Mules scor­ing in bunches to lead Rhodes

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Chris Van Tuyl Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

For Mid-South sports fans un­aware, Rhodes Uni­ver­sity has a women’s field hockey team.

And, by scor­ing 15 goals and eight as­sists in nine games, ju­nior for­ward Hai­ley Mules is lead­ing all NCAA Di­vi­sion III play­ers with a 4.22 points per game av­er­age.

“We’ve had a re­ally great sea­son so far, and I think it does have a lot to do with my team­mates,” Mules said. “I’ve just been do­ing what my coach has been telling me to do. At the be­gin­ning of the year, she was try­ing to drill in my head to cut into the mid­dle when I’m tak­ing the ball up and then once I started do­ing that, it started to re­ally work out for me.”

Rhodes (8-1) plays at Randolph-Ma­con on Sun­day and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary Wash­ing­ton on Mon­day. Mules is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the game she’s played since the first grade. And for 48 hours, she will be play­ing in the vicin­ity of her home­town of Bal­ti­more. Which leads us to why she’s ma­jor­ing in busi­ness at Rhodes.

“I love warm weather, so I just wanted to go south,” said Mules, “and not many schools in the South have field hockey. I felt like this was the far­thest south I could go.”

Field hockey is played in two 35-min­utes halves, with a run­ning clock. In­ci­den­tally, it took a lit­tle longer than that for Mules’ most mem­o­rable match.

“I be­lieve it was our Wit­ten­berg game (Sept. 8) where we went into over­time, and I scored the (game-win­ning) goal,” she said. “It's just like su­per ex­cit­ing to have done that. I felt our team had worked so hard for that game — and then to come out with the win, it was great.”

Mules and her team­mates are less than a month away from com­pet­ing in the South­ern Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence tour­na­ment. It will be hosted by Hen­drix Col­lege Nov. 2-4 in Conway (Ark.)

Said Mules: “We want to go as far as we can. We’re go­ing into (the re­main­ing games) with strong at­ti­tudes, and hope­fully come out with the win.”

Mem­phis women’s soc­cer sweeps weekly hon­ors

For the first time in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, a women’s soc­cer team has run the table when it comes to weekly Player of the Week hon­ors. And that squad was none other than the Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis. Award win­ners for the week of Oct. 8 were: Sopho­more Clarissa Larisey (Of­fen­sive Player), se­nior Olivia Gau­thier (De­fen­sive Player), sopho­more El­iz­a­beth Moberg (Goal­keeper) and fresh­man Tanya Boy­chuk (Rookie).

The Tigers, who de­feated Hous­ton and SMU on the road last week, will take a 12-2 record into Sun­day's con­test against vis­it­ing South Florida. On the men’s side, Mem­phis mid­fielder Edgar Alaniz was named the AAC Rookie of the Week. The Tigers tied Tem­ple last week in Philadel­phia, 1-1. Alaniz notched his sec­ond goal of the sea­son in the 60th minute.

Keys Jr. wins MSC de­fen­sive player of week

For the sec­ond time this sea­son, former South­wind and cur­rent Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­sity de­fen­sive back Jimmy Keys Jr. has gar­nered Mid-South Con­fer­ence Blue­grass Di­vi­sion De­fen­sive Player of the Week hon­ors. Dur­ing last Satur­day’s Home­com­ing game against Ge­orge­town Col­lege, Keys regis­tered eight tack­les (seven solo) and had an in­ter­cep­tion in a 13-7 loss.

En­ter­ing this week’s ac­tion, the 5foot-8, 146-pound ju­nior was tied for sixth in the MSC with three in­ter­cep­tions. Keys Jr. had played in only four games.

Mem­phis women's golf has strong fin­ish in Ken­tucky

The Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis women’s golf team heads to the Mag­no­lia In­vi­ta­tional on Sun­day in West Point (Miss.) com­ing off a strong show­ing in the Blue­grass State. Com­pet­ing at the Bet­tie Lou Evans In­vi­ta­tional, hosted by the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky, five golfers com­bined to set a sin­gle-round school record 278 to help the Tigers fin­ish fourth (874).

Two Mem­phis se­niors fin­ished in the Top 10 in­di­vid­u­ally. Michaela Fletcher shot a ca­reer-low 67 in the fi­nal round to tie for sev­enth (214). Syd­ney Col­will came in 10th (216). Ken­tucky (858) won the team ti­tle, fol­lowed by Penn State (860) and Mid­dle Ten­nessee (869).

North­west Mis­sis­sippi's Smith hon­ored

North­west Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege has re­ceived the David M. Hal­brook Award for stu­dent-ath­lete com­ple­tion rate achieve­ment for the 2017-18 aca­demic year. Former Lake Cor­morant stand­out Harley Smith was also rec­og­nized for own­ing the high­est GPA among Ranger women.

Smith, a NFCA All-Amer­ica Scholar Ath­lete, con­cluded her NWCC aca­demic ca­reer with a 3.96 GPA. As a pitcher, she was sec­ond all-time in ap­pear­ances (57), fourth in wins (22) and com­plete games (23) and fifth in strike­outs (166). North­west had 99 per­cent of its stu­dent-ath­letes grad­u­ate or com­plete all their nec­es­sary cour­ses.

Sun­day Sports Brunch is a weekly look at movers, shak­ers and news­mak­ers on the Mem­phis sports scene, from youth level to the pros. If you have an item of in­ter­est, please con­tact Chris Van Tuyl at christo­pher.van­tuyl@com­mer­cialap­peal.com.

COUR­TESY OF RHODES UNI­VER­SITY

Rhodes Uni­ver­sity field hockey player Hai­ley Mules es­capes pres­sure from a de­fender.

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