Tuesday's college multisport roundup (football, baseball, lacrosse, tennis): Smithfield's Eason gains top honor for Air Force Academy football

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Jordan Eason of Smithfield finished his Air Force Academy football career in style, winning the Brian Bullard Award — the Falcons’ top football honor.

Eason helped the Falcons earn a school-record sixth consecutive bowl bid and finish 6-7, 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference.

Eason, who started every game — first at guard, then five at center after a teammate’s injury — anchored an offensive line that led Air Force to 316.2 rushing yards per game, second in the nation. The Falcons yielded eight sacks, the fewest in the conference.

The Bullard Award, established in 1984 and voted on by the football team, is based on the criteria that typifies the late Air Force player Brian Bullard — unselfishness, 110 percent effort, total team commitment and pride in his role on the team.

Bullard, who played for the Falcons two years, and his girlfriend, fellow cadet Dianne Williams, died from carbon monoxide poisoning while returning from a trip to Kansas in a snowstorm during Thanksgiving vacation in 1983.

JMU to hire O'Cain?

Former Virginia Tech assistant Mike O’Cain is the favorite to become James Madison’s offensive coordinator, sources indicated to the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg. ...

As expected, former U.Va. and Richmond assistant Jeff Hanson was named JMU’s defensive line coach.


Adam Posey, a former Poquoson High standout, recently led his Eastern Mennonite team to a 4-0 weekend in Harrisonburg, taking doubleheader victories against Cairn and Mount St. Vincent.

Playing first base or pitching, Posey batted 5-for-10 with six RBIs and scored eight runs. He pitched a three-hitter in Game 1 of a doubleheader to beat Mount St. Vincent 9-1.

For the season, Posey is batting .417 and is 2-0 with an earned-run average of 1.45.

Women’s lacrosse:

Ashmore Standing had five goals and Emily Austerberry contributed four goals and two assists as Old Dominion beat William and Mary 15-9 in Norfolk.

The Tribe (1-3, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) led 7-2 before ODU (1-2, 1-0) took control following a 15-minute lightning delay with 3:42 left in the first half.

Jenna Dougherty, Kaleigh Noon and Kyrstin Mackrides chipped in two goals apiece for W&M.

Men’s lacrosse:

No. 6 Virginia beat Mount St. Mary’s 18-11 in severe-to-moderate rain in Charlottesville, getting six goals from Mark Cockerton and five points apiece from Rob Emery and Nick O'Reilly.

The Mount fell to 2-2 in a game that was moved from Klockner Stadium's natural grass, which was submerged, to artificial turf.

Women's tennis:

In the first computerized rankings of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, William and Mary checked in at No. 25 -- a 12-spot jump from the previous list.

W&M's Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans climbed to No. 2 in doubles. U.Va.'s Erin Vierra and Maci Epstein are sixth.

Virginia fell to No. 48, while VCU is 52nd and Virginia Tech 68th.

U.Va.'s Julia Elbaba is 10th in singles, while teammate Stephanie Nauta is 61st.

Men's tennis:

Virginia easily maintained its spot in the ITA rankings, though Tuesday's were the first computerized version of the season.

VCU rose six spots to 28th, Old Dominion climbed 13 spots to 54th, and Virginia Tech fell eight to No. 57.

U.Va.'s Alex Domijan retained the No. 1 singles ranking, with teammate Jarmere Jenkins third and Mac Styslinger eighth. VCU's Max Wennakoski is 15th.

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