Sports


SPORTS 2/3/16 12:00pm

Club hockey plays through late nights, long travel

HILLSBOROUGH — It’s 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, but it could be any Wednesday. For most Elon students, it’s time for bed, studying, or Netflix. But for freshman Drew Waetjen, he needs to set up the goals on the ice rink at the Orange County Sportsplex so Elon’s club hockey team can start practice. It’s a typical freshman duty, but an atypical time for a practice.


SPORTS 1/30/16 9:57pm

Phoenix earns comeback victory at Northeastern

Sophomore guard Dmitri Thompson had 19 points and freshman forward Tyler Seibring hit a go-ahead jumper in the lane with a little more than a minute left as the Elon University men's basketball team edged Northeastern University 71-67 on Saturday, Jan.


SPORTS 1/30/16 9:52am

Last-second layup gives women's basketball win at Northeastern

Freshman guard/forward Nikki McDonald made a layup with three seconds left to give the Elon University women's basketball team its third straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win, 56-54 over Northeastern University Friday afternoon. McDonald's layup was assisted by sophomore guard Shay Burnett, who picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.


SPORTS 1/30/16 9:26am

Men's basketball edged by Hofstra, 66-64

The Elon University men's basketball continued its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference skid, falling to Hofstra University 66-64 Thursday evening. The loss was Elon's third straight and fifth in six contests, as the Phoenix tumbles down the standings to eighth place, touting a 3-6 record in conference play thus far.


SPORTS 1/23/16 10:06pm

Poor second half plagues Phoenix in loss to JMU

The Elon University men's basketball team came out on fire in the first half of its game against James Madison University, but the Phoenix couldn't keep the pace and the Dukes left Alumni Gym with an 82-64 win on Saturday night. The Phoenix opened the game with a bang offensively, shooting nearly 61 percent from the field and 9-of-13 from three-point range in the first half.


SPORTS 1/23/16 9:00pm

Men's basketball can't keep up first half pace in loss to JMU

The Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t continue the offensive assault it had in the first half, scoring just 21 points as the Phoenix fell to James Madison University 82-64 Saturday night in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest. Elon held a 43-42 lead at halftime but scored 12 points in the first 16:24 of the second half, shooting 8-32 from the field and an abysmal 4-13 from the line.


SPORTS 1/23/16 3:46pm

Defense leads the way in women’s basketball win

The Elon University women’s basketball team used a stout defensive effort to overcome offensive struggles and claim a 52-41 victory over the College of Charleston Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. In a game that was riddled with offensive miscues from both teams, Elon won the rebounding battle 45-36 including several offensive rebounds late in the game that took time off the clock and sealed the Colonial Athletic Association victory for the Phoenix (10-7 overall, 3-3 CAA). “You have to control the controllables and we feel like the two things you can control are defense and rebounding,” said Elon coach Charlotte Smith.


SPORTS 1/21/16 10:31pm

William & Mary buries men's basketball, 89-67

The Elon University men's basketball team travelled to Williamsburg, Virginia, where they fell to the College of William & Mary, 89-67 Thursday night in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game. Tribe sophomore guard Connor Burchfield eviscerated Elon, going for 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting on 6-of-7 from long range. Freshman forward Tyler Seibring meanwhile led the way for Elon with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists on 5-of-5 from deep. Junior guard Luke Eddy added 13 points, while freshman guard Dainin Swoope contribute 12 on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.


SPORTS 1/21/16 3:15pm

Men's tennis Saturday doubleheader cancelled

The Elon University men's tennis team had a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, but the impending bad weather in the area has cancelled the matches against North Carolina A&T State University and Bluefield College. The two matches were slated to be the first match of the spring season at the recently resurfaced Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.


SPORTS 1/20/16 3:30pm

Column: More questions, uncertainty than ever before for Elon

With all the usual questions surrounding the start of the season, the Elon University men’s tennis team doesn’t lend many answers. Of its six singles starters from a year ago, only senior Robert Lindgren and junior Chris Humphreys return, and the six freshmen on the roster leave a lot of uncertainty for the Phoenix. All that considered, it’s hard to put an appropriate weight of expectations on the team that lost in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinals last year. Lindgren’s had success — he was a second team All-Southern Conference singles player in 2014 and has a career spring doubles record of 31-24.


SPORTS 1/20/16 3:30pm

Column: With youth, Elon poised for postseason run

The Elon University women’s tennis team may not look experienced just by glancing at its roster. There’s just one senior and one junior. But five vital sophomores return, and the Phoenix figures to be in the top tier of Colonial Athletic Association teams once again. Last year, its inaugural campaign in the league, Elon secured the No. 3 seed in the CAA Tournament and advanced to the semifinals before falling to College of Charleston. While Barbora Lazarova, a key player on that team, is gone, the Phoenix returns its five other singles starters — four of those being sophomores. Last year, freshmen accounted for 48 of Elon’s 62 singles victories.


SPORTS 1/20/16 12:00pm

With stout preparation, freshman sees success

Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny finished his interviews after the team’s Jan. 9 loss to Hofstra University just more than 20 minutes after the game ended. Matheny walked out of the interview room and was greeted by one of his team managers catching shots and passing to an Elon player, still wearing his game shorts and undershirt.


SPORTS 1/20/16 11:30am

Women’s soccer team publishes book

The author of the latest book to make headlines on campus is certainly unusual: the Elon University women’s soccer team. With the help of Tom Arcaro, professor of Sociology, senior midfielders Samantha Burch and Taylor Glenn, junior defender Erin Tanhauser and former soccer player Mikayla Shaw were published as editors for “Costa Rica Through The Lens: Reflections From Elon University Women’s Soccer,” in which the team documents its experience from its March 2015 study abroad trip to Costa Rica.


SPORTS 1/20/16 11:15am

Williams ’15 receives national academic athlete award

Miles Williams ’15 didn’t get a phone call. He didn’t receive a letter or read an email. Williams found out he was selected as a Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star through social media. “I was coming back home and I looked on social media and someone tagged me in a post,” Williams said.


SPORTS 1/17/16 5:03pm

Women's basketball pummeled by Drexel, 74-31

The Elon University women's basketball team was playing from behind all day in Philadelphia, falling to Drexel University, 74-31.  The Phoenix were trounced out of the gates, falling into a 20-8 hole after the first quarter and a 38-19 deficit by halftime. Elon had no answer for junior forward Sarah Curran, who went for 22 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting, to go with a pair of threes, including 18 points in just the first half alone.  Essence Baucom and Shay Burnett led the way for the lagging Phoenix, with seven points apiece.