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WALLACE, NC (UNCW) -- Senior Lori Beth Adams posted an even par 72 in the final round to capture individual medalist honors in the UNCW Seahawk Classic Sunday on the River Course at the River Landing Golf Course.

A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams finished the 54-hole event with a one-over-par scorecard of 217 (74-71-72), giving her a four-stroke victory over the field as she recorded the first win and eighth top five finish of her collegiate career.

With the win, Adams also becomes the fifth UNCW player to earn medalist honors in the UNCW Seahawk classic, joining former Seahawk standouts Becky Berzonski (2004), Michelle Jarman (2006), Emily Klein (2007) and Carmen Perez-Narbon (2008 & 2010).

Elon’s Kelsey Madmaev (73-73-75=221) and Sunna Vidisdottir (69-77-77=223) claimed second and third, respectively, to pace a Phoenix lineup that led wire-to-wire as it posted an eight-shot victory with a three-round total of 907 (397-306-304).

Host UNCW (313-303-299=915) combined for a season-low 299 on Sunday to claim second place while fellow Colonial Athletic Association foe Delaware (310-306-311=918) took third. Defending champion Old Dominion (300-316-304=920) finished fourth and Eastern Michigan (306-313-306=925) was fifth.

Led by Adams, UNCW placed three players in the top 10 as sophomores Annette Lyche (82-74-73=229) and Meghan Theiss (78-86-75=229) finished tied for seventh at 13-over-par. Seniors Laverry Kumar (80-85-79=T-35th) and Megan Burnham (81-82-86=249/41st) completed UNCW’s entry while senior Jeanne Metivier (92-89-87=268/49th), junior Mallory Warrick (84-80-83=247/T-39th) and sophomore Elizabeth Hall (83-82-80=239/t-39th) all competed as individual entries.

UNCW returns to action April 18-20 as it competes in the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championships at the St. James Plantation in nearby Southport.

Team Results: 1 Elon (297-306-304=907); 2 UNCW (313-303-299=915); 3 Delaware (301-306-311=918); 4 Old Dominion (300-316-304=920); 5 Eastern Michigan (306-313-306=925); Ball State (316-312-308=936); 7 Radford (312-310-323=945); 8 Longwood (315-319-322=956); 9 Richmond (335-337-333=1005)

UNCW Results: Lori Beth Adams (74-71-72=217/1st); Annette Lyche (82-74-73=229/T-7th); Meghan Theiss (78-86-75=229/T-7th); Laverry Kumar (80-85-79=T-35th); Megan Burnham (81-82-86=249/41st); Jeanne Metivier (92-89-87=268/49th); Mallory Warrick (84-80-83=247/T-39th); Elizabeth Hall (83-82-80=239/t-39th)

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KANNAPOLIS, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW senior Payne McLeod posted his third top-10 finish of the season to lead the Seahawks at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at The Club on Irish Creek on Sunday.

Georgia State edged North Florida by a stroke for the tournament victory.

UNF’s MJ Maguire won the tournament by four strokes.

McLeod opened his tournament with a one-over-par 72 on Saturday, but carded identical one-under rounds in the second and third rounds to finish seven strokes off the pace.

UNCW and East Carolina will co-host the River Landing Intercollegiate, Apr. 11-12, when the Seahawks return to action.

UNCW Results: 7. Payne McLeod 72-70=70=212; T65. Ryan Nagy 79-72-77=228; T77. Stefan Brewer 77-77-77=231; 85. Thomas Lilly 81-77-79=237; T86. Preston Harrington 77-79-82=238

Team Results: 1. Georgia State (288-282-289=859); 2. North Florida (291-279-290=860); T3. Charlotte (287-284-300=871); T3. Wake Forest (288-292-291=871); 5. Ohio State (298-281-294=873); T6. Duke (291-286-297=874); T6. Notre Dame (295-285-294=874); 8. Indiana (294-291-294=879); 10. Appalachian State (294-290-299=883); 11. Davidson (297-289-298=884); 12. UNC Chapel Hill (292-289-310=891); 13. Akron (300-299-295=894); 14. Kansas (297-292-309=898); 15. Richmond (297-302-300=889); 16. UNCW 305-296-303=904)

Individual Leaderboard: 1. MJ Maguire (UNF) 73-64-68=205; T2. Charlie Bull (Akron) 72-69-68=209; T2. Niall Platt (ND) 70-70-69=209; 4. Thomas Rowland (CHAR) 68-69-73=210; T5. Davin White (GSU) 71-70-70=211; T5. Clancy Waugh (WFU) 72-69-70=211; 7. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 72-70-70=212; T8. Boo Timko (OSU) 73-67-73=213; T8. JJ Grey (GSU) 69-71-73=213; 10. Frederik Hammer (OSU) 73-69-72=214

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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW) -- The red-hot UNCW women’s tennis team closed out a perfect dual match season in the Colonial Athletic Association by swamping visiting James Madison, 6-1, in the home finale for the Seahawks early Sunday at the UNCW courts.

The surging Seahawks pushed their record to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in the CAA heading into the regular season finale next weekend at Charleston Southern. The Dukes stand 14-8 and 3-2.

“It was another hard-fought CAA match,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s second-year coach. “Give credit to JMU. They competed very well at each spot and never went away. JMU is a very tough team from top to bottom and I’m very happy we were able to come out with a 6-1 win today.”

UNCW, which has won nine consecutive matches, will the top seed in the CAA Women’s Tennis Championships, which runs April 17-20 in Williamsburg, Va. The Seahawks have defeated Towson, Delaware, College of Charleston and James Madison over the last 15 days.

With three seniors – Olga Blank, Kelly Cameron and Angie Sekely – making their final home appearance, the Seahawks dominated the Dukes from the start, capturing the doubles point and then taking all but one singles match.

The No. 3 doubles team of senior Kelly Cameron and junior Miller Hales began doubles play by claiming their 10th straight match without a loss by edging Rachel Nelson and Cara Wirth, 8-6. The No. 2 tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie then wrapped up the early point with an 8-3 decision over JMU’s Jacqueline Palmucci and Ruxandra Andriescu.

It marked the 14th time in 17 matches that the Seahawks have taken the all-important doubles point. “Doubles was very important for us today because we knew JMU would be tough in doubles,” added Clark. “I was extremely pleased with the way we came out of the gate and set the tone in doubles.”

In singles, the Seahawks posted victories at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 1 - in that order - to send the seniors out on a winning note.

Newcomer Annika Sillanpaa increased the score to 2-0 by outlasting Nelson, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0, at No. 3 singles and after JMU’s Alex Huie defeated Blank at the No. 2 position, Ritchie blew past Emily Bradshaw, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles and Christine Kharkevitch topped Palmucci, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 5 position.

Sekely, UNCW’s top player, continued her spectacular season by turning back JMU’s Taylor Pinchoff, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) in a thriller on Court 1. It was Sekely’s 11th straight victory and bumped her season record to 15-1.

“I thought we competed very well top to bottom in singles,” Clark said. “We have to manage the ups and downs better, but overall I could not be more pleased. We are playing with a lot of confidence and it has been very fun seeing the process to get to this point.”

Clark and the Seahawks travel down to Charleston on Saturday for a Noon match with the Buccaneers before seeking the school’s first NCAA women’s tennis berth at the CAA Championships.

“Today was a very emotional day for our team and our three seniors. I thought everyone handled it very well; it’s not easy competing during an emotional time. Angie, Olga, and Kelly have meant so much to this program and it will be impossible to replace this senior class. They are such good people, good students, hard workers, and team players. They have made my job very easy the last two years and I’m very grateful for their hard work and dedication to our program. They know today is not the end of the season and they have more to accomplish before they leave.

“This weekend was very big for us. Beating the College of Charleston and JMU and finishing the CAA regular season at 4-0 is a great feeling. Our players put in the hard work every day and go out and compete. They deserve all the credit. This is a very special group and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it. We’re extremely pleased, but we know that we have to continue to work to accomplish our goals for this season. Like we have done all year, we will continue to take one match at a time.”

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA (UNCW) -- WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Nick Thompson had three hits, including his ninth homer of the season, scored four runs and knocked in three as William & Mary beat UNCW, 10-2, to win the Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday at Plumeri Park.

The Tribe upped its record to 20-10 overall and 4-1 in the league. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dipped to 14-16 and 2-3.
Reliever Joseph Gaouette (3-1) was masterful out of the bullpen, striking out nine, walking one and allowing one hit over 5.1 innings. Starter Mitchell Aker lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks.
For UNCW, starter Nick Monroe (1-2) took the loss, failing to make it out of the third inning. Monroe allowed three runs on three hits and two walks.

Charlie Gould drove in five runs on the strength of a double, single and walk for W&M. Kevin Nutter and Michael Katz each added two hits. Casey Golden was the only Seahawk with a multiple-hit game.

Up next: The Seahawks host Campbell on Tuesday and visit North Carolina Central on Wednesday. Both games are set for 6 p.m. starts.

How it happened: UNCW held a 2-0 lead and had several opportunities to extend that lead early, but failed to do so. The Tribe was able to take advantage of those missed opportunities and take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Monroe retired the first hitter of the inning, but was tagged for three straight hits and a walk before being removed. Gould connected on a two-out single to left off reliever Christian MacDonald, scoring two for a 3-2 lead.
Inside the box score: UNCW was 1-for-7 in RBI opportunities and 1-for-8 with runners on base … UNCW’s 14 strikeouts were a season high … Eight of W&M’s 10 runs came across the plate with two outs … William & Mary did not land its leadoff hitter on base all game … UNCW did not have a hit after the third inning and not a base runner after the fourth … Tribe pitchers retired the last 17 hitters straight.

Notes: The Seahawks hit .197 and struck out 25 times in the final two games of the series … With the victory Friday night, Mark Scalf became the first coach in the CAA to win 300 career conference games … Casey Golden homered to lead off the game and later added a double, the last Seahawk to lead off a game with a homer was Michael Bass at Charleston Southern on Feb. 20, 2013 … The series loss for UNCW to William & Mary was the first since 2004 … Coming into Saturday, UNCW had won 11 of its last 12 against the Tribe.

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HEMPSTEAD, NY (UNCW) -– Junior Morgan Lashley pitched a two-hit shutout to lead Hofstra to a 4-0 victory over UNCW in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Sunday at the Hofstra Softball Stadium.

The Pride improved to 19-8 overall and 3-3 in CAA play as it swept the weekend series from the Seahawks, who moved to 17-20 and 3-5 with the setback.

Lashley faced just three batters over the limit as she scattered two hits and recorded 13 strikeouts in a complete-game effort to move her record to 12-3 on the season. Junior Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk in six innings of work. Rowland struck out 10 as she moved to 9-8 on the campaign.

Junior Erin Trippi was 1-for-2 with two RBI while sophomore Kim Smith was 1-for-3 with a run batted in as both players hit home runs in the fifth inning to lead the Pride to victory. Three players – sophomore Chloe Fitzgerald, freshman Lacey Clark and senior Tori Rocha – accounted for Hofstra’s other three hits in the contest.

Junior Jessica Rappe and sophomore Erin Brown tallied the Seahawks two base hits in the contest.

UP NEXT: Both teams return to action Wednesday with road doubleheaders. UNCW travels to state foe UNCG for a 4 p.m. twinbill while Hofstra is at Iona in a 3 p.m. start.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Hofstra opened the scoring in the third as senior Tori Rocha reached base on a one-out single and scored two batters later on a UNCW error.
Hofstra expanded their margin in the fifth, using a solo home run from Smith and a two-run blast Trippi to build a 4-0 cushion and close out the scoring.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined to leave eight runners on base (UNCW 3; Hofstra 5) … Four of the seven base hits in the contest were for extra-bases … There was one stolen base attempt in the contest … Lashley struck out all but one of the Seahawks’ nine batters in the starting lineup.

NOTES: UNCW was shutout for just the second time this season (Youngstown State on March 11) … The loss moved the Seahawks to 2-6 in road contests this season … UNCW also slipped to 1-10 this season when held to two runs or fewer … Junior Casey Rowland recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second time this season and the sixth time in her career … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson saw her streak of consecutive games reaching base end at 27.

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GAINESVILLE, FL (UNCW) -– Several school records fell on the final day of UNCW’s appearance at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville.

Among the record-setting performances were four relays:

Men’s 4x100 Hurdle Shuttle relay (59.52) Anthony Colon, Matt Foster, Vincent Ragland, Hezekiah Ward
Women’s 1600 Shuttle Medley Relay (4:00.34) Hailey Blackburn, Meena Reid, Gabriella Robinson, Meredith Bozzi
Men’s 1600 Shuttle Relay (3:21.99) CamShaw, Brandon McLean, Trip Foreman, Dylan Skinner
Women 4x800 Relay (9:28.30) Sarah Whitman, Emily Mauro, Meredith Bozzi, Jaime Mangold

In the field events, senior Dn Cherry, Hammer recorded a career-best mark of 164-11 fee, ranking her sixth all-time at UNCW.

The Seahawks will next compete at the East Carolina Invitational on April 11-12.

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