PALM COAST, Fla. - Grace College’s women’s golf team finished as the runner-up at the 2023 NCCAA National Tournament.
The Lancers made up 15-strokes on the final day of the tournament to finish in a deadlock for second place with Paine College. The Lancers were awarded second place based on a scorecard playoff.
Grace May and Grace Beerman were named All-Americans at the conclusion of the 54-hole tournament.
Hannah Godfrey had led the charge for Grace with her best round of the tournament. Godfrey’s score of 79 was the third lowest of the day and secured her a top-15 finish for the tournament.
Brette Hanavan also turned in her best performance during the final round. Hanavan scored an 80 to bring her three-round total to 257.
Following close behind was Grace May. May recorded a score of 81 which earned her a sixth place finish and All-American honors.
Sydney Cesare and Grace Beerman closed out their national tournament performances with scores of 86 and 87.
The Lancers will be off until next spring, where they will eye the Crossroads League and NAIA Tournaments.
Men’s Golf Locks Up Fourth Place Finish
PALM COAST, Fla. - Grace’s men’s golf team wrapped up play at the NCCAA National Championships on Wednesday afternoon. The Lancers ended the 54-hole tournament with a combined score of 933, giving the team a fourth place finish.
Camron Jones finished the week as the individual runner-up, earning NCCAA All-American honors in the process. He held top spot after the first two rounds, but was edged out over the final 18 holes just one stroke off the lead. He was consistent over three rounds with scores all in the low 70s at 71-72-73. His 216 total score ranks second all-time for a three-round tournament.
Parker Wilburn followed up a pair of 77s with a 75 in the final round to finish in a tie for 12th place. He finished the final nine holes at even par with three birdies and three pars.
Tristen Dubbs went 81-78-81 for his three rounds to post a 240 for the tournament. He had a birdie and four pars on each nine during the final day.
Isaac Embry and Blake Lawson rounded out the scoring with rounds in the 80s. Embry carded an 85 and Lawson an 86.
It marks the fourth time Grace has finished in fourth place at the NCCAA final event and the fourth time a member of the team has earned All-American status.
The Lancers will continue their season after the winter break with tournaments in the spring and the Crossroads League tournament scheduled for May 6-7.
Sequeira’s Hat Trick Puts Men’s Soccer Within Game Of Conference Crown
GOSHEN, Ind. - Fueled by a hat trick performance by Martim Sequeira, Grace College easily dispatched Goshen 3-0 on Wednesday night.
With the win the Lancers (13-2-1, 7-0-1 Crossroads League) will play for the conference crown on Saturday night against Bethel. Grace needs a win or a tie on Saturday to clinch the Crossroads League regular season title and an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament.
The Lancers started in signature fashion blitzing the Goshen (1-13-2, 0-6-1 CL) defense with an early goal.
Daniel Santos Rosa and Seongwhi Lee quickly worked the ball from an attacking corner and into the box where Sequiera was to net his first goal just 7:13 into the game. It is the sixth goal that Grace has scored within 7the first 10-minutes of a game this season.
The Lancers kept the pressure up after the early marker and a pair of corner kicks before adding another tally.
Lee played a soft touch pass to Maxime Bregeon who lofted a crossing pass into the box and Sequeira once again capitalized on the setup to score his second marker of the night.
With Grace leading by two goals less than 20 minutes into the game the pace of play slowed.
Bregeon had a shot blocked and the Lancers had a pair of shots go wide late in the half. The Maple Leafs had two shots on goal, but Matteo Conci stopped both attempts.
In the second Goshen was the early aggressor. The Maple Leafs had a corner kick and two shots within the first ten minutes of the second stanza.
Grace responded with a dangerous attack of their own, but Frederik Christmann’s try on goal was denied by the keeper.
Determined to cut the lead in half, the Maple Leafs had sustained pressure for portions of the half, but were unable to solve Grace’s stout defensive play.
With 15 minutes left in the game the Lancers scored again.
Santosa Rosa and Sequeira played give-and-go with the ball which resulted in a Sequeira goal as the senior put the finishing touches on his second hat trick of the season.
The rest of the half expired without incident as Grace secured the 3-0 victory.
The Lancers finished the game with a 13-10 shot advantage and a narrow 9-7 advantage on corner kicks. Conci saved all three shots he faced. With three goals, Sequeira is now tied for the Crossroads League lead in goals (16).
Grace and Bethel is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Volleyball Gives No. 1 Wildcats A Scare
WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Grace’s volleyball team gave newly-minted No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan all it could handle on Wednesday.
The Lancers (18-9, 9-7 Crossroads League) battled to a 3-1 defeat, pushing the undefeated Wildcats to a fierce test at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Wednesday marked just the fourth time that a team has taken a set against the Wildcats (27-0, 16-0 CL) this season.
Statistically, the teams played nearly even. Both teams had 49 kills. IWU had five more aces (7-2) and six more block points (14-8) than Grace, but the Lancers had six more digs (69-63) and one more assist.
In the first set, the Wildcats quickly grabbed a 10-5 lead. But a pair of blocks from Livia Tate helped Grace pull back within one.
The Wildcats began to edge away during the middle portions of the set, benefitting from a handful of Grace errors. The Lancers did their best to rally with a late 5-1 spurt, but IWU held on for a 25-20 victory.
Grace’s offense was dominant in the second set. The Lancers’ first eight points all came from kills, including two apiece from Katie Swanson, Alisha Leffring and Jadyn Ross.
The Lancers opened up a 16-11 cushion midway into the set, but the Wildcats swiftly rallied for a 17-17 deadlock.
With the score still even at 19s, Grace turned to Swanson. The senior pounded out three kills over the final few rallies, including the final point as Grace won 25-22. Ross also had a timely ace to keep Grace’s momentum.
The Lancers had 15 kills while holding IWU to nine kills in the set. Swanson had six kills on eight attempts during Grace’s win.
The Wildcats opened up a fast 10-5 cushion in the third set. The lead grew to 21-14 before a well-placed timeout gave Grace a boost.
The Lancers charged out of the timeout with a 5-1 run thanks to an ace from Paige Vander Goot and two kills by Leffring.
Grace traded points with the Wildcats over the final few rallies, but IWU’s gap was enough to produce a 25-21 win. Swanson and Ross each had five kills in the set.
The teams battled evenly for much of the fourth set. Grace pulled on top 14-10, aided by three kills from Ross.
The Lancers remained in front 18-15 after another kill from Ross, but Grace hit a major drought which derailed its upset bid.
The Wildcats rattled off seven unanswered points, blowing through a pair of Grace timeouts to run away with a 25-19 win. IWU ended the match on a 10-1 run.
Swanson racked up 17 kills in the match on a .417 percentage, adding three block assists. Ross was dynamic with 15 kills, 12 digs and 2 block assists.
Riley Owens directed Grace’s offense with 44 assists, 12 digs and 2 block assists, and Liz Schmidt led all players with 18 digs.
Leffring finished with nine kills, Tate had a solo block and six block assists, and McKenzie Stakely added nine digs. Anna Ballengee also notched five kills for Grace’s attack.
Grace is currently in fifth place in the league standings with two matches to play.
The Lancers end the regular season on the road. Grace will travel to No. 23 Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday and to Huntington on Saturday.