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Lakeland competes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) within Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Competition includes colleges from within the region of Ohio and Michigan, as well as independent contest opponents from New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, West Virginia and Florida.
We offer seven sports. Women's sports include basketball, softball and volleyball; men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf and soccer. Visit our team pages below.
Soccer News, 10/23/2015
The Lakeland Soccer team concluded their season with a convincing 5-2 victory over rival Cuyahoga Community College. The game did not start well for the Lakers as they spotted the Challengers with an early 2-0 lead. However, George Toe scored a brilliant goal with less than a minute to go in the half to make it 2-1 at the break. Early in the second half, Toe was at it again as he scored his second goal of the day unassisted. From there, the Lakers would not look back as they scored three more unanswered goals. First, Mark Champney scored a nice goal on an assist from Khadim Mbaye. Later, he would add a second goal in the 75th minute on an assist from Toe. In between Champney's tallies, Gary Wise would score a pretty goal on an assist from Yatafari Forde.
Lakeland will play host to the NJCAA region 12 Division I men's soccer tournament on 10/31-11/1. On Saturday, game times are set for noon and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game (around 2:15). On Sunday, the championship game will be played at noon on Lakers field.
Volleyball News, 10/23/2015
The Lakers Women's Volleyball team (18-11, 6-5 OCCAC) played Columbus State Community college on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Lady Lakers had difficulty getting going and lost an important league match 3-1. For the Lakers, Jessica Fontana had 11 kills and 10 blocks, Elizabeth Spellacy contributed 9 kills and 8 digs, and Grace Wilson had 9 kills, 9 digs, and 5 blocks. Jordan Talevski pitched in with 19 digs for the Lakers. Tonight, the Lakers will travel to Sinclair and then to Edison on Saturday before finishing the regular season by hosting Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday (10/28) at 6pm.
Soccer News, 10/19/2015
The Lakeland Soccer team had a difficult weekend as they lost to both Muskegon Community College and Jackson College at home. The Lakers will finish out their season this Wednesday (10/21) as they play host to rival Cuyahoga Community College. Lakeland Community College will also host the Division I men's soccer Region 12 tournament on 10/31-11/1. The teams for this tournament are still to be determined. The semi-finals are scheduled for 12 and 2 (30 minutes after game 1) on Saturday, 10/31, with the finals be played at noon on Sunday, 11/1.
Volleyball News, 10/19/2015
The Lakers Women's Volleyball (18-10, 6-4 OCCAC) team hosted Clark State and Cincinnati State this past weekend. Against Clark State, the Lakers won 3-0 and were led by Elizabeth Spellacy (14 kills), Kayla Zarbock (10 kills), and Haley Azbill (7 kills and 10 digs). Jordan Talevski also registered 10 digs for the Lakers. The Lakers then beat Cincinnati State 3-1 in an important conference match. Jess Fontana led the way with 15 kills, Elizabeth Spellacy added 14 kills, Jordan Talevsjki had 24 digs, and Carly Cabot pitched in with 55 assists. By defeating them for a second time this season, it could give the Lakers an important tie-break advantage as the season finishes. The Lakers will face another important match-up this Wednesday as they play host to Columbus State Community College. The match is set for 6pm.The Lakers will then travel Sinclair and Edison this weekend before finishing the regular season by hosting Cuyahoga next Wednesday (10/28) at 6pm.
Volleyball News, 10/9/2015
The Lakers Women's Volleyball (16-9, 5-3 OCCAC) team traveled to Lorain County CC on Wednesday (10/7) and dropped a tough 3-1 decision to the Commodores. Grace Wilson (11 kills, 27 digs), Jessica Fontana (9 kills), and Elizabeth Spellacy (7 kills, 27 digs) led the way for the Lakers. Lakeland volleyball has struggled a bit lately as they have battled numerous injuries. As a result, they will not participate in the Cincinnati Tourney this weekend as they look to regroup for key conference matchups next week. The Lakers will once again be on the road Wednesday (10/14) as they travel to Owens to play the 5th ranked Express before finally returning home to host Clark State on Friday (10/16) at 6pm and Cincinnati State on Saturday (10/17) at 11am.
Soccer News, 10/9/2015
TThe Lakeland Soccer team has been off this past week and is getting ready to play host to Ancilla College on Saturday (10/10) and Lake Michigan on Sunday (10/11). Both games are slated for a 1pm start. In their most recent play, the Lakers travelled to Schoolcraft College to play the 15th ranked Ocelots. The Lakers battled, but eventually lost 4-1. Next week, the soccer team will travel to Owens CC on Wednesday for a 4pm game against the Express.
The Lakeland Soccer team travelled to Ancilla College (#16 in NJCAA poll) and Lake Michigan Community College this past weekend. Ancilla scored a 4-1 victory over the Lakers that was much closer than the score appeared. Shots were 9-11 in favor of Ancilla and the score was 1-1 at the half. The Lakers also had a goal waived off in the match. Asdrubal Rodriguez scored for the Lakers on an assist from Goerge Toe. On Sunday, The Lakers lost a 2-1 game to Lake Michigan CC in double OT. This exciting match was forced into OT as Laker Gary Wise scored on an assist from Asdrubel Rodriguez with 1 second left in regulation. The Lakers were unable to overcome many injuries suffered earlier in the weekend. The Lakers are now 2-8 and play host to Cincinnati State (#12 in the NJCAA poll) at 1pm on Saturday, 10/3. On Sunday, the Lakers travel to Schoolcraft College to play the 5th ranked Ocelots at 3pm.
The Lakers Women's Volleyball team traveled to Grand Rapids this past weekend to participate in the Grand Rapids CC Volleyball Tournament. Lakeland started the weekend by avenging an earlier loss to Oakland Community College – this time a 3-2 victory. Jessica Fontana (14 kills) and Elizabeth Spellacy (8 kills and 8 digs) helped lead the way for the Lakers. Haley Azbill (6 kills and 10 digs) Carly Cabot (36 assists) also made significant contributions while Jordan Talevski added 35 digs. From there, the weekend became tough for the Lakers as they had to deal with some injuries throughout. They dropped three straight matches to Vincennes University, McHenry County College, and then Kalamazoo Valley CC. The Lakers will look to get healthy and back to their winning ways as they travel to Columbus State CC on Friday, 10/2, at 6pm and then to Lorain County CC on Wednesday, October 7, also at 6pm. The Lakers Volleyball team now holds a 16-7 record (5-1 OCCAC).
The Lakeland Men's Soccer team is off to a 2-5 start. After dropping the first two matches at Jackson and Muskegon, the Lakers rebounded by beating Jamestown 3-0 and Penn State - New Kensington 4-1. Freshman Gary Wise (Brush HS) has helped lead the way with his impressive play and the Lakers defense has started to gel as a unit (Conrad Mbassa, J Davilla, and Allassane Diop). This past week was a tough one for Lakeland soccer as they dropped three matches to Owens CC, Schoolcraft College and then Cincinnati State.
The Lakers will look to rebound as they head to Cuyahoga CC –West campus on Wednesday, 9/23 at 4:00 pm and then to Ancilla College and Lake Michigan CC this weekend.
The Lakers Women's Volleyball team is off to a 14-4 (4-1 OCCAC) record to start their season. After an opening day loss to Kalamazoo Valley CC, the Lakers went on a 12 match winning streak. During that time they beat Lake Michigan CC , Lansing CC, Vincennes University, Kellogg CC, and Kankakee CC to name a few. They are in second place in the conference as the team hits the quarter mark. Early in the season, they beat Clark State, Cincinnati State, and Lorain County CC while only dropping 1 game in those three matches. On Wednesday, 9/16, nationally ranked Owens got by the Lakers in a tough match.
During the weekend of 9/11-12, the Lakers went 2-2 in the 13th Annual Shannon McBride Volleyball Classic. The team beat Mercyhurst NE (3-0) and Cuyahoga CC (3-1) before dropping its next two matches to St. Clair Cty CC and Oakland CC. The Lakeland Veterans Student Organization did a brief presentation on 9/11. The award recipients of the Shannon McBride Memorial Scholarship are Haley Azbill, Carly Cabot, and Mary Prosuch. Congratulations to each of them!
This weekend, the Lakers hosted Sinclair CC on Friday and Edison state on Saturday. The Lakers wasted no time in taking both matches 3-0. The Lakers will travel to Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday, 9/23, for a 6 pm matchup before heading to Michigan next weekend to participate in ta tournament at Grand Rapids CC.
Cabot, Strnad Garner Student-Athlete of the Year Honors
KIRTLAND, Ohio (June 17, 2015) – Freshman Carly Cabot (Aurora, Ohio) of the women's volleyball team and sophomore AJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio) of the baseball team were named Lakeland's Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year, respectively, for the 2014-15 academic year.
Cabot, a first team all-conference selection, finished with 1,184 assists as a freshman setter. She handed out the second most assists in a single-season in program history while starting in all 33 matches. She ranked second in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and ninth in the nation (NJCAA Division II) in assists. She was also 12th in the country in assists per set (9.25) and set a career-high with 54 helpers against Cincinnati State on October 11.
In the classroom, Cabot was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester and was a two-time S.T.A.R. student-athlete. She was one of nine Lakers named to the OCCAC All-Academic team for achieving a 3.3 GPA or higher during the 2014-15 academic year and will rank among the league's top returners next season.
Strnad is a two-time all-conference selection who played in 82 games during his two-year career with the Lakers. As a freshman center fielder he finished in the top-10 in the OCCAC in stolen bases, hits, total bases, RBIs, and triples.
As a sophomore, he finished second in the OCCAC with a .419 batting average in 19 league games. Overall, Strnad led the Lakers in runs (32), RBIs (30), batting average (.376), and home runs (4) while rattling off a 16-game hitting streak midway through the season. He also earned S.T.A.R. student-athlete status in his final two semesters at Lakeland.
Recent Athlete of the Year Honorees (sport):
2013-14: Chantel Smithberger (softball), Marcus Fleming (men's basketball)
Lakeland Student-Athletes Earn Academic Awards Following Spring Semester
KIRTLAND, Ohio (May 29, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College Athletic Department is proud to announce the academic award winners for the spring semester. In total, 21 were recognized as S.T.A.R. student-athletes, seven were named to the Dean's List, and nine garnered an Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Academic Team selection.
In order to qualify for the Dean's List a student must be full-time enrolled and achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher. S.T.A.R. student-athletes must be full-time enrolled and achieve a 3.0 GPA or maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.0. Lastly, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher in order to qualify for the OCCAC All-Academic Team.
Six of seven programs were represented on the Dean's List and OCCAC All-Academic Team while all seven boasted S.T.A.R. student-athletes.
OCCAC All-Academic Team
Lydia Baldauf, Softball
Marc Champiney, Men's Soccer
Muhammed Alli, Men's Basketball
Lakeland Student-Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievement
KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 21, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College Athletic Department is proud to announce the academic award winners for the fall semester. In total, 35 student-athletes earned recognition for their outstanding achievements in the classroom.
In order to qualify for the Dean's List a student must be full-time enrolled and achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher. S.T.A.R. student-athletes must be full-time enrolled and achieve 3.0 GPA or maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.0.
Six of seven programs were represented on the Dean's List while all seven boasted S.T.A.R. student-athletes.