William & Mary climbs to 14th in two FCS polls – The Virginian-Pilot


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William & Mary (3-0) moved up to a season-best 14th in both FCS polls — Stats Perform and Coaches — after their 34-7 win Saturday over Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania. The Tribe starts the CAA game at home on Saturday against Elon.

In the Stats poll, Delaware is eighth, Villanova ninth, Rhode Island 20th and Richmond 22nd. The Spiders moved into the top 25 after beating Lehigh 30-6.

William & Mary sophomore linebacker John Pius has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Week.

It was the second week in a row that a W&M player won the league’s top defensive honor, as redshirt freshman cornerback Jalen Jones — a Chesapeake Deep Creek High alum — earned the accolade after the Tribe’s win over Campbell.

Pius had a team-high eight tackles, including four for loss and a career-high 3.5 sacks. His efforts helped W&M limit Lafayette to just 240 total yards, including just 48 in the second half.

Pius leads all of FCS in sacks (seven) and is first in CAA with 10.5 tackles for loss.

Brendan Farrell of Virginia was the ACC Specialist of the Week following his win over Old Dominion.

He had field goals for 26, 30 and 26 yards in the Cavaliers’ 16-14 win. It was the first time since the 2011 season that U.Va. won last game with a field goal and the first time in seven years a Cavalier was named ACC Specialist of the Week – Ian Frye earned the award in 2015.

Farrell was one of three kickers to make the Lou Groza Award Star of the Week list.

The ACC has announced that Virginia’s Oct. 1 game at Duke will take place at 7:30 p.m. and will air on a regional sports network to be named.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina and NC State at Clemson are among the games whose times will only be determined six days in advance. Wake Forest at Florida State and Georgia Tech in Pittsburgh also fall into the category.

Also on October 1, James Madison’s home opener against Sun Belt, against Texas State, kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and will air on ESPN+. General and student tickets for this match are already sold out.

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Former Apprentice School player Courtney Collins has taken over as interim head coach of the Antonio Hill Builders, who resigned earlier this month.

Collins, who averaged more than 13 points per game and shot 51% from the floor while playing for Apprentice from 2010 to 2014, twice earned a US Collegiate Athletic Association All-American honorable mention. She spent last season as an assistant to Christopher Newport, who spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in Division III and finished 26-1, falling in the NCAA Round of 16.

Collins served as an assistant apprentice for two years and also served as a high school coach at Western Branch and Heritage.

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For the first time in its history, the Virginia men’s golf program is ranked as the top team in the nation.

The Golfweek Rankings make men’s golf the 13th sport in the U.Va. history to earn a No. 1 ranking. Cavaliers freshman Ben James is ranked No. 2 individually.

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Old Dominion was third among 13 teams after two rounds of the three-round Badger Invitational in Verona, Wisconsin.

The Monarchs were 5-over-par 581 after 36 holes, 10 strokes behind first-place Notre Dame and six behind second-place Nebraska.

ODU shot an even second round after a first-round 5 at University Ridge Golf Course. The Monarchs’ Federico Torre shot a 5-under 67 in the second round to move to 4-under 140, allowing him to be part of a three-way tie for second place individually. Irishman Montgomery Ferreira held a two-stroke lead over this trio.

ODU teammates Lucia Gonzalez and Leah Onosato, both 3-pointers, were tied for 23rd individually.

Defending champion William & Mary took second place among 11 teams at the Elon Invitational entering Tuesday’s final round, behind only host Phoenix, who held a 15-stroke lead.

W&M was 17 over par 585 after a second-round 289, a seven-stroke improvement from the first round at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, North Carolina.

The tribe held three of the top seven spots in the individual standings. Grace Lu finished second at 1 under par, two strokes behind first place Nicole Lu of UNC Greensboro.

W&M’s Sarah Houle was tied for third at 142, and teammate Cindy Zhou was seventh at 3 over.

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COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER

William & Mary players Emma D’Alesandro and Ivey Crain took home CAA honours.

D’Alesandro, a sophomore defenseman from Clinton, New Jersey, was named Defensive Player of the Week. She played all 180 minutes in the Tribe’s 2-0 win over Longwood and 1-0 East Carolina triumph.

Crain, a freshman forward from Milton, Georgia, was named rookie of the week. She scored one of the goals against Longwood and assisted the other.

PRO BASEBALL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitcher Colin Selby, a former Western Branch High and Randolph-Macon, from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis.

With Altoona, he was 2-2 with 41 strikeouts and a 2.20 ERA in 32 2/3 innings.

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