Lipscomb’s Miguel DaSilva, the conference’s top scorer in 2008, was named the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year, the conference office announced Thursday.
The junior forward had nine goals and 11 assists for 29 points in 21 games last season. He was the only unanimous 2008 all-conference selection.
Teammates Garrett Pettis, a sophomore forward, and senior defender Kezi Lara joined DaSilva on the preseason all-conference team. Pettis was the Bisons’ leading goal scorer last season with 12.
Lipscomb was one of four teams to receive at least one first-place vote but was picked to finish fourth by the conference coaches.
Belmont was picked sixth.
Belmont’s women’s programs are highly regarded in preseason voting by coaches in their respective sports.
The cross country team, which has won three straight conference titles and seven of the last eight, was tabbed the favorite to win again this season.
The volleyball team, the 2008 A-Sun champion, was picked second, and the soccer team, coming off an NCAA tournament appearance, was picked fourth, its highest preseason ranking ever in the Atlantic Sun.
TSU football to host senior luncheon
Tennessee State’s football team will host its annual Senior Kick-Off Luncheon, 11 a.m. Friday at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza.
Coach James Webster will present this season’s 11-memer senior class to Tigers’ supporters. The event also will include members of the marching band and cheerleading squads.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Natasha Plant, (615) 963-5861.
Trevecca adds coach
Jack Peel, the softball coach at Lambuth last season, has joined Trevcca Nazarene as an assistant baseball coach. Prior to Lambuth, Peel, who played college baseball at Memphis, was softball coach and an assistant baseball coach at Lyon.
“I have enjoyed my time as a head coach with the softball programs at Lyon and Lambuth, but I am extremely excited to be back in baseball,” he said.
Belmont vs. Tusculum, 5:30 p.m. (exhibition – at Brentwood Aacdemy)
Middle Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech, 4 p.m.
Lipscomb vs. Austin Peay, 7 p.m.
Trevecca Nazarene at Bryan, 6:30 p.m. (exhibition)
Lipscomb vs. Louisville, 11 a.m.
Vanderbilt vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State vs. Alabama A&M, 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt 1, Western Kentucky 0 (exhibition)
Nicole Lukens scored in the final minute of the first half; goalies Rachel Batchel and Jessica Amlaw faced just one shot combined.
Middle Tennessee State 2, Jacksonville State 1
All the scoring came in overtime. Paige Goeglein and Jen Threlkeld each scored unassisted for the Lady Raiders.
Belmont vs. Cumberland -- cancelled (exhibition)