All Sports - Archives November 2017

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Game 11 Preview: Old Dominion vs. Rice
Football 11/14/2017

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football hosts Rice on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The contest is the home finale for the Monarchs.

Monarchs Set to Compete in 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic
Men's Basketball 11/14/2017

The Old Dominion men's basketball team (2-0, 0-0 C-USA) is set to compete in the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic on Nov. 16, 17 and 19 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Monarchs Face NC State in NCAA First Round
Men's Soccer 11/14/2017

NORFOLK, Va. The Old Dominion (12-5-2) men's soccer team will host NC State (8-5-4) in the NCAA Championship First Round on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the ODU Soccer Complex at 7PM ET. The Monarchs earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship after winning the C-USA Championship Final over Charlotte, 1-0.

The 68th Oyster Bowl is Saturday, and the Game Will Continue Through At Least 2022
Football 11/14/2017

The 68th annual Oyster Bowl Game will take place Saturday November 18 at 2 p.m. when the Old Dominion Monarchs play host to the Rice Owls at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Proceeds from the Oyster Bowl will go to Shriner's Hospital for Children. "The Oyster Bowl is certainly a fixture within the fabric of Norfolk sports history and Foreman Field," stated ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig. "Roger Staubach, Bruce Smith, Tayor Heinicke and so many other college greats have participated in this game over the years." The first Oyster Bowl game was played in 1946. Since then more than 3.75 million dollars have been raised. "The money raised is distributed to 22 state-of-the-art Shriner's Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico" stated Terry Riley, Chairman of the Oyster Bowl Committee. A newly signed contract between the Shriners and Old Dominion ensures the Oyster Bowl game will continue through at least 2022. "It's great that we'll be able to spread the word about the tremendous work they're doing at Shriner's Hospitals for Children to a new generation" added Reilly. "Our fans look forward to the game each fall and helping the Shriner's Hospitals for Children is something we can all get behind. It's a great event for a great cause," Selig said. Last year a sellout crowd saw ODU defeat FIU 42-28 in the Oyster Bowl game. Ray Lawry rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns to earn the Mel Blassingham Award as the game's MVP. Among numerous fundraising activities tied to the game, one dollar from each ticket sold will go to Shriner's Hospital for Children. Tickets for the 2017 Oyster Bowl game are available at

ODU Wrestling: Where Are They Now? Kyle Hutter '11
Wrestling 11/14/2017

NORFOLK, Va. The three-time All-Academic All-American and three-time NCAA Qualifier, Kyle Hutter answered some questions about what he's doing now since graduating Old Dominion in 2011. Hutter was also a the assistant coach at ODU from 2011- 2017.

B.J. Stith, Monarchs Too Much for JMU in Harrisonburg, 69-53
Men's Basketball 11/13/2017

B.J. Stith scored 13 points in a matter of two minutes late in the second half to lift the Old Dominion men's basketball team (2-0, 0-0 C-USA) to a 69-53 victory over James Madison (1-1, 0-0 CAA) in Harrisonburg on Monday night at the JMU Convocation Center.

Former ODU Men's Basketball Coach Jeff Capel Jr. Passes Away
Men's Basketball 11/13/2017

NORFOLK, Va. - Former Old Dominion University Men's Basketball Head Coach Jeff Capel Jr. passed away on Monday. He was 64. Capel coached the Monarchs from 1994-2001, and led the Monarchs to CAA Championships in 1995 and 1997, including a win over No. 3 seed Villanova in triple overtime in 1995. Capel had a record of 122-98 at Old Dominion. "Coach Capel always represented Old Dominion with class and dignity. We had some terrific success on the court when he was our coach. His former players always speak of him as a role model that continues well beyond their playing careers," Current ODU President John Broderick said. President Broderick was a Vice President at Old Dominion when Capel was head coach. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our former men's basketball coach, Jeff Capel. Jeff was a father figure type of coach who had a great relationship with his players and was genuinely a nice guy. We are thinking of the Capel family at this difficult time," ODU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig said.

Soccer Monarchs Host NC State in NCAA Tournament First Round
Men's Soccer 11/13/2017

NORFOLK, Va. It was announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon that the Old Dominion (12-5-2) men's soccer team will face NC State (8-5-4) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be held at the ODU Soccer Complex on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Play Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Video and Transcript)
Football 11/13/2017

Good afternoon everybody good afternoon to all our 12th Monarchs out there in Monarch Nation. Coming off a 37 to 30 win at FIU which was a very good win for our team on the road against a team that was 6-2, 4-1 in the league. They were undefeated at home. So to go down there and get that win, very proud of everybody in our organization. We approached this game as our backs were to the wall, that was the mindset we had as a team knowing that we had to get this win to continue to make these November games relevant, and our guys were definitely ready to play. We had a 24-14 lead at the half, and then in the second half although we allowed a lot of yards, we were able to get a couple turnovers, stopped a fake punt, they were huge momentum plays for us in this game. Starting with our special teams, Nick Rice continues to be a weapon for us, he was 3-for-3 on field goals from 41, 18, and 23, and he made all four of his extra points. At this point in his true freshman season, he's 13-15 on field goals, 21-21 extra points, he's making 94% of his kicks. The two that he missed, one was blocked early in the year against UNC that would have been good, and he missed a 46 yarder against Charlotte. Really proud of the way Nick is performing, and then we also got the tackle for loss by Miles Fox on their fake punt that they attempted late in the third quarter. At that point they had momentum, they had cut the lead to 24-23 and they went for the fake. We were in what we call a punt safe look, which means our defense is on the field we just took Rob Thompson and put Darrell Brown as the returner. So, we were defending some type of a play they might run and potentially giving up any shot at a return. Miles Fox made an outstanding play which got us the ball on their 46, we went down and scored to get the lead back to 31-23. Defensively, it was really about getting the turnovers in this

Lawry Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week
Football 11/13/2017

IRVING, Texas Old Dominion University senior running back Ray Lawry was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, C-USA announced on Monday. Lawry had 19 carries for a season-high 168-yards and two touchdowns in the Monarchs' 37-30 win at FIU on Saturday. He also caught three passes for 14-yards and a touchdown. Lawry scored on runs of one and 40-yards, and added an 11-yard touchdown catch. He also had a 65-yard run, the second longest run of his career. For the season, Lawry has 99 attempts for 535 yards and six touchdowns in six games. He also has eight catches for 29 yards and a score.

Baseball Adds Nine on National Signing Day
Baseball 11/13/2017

Head coach Chris Finwood and the Old Dominion baseball program signed nine student-athletes to national letters of intent last week on National Signing Day.

Old Dominion Falls to No. 24 Northwestern, 17-16, Defeats Gardner-Webb, 30-3
Wrestling 11/12/2017

NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion (1-1) men's wrestling team defeated Gardner Webb (0-3), 30-3 and fell to No. 24 Northwestern (2-0), 17-16 on Sunday afternoon in front of over 500 fans.