Hornets Ranked Near Top in National Statistical Categories

For immediate release - 4/24/2012 - #370
Hornets Ranked Near Top in National Statistical Categories

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – With the spring regular seasons coming to a close, Lynchburg College's teams and individuals rank near the top of several national statistical standings.

The women's lacrosse team, which finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) ranks in the top of 40 out of 225 Division III schools in numerous categories.  LC is the 38th ranked scoring offense in the nation, and tops in the ODAC at 14.81 goals a game, with a total of 237 this year.  Senior Lesley Buckingham and junior Kendall Adkin have helped fuel the high powered offense.  Buckingham is currently 22nd in the nation with 61 goals, with Adkin coming in at 37th with 56 goals.

The defense has also been one of the tops in the country, causing the sixth highest total of turnovers.  Lynchburg has caused 191 on the year for an average 11.94 a game.

The third-ranked men's lacrosse team has garnered several high individual and team rankings this year.  In scoring offense, the Hornets are ranked 12th (13.81 goals per game) and in scoring defense they are 13th nationally (6.06 goals per game).  This combination puts them eighth nationally for scoring margin, with a plus 7.75 margin.  LC also ranks 12th in points per game (21.5) and 16th in groundballs per game, collecting 40.44 per game.

In order for the team to be as high in the rankings, several individuals have produced impressive statistics.  Franc Cook has been one of the top goalies in the nation.  He has the 21st ranked save percentage in the nation, at 61.5%.  His goals against average is the 12th lowest in the NCAA.  Attack Dylan Hoff has powered the offense, ranking 13th in points per game (4.56) and 19th in goals per game (2.94).

The softball team also had an individual ranked in the nationally.  Using her superior bat control, Jessi Hall is ranked 21st in sacrifice hits per game with 0.36.

The 22nd ranked men's baseball has proved to be one of the top offensive teams in the nation.  LC ranks in the top ten in multiple team categories.  The Hornets are second in runs scored and sacrifice flies, third in hits and doubles, fifth in triples, and eighth in overall scoring.

Due to the highest offensive statistics for the Hornets, various players have earned national rankings.  Third baseman Dan Savage is 19th in hits, 11th in RBI (46), and seventh in doubles (19).  Tied at 19th with Savage is shortstop Michael Kenah.  The two Hornets each have 60 hits on the year.  With the help of the hitting behind him, Richard Palase is currently third in the nation in runs scored, crossing the plate 51 times this year.  Finally, one of the most impressive leaders is catcher Zach Fitzpatrick.  He currently leads the nation in hit by pitches and has already set the LC single season record.

All of these teams begin action in the ODAC tournament this weekend.  Earning the top seed in the baseball tournament, LC will take on sixth seeded Hampden-Sydney College, Thursday morning at City Stadium.  The softball team will begin play in Salem on Friday, however seeds are still up for grabs with games to be played on Wednesday.  Lynchburg will host Guilford and honor the seniors, Wednesday afternoon.  The women's lacrosse team will host Randolph-Macon College, Saturday at 4 p.m., with the men following at 7 p.m., with the opponent to be determined on Wednesday.