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Hornets Release Team Awards
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team released the 2012 team awards on Wednesday. Seven athletes combined to win the five awards, with two awards being shared.
The winner of Lynchburg College Men's Lacrosse Leadership Award was given to senior Jon Lombardo. The award is given to the player who consistently exhibits the greatest leadership qualities on and off the field, and who always puts the team first. Lombardo, a captain as a junior, and one of the most influential leaders this season, was a stalwart defensively and helped contribute to one of the best defenses in the nation.
Seniors Chase Loetz and Andrew Wilfong split the David Zimmer Team Spirit Award. Given to an individual who reflects the spirit of encouragement in a time of adversity, yet never waivers in the support and hope for Lynchburg Lacrosse to reach its goal of excellence, Loetz and Wilfong exemplify this honor. Loetz battled through injuries and inspired teammates during his career. As a senior man-up specialist, he scored five goals and added four assists. Wilfong worked countless hours on the field and in the gym in order to become one of the best players in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Other team members followed his work ethic to improve the team.
Junior Joseph Lisicky earned the Dave Armellini Defensive MVP Award, which is presented to the outstanding defensive player who exemplifies the talent, dedication, tenacity and leadership necessary to take on the oppositions best. Lisicky was named ODAC Player of the Year as a defenseman, after scooping up 89 groundballs and causing 41 turnovers.
Senior Dylan Hoff took home the II Triad Offensive MVP Award. The honor is presented to the outstanding offensive player, in memory of the six seniors on the 1985 team who together represented the talent and character which make not only great players, but great men: George Arlotto, Tim Buxton, Scott Rogers, Rich Berger, Matthew Henahan, Bill Washington. Hoff led the conference in goals and points this year. He also broke the Lynchburg career record for points in a career. Hoff ended his four years with 251 total points.
The final honor, the Bart Wilson Unsung Hero Award, is given to the offensive and defensive players who consistently bring enthusiasm and competitiveness to the practice field, in order to improve both themselves and their teammates. Freshman Nick Betonti won for his work on the offensive look team and junior Jacob Sentz took home the defensive look team honor. While these two did not see the field in every game, their attitude helped push their teammates to become better players. The team would not have reached the same level without the work these two individuals put in, and they are invaluable to the success of the program.
The Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team finished up the 2012 season with the most wins in school history (19) and the program's fourth ODAC title. Congratulations to all of these athletes and to their contributions to the success of the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse program.