For the second straight year, the Cardinals captured the ORU Shootout, this time rallying in Tuesday’s final round for a four-stroke victory over the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles in the 17-team field.womensgolf

LU, which opened the day three strokes behind ORU, fired a 5-over-par 293, the lowest team round of the tournament on the par-72, 6,085-yard layout of the Meadowbrook Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.

LU’s Elodie Chapelet posted a 2-under-par 70 to finish tied for sixth at 5-over-par 221 for 54 holes. It was the first time that Chapelet has finished outside of the top five in 12 career events.

Olivia Le Roux of the Cardinals finished in a tie for 10th at 223 after a 77 on Tuesday. Teammate Felicia Sauceda fired a career-best 2-under-par 70 in the final round to tie for 12th at 224. It was the best finish of Sauceda’s career. Eva Martinez Calavia posted a 76 in the final round as she tied for 17th at 228. Brooke Duzan carded a 77 on Tuesday as she finished tied for 71st in the 90-player field at 240.

The Cardinals outdistanced the five other Southland Conference schools in the field.

The Cardinals are idle until they compete in the Yale Bulldog Invitational set for Oct. 6-8 in New Haven, Conn.


The Cardinals dropped a 49-21 decision at Southeastern Louisiana, Saturday, in Southland Conference action at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, La.

The Cardinals forced two turnovers on Southeastern’s first two possessions, including the game’s opening kickoff, only to fall behind early by 14 points. The two teams combined for nine turnovers, with the Cardinals forcing their hosts into five (three fumbles and two interceptions).

LU (1-3, 0-2 SLC) finished the night with 513 yards of total offense, including 394 yards passing. Junior quarterback Darrel Colbert Jr. completed 19-of-39 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown but was also picked off three times. He also carried the ball 16 times for 41 yards and two scores. Colbert connected with eight different receivers.

The Cardinals were led by eight tackles from Jaylon Bowden, Chaston Brooks and Tariq Gordon.

The Cardinals return to action Saturday, when they host Nicholls State, 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium.


Tomar Thomas pounded a match-high 18 kills, but the Lamar University Lady Cardinals lost 3-0 to the visiting Central Arkansas Sugar Bears in a Southland Conference women’s volleyball match at McDonald Gym, Saturday.

The Cardinals (2-10, 0-2 SLC) held leads in all three sets but couldn’t hold on against the Sugar Bears (12-2, 1-1), who won by scores of 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 in a match that saw 22 tie scores and 11 lead changes.

Haley Morton posted a double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs for LU, while Murielle Hlavac had 11 kills and six digs.

After dropping the first two tightly contested sets, the Cardinals seemed poised to extend the match by holding leads of 15-11 and 21-19 in the third set, but the Sugar Bears went on a 6-2 run to end the match.

The Cardinals had an attack percentage of .202, with 40 kills and 18 errors in 109 attempts. Central Arkansas posted a .273 attack percentage, with 44 kills and 14 errors on 110 attempts. Each team had 42 digs.

LU travels to Houston Baptist for a match at 7 p.m., tonight. The next home match is at 1 p.m., Oct. 7, against Stephen F. Austin.


Lucy Ashworth scored her third game-winning goal of the season to lift the Lamar University Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over Northwestern State Lady Demons in Southland Conference action, Sunday, in Natchitoches, La.

Ashworth, who assisted on Kelso Peskin’s first-half goal that gave the Cardinals (7-3-1, 2-1 SLC) a 1-0 lead, put LU up 2-0 into the second half when she took a long clearing pass from defender Marie Lund and then lofted a 30-yard shot over Northwestern State’s goalkeeper.

The Lady Demons (4-6, 0-3) responded just 1:43 after Ashworth’s goal with a goal off the foot of Alexis Weaver on a set play on a free kick. After an LU foul, Northwestern State’s April Trowbridge took the free kick and directed it right to Weaver, who fired it past LU goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoy.

The Lady Cards held the Lady Demons off the board the rest of the way. LU outshot the Lady Demons 10-6, and had a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Peskin and Ashworth are tied for the team lead in goals with four apiece. Peskin leads the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points, thanks to a conference-leading six assists.

The Cardinals, who are in a five-way tie for second place behind McNeese, are home for a pair of Southland Conference games next weekend. LU hosts Sam Houston State at 7 p.m., Friday, and Stephen F. Austin at 1 p.m., Sunday. The Cardinals are 3-0 at the LU Soccer Complex.


Evelyn Chavez

Evelyn Chavez

The Lamar University women’s cross-country team made its debut with a second-place finish at the Texas A&M Invitational, Saturday, at College Station. The LU men took eighth place in their race.

In the women’s competition, LU’s Evelyn Chavez took sixth to lead all Southland Conference runners in the 140-athlete field. Chavez covered the 6-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 17.2 seconds. The Cardinals had three runners in the top 15, with Katy Whiteoak taking 14th in 21:39.4, and Evie Reavis 15th in 21:39.6. Georgia Tuckfield was 23rd and Katie Buckley finished 36th. The Cardinals finished with 88 points.

Jamie Crowe led LU in the men’s race, covering the 8-kilometer course in 24:21.8 to finish 11th.  LU senior Keith Fallon was 34th in 24:53.6. Rounding out LU’s top-five finishers

were Mathew Arnold in 49th, Freddie Gasbarri in 55th and Cormac Kelly, who was 56th.

  The Cardinals totaled 192 points. LU was the second of five Southland Conference teams in the event, finishing only behind McNeese’s 110 points. Brian Barraza of Houston took home individual honors in a time of 23:51.5.

The Cardinals compete in the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 14, the last meet before the Southland Conference Championships, Oct. 27, in Abilene.


Senior Benny Schweizer wrapped up a strong weekend

of competition for the Lamar University Cardinals by winning the Islander Open main draw individual title, Sept. 17, at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Complex in Corpus Christi. Schweizer finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record to bring home the title.

LU selected players will be invited to play in the ITA All-America Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The ITA tournament will take place Saturday through Monday.

Compiled by Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

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