Soccer strides on both sides of the pitch


Blackwell-soccerThe soccer season ended in a bit of a disappointment, even against the most difficult field ever, as the Tigers’ four ODAC wins proved to be the first time a four-win team did not make the ODAC tournament.

However, H-SC beat ODAC Tournament number-one seed Roanoke College 1-0 on Senior Day. They also defeated defending ODAC Champion and NCAA Finalist Lynchburg College 2-1, and took down Randolph College on the road 2-1, a team that would go on to win the ODAC Championship and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Even with no ODAC berth, the Tigers showed improvement from a season ago. The 2011 squad finished with a 9-8 overall record while the 2010 Tigers had a 7-8-2 record in the regular season.

At season’s end, three players earned All-ODAC honors. Curran Blackwell (pictured above) and Nick DeProspero were each named to the first-team, while Bryan Wharton was tabbed to the second-team.

Blackwell, a defender, tied for the team lead in goals with six and also added an assist for 13 points. As one of the top defenders in the state and region, his contributions on the defensive end were numerous as he often was a major factor in shutting down an opponent’s top offensive threat.

DeProspero posted three goals and a team-high five assists for 11 points. DeProspero was a valuable offensive creator and his tireless work ethic and hustle was evident in every game. With 24 assists through three seasons, DeProspero ranks third in H-SC history in career assists, three behind Jonathan Thayer (27) and six behind J.R. Hughes (30).

Wharton led the team in scoring with 15 points off six goals and three assists. One of the most prolific offensive threats in Hampden-Sydney history, Wharton concluded his career tied for second in career goals (56) and career points (105).