McGuirk is GSC Freshman of Week

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Posted 2/7/18

BIRMINGAM, Ala. — Lee men's basketball guard Michael McGuirk has been named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week the league office announced on Tuesday.The White Plains, Ala., native …

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McGuirk is GSC Freshman of Week

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BIRMINGAM, Ala. — Lee men’s basketball guard Michael McGuirk has been named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week the league office announced on Tuesday.

The White Plains, Ala., native scored 12 points, hit a pair of 3s and grabbed four rebounds in Lee’s 82-74 loss at No. 20 West Florida on Thursday.

On Saturday, McGuirk set a career-high with 23 points and connected on 4 of 7 from the behind the arc in an 81-70 loss at No. 12 Valdosta State. McGuirk was 7 of 14 from the field and grabbed five rebounds as he provided a spark for the Flames coming off the bench. 

McGuirk and the Flames will look to get back in the win column this week. They currently hold the eighth and final spot in the GSC tournament with five games remaining. Lee hosts Union Thursday at 8 p.m. and Christian Brothers Saturday at 4 p.m.

Sickinger earns GSC honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Lee women’s tennis player Carley Sickinger was named the Gulf South Conference’s first Freshman of the Week for 2018 the league office announced on Wednesday.

Sickinger scored crucial victories at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-4) and No. 2 doubles with Nicole Shennett (8-6) to help the Lady Flames open the season with a 5-4 victory at Erskine College Friday.

Sickinger is a native of Miamisburg, Ohio and is studying nursing. 

“Carley has settled in quickly and will be an immediate contributor to our lineup this season,” said head coach Patric Hynes. “She is a tough, smart competitor on the court, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for her in the next four years.”

Sickinger and the Lady Flames will travel to Carson-Newman Saturday with the first serve slated for 1 p.m.

Flames lacrosse picked 4th in GCS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As Lee women’s lacrosses enters its second season, the Lady Flames were picked to finish fourth in the Gulf South Conference preseason poll the league office announced  Tuesday.

Lee returns the majority of last year’s roster including every player that scored during the inaugural season. Brianna Shapira and Hanah Rotello lead the way the for the Lady Flames. Schapira paced the team with 20 goals while Rotello was the points leader with 18 goals and four assists (22 points) a year ago.

Freshman Emma Hill is expected to make an immediate impact on offense  joining sophomore Rachel Duda on the GSC offensive watchlist. Sophomore Hannah Lee and Rotello landed on the GSC defensive watchlist.

“We are excited to get our second season underway. We are returning several key players this year, including captains Bri Schapira and Hanah Rotello. Both players have played an instrumental role in uniting the team on and off the field. We also have a lot of new faces this year, as we brought in a strong freshman class,” said head coach Addie Wadley.

The Lady Flames received seven points to finish a point above Shorter and just one-point behind third-place Montevallo. Alabama Huntsville earned the top spot with 15 points and three first-place votes while Young Harris was just behind with two first-place votes and 14 points.

“With the depth that we have on our roster this year we are able to play a much quicker, higher intensity game. I think fans will really enjoy it,” Wadley added. “I am anticipating some good competition against Montevallo this year. They play a very physical game and I think it will provide for a very exciting match. Young Harris, Alabama Huntsville and Shorter will also provide us a good challenge in conference play.”

The Lee lacrosse team will open the 2018 season Feb. 14  at home against Point University at 3 p.m.

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