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VMI JUNIOR quarterback Reece Udinski throws a pass over the hands of Chattanooga’s Tavi McLean. Udinski completed 20-of-36 passes with two interceptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. (VMI photo by Randall Wolf)

VMI JUNIOR quarterback Reece Udinski throws a pass over the hands of Chattanooga’s Tavi McLean. Udinski completed 20-of-36 passes with two interceptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. (VMI photo by Randall Wolf)

KEYDET SENIOR wide receiver Javeon Lara makes a catch, leaving Chattanooga’s Devonnsha Maxwell (90) trailing. Lara caught three passes for 26 yards. (VMI photo by Randall Wolf)

KEYDET SENIOR wide receiver Javeon Lara makes a catch, leaving Chattanooga’s Devonnsha Maxwell (90) trailing. Lara caught three passes for 26 yards. (VMI photo by Randall Wolf)

VMI Wins Fifth Game

Concluding its most successful season in 16 years, the Virginia Military Institute football team defeated Southern Conference rival Chattanooga 31-24 in the rain Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium in Lexington.

The Keydets, under the direction of head coach Scott Wachenheim, finished with a record of 5-7, compiling their most wins since going 6-6 in 2003. In the Southern Conference, VMI finished 4-4, the Keydets’ best record in SoCon play since they went 4-1 in 1979. VMI showed notable improvement after going 1-10 last year, and two of this year’s wins came in overtime.

VMI’s win snapped a four-game losing streak. Keydet junior quarterback Reece Udinski completed 20-of-36 passes with two interceptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Jakob Herres caught two TD passes for VMI, Carter Johnson scored on a 2-yard blocked punt return, and Jarrod Richmond found the end zone on a 64-yard run following a fumble recovery. Senior kicker Grant Clemons made a 29-yard field goal, and Alex Ramsey led VMI with 66 rushing yards on 18 carries.

W&L Falls In Sweet 16

Tufts’ Zach Seigelstein scored just over one minute into overtime as the fifth-ranked Jumbos downed Washington and Lee University 2-1 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Swarthmore, Pa., on Saturday.

The Jumbos, who have won two of the past three Division III national titles, came from behind to eliminate the 11th-ranked Generals (17-3-3). Tyler Smith had put W&L ahead in the 29th minute, drilling in a laser from outside the 18-yard box off of an assist from fellow rookie Samuel Bass.

Ian Daly equalized for the Jumbos in the 62nd minute. Both teams had chances to break the deadlock before the end of regulation, but Tufts would ultimately score on its first shot in the overtime period.

The Jumbos outshot the Generals 18-12 and held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Michael Nyc recorded six saves in goal for W&L, while Erich Kindermann made three stops for Tufts.

In Sunday’s quarterfinal round, Tufts defeated one of its New England Small College Athletic Conference rivals, No. 18 Connecticut College, by a 3-1 count to return to the Division III semifinals.

The Generals won their second straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship this fall, advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 for the second time in three years. After making just one national tournament appearance in program history prior to 2015, W&L has now reached the Division III playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

Runners Compete

In NCAAs

The W&L women’s cross country team concluded its best season in program history at the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday, placing 29th of 32 teams on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.

The Generals, who had won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the NCAA South/ Southeast Regional championships, tallied 695 points. Johns Hopkins claimed the national championship with 125 points, Washington University in St. Louis (138) placed second, and Williams

(168) finished third.

Ithaca’s Parley Hannan was the individual winner, finishing the 6-kilometer course in 20:53.8. Junior Katie Harris led the Generals, placing 155th of 277 runners in 23:13.8. Other harriers for W&L were seniors Julia Moody (163rd, 23:17.5) and Katie Bearup (176th, 23:24), sophomores Sara Stephenson (213th, 23:43.8) and Avery Schiffman (236th, 24:01.1) and junior Didi Pace (251st, 24:21.3). This was the Generals’ first time competing at the national meet.

Racing in the 8K men’s race was Southern Virginia University senior Mike Myers, who placed 98th of 279 runners in 25:26.1. The overall winner was Stevenson’s Patrick Wilson in 24:13.9.

Myers, the first SVU runner to compete at the national meet, had won the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Meet, also a first for SVU, before placing sixth at the regional championships.

Another cross country runner with local ties, University of Tampa junior Zoe Jarvis, earned All-American honors by placing 28th of 260 runners at the NCAA Division II Championship on Saturday at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. Jarvis, who grew up in Tampa, is the granddaughter of Zac and the late Cindy Jarvis of Glasgow. She finished the 6K course in 20:52. Adams State’s Stephanie Cotter won in 19:15.5.

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