Ferrum, Va. -- Four University of Lynchburg field hockey players earned College Division All-State accolades from the Virginia Sports Information Directors, the association announced Wednesday morning.
Three Hornets -- senior midfielder Kayla Copeman (Williamsburg, Va.), sophomore forward Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.), and senior forward Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) -- landed on the first team, while sophomore defender Alexis Brown (Culpeper, Va.) took second-team honors.
Simpao is a four-time first-team All-State honoree, while Copeman and Lerro each earned a second-career honor.
It is the first time Lynchburg has landed four players on the All-State teams since 2013.
Copeman moves up to the first team after taking a second-team honor as a freshman in 2015. Moving to midfield from forward before her senior season, she contributed eight goals and eight assists while helping the Hornet defense post one of its best seasons on record. She was a second-team All-South Region player and earned her fourth-career All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference nod.
Lerro, the VaSID rookie of the year a season ago, repeats as a first-teamer after tallying 19 goals and 12 assists on the year. She was a first-team all-region and All-ODAC pick for the Hornets.
Simpao led the ODAC and ranked among the top of Division III with 23 goals and a school-record 22 assists. The first-team all-region pick and ODAC player of the year's 68 points ranked fourth in D3. She finishes as Lynchburg's all-time assists leader (57) and ranks third on the program's points leaderboard with 223.
Brown, a first-team all-conference and second-team all-region selection, scored two goals and made an assist this year. The anchor on the back line helped Lynchburg to six shutouts.
Lynchburg was the only Division III program in the Commonwealth to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament, finishing with a 16-6 record that included an NCAA first-round victory and the Hornets' 19th ODAC championship, all under head coach Enza Steele.
The team received votes in the latest NFHCA coaches poll.
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