This week in sports, the women’s swim team snags the first-place title in the NAIA Women’s Swimming and Diving Coaches’ Poll, and the men’s swim team snags second-place. Men’s lacrosse continues their winning streak, while women’s lacrosse loses to Shorter University in a sudden death round.

Women’s swim team:

The women’s swim team collected three first-place votes and tallied 26 points to capture the number one ranking in the final regular season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Women’s Swimming and Diving Coaches’ Poll. This is the bee’s first number one rating of the season.

The bees own the top times in 10 different categories including the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle relay, 800-meter freestyle relay, 1,000-meter freestyle, and 1,650-meter freestyle.

Falling one spot and receiving the last two first-place votes was Oklahoma Baptist, collecting 24 points. Holding steady at number three was Cumberlands University, tallying 14 points. Concordia University ranked number four, and Brenau University ranked number five.

The lady bees will be sending 17 swimmers to take part in the NAIA National Championships, February 27 – March 2 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Men’s swim team:

The men’s swim team finished the regular season ranked second in the NAIA Coaches Poll. The Bees held steady in second-place for most of the season. SCAD received the last first-place vote and tallied 19 points, just nine points behind first place Oklahoma Baptist University.

Oklahoma Baptist tallied four first-place votes and collected 28 points to top the final regular season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll.

Jumping two spots to number three is Concordia University with 14 points. Union University fell one spot to number four with 10 points. Joining the top five this week is Olivet Nazarene University with six points.

Congratulations to Coach Chris Conlon on a very successful season. The men’s team will also be sending 12 men to the NAIA National Championships.


Women’s golf:

The Lady Bees pulled off a great victory at Savannah Harbor Club Tuesday morning when they braved wind and wet weather, but shot their best golf in the two-day SCAD Spring Invitational.

Going into Tuesday’s final round, the bees held on to a one stroke lead over Lee University. With four colleges within six strokes of the lead the tournament title was up for grabs. The bees had three of their best golfers shoot in the 70s for both rounds and came up with a three-stroke victory over second place Lander University.

Freshman Sofia Molinaro shot four over par, while teammate Alazne Urizar shot seven over to finish third and fourth in a field of 69 golfers. Their play earned them all-tournament recognition. SCAD’s Becky Tetrick finished in the top 10 in seventh place, giving SCAD three of the top 10 golfers in the tournament.

Men’s lacrosse:

The men’s lacrosse team made it two in a row as they scored 10 of their 14 goals in the first half of play against the visiting cougars of the College of Charleston. A crowd of 90 people packed the stands at the SCAD Sports Complex to witness a 14-5 victory where the scoring was split among seven Bees.

The win brings SCAD’s record to 2-0 in the young 2013 season. The offensive standout of the evening was sophomore Cody Sienkiewicz as he put together five goals on nine shots. Chipping in three goals on six shots was freshman Nate Travis. Aaron Farabee contributed two goals and an assist. The remaining four goals were scored by Shelton Polka, Matt Dean, Cody Hoerauf, and freshman Andrew Gualtieri.

The Bees out shot the Cougars 55 to 29. Doug Henry won nine of 14 face-offs. SCAD rounded up 36 ground balls compared to the Cougar’s 26.

Women’s lacrosse:

The lady bees lost to Shorter University in a sudden death period to lift the Lady Hawks to a thrilling 11-10 victory over SCAD at Ben Brady Field in Rome, Ga. The loss brings SCAD to 1-1 in the season, and was just the second time the bees have gone down in defeat in 12 all-time NWLL games.

It was all SCAD in the first half as the bees jumped out to a 5-0 early lead. The lady hawks trailed 8-2 with 23:56 to play in the second period before reeling off four straight goals to make it 8-6. It was a heartbreaking final 21 seconds as Shorter’s Desiree’ Watson-Isom scored with and Bianca Rojas followed nine seconds later with the equalizer to tie the game at eight and send it into sudden death.

Shorter continued its dominance early in the first overtime, scoring two goals to go ahead 10-8 at the 1:36 mark of the first OT, but the Lady Hawks went scoreless over the final 4:36 of the first extra session and SCAD got tallies from Charlotte Walters and reigning NWLL Player of the Year Charlotte Cutts to knot the score at 10 and force sudden death.

Walters led SCAD with a game high five goals and one assist, and Kayla Nelson had two goals and one assist. Haley Fauvelle also added two goals for the Bees, while Cutts chipped in one goal and one assist.

The Bees return to action on February 24 when they play Davenport University for their first home game of the season. Game time is set for noon at the SCAD Sports Complex. Come out and support your reigning national champions as they continue their quest for the SELC conference championship.