Athletics Highlights

Athletics News from the Summer 2019 Commentary

Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Hagy Named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week: On March 11, men's lacrosse goalie Chris Hagy, ‘21, was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. This was Hagy's first player of the week honor this season. On March 2 in a victory against Mars Hill University, Hagy set a new single-game saves record with 21 in the win, besting the previous mark of 20 by Tim Ryan.

Women’s Lacrosse
Kent Sets Career Goals Record, Cobras Down Erskine 24-11: On March 27, The women's lacrosse team downed Erskine 24-11 in a non-conference contest. Faith Kent, ‘19, set the Coker career goals record with her first goal of the game, just 5:08 into the first half. Kent surpassed Haley McCusker's previous record of 212 career goals, and then added five more for a total of six goals and one assist in the contest.

Carver Named SAC AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week: On April 1, softball pitcher Christine Carver, ‘20, was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week. This marks Carver's first player of the week honor of the season.

Grant Thompson Ties Single-Game Hits Record, Cobras Fall to Belmont Abbey: On February 12, the baseball team fell to Belmont Abbey 17-13 in extra innings with Grant Thompson, ‘20, tying the single-game hits record, notching five hits in seven at bats.

Men’s Track and Field
Alex Berry Wins Twice, Cobras Place Fifth at CIU Invitational: Men's track and field team placed fifth out of 16 teams at the CIU Invitational on March 23. Alex Berry, ‘21, won both the high jump and the triple jump, posting personal records in both events. His high jump distance of 1.87 meters was good for fifth-best in school history. Brandon Mullins, ‘19, finished second overall in the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.22. Mullins now holds the top eight 800-meter times in school history.

Women’s Track and Field
Kaylah Ruff Wins SAC AstroTurf Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: On April 16, Women's track and field student-athlete Kaylah Ruff, ‘19, won the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award. This is Ruff's first outdoor athlete of the week award this season. She won indoor athlete of the week in February when she broke the school indoor 60-meter hurdles record at the USC Open.

Men’s Tennis
Cobras Upset #37 Lenoir-Rhyne Behind Two Wins from Justus Lehmmann: The men's tennis team upset the 37th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 4-3 on March 27. Justus Lehmann, ‘21, picked up victories in both #2 singles and #3 doubles to help the Cobras secure the win. Lehmann teamed with Isaac MacMillan, 22, for a 6-4 doubles win, and then downed Rhodri Atkinson 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for the singles win, and ultimately the team win.

Women’s Tennis
Chew, Heed, and Hurt Lead Cobras to 7-0 Sweep of Southern Wesleyan: The women's tennis team was dominant, picking up a 7-0 shutout victory over Southern Wesleyan on February 13. Tammie Chew and Zoe Heed, ‘22, picked up their first collegiate victories in #1 and #3 singles respectively. Chew won her match 6-2, 6-3 while Heed won 6-3, 6-3.

Men’s Golf
Lee Named to All-Tournament Team as Cobras Finish Third at SAC Men's Golf Championship: The men's golf team notched a third-place finish at the South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championship on April 16 at Camden Country Club. The Cobras fired a final round score of 289 (+9), improving on their second round score by 13 strokes as they finished just 11 strokes behind the winners from Queens. Wanjoo Lee, ‘19, was named to the all-tournament team as he finished in a tie for fourth at four-over following his 72 (+2).

Women’s Golf
Cobras Take Home Title at 2019 Cherokee Valley Women's Invitational: The women's golf team picked up their second win of the year on March 26 as they took first-place at the 2019 Cherokee Valley Women's Invitational after beating the hosts, North Greenville, in a playoff. Alicia Fajardo, ‘20, just missed medalist honors as she finished in sole possession of second-place after she carded an 80 (+8) in the final round. Alyssa Campbell, 22, also notched a top-five finish after she closed out the tournament with an 83 (+11). 

A New Synthetic Turf Surface for the Coker Athletic Field
In early January, the addition of a new synthetic turf surface began on the Coker Athletic Field, a move that will have an immediate, positive impact on the Cobras' athletic programs. The turf replaces the previous surface of natural grass.

"The addition of the new synthetic surface will provide our teams the opportunity to practice and compete on a first class playing field," said Vice President for Athletics and Athletic Facilities Dr. Lynn Griffin.   

The turf serves Coker's NCAA Division II men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, and the newly added field hockey program. The anticipated completion of the project is set for early August, just in time for the beginning of the fall sports season.

Warners Athletic, owned by Coker graduate, board of trustees member, and former Cobra baseball player, Lou Warner, will be completing the project.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of the new turf field at, Facebook (Coker College Cobras), Twitter (@Coker_Cobras), and Instagram (@cokercobras).


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