ECU Football

East Carolina’s Tay Williams runs the ball during a game against South Florida on Oct. 26 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

A pair of role players from last season’s East Carolina football offense, running back Tay Williams and receiver Leroy Henley, are no longer with the team and have entered the transfer portal.

Former ECU reserve defensive end Chandon Hickerson also was removed from the official roster.

Most of the player exits since the end of last season had been walk-on or inexperienced players.

Williams was a redshirt freshman last year and finished fifth on the Pirates in rushing yards (164). Henley was a sophomore in 2019 and made four receptions with 32 yards.

ECU finalized one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in the American Athletic Conference earlier this month and is set to begin spring practice March 17 under second-year coach Mike Houston, who still has one spot to fill on his defensive staff with cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch leaving for an NFL job.

Sweep at Memphis

A hot start by Lashonda Monk and the East Carolina women’s basketball team helped the Pirates finalize a regular-season sweep of Memphis.

ECU won 61-57 at Memphis on Saturday behind 18-point performances by both Monk and Taniyah Thompson. Monk had 12 points and four steals in the first quarter, which ended with the visitors leading 22-9.

The two wins over Memphis are part of a 3-2 record in the last five games for the Pirates (6-18, 3-8 American Athletic Conference). Memphis (13-12, 4-8 AAC) trailed by 17 points during the second quarter for ECU’s largest lead against a league opponent this year.

Lacrosse starts 2-1

East Carolina’s women’s lacrosse team secured its second consecutive win Saturday with a 20-5 home rout of Wofford.

The Pirates (2-1) led 13-2 at halftime. They benefited from Megan Pallozzi’s five goals, and three other Pirates had three goals. Nicole Legar finished with three goals and two assists.

Streak stopped

The East Carolina women’s tennis team’s three-match win streak was stopped with a 4-0 loss at No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday. ECU fell to 3-3, while powerhouse UNC improved to 11-0.