-4.

But in the top of the ninth, the Pilots responded with five runs from two out to extend the game. a slapped batter and two walks charged the bases before Elijah Dickerson’s walk and Robbie Petracci’s single netted a run apiece. Kaleb Hannahs’ base-laden walk made it 9-7, and Tyler Kehoe tied the game with a two-run single.

But when Peninsula needed one more out to force a 10th inning, Gilliam unloaded to end the game by 3 hours and 52 minutes. Mallory scored his third point of the night on this play.

The Pilots (11-14) are down 2-2 in their current trip, the last game of which is at 7 p.m. Friday in North Carolina against the Morehead City Marlins.

COLLEGES

Virginia finished 11th and Virginia Tech 33rd in the Division I Learfield College Directors’ Cup standings, which reflects performances across the sports spectrum.

Texas finished first and Stanford second. North Carolina’s No. 6 and Notre Dame’s No. 10 schools were the top-ranked ACC schools. The Cavaliers’ best highlights were the NCAA titles in women’s swimming and diving and men’s tennis.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Players from Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan, and Hampton Roads natives at other schools have been honored on all-state teams in the Virginia Sports Information Directors College Division.

CNU’s first team representatives were first baseman Justin Bowers and utility Daniel Elliott. The first team also included East Mennonite outfielder Jaylon Lee, a Denbigh High graduate who is transferring to James Madison, and Randolph-Macon designated hitter Hunter Cole, a Granby High graduate.

The second team included outfielder Conner Clark, the CNU’s all-time leader, and two other captains: starting pitcher Jay Cassady, now a pilot from the Peninsula, and Kyle Lewis. Virginia Wesleyan receiver Matt Sinko and reliever Ian Brady were also on the second team.

MORE HONOR

Norfolk State basketball coach Robert Jones will receive the Tom Fergusson Award at his 75th jamboree. The award is presented annually to the Metropolitan Person of the Year in Sports by the NSC.

Jones, who led the Spartans to their second consecutive MEAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid, will be honored July 19 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott from 7-10 p.m. in a program featuring special guest Taylor Heinicke , a quarterback for the Old Dominion Washington Commanders. . Tickets are available at norfolksportsclub.com.

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

William & Mary coach Chris Norris has announced an eight-man recruiting class for this fall season. It includes goaltenders Danilo Nickevic of Montenegro and Jack Gorman of Franklin, Tennessee; defenders Valdi Einarsson of Iceland and Bryce Smith of Hollywood, Maryland; and midfielders Diogo Branco of Portugal, Ethan Prawidlo of Spain, Lucas Caldas of Dominion High in Sterling and Webb Kosich of Hollywood, Maryland.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Virginia Tech received commitments from linebackers Aycen Stevens and Caleb Woodson, giving the Hokies 12 commitments so far for the Class of 2023. Stevens and Woodson are rated three-star recruits by 247 Sports.

Stevens, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Decatur Central High in Indianapolis, made an official visit last weekend. He reportedly has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Nebraska and Purdue.

Woodson, a 6-3 and 200 pounds from Battlefield High in Haymarket, picked the Hokies over Virginia and Wake Forest. He became the third linebacker to sign with the Hokies in three days, joining Tavorian Copeland and Stevens.

SOFTBALL AT COLLEGE

2021 Women’s College World Series semi-finalist James Madison has announced plans to expand Veterans Memorial Park’s seating capacity to 1,500. It had 500 permanent seats, with more added on a temporary basis.

The complex also includes Eagle Field, a baseball venue that can accommodate 1,200 people.

COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY

Old Dominion have announced their schedule, which will begin with a 10 a.m. home scrimmage on August 17 against Richmond.

The Monarchs will host the four-team Big East Tournament, with the semi-finals on Nov. 4 and the championship game on Nov. 6.

ODU’s regular season opener is at 5 p.m. on August 26 at William & Mary. The Monarchs’ first of nine regular-season home games at the LR Hill Complex is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 against James Madison.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE IN COLLEGE

Christopher Newport’s Kelsey Winters was named the College Division Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Fellow captains Emma Jackson and Kendall Krause also made the first team.

Winters, who had a school-record 66 assists for the season, eighth nationally in Division III, became CNU’s first player of the year since Meaghan Galvin in 2016 and 2017.

Old Dominion forward Lilly Siskind announced Virginia’s second all-state sports information team on Thursday.

James Madison, who reached the NCAA Round of 16, topped the honors with Player of the Year Isabella Peterson, Defensive Player of the Year Mairead Durkin and Coach of the Year Shelley Klaes.

Rachel Clark of Virginia was the rookie of the year in the state, as she was in the ACC.

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LITTLE LEAGUE

York County and Poquoson picked up wins early in the District 7 Baseball Tournament for 10-12 year olds at McReynolds Athletic Complex in York County. The tournament on the peninsula has special significance as its winner will earn a spot in a state tournament at the same location in about two weeks.

York outshot Deer Park 21-2 as Justin Berube was 3 for 4 with five RBIs and three RBIs, Elliott Jay was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Cooper Leach was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

York advanced to face Hampton-Wythe at 6 p.m. Friday. Hampton-Wythe was the only team in the group of five not to play on Thursday.

Poquoson outlasted Warwick 6-3 in nine innings as Jake Bunting hit 2-for-5 and scored twice and Kaden Hurd was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Landry Hall was among the scorers for Warwick, whose pitchers struck out 14.

Poquoson advanced to a game Saturday at 10 a.m. against an opponent to be announced.

Deer Park and Warwick will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a playoff game.

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