According to Mark Emmert of the Portland Press Herald, Longwood will head to Orono, Maine on November 24 to take on the University of Maine Black Bears.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools and is a bit odd of an out-of-conference match up given the proximity of the two schools. Maine will be in their second year under head coach Bob Walsh. Last year the Black Bears went 3-27 overall and 2-14 in America East play. Walsh was formerly a Division III head coach at Rhode Island College.

The match up with Longwood will be the home opener for Maine.

Maine is the ninth out-of-conference opponent that has been uncovered thus far. Longwood will hit the road to play Oklahoma State (Dec 15), George Mason (Dec 19), and Richmond. The Lancers are expected to host UMBC and James Madison as home, as well as participate in a three team tournament at Eastern Kentucky featuring the host Colonels, Ball State, and South Carolina State.

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Could 4-star recruit Levi Cook round out Longwood’s 2015 class?Coach Gee hosted Longwood’s Elite Camp today to cap off a week that included a youth camp and team camps. The week of camps has certainly filled up the Lancers’ pipeline.

Class of 2015

The biggest news from this weekend came away from the camp when 4-star 2015 recruit Levi Cook was on campus. Cook is a massive 6’10, 305 lbs center who originally committed to West Virginia. The Huntington Prep product also had offers on the table from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Charlotte, Marshall, South Carolina, and others. Needless to say this would be a HUGE get for the Lancers to round out their 2015 class.

Class of 2016

Coach Gee went back to his honey hole this week to offer Cleveland product Hartfield Braun. Braun, a 6’4 shooting guard, is currently at the same high school, Garfield Heights, as Longwood freshman Al Burge.

Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 is the class where we saw the most movement this week with the following offers:

Luke Frampton, 6’4, G, Poca (WV): Frampton is teammates of guard Elijah Cuffee who was offered by the Lancers early in the season.

John Salley, 6’10, C, Benedictine

Damian Knowlin, 6’4, G, Bishop Sullivan

Jarrod West, 6’1, G, Notre Dame (WV)

Darius George, 6’6, F, Lee

Pinky Wiley, 5’10, G, LC Bird

Mario Haskett, 6’3, G, LC Bird

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Longwood alum Shane Johnson is currently on loan to the Harrisburg Islanders of the USL.

Longwood has once again put together an opportunity to support alum Shane Johnson! Johnson is currently on loan from the Richmond Kickers to the Harrisburg City Islanders and the two teams will match up in Richmond on August 1.

Come on out! For just $20 you’ll get:

– Ticket to the Game
– BBQ Dinner
– 2 Beer Tickets- Entry into Longwood’s VIP hospitality tent

This event was a lot of fun last year and is great for everyone! If you’re bring the whole family then remember kids 3 and under are free and you can purchase tickets that just include soda/water vouchers for $15.

You must register for the event on LongwoodLink and can access that site HERE!

See you at the stadium!

For the past three and a half years we have tried to create community to raise awareness for Longwood Lancers athletics and create a space where Lancers fans can voice their opinion and discuss their favorite teams. Our founder, Parks Smith, has now chosen to take an official role with the University and will no longer be able to participate here in the same role.

We’re not going to let LancersBlog die, but we need your help.  Basically the site can exist in two different forms: 1) we can keep the current format or 2) the site will become just a message board only format. Derek Poe will remain with LB but he has a new addition to the Lancer family on the way. This means if the site is going to remain in the current format he’s going to need help from some folks writing for the frontpage and voicing their opinion. The frontpage is and will always be open to anyone so there is no need for writers with experience rather just those with passion for Longwood Athletics.

LancersBlog is also a labor of love for all of us and it’s not free to run. We’d appreciate if any of the “regulars” would consider making a small donation to the site as well to help facilitate the small costs with hosting the website.

We’d love to hear from you and if you have any ideas for the future of the site. We’ve met some great people over the years and want this to continue to be a place for all Lancers fans. Please feel free to comment on this article, tweet us, or send us an email at LULancersBlog at gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from everyone and hope to launch a new path forward by July 1!

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Longwood junior outfielder Kyri Washington has been selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball draft. Washington is expected to forgo his senior season at Longwood after leading the Big South with 14 home runs this year while also batting .279 and driving in 49 runs for the Lancers.

Washington slipped out of the first ten rounds as many teams opted to draft more college seniors since those players are more of a guarantee to sign immediately. Juniors have the option to come back for their senior year and be re-drafted the next season.

Washington is the ninth Lancer ever chosen in the MLB Draft and the first since Mark Montgomery in 2011 who went in the eleventh round to the New York Yankees. Montgomery is currently pitching for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Washington entered the draft as a Top 150 prospect according to Baseball America and has provides power and speed coveted by many major league clubs. He participated in the prestigious Cape Cod league a year ago and impressed several major league scouts.

There is a still a chance that Washington chooses to ply his trade with the Florence RedWolves this summer in the Coastal Plains League this summer and later return to Longwood for his senior year, but that seems to be a longshot at this point according to several sources.

Longwood still has one spot left in their scholarship allocation for the upcoming season and after being turned down by a couple of transfer guards the Lancers seem to have their eye on a replacement for Lotanna Nwogbo after the 2015-16 campaign.

Central Florida transfer Dylan Karell has emerged as a prime target for the Lancers. The 6’11 Karell has one year of eligibility left and would sit out for the 2015-16 season before suiting up for the 2016-17 season. He’s appeared in 66 games for the Golden Knights over the past three seasons and started five contest this past year. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last season.

Karell is originally from the Miami are where he averaged 16 points and 9 boards as a senior at Dr. Krop High School.

Coach Gee would look to develop Karell similar to what he did with Lotanna Nwogbo. Nwogbo averaged 1.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13 for Tulane but exploded to average 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per outing his first season with the Lancers. Karell would join a solid frontcourt that is set to include Khris Lane, Damarion Geter, and Victor Dorsey.

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Longwood will make it’s first ever trip to the Patriot Center this season.Since starting to play a Division I schedule in the 2004-05 season Longwood has played every Division I program in the state except for one, George Mason. As with many head coaches, former Lancers’ boss Mike Gillian strayed away from playing his former employer which meant Longwood never matched up with Patriots beyond some preseason scrimmages in Fairfax. That is set to change this year as Longwood is now slated to make their first trip to the Patriot Center for a match up with the Atlantic 10 foe.

George Mason is coming off a 9-22 season which ended in the firing of head coach Paul Hewitt. Hewitt has been replaced by former Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen, who had a great deal of success with the Bison. Paulsen’s arrival has spurred the departure of Isaiah Jackson, Trey Porter, and Eric Lockett from Fairfax. The Patriots are expected to have as many as six new pieces for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

This game is not expected to be part of series but just a one-off affair instead. Nevertheless it should be a great opportunity for the Northern Virginia alumni base to catch the Lancers in action this season.

George Mason joins Oklahoma State and Richmond as confirmed out-of-conference road games for the Lancers next year. Longwood will also play Eastern Kentucky on the road in a four team tournament that features the host Colonels along with Ball State and South Carolina State.

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