ON CAMPUS: Stryffeler to lead FAU into Greenville

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

Senior defensive end Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) has been voted as one of the four 2013 team captains for Florida Atlantic University and will lead his Owls into Greenville Thursday night to face East Carolina University. Head Coach Carl Pelini commented that he admired Stryffeler’s lead-by-example attitude and hard work ethic through pre-season. Stryffeler started at defensive end this past Friday night as Florida Atlantic fell in their season opener to the University of Miami, 34-6. Stryffeler saw action in six 2012 games, recording eight tackles and one quarterback hurry. In his career, Stryffeler has played in 18 games and has been among the Owls’ two-deep since arriving in Boca Raton. Thursday night will be the only trip to North Carolina this season for Stryffeler and the Owls. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.


Aaron Mellette (SLHS) and the Baltimore Ravens dropped to 2-2 after losing their final pre-season game to St. Louis, 24-21. Mellette recorded five receptions for 70 yards, finishing as the Ravens’ third-leading receiver on the night. Mellette completes pre-season as Baltimore’s second-leading receiver, hauling in nine catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. His pre-season performance and hard work was rewarded Saturday afternoon as he was notified that he had earned a roster spot on this year’s team. Baltimore will open the regular season Thursday at 8:30 p.m. as the Ravens travel to Denver with the game to be broadcast on NBC.

In what many NFL coaches describe as the toughest part of pre-season, NFL rosters around the league were trimmed this past week as the 53-man roster deadline nears. Causalities of this past week’s roster downsizing were local players Dennis Godfrey (LCHS), who was released from the Dallas Cowboys, and Tobias Palmer (NHS), who was let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both players enjoyed the past three weeks playing football at the highest level.

Tristan Johnson (LCHS) and the Carolina Hawks (0-5) will be in action Saturday night at the Westover Recreation Center in Fayetteville where they will take on the Triangle Nighthawks. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Danny Dillon (LCHS) and Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (0-1) had their season opener spoiled by UNC Charlotte as the 49ers cruised past the Fighting Camels, 52-7, in Charlotte’s inaugural football game. The game was also the first for both school’s head coaches, Mike Minter for Campbell and Brad Lambert for Charlotte. The Camels will make their home debut on Saturday as they play host to the University of Virginia Wise at 6 p.m.

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Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb University (1-0) opened their season with a win over Furman, 28-21. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Huntington, WV to face Marshall in a 6:30 p.m. contest.

Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and UNC Pembroke will open the 2013 season Thursday night at 8 p.m. as the Braves host national runner-up Winston-Salem State in front of a national audience as CBS Sports broadcasts the game.

The following players and teams will compete in their season openers on Saturday — Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University will travel to face Hampden-Sydney for a 1 p.m. game. Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford will face Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College in the 17th Annual Gate City Bowl to be held at Grimsley High School at 1 p.m. T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College will take on Presbyterian at 2 p.m. Dequan Swann (LCHS) and N.C. A&T will have the nightcap, making the trip to Boone to face Appalachian State at 6 p.m.

Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCullum (SLHS) and Wingate University will still have to wait another week before beginning their season. Wingate will take the field on Sept. 14th when they host St. Augustine’s at 1:30 p.m. at Irwin Belk Stadium.

Men’s Soccer

Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (0-1) opened their 2013 season with a 2-1 loss to Richard Stockton University in the Roanoke College Tournament. The second game against Averett College was postponed. The Hornets will return to the pitch this weekend with two doubleheaders in the Shellenberger Classic. On Saturday, they will face John Carroll University at 1 p.m. and then play the winner of Marymount and Roanoke at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, they will face the winner of John Carroll and Roanoke at 1 p.m. and then play Marymount at 3:30 p.m.

Brady Heath (LCHS) and Methodist University opened their 2013 season with an overtime loss to Birmingham Southern 4-3 last Friday. The Monarchs played Rhodes University on Monday and will travel this weekend to Galloway, N.J., to face William Patterson University on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Richard Stockton University on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (1-3) went 0-2 this weekend in Chapel Hill as they participated in the Carolina Nike Classic facing two top-ranked teams in 12th-ranked Duke and No. 1 North Carolina. In Friday night’s matchup, Duke would slip away with a 1-0 win over the Owls. Sturdivant stayed in goal the entire 90 minutes, collecting seven saves. On Sunday, Kennesaw State faced its stiffest competition of the year in the form of the defending national champions and current No. 1-ranked Carolina Tar Heels. Carolina would win 3-0 as Sturdivant again played goalie throughout the entire game, collecting five saves in a barrage of 18 shots on goal. The Owls will take the pitch again on Friday as they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia State at 7 p.m.

Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University fell to 0-2 on the season as they were defeated 3-0 by William and Mary last Friday night. The Panthers hosted Georgia Southern yesterday and will face UNC Greensboro Friday night at 7pm before traveling to Elon on Sunday for a 7pm match.


Anna Swindell (LCHS), Erica Davidson (Lee Christian), Haley Bryant (Grace), Makaila Gillum (Lee Christian), Alisha Adkins (SLHS) and the CCCC Cougars fell in both matches this past week, losing to Davidson CC on Tuesday and Wake Tech CC on Thursday. Erica Davidson looked particularly impressive in the Wake Tech matches, registering four assists and three kills. The Cougars will return to action on Sept. 17 as they host Wytheville CC.

Cross Country

Ashley Matthews (Grace) and Lee University will open their 2013 cross country season Friday when they participate in the UTC Powerade Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. Matthews is coming off of a stellar 2013 spring track season that saw her become one of the first Lee University athletes to be named a NAIA All-American in outdoor track by finishing seventh in the 26.2-mile marathon event in the 2013 NAIA Track and Field Championships. Matthews finished the race in three hours, one minute and 17 seconds. Lee University Head Track Coach Caleb Morgan said, “Ashley did a great job in her first marathon, she ran like a veteran, racing very smart. Her time would be competitive in any major marathon around the country.”

Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College opened their 2013 season with a win as they finished first in the four-team St. Andrews Invitational last Friday in Laurinburg. Schrull finished 33rd out of 40 runners with a time of 25:51. The Avenging Angels will travel to Wilmington to compete in the Seahawk Invitational at 6 p.m. Friday.

Keeley Wood (SLHS) and Wingate University will open their season Friday as they travel to Spartanburg, S.C., to participate in the Eye Opener Invitational.