FOREST, VA – Nine Tiger student-athletes were named to the Men's Lacrosse All-ODAC team on Friday, including Cameron Sheppard (Denver, CO / Kent Denver) on the first team.
Sheppard, a defenseman, frequently was tasked with guarding a team's top offensive threat this year and often limited or shut down the player. A team captain, he helped lead a defensive unit that posted a 7.17 goals against average in the regular season, the second best mark in the ODAC. Additionally, he forced a career-high 15 turnovers on the season.
The Tigers cleaned up on the second team, boasting six players. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) and Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) garnered second-team honors at attack. Hughes had a huge breakout season as a sophomore, contributing 49 points on 34 goals and 15 assists. He is eighth in the ODAC in points and ninth in goals. In conference games only, Hughes finished ranked seventh in points and fourth in goals.
Martin closed out his career with 25 goals, eight assists, and 33 points in his senior campaign. For his four-year career, he totaled 109 points, 73 goals, and 36 assists. He is 18th in school history in points, 19th in goals, and 21st in assists.
Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) was named a second-team midfielder while Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) took second-team honors at short-stick specialist. Armstrong had a phenomenal season as a go-to player after serving a more complementary role as a freshman. He tied Hughes with a team-high 49 points but led the team in goals with 36 and added 13 assists. Armstrong was especially deadly on extra-man opportunities with 10 man-up goals and also was an astute defender, forcing eight turnovers. He finished eighth overall in the ODAC in points and fifth in goals. In ODAC only games, he also was fifth in points and sixth in goals.
Mostowy proved to be one of the top face-off specialists in the ODAC for the fourth straight season. Mostowy posted the second most face-off wins in the conference and was third in face-off win percentage at 57.9%. Additionally, he scooped the second most ground balls in the league with 128. Over the course of his career, he won 54.3% of all face-offs and collected 455 ground balls, the second highest mark in Hampden-Sydney history. Not just a face-off man, he also proved to be a valuable short-stick defensive midfielder.
Austin Black (Dallas, TX / Plano) earned a spot on the second-team at long-stick midfielder, and Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) was a second-teamer at defense. Black and Bowden were two of the top take-away defensemen in the ODAC in 2013. Black posted 34 caused turnovers to rank fourth in conference while Bowden recorded 25 to come in eighth. Black proved to be elite at forcing turnovers in ODAC games, registering 19 overall, just one shy of first place. The two helped form the foundation of the second-best goals against average defense in the ODAC.
Earning third-team honors was Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) at midfield and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) at goalkeeper. Hawthorne closed out his four-year stay at Hampden-Sydney with a career-high 33 goals and 38 points in 2013. His 33 points is 12th in the ODAC. In ODAC games, he totaled 18 goals to place 13th. He scored four goals in a road win over NCAA Tournament participant Ohio Wesleyan.
Noftsinger emerged as the starting goalkeeper in his sophomore season following a freshman year where he showed tons of promise in a reserve role. In nearly 900 minutes of action, Noftsinger had a save percentage of 55.3% with 141 saves and a goals against average of 7.62. His 141 saves was the fifth most in the ODAC and the second-best mark among ODAC Tournament participants.
2013 ALL-ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE TEAMS
ODAC Player of the Year: Richard Lachlan, Sr., Att., Roanoke
ODAC Coach of the Year: Bill Pilat, Roanoke
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Josh Currier, Fr., Att., Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Joe LaSala, Sr., Def. Washington and Lee
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Josh Currier, Fr., Virginia Wesleyan
Richard Lachlan, Sr., Roanoke
Mac Means, Sr., Washington and Lee
Nick Pappas, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
Vin Curran, Sr., Lynchburg
Conner Dubois, Sr., Roanoke
Max Voumard, Sr., Lynchburg
Brayden Gerrie, Sr., Roanoke
Jared Mitchell, Jr., Washington and Lee
Andrew Fusselbaugh, Sr., Washington and Lee
John Gill, Jr., Lynchburg
Joe LaSala, Sr., Washington and Lee
Cameron Sheppard, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Charles Pease, Jr., Roanoke
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Jason Andrews, Jr., Randolph-Macon
Cameron Dabir, So., Washington and Lee
James Hughes, So., Hampden-Sydney
Ryan Martin, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Thomas Armstrong, So., Hampden-Sydney
Mike Hayden, Sr., Roanoke
Garrett Paglia, So., Washington and Lee
Austin Black, Jr., Hampden-Sydney
Brad Mostowy, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Ned Bowden, Jr., Hampden-Sydney
Troy Grogan, Fr., Roanoke
Tommy Kestermann, Jr., Lynchburg
Brandon Kirklin, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
Adam Davey, So., Lynchburg
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Robert Fox, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Pat Ohrem, Sr., Lynchburg
Will Pilat, Fr., Roanoke
Austin Stewart, Fr., Lynchburg
Justin Butler, Jr., Randolph-Macon
Mikey Connors, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
Jess Hawthorne, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Noah Lessing, So., Washington and Lee
Nick Benhoff, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Ryan Blackwell, Sr., Randolph
Nick Huckins, So., Guilford
Evan Leeder, So., Lynchburg
Wes Pancoast, So., Roanoke
David Noftsinger, So., Hampden-Sydney