Forest, Va. -- For the fourth time in program history, the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team placed a double-digit number of players on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference teams, the league announced Thursday with its presentation of conference-wide awards.
Ten Hornets earned all-league accolades, and head coach Steve Koudelka earned the ODAC Coach of the Year award for the fifth time in his 22-year tenure.
Five Lynchburg players -- junior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.), senior midfielder Colin McGuire (Odenton, Md.), junior long-stick midfielder Seamus McDonald (Far Hills, N.J.), junior midfielder Nick Willertz (Severn, Md.), and junior defender Matt Meadows (Lynchburg, Va.) -- took first-team honors.
Sophomore midfielder Kevin Rogers (Leesburg, Va.) was named to the second team, and junior attackman Logan Adams (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), junior face-off man Craig Koester (Wildwood, Mo.), sophomore defender Tyler Gallagher (Palmyra, Pa.), and senior goalie CJ Santora (Tewksbury, Mass.) earned third-team accolades.
Lombardo, now a two-time all-conference performer, led the the team and the league with 66 goals. He also made 12 assists and 21 ground balls.
McGuire came up big at the end of the season with 18 of his 36 goals in the final five games of the year. The senior was fourth on the team in goals, and his 32 assists were second among Hornets.
McDonald earned his second All-ODAC accolade with 51 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers in his junior season. He also scored four goals and dished out four assists.
Willertz led the team in caused turnovers (15), also tallying four goals, four assists, and 44 ground balls to garner his second all-conference award.
Meadows piled up 32 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Rogers, LC's lone second-teamer, was tied for second on the team in goals (37) and third in assists (15). He netted a career-best five goals in the team's NCAA tournament loss at Dickinson Wednesday.
Adams was the team's top assist-maker with 35, and he also chipped in 21 goals and 24 ground balls.
Koester won 121 of the 200 face-offs he took and was second on the team with 66 ground balls. He scored two goals and two assists.
Gallagher caused 12 turnovers and scooped 12 ground balls to earn a repeat third-team honor.
Santora earned his first All-ODAC honor, finishing second on the league with 200 saves. His 53.2 save percentage ranked fifth in the conference.
Washington and Lee's A.J. Witherell earned the league's player of the year honor, and Roanoke's Garritt Schwarz was tabbed the league's top rookie. Bridgewater's Blake Mann earned the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete award.
The ten honorees is the most for Lynchburg since the 2015 season, when Lynchburg reached the NCAA Division III national championship game. The five first-teamers is also the most for the Hornets since that year.
The Hornets finished the season with a 12-9 record, won the ODAC championship, and reached the NCAA tournament for the seventh-straight season.
2018 ALL-ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: A.J. Witherell, Jr., A, Washington and Lee University
ODAC Coach of the Year: Steve Koudelka, Lynchburg College
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Garritt Schwarz, Fr., A, Roanoke College
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Blake Mann, Sr., A, Bridgewater College
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Ian Levin||Attack||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Evan Lombardo||Attack||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Jason Sarro||Attack||So.||Roanoke College|
|A.J. Witherell||Attack||Jr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Hunter Brown||Midfield||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Hudson Hamill||Midfield||So.||Washington and Lee University|
|Colin McGuire||Midfield||Sr.||Lynchburg College|
|IV Stucker||Midfield||Sr.||Roanoke College|
|Seamus McDonald||Long-Stick||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Nick Willertz||Short-Stick||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Jack Hodgson||Face-Off||So.||Washington and Lee University|
|Conn Curry||Defense||Sr.||Roanoke College|
|Kyle Gifford||Defense||Sr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Kent Henry||Defense||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Matt Meadows||Defense||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Ian Davies||Goalkeeper||Jr.||Roanoke College|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Aswan Bland||Attack||Sr.||Guilford College|
|Sam Dardani||Attack||Sr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Blake Mann||Attack||Sr.||Bridgewater College|
|Garritt Schwarz||Attack||Fr.||Roanoke College|
|Michael Brooks||Midfield||Jr.||Shenandoah University|
|Kyle Keepers||Midfield||Sr.||Randolph-Macon College|
|Kevin Rogers||Midfield||So.||Lynchburg College|
|Chandler Shaheen||Midfield||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Tim Aldinger||Long-Stick||Jr.||Roanoke College|
|Jed Londrey||Short-Stick||So.||Washington and Lee University|
|Wilson Booth||Face-Off||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|John Broderick||Defense||Jr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Will Forrestal||Defense||Sr.||Guilford College|
|Kyle Geblein||Defense||Sr.||Randolph-Macon College|
|Robby Moore||Defense||Sr.||Roanoke College|
|Mitch Renfrow||Goalkeeper||Jr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Logan Adams||Attack||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Connor Pool||Attack||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Ryan Schott||Attack||Jr.||Shenandoah University|
|Ryan Tiffey||Attack||So.||Randolph-Macon College|
|John Burke||Midfield||Jr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Prince Charles||Midfield||Jr.||Randolph College|
|Brendan Devane||Midfield||Jr.||Roanoke College|
|Jones Veith||Midfield||Sr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Drew Barnard||Long-Stick||Jr.||Washington and Lee University|
|Tyee Buttrey||Short-Stick||Sr.||Randolph-Macon College|
|Craig Koester||Face-Off||Jr.||Lynchburg College|
|Tyler Gallagher||Defense||So.||Lynchburg College|
|Joey Russell||Defense||Sr.||Roanoke College|
|Marshall Via||Defense||Sr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Canevin Wallace||Defense||Fr.||Hampden-Sydney College|
|CJ Santora||Goalkeeper||Sr.||Lynchburg College|