For immediate release – 5/2/2011 - #367
Betsy Kwiatkowski and Hunter Smith Earn Top Honors at 2010-11 Athletic Awards Banquet
LYNCHBURG, VA – Lynchburg College women’s soccer midfielder Betsy Kwiatkowski and men’s soccer defender Hunter Smith earned the top honors Monday evening at the 2010-11 Lynchburg College Athletic Awards Banquet.
Smith, from Goode, VA, was a double winner at the ceremony, taking home the Male Senior and Male Athlete of the Year Awards. He anchored the LC defense that allowed just 19 goals for the whole 2010 campaign. An All-American Third-Team selection and a Scholar All-American, Smith was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year. He also earned First-Team All-Region, All-State, and All-ODAC honors. Smith was a major part of two ODAC Championship teams and the Hornets made it all the way to the NCAA National Championship game this fall.
Kwiatkowski, from Mount Jackson, Virginia, well surpassed the old school record for assists for her career and ranks second on the Hornet All-Time lists for career goals and points. An All-American in 2010 and the All-ODAC and All-State Player of the Year, she led the conference in points and assists. Kwiatkowski has won numerous other awards in her career and is four-time first-team All-ODAC, All-State and All-Region First-Team selection. LC won three ODAC titles in her four seasons and made it all the way to the Final Four in her junior campaign.
Field Hockey standout Shelly Milks and track and field star Jessica Gibbs were named the co-Female Athletes of the Year. Milks, a sophomore midfielder, is from Gloucester, VA. She led the Hornets to an unbeaten record in conference play, their fifth-straight ODAC Title, and an NCAA Division III Tournament berth this fall. Milks earned second-team All-American honors this season and was named the conference’s player of the year. An All-ODAC, All-State and All-Region first-team honoree, she posted 10 goals and nine assists this season, including two game-winning tallies.
Gibbs, a senior from Lancaster, PA, helped the Hornet women’s track and field team to the indoor and outdoor conference championship. She earned the most points on the team during the indoor ODAC Meet, winning conference titles in the long jump and the 4x400 relay and placed in the top six in three other events. Gibbs qualified for national competition in the pentathlon and also set the school record in the event. She also had a strong performance at the conference outdoor championships, winning the 4x400 meter relay and placing second in the long jump and 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash.
Soccer standouts Michael Releford and Tori Dott earned the Male and Female Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively. Releford, from Blacksburg, Virginia, took over the starting position at goalie just five games into the season and made an instant impact, making 94 saves with nine shutouts. He was named to the ODAC First-Team with the highest save percentage of any goalie in the conference and the third lowest goals against average. Releford was named to the NCAA Division III Championship All-Tournament Team and was named the Defensive Player of the NCAA Tournament.
Dott, from Sewell, NJ, was the 2011 ODAC Rookie of the Year for women’s soccer, helping the Hornets win their second-straight ODAC title this fall and was named to the All-Tournament Team. LC advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament and finished the campaign with an 18-3-2. Tori also earned the All-State Rookie of the Year Award and received first-team All-State and All-ODAC honors.
Three Hornets shared the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: Molly Galloway (cross country & track and field); Caitlin Gibb (field hockey) and Morgan Logue (women’s lacrosse) while Ben Phelps (men’s soccer) was the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jim Swartz, a custodian in the environmental services department, received the Betty Spencer Award, given to the top Hornet fan of the year.