For immediate release – 4/29/2013 - #391
LC Athletic Banquet Award Winners Announced; Milks and Voumard Earn Top Senior Honors
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College athletic department held its annual awards banquet Monday evening, honoring the top Hornet student-athletes and teams from the past year.
Field Hockey standout Shelly Milks was the banquet’s only multiple award winner, taking home the Female Senior Award and Female Athlete of the Year honors. A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American, Milks was the LC Female Athlete of the Year last spring. She was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was an All-ODAC, All-South Region and All-State first-team award winner in each of her last three seasons and was the All-South Region Player of the Year as a junior.
Milks helped lead the Lynchburg field hockey team to four conference titles and four NCAA Division III Tournament berths. A true Division III student-athlete, she was the Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year the last two seasons and a CoSIDA All-Academic All-District honoree last year.
Men’s lacrosse midfielder Max Voumard earned the Male Senior Award. He was named ODAC and State Rookie of the Year after scoring 22 goals and tallying seven assists in his first season. Max garnered nods on the All-State second team and All-ODAC tournament team after scoring three goals and assisting on another. Max had stellar seasons over his next two years, earning nods to the All-ODAC and All-State second-teams. Additionally, after scoring 28 goals and adding nine assists as a junior, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association named him an Honorable Mention All-American. During that year, he helped the Hornets win the ODAC title and advance to the NCAA tournament.
Baseball ace right-hander Martin Henderlite was voted the Hornet Male Athlete of the Year. The sophomore put together one of the best single-season pitching efforts in recent memory, leading the ODAC with a 1.12 ERA. Henderlite also led the conference with eight wins while striking out 55 batters. The 2013 ODAC Pitcher of the Year had a 0.94 ERA in the conference, due in part to a 25 consecutive inning scoreless streak that spanned four starts.
Nicole Riley and Tom Sippie were named the Female and Male Rookies of the Year. Riley, the starting shortstop on the softball team, has committed only 10 errors in 156 total chances. She leads the team with 16 walks to produce a .373 on base percentage while batting .291 in the second spot of the order. Sippie, from the indoor and outdoor track & field teams, finished the indoor season as the 15th-best 400 meter runner in the nation. He coupled that with capturing ODAC Freshman of the Year accolades at the indoor meet after winning the 400 and 200 meter dashes, and combining with his teammates to take the 4x400 relay crown.
Women’s basketball senior Shea Kelley earned the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year while men’s lacrosse sophomore Berk Ellis captured the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Associate chaplain Anne Gibbons received the annual Betty Spencer Award, given to the top Hornet fan of the year.