Simpao, Lerro honored on Synapse's All-America teams

Graphic showing Jackie Lerro and Nikki Simpao atop the Synapse Sports logo. Text: Synapse Sports All-Americans

Annapolis, Md. -- Two Lynchburg College field hockey standouts were honored this week by Synapse Sports, as junior Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) and freshman Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.) were named to the organization's All-America teams.

The awards land atop a heap for the pair of prolific scorers. Simpao, a midfielder, won the NCAA Division III statistical championship in assists-per-game (0.84) this season and was a first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and All-South Region pick.

For Lerro's part, the ODAC Rookie of the Year and first-team All-South Region and all-conference selection led the league in goals (28) and was first nationally among freshmen in that category. She also scored a league-best 10 game-winning goals.

Simpao's All-America award is her second such honor; she earned a second-team All-America nod from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a freshman in 2015. Simpao outdid those numbers this season, scoring career-highs in every offensive category. Her 16 assists led the conference, as did her 70 points. The assist total marks the second-highest single-season total in Lynchburg field hockey history.

The Hornets finished the 2017 season with a 16-4 record, saw three players named to the NFHCA All-South Region team, and reached the ODAC championship game for the first time in three years.

To see Synapse Sports' full All-America teams, follow this link.