May 3, 2012

Lisicky and Koudelka Take Home Top Honors for ODAC Awards

For immediate release – 5/3/2012 - #391
Lisicky and Koudelka Take Home Top Honors for ODAC Awards

FOREST, VA – Defenseman Joseph Lisicky earned Player of the Year and Steve Koudelka was tabbed as Coach of the Year for men's lacrosse by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) office released Thursday.  Along with the top awards, LC had 11 members selected to the all-conference teams: six on the first-team, four on the second-team, and one on the third-team.

Lisicky has put together a fine season for the third-ranked Hornets so far.  Anchoring one of the best defenses in the nation, the junior leads the team in caused turnovers (35) and is second in groundballs (80).  He has added five goals on the year and provided help in other aspects of the game, which do not show up in the statistics.  To go with the award, Lisicky was named to the All-ODAC first-team.

Joining Lisicky on the first-team are seniors Franc Cook, Dylan Hoff, Matt Jernack, Jon Lombardo, and Andrew Wilfong.  Cook, the top goalie in the ODAC for the second-straight year, leads the league in goals-against average (6.17) and save percentage (63.3).  This year, he scored his first goal of his career.

Hoff earns another accolade in his impressive career.  He currently ranks as the top goal scorer and point scorer in the ODAC this year and in Lynchburg College career history.  Jernack provides an excellent presence as a face-off specialist for the Hornets.  The senior has won 61 percent of his attempts this year.

Lombardo is another stalwart on the backline for LC.  He has caused 24 turnovers this season, good for second on the team.  Wilfong rounds out the first-team selections.  He ranks second on the team with 44 points to date.

Earning second-team honors are Jon Gill, Pat Ohrem, Jeff Schwartz, and Max Voumard.  Gill is the third member of the defense that has allowed a miniscule 6.04 goals a game this season.  Ohrem is third on the team in points, contributing 25 goals and 12 assists during this season.  Comprising the second part of the two-headed monster at the face-off position, Schwartz earns second-team honors, winning 59 percent of his chances.  Voumard has put 26 shots in the back of the net this year, placing him second on the team.

Attack Ben Sauer was named to third-team while tallying 29 points on the year and scooping up 20 groundballs.

Coach Koudelka garners his fourth ODAC top award in his career.  He has presided over the Hornets rise to the regular-season crown and a spot in the ODAC Championship game.  Lynchburg, winners of 15 straight games, ranks in the top 20 of several statistical categories in the NCAA.

LC (16-1) hosts Washington & Lee University on Sunday at 1 p.m.  The winner of the game will receive the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, with the bracket to be released Sunday evening.