For immediate release – 4/30/2012 - #387
LC Athletics Celebrates the Best of 2011-12 at Annual Awards Banquet
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College athletic department held its annual awards banquet on Monday night, honoring the student-athletes, teams, coaches and moments that made the 2011-12 year one to remember.
Along with a highlight video from the year and recognition of the seniors, several of the top student-athletes took home individual awards.
Women’s soccer player Brittany Klippstein took home the Female Senior Athlete award. Capping off an excellent soccer career, Brittany had a stellar senior season, earning First-Team All-American, All-ODAC, All-Region, and All-State accolades. The Springfield, Virginia native was also the State Player of the Year for her efforts which included 14 goals and seven assists. Six of her goals were game-winners, one of which was the game-winning tally in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship game.
Men’s track and field athlete James Bell and men’s lacrosse standout Dylan Hoff both shared the Male Senior Athlete award. For his career, Bell has won 20 medals at the eight ODAC meets he has competed in. Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, he has finished third twice, been the runner-up nine times, and has nine career ODAC individual titles. In 2010, Bell was named the ODAC indoor athlete of the meet after winning the pole vault and the high jump competitions. One of his top accomplishments came last year, when he earned All-American honors in the decathlon.
Hoff out of Chester Springs, Virginia, has done nearly all for the Hornets lacrosse program since arriving in Lynchburg. After two top years as a freshman and sophomore, he continued his success as a junior. Last season, Hoff scored a team-leading 37 goals and added a team-leading 20 assists. He garnered All-ODAC and All-State first-team selections, while being named honorable-mention All-American. This season, Hoff has been a major contributor, leading the team with 48 goals and 26 assists. On April 11th against CNU, he became the all-time leading point-scorer in Lynchburg history.
The Female Athlete of the Year player was awarded to field hockey junior Shelly Milks who enjoyed an award-filled fall season and vast team success in 2011. A first-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American in 2011, Milks also earned all-conference, all-state and all-region player of the year honors. The definition of a true student-athlete, she was named the ODAC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, boasting a 3.96 GPA with a major in kinesiology.
Men’s lacrosse junior Joe Lisicky was named the Male Athlete of the Year for his continued contributions for the third-ranked team in the country. Lisicky, a junior defender out of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania has anchored the Hornet backline for the better part of his three seasons. He was named as Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season Defender of the Year was also a pre-season nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy, lacrosse’s version of the Heisman Trophy. He leads the team with 77 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers.
Picking up the Male Rookie of the Year award is baseball freshman pitcher Brandon Miller. He has made an immediate impact on the baseball team this year, becoming one of the top shutdown pitchers in the ODAC. He has logged 66 innings on the mound, holding opposing teams to only 12 earned runs and striking out 48. Hailing from Vesuvius, Virginia, Miller has compiled an 8-0 record with four saves and an earned run average of 1.64. Ranking as a top pitcher already in the ODAC, he logged a season-high seven strikeouts against Roanoke College.
The Female Rookie Athlete of the Year was women’s soccer player Dessi Dupuy who shattered several records in her first season. The forward from Lynchburg, Virginia contributed to the Hornets second-straight women’s soccer ODAC championship and a fifth-straight NCAA appearance. She led the ODAC with 27 goals and 60 points, which placed her third in the NCAA for goals and fourth for points. Dupuy also broke the school-record for goals in a season with the 27 goals. Along with those totals, she tied the school-record for goals in a game, tallying five against Eastern Mennonite, and added four game-winners on the season.
Sophomore baseball catcher Zach Fitzpatrick was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year while sophomore women’s soccer player Anne Neville Broaddus earned the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Rhonda Johnson, an administrative assistant in the Lynchburg College residential life office, won the annual Betty Spencer Award, given to the top Hornet fan of the year.