DAVIS YAKE ’08, SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR, HSCathletics.com
Football earns two players of the week honors
Hampden-Sydney is already racking up accolades in the young season with junior quarterback Nash Nance and junior Josh Doggett earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week honors. Nance was the first winner of the season, taking home the Offensive Player of the Week nod in the Tigers’ opening 42-12 victory over Averett. The Calhoun, Georgia, native was nearly flawless in the performance, going 24-of- 28 for 372 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. In addition, he had one of his best days running, carrying the ball eight times for 75 yards and two more scores.
Two weeks later, Doggett was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week in the Tigers’ 49-7 win over Coast Guard. Doggett played a vital part in the Tigers’ dominating performance in which they held the Bears to 80 yards of total offense—including minus-10 rushing yards. Individually, Doggett notched two tackles—both behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 11 yards. He also came away with a pair of turnovers. He forced a fumble in the second quarter that led to a Tigers’ field goal, and he ended the Bears’ very next possession with an interception that he returned for 35 yards, setting up another Hampden-Sydney score.
Golf enjoys hot start
Hampden-Sydney golf is off to a hot start this fall, winning its open tournament at the Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament and taking a second place finish at the Hampden- Sydney Invitational. In both tournaments, the Tigers were paced by junior Brian Burt, who won ODAC Golfer of the Week honors after the Hampden-Sydney Invitational. In the Tom Kinder Tournament, Burt finished fifth overall at three over par while helping the Tigers to a ten-stroke victory. The rest of the team also had stellar finishes, with Alex Simmons placing seventh, and Drew Arnold and Trey Cully tying for 13th. Burt then finished at an even par while placing second overall in the Hampden-Sydney Invitational.
Strong defense helps soccer
The 2013 version of the Soccer Tigers has shown much improvement from the 2012 campaign. After going 1-5 in non-conference contests last season, Hampden-Sydney has gone 3-2-1 in out-of-league matches this year, including an impressive 6-1 win at Rosemont as well as a thrilling 1-0 double overtime win against Greensboro. The Tigers have protected their home turf valiantly through four games with a 3-0-1 mark.
While Head Coach Josh Laux returned a strong group of upperclassmen that has performed admirably and provided valuable leadership. Captains Bo Burns, Bryan Talbert, and Jason Haas have helped solidify the H-SC defense into one of the best in the ODAC. The Tigers boast the third lowest goals against average in the league at 0.72 and have allowed just seven goals with four shutouts. Other upperclassmen that have been instrumental in the improved defense this year include Davis Carter, Jackson Parker, and Josiah Fleming.
The offense has also been much improved from a year ago. The Tigers are averaging 1.8 goals a contest, good for fifth in the ODAC. A season ago they scored just 1.3 a contest. Talbert has been a big help to the offense too, while upperclassmen Robert Stephens, Leo Kowalski, Alex Thexton, James Lawrence, and Bryan Barahona have been major factors. This year’s recruiting class has been a major breath of fresh air for Hampden-Sydney and is one of the best recruiting classes ever brought in by Coach Laux. The 18-man class composes half of the team and several players have been impact players from the start of the season.
Cameron McFarlane has taken over the goalkeeper duties and has been one of the 2-3 best goalkeepers in the ODAC. Robert Kerby leads the team in scoring with nine points and is one of the most productive forwards in the conference. Andrew Parker has been a vital cog as a primarily defensive midfielder, as has Kurt Anderson. Sophomore transfer Costin Gregory has filled in well with his tremendous feet and ball handling at the forward and midfield spots.
Young harriers show promise
Hampden-Sydney cross country has shown signs of improvement this year and recently finished with an impressive showing at the Maroon Invitational as they finished in second. The Tigers also hosted their first meet on their new course at The Manor Golf Course in Farmville and will also host the ODAC Championship meet there on November 2nd.
Andrew Stoddard is having another good year and led the team at the ODAC Preview Meet with a time of 28:56. But in the last two meets, freshman Grant Brown has done what only one other Tiger has been able to do since Stoddard came on campus: finish ahead of Stoddard. Another freshman, Andrew Madison, has also stepped up big for H-SC and has been the Tigers’ consensus #3 runner in each meet yet while also challenging Stoddard and Brown.
The Tigers have one more meet to tune up for the ODAC Championship as they look to move up the standings this year.