ESPN polled Big South coaches on the upcoming season and it sounds like many of Coach Gee’s colleagues aren’t taking the Lancers too seriously going into the season.
Big South preseason coaches poll
Total votes next to teams; number of first-place votes in parentheses
1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers — 190 (13)
2. High Point Panthers — 177 (4)
3. Radford Highlanders — 156 (1)
4. Winthrop Eagles — 138
5. Charleston Southern Buccaneers — 127
6. UNC Asheville Bulldogs — 107
7. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs — 90
8. Campbell Fighting Camels — 70
9. Presbyterian Blue Hose — 53
10. Liberty Flames — 47
11. Longwood Lancers — 33
Men’s Soccer (3-8-1, 2-3): After a very rough month and half span with no wins, the Lancers soccer team has woken up! First came a big 4-2 win over Campbell on Wednesday then was a big 4-1 road win at Presbyterian. Anthony Ugorji accounted for four of the Lancers eight goals this week including a hat trick at PC. Longwood currently stands 5th in the Big South with the top eight teams moving on to the conference tournament. A mid-week showdown with rival Liberty awaits the Lancers before a couple of non-conference contests.
Last Week: W 4-2 vs Campbell, W 4-1 at Presbyterian
This Week: 10/22 vs Liberty, 10/25 at Lipscomb
Women’s Soccer (7-6-3, 2-3-2): Longwood needs wins to get into the Big South Tournament and they helped themselves a bit this week with one of those. First the Lancers tied Presbyterian 3-3 in Farmville and later beat Charleston Southern 2-0 at home as well. Three regular season games remain for Todd Dyer’s squad and they are crucial as Longwood just stands in 7th place for the Big South Tournament that takes just the top eight teams. Longwood will take on Campbell and UNC Asheville this week, two squads that currently rank in front of the Lancers on the Big South table.
Last Week: T 3-3 vs Presbyterian, W 2-0 vs Charleston Southern
This Week: 10/22 at Campbell, 10/25 vs UNC Asheville
Field Hockey (6-10, 2-3): It was a winning week for the Lancers with a non-conference victory over Davidson and a big MAC win over Ball State. Longwood did fall 5-0 to Penn on Sunday but the Lancers seem to be playing good field hockey as the season draws to a close. Longwood’s season comes down to next Sunday though at Kent State. The Lancers are 2-3 in the MAC and currently tied for 4th in the standings. Keep in mind only the top four teams move on to the conference tournament. Longwood will need to take care of business against the Golden Flash or their season will likely be over in a flash.
Last Week: W 3-0 vs Davidson, W 1-0 vs Ball State, L 5-0 at Penn
This Week: 10/26 at Kent State
Longwood has a prime Class of 2016 target from the Millwood School in Richmond in power forward JJ Matthews, but today it was Matthews teammate CJ Williams who visited Farmville on an unofficial visit.
— Vantage Hoops (@VantageHoops) October 11, 2014
Williams, a 6’4 shooting guard, currently holds an offer from Howard University.
The players have been posting various pictures getting ready for the season and have unveiled the new jerseys for this year a bit. What do you think?
— PAPI K (@ItsVelvetHoop) October 8, 2014
Lotanna Nwogbo with the road blues…
Men’s Soccer (1-6-1, 0-1): It was a rough September for the men’s soccer team and that really showed when the NCAA released it’s first glance at the RPI rankings mid-week as Longwood ranked as the eighth worst team in the country. The Lancers were in a similar situation a year ago but caught fire in conference finishing the season 7-9-4 after starting out 1-4-3. Jon Atkinson squad is now looking to do that again and had a good showing against the nation’s tenth ranked team in the RPI Winthrop. Winthrop head coach Rich Posipanko had promising words after the 3-2 win.
“We are pleased to get the three points tonight. Longwood is much better than their record indicates. However, I feel we made the game closer by not finishing our chances. Our finishing was below par tonight and inability to clear the ball put us in a bit of trouble tonight.”
Longwood will look to turn their season around with a pair of Big South affairs this week at home and on the road.
Last Week: L 3-2 (OT) vs George Washington, L 3-2 at Winthrop
This Week: 10/8 vs Radford, 10/11 at High Point
Women’s Soccer (6-5-1, 1-2): After throttling Division I independent Francis Marion early in the week, the Lady Lancers simply didn’t show up for a road match up with rival Radford taking a 5-1 loss of their own. Todd Dyer’s squad will look to rebound this week with a trip to High Point before starting a three game home-stand with Gardner-Webb this weekend.
Last Week: W 5-1 vs Francis Marion, L 5-1 at Radford
This Week: 10/8 at High Point, 10/11 vs Gardner-Webb
Field Hockey (4-8, 1-3): Longwood fell to Liberty 8-1 and then their overtime heartbreak continued with a 4-3 MAC loss to Central Michigan. The overtime loss was the fourth this year for the Lancers, who dropped to 1-3 in MAC play. Longwood will now welcome the nation’s top ranked team, North Carolina, to Farmville for a Friday match up with the Tar Heels.
Last Week: L 8-1 at Liberty, L 4-3 (OT) at Central Michigan
This Week: 10/10 vs #1 North Carolina