Tiger football tops pre-season poll
In what looks to be a competitive year for ODAC football with close voting for preseason rankings, it was the defending ODAC Champion Tigers that were atop of the poll with three first place votes and 44 overall points. Bridgewater College (39 points) and Emory & Henry College (36) sit second and third with the Eagles receiving two first place votes and the Wasps receiving one. Randolph-Macon College (29) earned the final first place vote sitting in fourth place.
The combination of the ODAC’s top scoring offense and least scored-upon defense led Hampden-Sydney through the conference schedule unscathed, leading the Tigers to their second ODAC Championship in three years. Last season also marked just the second time in school history the Tigers have boasted a perfect 10-0 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Offensively, junior quarterback Travis Lane will take to play calling with a bevy of playmaking receivers at his side. 2009 First Team All-ODAC wide out Sean Cavanagh joins junior Kyle Vance and senior Anthony Mancini as well as Second Team All-ODAC tight end Andrew Bruckner. Junior running back Kirk Rohle returns after leading the Tigers in scoring a year ago with 104 points on a league-high 17 touchdowns. Again anchoring the offensive line will be junior captain and two-time All-ODAC selection Ben Rogers.
On the other side of the ball the Tigers return a strong core including the 2009 ODAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American (d3football.com) defensive end Will Riggenbach and 2009 First Team All-American (d3football.com) free safety Bill Doody. Joining the two Preseason All-American picks (d3football.com) will be senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild, senior cornerback Michael Ware, and senior linemen Ty Condrey and Andrew Bailey.
The Tigers will face the Wasps of Emory & Henry College at Everett Stadium on October 16 as part of our Homecoming celebration. Kick-off is set for 1 pm.
Soccer Tigers Seek Championship After Record Setting Year
Fresh off of the best season in school history with a 16-4 record and 8-2 conference mark, the 2010 Hampden-Sydney soccer team will look to continue its success and hoist the program’s first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. Though key men from the 2009 squad graduated, head coach Josh Laux has several fine contributors returning, along with a solid recruiting class that could have some immediate contributors.
The team returns this season after posting program highs in wins (16) and shutouts (11) while allowing just 0.60 goals-per-game and scoring 2.10 gpg. The Tigers reached the conference semifinals for the third consecutive year, but fell to eventual champion Lynchburg College 2-1.
The offense in 2010 will be exciting to watch with the top three point scorers returning to lead the attack. Leading the way will be All-Region forward Bryan Wharton, who scored 14 goals in 2009 for the second consecutive season. Wharton has established himself as one of the best finishers in the league and is dangerous from anywhere on the field.
Wharton will be joined by fellow junior and Honorable Mention All-ODAC honoree Bryan Hughes and the 2009 ODAC Rookie of the Year Nick DeProspero. Hughes’ blazing speed and constant pressure makes life difficult for opposing backs, and he will hope to build upon his two year totals of nine goals and three assists.
DeProspero returns for his sophomore season after a stellar freshman year scoring five goals and dishing out ten assists. Cosby started in all 19 of his rookie appearances while establishing himself as a leader on the field. His work ethic and knowledge of the game will allow him to continue to produce and create for others.
Also looking to be big contributors at the forward position are senior Andrew Berg and sophomore Brandon Haynes. Berg is a tough, scrappy player who has a powerful strike and the ability to create his own shots. Haynes has great feet and can be a game changer coming off the bench. In his freshman season, Haynes scored three goals while added three assists in his 19 appearances.
The midfield will see a familiar face in four-year staple Matt Hampton. The senior will again look to lead the Tiger offense in the midfield with much of the productivity starting with him. He possesses a great knowledge of the game, knowing where to be and where to go, and continues to be one of the best creators on the team. With 11 assists to his name through three years, Hampton will continue to control the midfield and advance the attack.
Joining Hampton will be sophomore Chris Whiteside and junior Kevin Anderson. Whiteside saw significant time as a freshman appearing in 19 games while starting in 13. The Virginia Beach native proved to be a dependable source in the midfield while tallying three assists and adding a goal.
Anderson will look to crack the starting lineup in his junior season while giving Coach Laux another smart, crafty player in the middle of the field. With the ability to see the field and create, Anderson is a solid option to control the tempo and distribute to the offense.
Also vying for time in the midfield is sophomore Connor McCarthy. McCarthy appeared in 12 games as a freshman and will give Laux some depth and options in the midfield.
The Tiger defense, which saw great success in 2009, will feature a mix of familiar and new faces. Returning to the starting lineup will be senior Sam Turner and sophomore Curran Blackwell. The two inside backs have a great physical presence and will provide solid interior defense. They are also both solid in the air and win almost anything that comes their way. Turner, a three-year starter, will be the vocal leader of the defense and will look to continue the dominance he has been a part of for the past three years.
Joining the defense this year will be junior Gregorio Pacheco. The Montclair, New Jersey native has proven he can play multiple positions, but his speed and tracking ability will allow him to see ample time as a back.
Also competing for time in the back will be sophomore Scott Cutler. Cutler showed good signs in his freshman season and has improved his game over the off season.
Looking to continue his stellar work between the pipes is senior keeper John Robert Plyler. Plyler has been solid through his first three seasons amassing a 0.80 goals-against-average while also being named the 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year and a Second Team honoree in 2009. Plyler will be backed up by two solid juniors, Jay Bowman and Duncan Oliphant.
In a tight vote, indicating the parity in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men’s Soccer ranks, the Hampden-Sydney College Tigers received four first-place votes and 110 total points to edge out a strong field for first place in the ODAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll.
Lynchburg, the 2009 ODAC Champion, came in second with four first place votes and 106 points, Roanoke received two first-place tallies and 103 points, and Virginia Wesleyan, picked fourth (one first place), trailed H-SC by just 11 points, coming in at 99 points.
The Tigers return a strong contingent of players, headlined by sensational forward Bryan Wharton. Wharton finished tied for second in the ODAC in both goals (14) and points (31). Joining Wharton on the offense is 2009 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Nick DeProspero. A second team All-ODAC athlete in 2009, DeProspero dazzled in his rookie campaign as he roared onto the scene to place second in the ODAC in assists with 10 and chipped in five goals for 20 points. Also contributing to the Tigers’ attack is forward Bryan Hughes (five goals, two assists) and midfield captain Matt Hampton (1 goal, 6 assists). The defense is led by a pair of senior captains in defender Sam Turner and goalkeeper John Robert Plyler (0.61 GAA, 69 saves). Plyler was a second team All-ODAC player last season after helping his team to a league-best 12 goals allowed.