Davis Yake '08, Assistant Athletic Director
The Hampden-Sydney football team became the first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) to win back-to-back championships since 2005 as the team won its ninth championship overall and the fifth in eight years, finishing the regular season at 7-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Additionally, the 2014 season marks the sixth time since 2007 that the Tigers have advanced to post-season play in the NCAA Division III Football Championship.
This annual event is held to celebrate Tiger basketball, to develop fellowship among the Tiger faithful, to acknowledge the 2014-2015 Tiger basketball squad, and to kick off a new year of Hoops on the Hill. The event, spearheaded by Tiger alumnus and proud supporter Dave Wilson ’63, welcomed more than 200 attendees to the Westhampton clubhouse.
The banquet started off with a welcome from Wilson, followed by the invocation from team manager Jonathan Wade ’15, and then dinner. H-SC Head Coach Dee Vick ’94 gave his coach’s remarks and introduced each team member before bringing the main attraction on stage in guest speakers Greg Burton of ESPN 950 and Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN.
Bilas, Burton, and Vick discussed several items ranging from basketball in general, to Bilas’s experiences with ESPN, and to life lessons and experiences in a conversation-style format; they also took questions from the attending audience.
It was another great night for Hampden-Sydney basketball. The leadership and support of the Roundball Club gives the H-SC Tiger basketball program the support and resources necessary to compete with the best programs in the country.
Hampden-Sydney basketball rolled to a 73-41 win against the United States Coast Guard Academy on ESPNU in the Armed Forces Classic in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, on November 14, 2014.
The two-hour trip from San Juan to Aguadilla turned interesting midway through the ride when the Tigers enjoyed a high-speed police escort, with vehicles bobbing and weaving in between traffic, even driving off-road at times. A cellphone clip of the escort was aired on ESPNU during the first media timeout in the first half.
The police escorted the Tigers to their first destination, the hotel for the Louisville Cardinals and Minnesota Golden Gophers, where Hall-of-Fame Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino gave an inspiring speech to the team. The team next headed to the United States Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen for the game in the hangar of the base. The temperatures exceeded 80 degrees, but the heat didn’t hamper the basketball team’s performance in the afternoon.
The Tigers’ full schedule can be found at www.hscathletics.com.
Turner was also named All-ODAC Second Team. He led all freshmen in the league in points (18) and goals (7). Turner’s 18 points were good for fourth overall in the ODAC, and his seven goals tied for third. In ODAC-only games, he checked in second in points (15) and goals (6).
Davis Carter ’15 was the Tigers’ lone representative on the First Team. A central back, Carter served as the foundation of the defense and often marked each opponent’s top offensive threat. He helped forge a defensive unit that recorded seven shutouts and allowed one or fewer goals in 13 of 18 matches. The 17 goals they allowed were the fourth fewest in team single-season history.
James Lawrence ’15 joined Turner as a Second Team forward. Lawrence totaled 13 points, five goals, and three assists. His five goals ranked him 10th in the ODAC, and he also had the third-most game-winning tallies in the league with three. Lawrence scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Randolph-Macon.
H-SC put four student-athletes on the Third Team: forward Robert Kerby ’16; midfielders Costin Gergory ’16 and Liam Hogan ’17; and goalkeeper Cameron McFarlane ’16.
Kerby ranks sixth in the ODAC in points (17) and third in goals (7) along with three assists. He also kicked in three game-winning scores to rank third. He ended the season strong, scoring five goals in the last five games, including two against Bridgewater and two against Washington & Lee University in the ODAC Tournament.
Gregory proved a lethal creator in the midfield as shown by his five assists, good for sixth in the ODAC. He played some of his best soccer late in the year, recording four assists from October 17-25 in three key wins for the H-SC Tigers.
Hogan had a breakout sophomore campaign as a starter after coming off the bench primarily as a freshman. He contributed 16 points, six goals, and four assists for the year. He was especially impressive to start off the season, scoring a goal apiece in four of the first five games, and he also had a big day against Bridgewater, posting a season-best four points on a goal and two assists.
McFarlane was a repeat selection on the third team and continued to show why he is one of the top goalkeepers in the league. He was fourth in the ODAC in goals against average (0.90), fifth in save percentage (77.6%), and second in shutouts (7). He recorded a season-high 11 saves in a 2-2 tie with Virginia Wesleyan on the final day of the regular season to clinch the #4 seed for H-SC. He also made nine saves in a 0-0 tie with Randolph.