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home : sports : local sports October 18, 2019 



No. 3 Lander Blanks Newberry 3-0 in Home Opener

The No. 3-ranked Lander men's soccer team used a pair of second half goals to spark a 3-0 victory over visiting Newberry Wednesday night at Van Taylor Stadium. 

Alistair Danjon, Kyle Ferguson, and Tom Marriott each netted a goal in the victory for Lander (3-0), which notched its seventh consecutive home victory over a non-conference opponent.  The Bearcats held a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal over Newberry (2-1). 

"Very pleased to get the job done," said head coach Lee Squires. "It wasn't vintage from our perspective. We need to do better defensively with our intensity and also moving the ball better to create chances in open play. Overall, job done well done and move on to Friday."

The Bearcats took the lead in the 37th minute when Harry Bircumshaw delivered a ball into the box on a set piece that found Danjon just inches away from the goal line. The freshman headed the ball home for his first career goal to put Lander on top. 


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lander Rolls to 7-0 Victory Over Coker

The Lander women's soccer team used goals from five different players to top Coker, 7-0, Wednesday night at Van Taylor Stadium. Lander (2-0) stretched it's unbeaten home streak to nine matches. The Bearcats' last loss at home came to Georgia College on Oct. 25, 2018. "It was a great game to have everybody have a little bit of an opportunity," said head coach Chris Ayer. "They all played very well. We need to make sure that we're ready for Saturday night." Emily Jermstad opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a strike from the right side of the box. Just over 10 minutes later, Kelcie Fisher found Jermstad for a one-on-one opportunity as the senior buried her second goal of the evening. Ashlyn Simon netted her first goal as a Bearcat at the 28:37 mark when she took a pass from Brianna Taylor and converted to give Lander a 3-0 advantage. 

Katie Arthur began the second half barrage by taking a pass from Taylor and curling in a shot under the crossbar from beyond the box in the 53rd minute. Just over five minutes later, Kelcie Fisher connected in the box to push the Bearcats' lead to 5-0.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Jermstad Named to Preseason All-Conference Team

Senior Emily Jermstad was named to the 2019 Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference Women’s Soccer Team, as announced by the league office on Friday morning. She is one of 11 players that make up the list voted on by the conference’s coaches. This is her first preseason All-PBC honor. The last Lander women’s soccer player to be named to the all-conference preseason team was Casey Black in 2014.

The Irmo, S.C., native turned in a strong junior campaign in 2018 as she finished tied for ninth in the conference in goals with five, and tied for fourth in assists with five. She also led the team in assists with 10 and was second on the team in points with 24.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Lander's Ferguson Earns Young Player of the Year Award in USL League Two

Lander junior defender Kyle Ferguson has been named the recipient of the 2019 USL League Two Young Player of the Year Award and to the All-Southern Conference Team, as announced Thursday by the league office. Ferguson played for the SC United Bantams, a club based out of Columbia, S.C.

Appearing in 11 matches and 791 minutes for the SC United Bantams, Ferguson registered two goals on four shots and anchored a Bantams defense that shut out four opponents en route to a 9-3-2 regular season record and a berth in the Southern Conference semifinals.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Lander Women's Basketball Releases 2019-20 Schedule

The Lander women's basketball team aims for its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with the release of its 2019-20 schedule. The slate consists of 15 matchups at home, seven games against NCAA tournament teams from last season, and a preseason contest against an in-state Division I program that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Lander will visit Clemson, a Division I opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, for a preseason exhibition before hosting Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson Newman, an NCAA tournament team from last season, for the PBC/SAC Challenge to begin the season. In total, the Bearcats will compete against five NCAA tournament teams from last season: Carson-Newman (Nov. 9), Anderson (Nov. 19), Barton (Nov. 26), Clayton State (Dec. 14, Jan. 20), and North Georgia (Jan. 18, Feb. 15).


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lander Adds 16 Newcomers for 2019 Campaign

Lander men's soccer head coach Lee Squires announced his 2019 newcomers on Monday, two days ahead of Lander's first fall practice. The new additions to Lander are Rasmus Andersson, Harry Bircumshaw, Max Bolton, Enoch Carrell, Alistair Danjon, Carson Dinger, Jack Frost, Simon Gudmundsson, Mitch Gutteridge, Owen Hamilton, Samuel Maardh, Tom Marriott, Max McNulty, Jonah Miller, Bradley Nickles, and Jed Smith


Rasmus Andersson - Fr. - Defender/Midfielder - Stenungsund, Sweden

Squires on Andersson: "Rasmus will bring great balance down the left side of the pitch for us. He will get up and down the pitch all game long, provide good delivery from wide areas, and bring an outgoing personality to the group."


Harry Bircumshaw - Fr. - Midfielder - Mansfield, England

Squires on Bircumshaw: "Harry is a top quality center midfield who can compete and play on both sides of the ball. He has great experience in professional youth team environments in England that will help his transition to the college game here."


Max Bolton - Fr. - Forward - Brentwood, England

Squires on Bolton: "Max is the younger brother of recent graduate and key player Tyler Bolton.  He's a powerful number nine with a keen eye for goal and a good personality He'll be ready for the physical battle that the PBC and our region provides."


Enoch Carrell - Fr. - Midfielder - Durham, N.C.

Squires on Carrell: "Enoch is a smooth central midfielder who is technically sound. He reads the game well and is a well-rounded player. He'll add good quality to our midfield."


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Former Bearcat Jordan Skelton Signs Professional Contract

Jordan Skelton, a former Lander standout men's soccer player, has signed a professional contract to play with Tormenta FC of USL League One.

Skelton was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Peach Belt Conference honoree that played for the Bearcats from 2015-18. The former Bearcat captain played in 75 matches at Lander, starting 74. He scored 38 points on 17 goals and four assists while anchoring one of the nation's top defenses.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Lander Athletics 2019-20 Kickoff and Fan Appreciation

Lander Athletics has announced a continuation of its partnership with Break on the Lake to present its 2019-20 Kickoff & Fan Appreciation event on Tuesday, September 3.

"We are thrilled to continue this tradition with Break on the Lake and are thankful for their partnership in providing 'Bearcat Nation' an opportunity to share in the excitement of the 2019-20 school year at the premier destination on Lake Greenwood," said Lander athletics director Brian Reese. "We hope all Bearcat supporters will consider joining us on September 3 at Break on the Lake."


Friday, August 2, 2019

Lander staff to Attend Mental Health First Aid training

 Lander University's head coaches, assistant coaches, training staff, and departmental staff will be attending a Mental Health First Aid training on Tuesday August 6thand Friday August 9th.

This training will teach the staff how to identify warning signs of mental health and addiction concerns, risk factors, how to provide support, and refer them to a professional.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Lander hires Jordan Jacobs as Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jordan Jacobs, who previously served as Shippensburg's strength and conditioning coach, is joining the Lander athletic department in the same capacity, athletics director Brian Reese announced Tuesday.

"I am extremely excited to become a Lander Bearcat," said Jacobs. "I would like to thank Brian Reese for the amazing opportunity to establish the Lander University strength and conditioning program. I look forward to helping develop Bearcat athletes as strong and capable men and women on and off the field of play." 

Prior to Lander, Jacobs spent the last year as the head strength and conditioning coach at Shippensburg University, where he was responsible for directing and managing the strength and conditioning program of Shippensburg's athletic department.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lander Men's Golf Schedule

Head coach Mark Riddle announced the 2019-20 Lander men's golf schedule on Monday. The Bearcats are aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. 

The challenge starts Sept. 16 at the Kiawah Island Invitational, followed by a trip to the Jay Jennison Cup (Sept. 23-24), where Lander finished third last season. The Bearcats then head to Florida for the Copperhead Championship (Oct. 14-15). Lander finishes the fall slate with an appearance in Queens Fall Invitational (Oct. 21-22).


Monday, July 29, 2019

Lander Men's Basketball Announces Elite Camp

The Lander men's basketball program will host its Elite Camp at Finis Horne Arena from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 10, head coach Drew Richards announced on Tuesday.

Registration, which can be found here, can be scanned and emailed to assistant coach Justin Griffith at coachgriffith33@gmail.com. Received registration will hold a spot and money is due on the day of the camp.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Lander Women's Golf Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Lander golf head coach Mark Riddle announced the 2019-2020 schedule for the Bearcats on Tuesday. The finalized schedule features seven events that Lander participated in last season.

The Bearcats will take part in nine total regular season events, four in the fall and five in the spring, before heading to the Peach Belt Conference Championship (Apr. 17-19).

The fall opens in September with trips to the Cutter Creek Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Sept. 29-Oct. 1). Lander had its best finish of last season at the Cutter Creek Invitational, where the Bearcats took third and Caroline Hardee tied for first individually.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lander Athletics Announces Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear on Campus

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, will be on the campus of Lander University on August 30.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the new fountain and green space on Willson St. on the campus of Lander University on Friday, August 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The "Gentle Giants," as they are often referred to, will host a parade at 7 p.m. on campus. This event is free and open to the public. 

"We are excited to have the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales here in Greenwood to help us kick-off the 2019-20 athletics calendar," said Lander athletic director Brian Reese. "Lander Athletics invites the Lakelands and surrounding communities to Lander's campus on August 30 for this unique showcase in what is sure to be a memorable evening for our community."


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lander Men's Tennis Team Earns Spot With Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Lander men's tennis team earned a spot on this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams list. Additionally, seven Bearcats were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Gabriel Balestero, Philippe Courteau, Gabriel Couto, Eirik Groner, Fergus O'Rourke, Liam Roos, and Tommaso Rossin were among the seven Bearcats that received the honor. Lander's seven selections were the most in the Peach Belt Conference.


Monday, July 22, 2019


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