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UPDATE (8/24): Badowski is visiting campus today.

Coach Gee continues to tap into the Ohio pipeline in offering a scholarship to Brunswick, Ohio native Ryan Badowski. Badowski, a member of the Class of 2014, is a 6’3 guard who plays for Brunswick High School and Team Work for AAU.

Badowski has received offers from not only Longwood, but Gee’s former squad Cleveland State. He also has a couple of non-Division I offers.

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Longwood left its old athletics logo behind in 2006.

Longwood unveiled the current athletic logo on February 18, 2006 in front of a packed house in Willett Hall. The new logo was met with cheers and Brandon Giles iced a memorable 77-73 win over in-state rival James Madison on that snowy afternoon.

Word is now leaking out across campus and on social media that Longwood is developing a new secondary logo for athletics. Longwood has formed a committee and commissioned Joe Bosack Design to create the new secondary image. Joe Bosack Design has a rich history in developing athletic logos, including Boise State, Bucknell, Cornell, Mississippi State, Akron, and others.

In a statement Troy Austin said:

“Since its inception seven years ago, the Lancer logo has helped to build school spirit by offering a visual icon that can be utilized as a rallying symbol.  A secondary Longwood University logo provides another opportunity for us to expand and enhance the Lancer brand with one collective effort.  I am excited to see what this process yields.”

The current athletics logo will stay as the primary logo for the school.

Things heated up a little, in terms of athletic activity for the Lancers this past week. Women’s Soccer (2-1) had the best week defeating Atlantic 10 opponent Richmond 2-1 in Double Overtime. Both Men’s Soccer (0-1) and Field Hockey (0-2) had a rough start to their respective seasons. The Mens Soccer team traveled to  Conway to open up Big South play and take on the nation’s seventeenth ranked team Coastal Carolina. The Lancers fell 4-0 in a sloppy game in the rain. In Field Hockey the Lancers lost a pair of tight games, losing to St. Francis (PA) 3-1 on Saturday and to Lock Haven 2-1 on Sunday.

Here is what is on tap for Longwood Athletics this week:

Men’s Soccer (0-1)
8/28 @ Presbyterian* (0-1)
9/1 vs Liberty* (0-1)

Women’s Soccer (2-1)
8/27 @ Howard (0-3-1)
9/2 @ Appalachian State (1-2)

Field Hockey (0-2)
8/31 vs William & Mary (2-0)
9/2 vs #5 Duke (1-1)

Men’s & Women’s Cross Counrty
9/1 @ VMI Invitational

Lancer Weekly Roundup

lancersblog —  August 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

The Lancers sports season was off and running this weekend as the Womens Soccer team was in action on both Friday and Sunday in Farmville. On Friday night the Lancers took down CAA opponent Drexel 2-0 behind goals from Samantha Phillips and Kylie Dyer. Senior Kyra Byron was credited with the shutout. On Sunday, the Lancer had a disappointing 3-0 loss to VCU of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Here is what is in store for the Lancers this week:

Mens Soccer (0-0)
9/24 @ #17 Coastal Carolina

Womens Soccer (1-1)
8/24 @ Richmond

Field Hockey (0-0)
8/25 vs St Francis-PA (Lock Haven)
8/26 @ Lock Haven

Pieces of the Longwood Men’s Basketball schedule continue to leak out, this time from Rock Hill, SC. The Lancers will travel to Winthrop on Saturday February 9 to take on the Eagles. The Lancers and Eagles have an all-time series record of 1-1 but have not played each other since the 1985-86 where the Lancers won 67-58. The Eagles are coming off a 12-20 season that ended up in the firing of coach Randy Peele. Pat Kelsey a former Wake Forest and Xavier assistant takes over at the helm for the Eagles and has added the services of a couple junior college transfers.

We will keep you posted as more pieces of the schedule leak out. You can follow the latest scheduling news and rumors on the Message Board.

 

Photo via One Pic/One Day

Now that we are officially in the Big South Conference the obvious question turns to who will hoist a Big South championship first? Every one of Longwood’s sports will compete in Big South competition with the exception of Field Hockey. The Big South does not sponsor Field Hockey so the Lancers will enter their eighth season as a member of the NorPac Conference.  So which of Longwood’s other sports is ready to immediately step up and take a Big South crown?

Immediate Contender

Softball- The obvious title contender is Kathy Riley’s softball squad. The 2011 team was screwed (for lack of a better word) out of the NCAA tournament and the team has shown it can compete at the highest levels. Brooke Short, Megan Baltzell, and Jordan Cox all return from a young squad that went 29-26 a year ago. The team will now have to rely on less neutral site tournaments and can focus on winning a Big South title.
2012 Big South Champion: Coastal Carolina

Could Contend

Men’s Soccer- The squad was 3-1 against Big South teams a year ago. Although the team lost some key players, the 2012 version of the Lancers is a veteran one coming off an Atlantic Soccer Conference championship. The Lancers return six seniors and two juniors, while also bringing in a talented recruiting class.
2011 Big South Champion: Liberty (Coastal Carolina also received a NCAA bid)

Women’s Golf- Amanda Steinhagen and Ariel Witmer have what it takes to make an immediate impact in the Big South. If the rest of the team gets hot at the Big South championship then the Lancers can definitely take the crown.
2012 Big South Champion: Campbell

Women’s Soccer- The squad continues to grow and was 1-2-1 against the Big South last year. They may be a year off, but this year’s team could make some noise this year with some a lot of players returning.
2011 Big South Champion: Radford

Wild Card

Men’s Basketball: The team has so many new additions to the roster that there is no telling how they will gel. The Big South is without a clear cut power in basketball this year, so the season may come down to whomever gets hot at the Big South tournament in Myrtle Beach.
2012 Big South Champion: UNC Asheville

Women’s Basketball: Liberty is the traditional power in women’s basketball for the Big South, but their imminent departure may open the door for other programs. Like the men’s program, the women’s team is adding a lot of new pieces and will need some time to come together. They are certainly heading in the right direction though.
2012 Big South Champion: Liberty

Lacrosse: The Big South will be a lacrosse league for the first time ever this year. Last year’s Lancers’ Lacrosse squad struggled, but with the new league everything could be up for grabs in 2013.

No Chance

Baseball: This is nothing against Buddy Bolding’s squad but Coastal Carolina is a perennial power in the college baseball scene and the scary thing is that Liberty is not far behind them. It will be near impossible to knock off both the Flames and Chanticleers in route to a NCAA bid.
2012 Big South Champion: Coastal Carolina

Men’s Golf: Once again, no offense to the program but this is a result of the other school’s involved. Coastal has always been a power and has produced pros like Dustin Johnson. Recently, Liberty has grown to power and even finished tenth at the NCAA championship this year. Remember the name Robert Karlsson because you’ll likely be hearing it on Sunday afternoons.
2012 Big South Champion: Liberty

Photo Via CRS Sports News

Lancer fans, alumni, students, etc have a lot more to celebrate this weekend then our Nation’s birth. At midnight on Sunday the Lancers will officially be apart of the Big South Conference. There are so many emotions I have for my alma mater this weekend: pride, happiness, relief, excitement… to say I’m experiencing these things would be an understatement.  I came to Longwood in 2004, the same year our school started playing a Division I schedule. Farmville and Longwood were a very different place. There was no Longwood Landings, instead there was a 1950s strip mall where our bookstore was in between a ratty old gym and a liquor store. Willett Hall still had disgusting brown bleachers, the darkest brown floor you can imagine, and powder blue base lines with no logos. There was also very little school spirit and no pride attached to our athletic programs.

My freshman year was certainly I memorable for several reasons. I immediately latched on to the athletic department and the men’s basketball team. The team was hodge podge that year, a squad very much in transition that ended up going 1-31. That one win came on a December day, with the students gone, against Howard University. The only saving grace of that year is that another Division I independent, Savannah State, went 0-28 and kept Longwood out of the national spotlight. It was pretty unbelievable to be honest, I saw friends of mine like Lamar Barrett, Brandon Giles, and Dana Smith be thrown in the fray and compete against guys like Chris Paul, Jason Maxiell, Deron Williams, Dee Brown, and Ronnie Price. I’ll never forget Brandon being on ESPN’s top plays for the wrong reason that year, as Maxiell volleyball spiked his shot about 20 rows up into the stands in Las Vegas. Perhaps the most deflating thing that I’ve ever experienced that year was losing at Hampden-Sydney. The ten minute drive down the road must have felt like a six hour road trip.

The next year you could tell that things were going to get better. We crushed Hampden-Sydney in the opener and beat Liberty visiting from down the road. Then came the game in Atlantic City against the number four team in the country in Villanova. I went up to AC and we had that game, there was a “questionable” (to put it nicely) technical against Kurt Williams and the Longwood bench in the second half that changed the face of that game. The real highlight of that year came against JMU late in the year. We won 77-73 because of the late game heroics of Brandon Giles and unveiled our new logo. It was the first time I remember Willett rocking and an actual sense of pride for the school and its athletic programs.

Since the genesis of DI status a lot really hasn’t happened on the playing fields. We’ve had celebrations for reclassification, which really didn’t mean much. We had wins, we had losses. We’ve talked to nearly every mid-major conference in the country ranging from the Great West to the MEAC. But we still didn’t have a home. In late February when other teams were gearing up for the excitement of conference tournaments, we’d just be sitting at home, season over, no closure.  It was like every season was just an exhibition and we were just going through the motions. But this January everything changed. The campus has changed, the students have changed, the general pride for the university from its students has changed.

We now have something to be very VERY proud of and everyone should be. A lot of people worked very hard for this moment, Troy Austin, Mike Gillian, the whole athletic department, student-athletes, students, alumni, fans, the community, and countless more. I look forward to that pride rippling into the alumni. You should be proud of your school, you should be coming to games, there should be tailgates, road trips, local meet ups, and much more. I know that is coming and I look forward to it. I look forward to going to VMI and seeing the Lancers play a meaningful game in front of the corps. I look forward to going to Myrtle Beach and not knowing whether I’ll be there through the weekend or checking out the next day. And most importantly I look forward to the day I’m watching CBS, see #16 Longwood Lancers and immediately booking my plane ticket to Dayton or wherever else.

This is a weekend for everyone to celebrate, so please enjoy it. But when Monday hits everyone needs to focus on supporting the Longwood Lancers and helping all of our dreams finally become a reality. We aren’t that far off and you have A LOT to be proud of.

- Parks Smith, Class of ’08

 

Seton Hall released their non-conference schedule today and as expected Longwood is set to take on the Pirates once again. This year’s game will take place on Wednesday December 19 in the Prudential Center. The Pirates are a member of the Big East and went 21-13 last year. Their season ended with a loss to Massachusetts in the second round of the NIT. This year’s squad will be rebuilding with no seniors currently on the roster.

This will be the third year in a row that the Lancers have faced Seton Hall. Last year the Pirates visited the Lancers where they won 87-61 despite a solid effort by Mike Gillian’s squad. Two years ago the Lancers lost in Newark 78-51. This game could also mean a return trip to NJIT who is also in Newark, but that remains to be seen.

 

Longwood will face an unfamiliar task in the 2012-13 season, which is taking on opponents more than once. It is certain that the Lancers will bump into VMI, Radford, Liberty, Campbell, and High Point twice and the team could run into other Big South opponents more than once in the Las Vegas Invitational or the Big South Tournament. This will certainly not only be a challenge for the players but also the coaching staff. So how does Mike Gillian look historically in terms of playing the same school multiple times in a season?

Gillians overall record on the back end of a second in-season matchup with an opponent is 12-14 since the Lancer went to a Division I schedule in 2004-05. The good news that four of those losses came during the 1-31 debacle in 04-05. Since that point Gillian has shown improvement and a solid record on the back end of home and home series with a 12-10 record or a .600 winning percentage. Also, he has proven success in the back end over Big South opponents with wins over Liberty, High Point, and Campbell.

This is certainly good news for a program that will enter a whole different dynamic this year. Hopefully Gillian’s success continues in Big South play.

Photo credit: Indiana Times

The Big South just posted a recap from their annual meetings in Hilton Head and the most interesting part was the portion on baseball, which included Longwood. There was some speculation prior that Coastal Carolina would attempt Longwood from playing conference baseball in order to protect their RPI. Baseball will have the same divisions outlined for men’s basketball:

Division A Division B
Campbell Charleston Southern
High Point Coastal Carolina
Liberty Gardner-Webb
Longwood Presbyterian
Radford UNC Asheville
VMI Winthrop

 

The baseball schedule will feature 24 conference games. Teams will play a 3 game series against five teams in the same division and three in the other division based on the final 2012 Conference standings. I’m assuming Longwood will be penciled in as the last place for Division A from last year which means we will play Winthrop, Presbyterian, and Charleston Southern as our out-of-division schedule.

Here is some other news from the conference meetings:

Softball
Each school will have a 24 game conference schedule featuring a 3 game series versus every opponent. The top eight teams will advance to the conference tournament, which is double-elimination.

Lacrosse
The Big South said it will have an eight member conference with seven full-time members and Davidson as an associate member. This means that Longwood will be playing Big South lacrosse. The Lancers were originally slated to play Atlantic Sun lacrosse in 2013. The conference tournament will feature the top four teams in a single elimination tournament at the sight of the number one seed (unless that seed doesn’t have lights).

Soccer
For both men’s and women’s soccer every Big South team will play one another. The conference tournament will feature the top eight seeds. The men’s tournament will be held at Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC and the women’s semi-finals and finals will be held at Winthrop.