Lynchburg, Va. -- As 2017 begins to get under way, the weekly honor of Hornet of the Week returns as well. The last three honorees were members of the Women's Basketball team but the first recipient of 2017 is sophomore Connor Schroeder of Men's Basketball.
The Blacksburg, Va. native, who is a transfer from The Citadel, has helped the Hornets become the top scoring offense in the ODAC, scoring 36 points and snagging 15 boards in the past two games.
The Environmental Science major is averaging 14.8 points/game in 26.2 minutes/game and sits in fifth in the conference averaging 8.0 rebounds/game. He has also recorded four double-doubles on the season.
The Men's Basketball team is on the road this week, battling the Roanoke Maroons in the Battle of Route 460 on Wednesday and follow that up with a trip down to Hampton Roads for a tilt with Virginia Wesleyan.
For the second straight week a member of the Women's Basketball team has captured Hornet of the Week honors with senior Charmaine Hairston being named the honoree on Tuesday afternoon.
Hairston scored 51 points in two victories, with 17 against Meredith on Wednesday and 34 against Averett on Sunday. In the game against Averett, the senior guard went for 25 points in the second half and played all but three minutes as she surpassed the 1,000 point threshold after an and one layup with 14 seconds left in the game.
The sociology major is averaging a team-high 15 points and 2.0 steals in 29 minutes of play a game.
The Hornets return to action Dec. 29th when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to face Marymount (Va.) at 12:00 p.m. on the first day of the Music City Classic.
Nikki Simpao 9-27Netting four goals and collecting eight points in the game against Virginia Wesleyan earned the sophomore forward Hornet of the Week honors
Chris Cornelius - 5-9Lynchburg College senior Chris Cornelius is this week's Hornet of the Week. The attackman had five goals and two assists last week as Lynchburg defeated Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke Colleges to advance to the ODAC Tournament Finals.
Marissa Dadura - 5-3-16This week’s Hornet of the Week is Marissa Dadura. The senior defender on the women’s lacrosse team has started the last 33 games and has helped strengthen the Hornet backline in her four-year career.
Dane Angell - 4-25Lynchburg College senior Dane Angell is this week's Hornet of the Week. The 2015 second-team All-ODAC and All-State selection had a goal in a Senior Night victory Saturday against Guilford College.
Ryan Irby - 4-18Lynchburg College freshman Ryan Irby is this week's Hornet of the Week. He was perfect through seven innings Wednesday against Hampden-Sydney College, but didn't get the decision in a 2-1 LC win. Irby struck out six and allowed just one hit in 7.1 frames.
Amy Bresson - 4/11Lynchburg College senior Amy Bresson is this week's Hornet of the Week. She powered the Hornets to a 5-1 record, hitting .500 with four home runs in six games. She had eight runs scored and 15 RBI and slammed a pair of grand slams. Bresson boasted a slugging percentage of 1.222 on the week.
Mackenzie Chitwood - 4-4Freshman catcher Mackenzie Chitwood is this week's Hornet of the Week. She powered Lynchburg to six wins in six games last week, hitting .474 with a .545 on-base percentage and an 1.000 slugging percentage. Chitwood slugged homers in each game Saturday in wins against Roanoke College and drove in four runs on the day.
Michael Romano - 3-28Lynchburg College senior Michael Romano is this week's Hornet of the Week. At the Commonwealth Duals at Christopher Newport University Saturday he had a toss of 131'3" in the discus to take third and was also third in the hammer (141'5").
Ryan Connors - 3/21Lynchburg College senior Ryan Connors is this week's Hornet of the Week. The defender started all three games last week as LC went 2-1, including a victory over sixth-ranked York.
Laura Meisner - 3-14-16Lynchburg College junior Laura Meisner has been a big part of the Hornet women's lacrosse attack this year. She had two goals each in two LC wins last week ,and also had two assists against Illinois Wesleyan.
Josh Johnson - 3-7Lynchburg College senior Josh Johnson led the Hornets to a 9-0 win over Greensboro Sunday, the first victory for the team this year. He won his matches at #1 singles and #1 doubles against the Pride.
Erika Hadland - 2-29Lynchburg College freshman Erika Hadland helped Lynchburg College score a Spring-opening 7-2 victory over Sweet Briar College Friday, winning her matches at #1 singles and #2 doubles.
Kirsten Copley - 2/22Sophomore right-hander Kirsten Copley pitched a complete-game shutout Saturday against Methodist University, working seven innings with just one hit and one walk while striking out four.
David Goulding - 2-15Sophomore David Goulding is this week's Hornet of the Week. He allowed just one earned run over 5 2/3 innings Sunday with six strikeouts in a victory over Greensboro College in the first game of a doubleheader.
Olivia DeFrancesco - 2-8Sophomore Olivia DeFrancesco is this week's Hornet of the Week. The guard scored in double figures in both Hornet victories last week, nailed four three pointers, and added 10 assists.
Tyler Timblin - 2/1Senior Tyler Timblin is this week's Hornet of the Week. He won the 3,000 meters in 8:49.73 Saturday at Liberty University's Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.
Miranda Mitchell - 1-25Senior cheerleader Miranda Mitchell is this week's Hornet of the Week. "Miranda is a first year senior cheerleader who brings optimism, drive, determination, and precision to the team," said LC head coach Amanda Dean. "She is a model cheerleader in both skills and attitude as well as a valued member of the student body at Lynchburg College. "
Chad Lipes - 1-18Senior guard Chad Lipes has been a cornerstone of the Hornet men's basketball program the last several years. In the last three seasons, LC has 45-23 record and 23-15 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.
Bobby Ford - 1-11Sophomore guard Bobby Ford earns this week's award, which includes the last two weeks of action over Christmas Break. He has hit at least two three pointers in each of his last four games and drilled eight against Berry College in a two-point Hornet victory.
Sarah Coronel - 12-21Junior guard Sarah Coronel has taken on a much larger role in her third season at LC. She has started all nine games in 2015, and averages 5.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in almost 27 minutes per outing.
Sammy Hooper - 12-14Sophomore guard Sammy Hooper netted 11 points Saturday in a 80-65 win against Goucher College, hitting 3-of-4 three-point attempts.
Morgan Alvis - 12-7Freshman Morgan Alvis placed fifth in the 5,000 meters in 19:42.10 Friday at the Liberty University Kickoff, the top collegiate finisher in the event.
Caroline Naumann - 11/30Sophomore Caroline Naumann has had several big games in her young career, but Tuesday's performance at EMU might be the most important. The 6'0" forward posted 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in an important 69-60 victory over the Royals.
A.J. Hamilton - 11-23Senior A.J. Hamilton is the Hornet of the Week for the Week of 11/23. He has been a mainstay of the LC basketball team for the last three years and has played in 69 career games. Inserted into the starting lineup this season, he is a reason Lynchburg has started the year 2-1.
Christina Antonucci - 11/16Sophomore Christina Antonucci won her open flat and placing second over fences. After competing in a ride off, Antonucci emerged as the Overall High Point Rider. In addition, Antonucci is the current leader in the Cacchione Cup standings for the region and qualified to join Sarah Nicoletti at regionals in the spring
Sarah Schrader - 11/9Hornet senior Sarah Schrader was a big reason the Hornet women's soccer team captured its sixth-straight ODAC Title this weekend. She had an assist in the Hornets' semifinal game against Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday in a 4-0 victory. Schrader booted in the penalty kick Sunday against Roanoke in a shootout for the ODAC crown to end the contest.
Drew Smith - 11/2Junior Drew Smith finished eighth Saturday at the ODAC Cross Country Championships, helping the Hornets to a third-place finish. His time of 26:07 was only five seconds shy of fifth place.
Daniel Jobrack - 10/26Daniel Jobrack from the men's soccer team is this week's Hornet of the Week. The senior midfielder has started all 15 matches so far this year and has two goals and three assists.
Mary Deis - 10/12Junior Mary Deis paced the LC women with a time of 20:16, good for 117th place out of 324 total competitors at the Queens Challenge Friday.
Kelly Layne - 10/5Senior middle hitter Kelly Layne powered the Hornets to a three-set win over Bridgewater College Wednesday, slamming 10 kills with a .625 hitting percentage with one block.
Hannah Olds - 9/28Sophomore forward Hannah Olds had an outstanding week with goals in each of fourth-ranked Lynchburg's wins on the week. She had a hat trick Sunday in the Hornets' 3-0 win at regional powerhouse Emory University. Olds had a goal against Randolph Tuesday and a goal and an assist Thursday vs. Meredith.
Fredy Flores - 9/21This week's Hornet of the Week is Fredy Flores from the men's soccer team. He had a goal and an assist Saturday against Randolph College and also had an assist in Wednesday's win against Averett University.
Karissa LeMaire - 9/14This week's Hornet of the Week is Karissa LeMaire from the field hockey team. She had a goal and an assist Wednesday as the Hornets upset 16th-ranked Christopher Newport University 3-2. LeMaire scored the game-winning goal Saturday in overtime against Alvernia.
Marina Clark - 9-7The first Hornet of the Week in the 2015-16 athletic campaign is junior women's soccer player Marina Clark. She scored the game-winning goal in each of #1 ranked Lynchburg's wins over Elizabethtown and John Carroll last weekend at the Roanoke Kickoff Tournament.