by Davis Yake ’08, Sports Information Director
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The 2013 Lacrosse team had another strong season on The Hill as the Tigers finished with an 11-6 overall record and a 6-3 mark in ODAC play en route to earning the #4 seed for the ODAC Tournament. The six ODAC wins also tied the school record for most conference wins in a season. The Tigers' tough schedule featured six games against NCAA Tournament participants and four foes ranked in the top 10.
The season started off on a high note with a thrilling 9-8 win over Mary Washington, giving Head Coach Ray Rostan his 300th career win, becoming just the 11th coach in NCAA history with 300 wins.
Hampden-Sydney hosted Randolph-Macon on March 22 in the first night game under the newly installed lights on Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field, and the Tigers took the sting out of the Yellow Jackets with a 14-9 win. The win came in the middle of what would turn into a six-game winning streak. H-SC went on the road on April 20 to play one of the toughest opponents on the schedule in #10 Lynchburg College and spoiled the Hornets' Senior Day with an impressive 12-8 win.
While the Tigers did accumulate six losses, five of those losses were by one goal as the Tigers were often battling to the last second against top notch competition.
In all, nine Tigers were named to the All-ODAC team, the most of any ODAC school while also tying the school record for most selections in one season. Cameron Sheppard '13 led the way as a first-team defender. Thomas Armstrong '15, Austin Black '13, Ned Bowden '14, Ryan Martin '13, and Brad Mostowy '13 took home second-team honors while Jess Hawthorne '13 and David Noftsinger '15 were named to the third team.
Hampden-Sydney baseball saw great success in 2013 as Head Coach Jeff Kinne's Tigers won nine more games than the previous year while entering the ODAC Tournament at the second seed, their highest seed since 2007. 2013 also marked a banner year for Kinne, who became just the second coach in school history to win 200 games.
The Tigers entered the post-season with a 23-17-1 overall mark and a 13-7 record in conference play. In the tournament, Hampden-Sydneyposted a 2-2 record while eliminating Roanoke and Washington & Lee but falling twice to Randolph-Macon. For his play in the tournament, junior third baseman and pitcher Hunter Lewis earned All-Tournament Team honors. In the four games, Lewis recorded four hits from the plate while also pitching 8.1 innings against Roanoke, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts.
Three players also received regular season recognition for their play with senior closer Luke Rabiej (right) earning First Team All-ODAC honors, while sophomore first baseman Jeff Gray and senior shortstop Beau Flinchum were named to the Second and Third Teams, respectively.
Rabiej had an outstanding senior campaign while shattering Hampden-Sydney's single-season save record. In the regular season, he appeared in 20 games while compiling a 1-1 record to go with nine saves and a 2.67 ERA. In 30.1 innings pitched, he struck out 23 while allowing just 12 walks. Only nine of his 16 allowed runs were earned. In the ODAC Tournament, Rabiej made two appearances, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and recording his tenth save of the season in the Tigers' 3-1 win over Roanoke.
Gray was named to the All-ODAC Second Team for the second consecutive year, and this year he continued to improve and was one of the team's top offensive threats. The Newport News native led the Tigers in several offensive statistical categories, including batting average (.373), at bats (150), runs (37), hits (56), doubles (18), homeruns (3), and total bases (83). He was also one of just two players on the roster to play and start in every game this season.
This season also marks the second All-ODAC honor for Flinchum who earned Second Team honors in 2011. This season he has been one of the Third Team selection's best, as he batted .326 in the regular season, and his 47 hits were second best on the team.
Rookie of the Year Freshman golfer Thomas Cole was named this year's ODAC Rookie of the Year while also earning Second Team honors, and sophomore George Whiting also earned Third Team honors.
Cole stepped right into the Tigers' five-man playing rotation, competing in 15 rounds entering the ODAC postseason. He boasts a 78.0 round average, and a pair of top-10 finishes this season.
Whiting, who's competed in 21 rounds this year, boasts the second best average for the team, shooting 77.7 per-round. The sophomore earned three top-ten finishes.
The Tigers golf team wrapped up its season with a third-place finish in the ODAC Championship in late April at Bay Creek Golf Club in Cape Charles.