For immediate release – 12/14/2011 - #182
Lynchburg Men's Lacrosse Ranked Eighth by Inside Lacrosse, Five Hornets Recognized with Preseason All-American Honors and Player of the Year Awards.
Story by assistant coach Chris Perzinski
LYNCHBURG, VA - Inside Lacrosse has tabbed the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team with a preseason eighth-place national ranking and multiple personal accolades. Junior Joe Lisicky has been recognized as the Inside Lacrosse preseason Defenseman of the Year and selected as a preseason First-Team All-American. Senior attack Dylan Hoff, junior midfielder Max Voumard and senior faceoff specialist Jeff Schwartz have all been recognized with preseason Second-Team All-American honors. Senior goalie Franc Cook earned preseason a spot on the Honorable Mention All-American team.
Last season, Lisicky showed his ability to bottle up the other team's best player while picking up 71 groundballs and adding 10 goals of his own. His exemplary play garnered him All-American Third Team honors as well as a spot on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first team.
On the offensive side of the ball, Hoff was recognized on the preseason All-American Second Team. Hoff, who scored 37 goals in 2011, is only 55 points away from becoming Lynchburg's all time leading point scorer. Voumard was recognized with a spot on the preseason All-American Second Team alongside Hoff.
Schwartz was named to the preseason All-American Second Team, as a faceoff specialist. Jeff returns to the 'X' for his senior campaign with his 64% winning percentage and All-ODAC First Team honors from 2011 in tow.
Cook was acknowledged with an honorable mention to the All-American list. An All-ODAC First Team goalie in 2011, Franc Cook brings his near 60% save percentage from 2011 to anchor a defense that gave up a stingy 7.2 goals a game last year.
Under the leadership of 13 seniors the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team concluded one of the most successful fall semesters in recent years. The fall was highlighted by hosting a scrimmage with the NCAA Division I defending national champions the University of Virginia, participating in a multitude of community service initiatives, and welcoming back 35 alumni to participate in the annual alumni game. Lynchburg heads into the holiday break with excitement and optimism for the spring season, along with a slew of preseason accolades.
The Hornets boast a 2012 schedule that includes nationally recognized teams as well as all ODAC conference opponents. ODAC teams such as Hampden-Sydney College, Washington & Lee University and Roanoke College make for a conference schedule as good as any in the country. Along with Salisbury University, Stevenson University and Cabrini College, there are four teams on the schedule ranked in the Inside Lacrosse preseason Top 20 poll. The Hornets begin the journey for an eighth ODAC Championship game appearance, a fourth ODAC title and a sixth trip to the NCAA tournament with a home game against Birmingham Southern College on February 12.