A record 10 Tigers honored

Published 1:21 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) lacrosse team continues its recent habit of setting school records, with an unprecedented 10 Tigers receiving All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition.

“I think we’ve had nine a couple times, but we’ve never had 10, and I was just happy how it turned out because I thought every guy on that list was very deserving of it,” Tigers Head Coach Jason Rostan said.

H-SC seniors Ian Levin, Hunter Brown and Kent Henry made the first team for the second year in a row. Tigers making the second team were senior midfielder Chandler Shaheen, senior midfielder Wilson Booth and junior goalkeeper Mitch Renfrow.

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H-SC players populating the third team included senior attackman Connor Pool, junior midfielder John Burke, senior defenseman Marshall Via and freshman defenseman Canevin Wallace.

“And there were a couple guys there that were seniors that hadn’t gotten that recognition before and just had some great four-year careers that I felt definitely deserved some recognition …” Rostan said.

Those seniors included Booth, Pool and Via. The coach noted it was also the first time Burke had collected an ODAC honor, and Wallace is on a very short list of Tigers to have ever earned an ODAC accolade as a freshman. Hampden-Sydney finished 2018 with a 13-5 overall record, including an 8-2 mark against ODAC opponents.

The No. 2-seeded Tigers’ season ended when they fell in the ODAC Tournament semifinals. Rostan said he was not at all surprised that Levin, Brown and Henry repeated as first-team selections.

“Those guys were just great players for us for four years, and I felt like really any of those three guys had a chance to be Player of the Year or were in that caliber, for sure,” the coach said. “That was awesome for them.”

A Hampden-Sydney Athletics press release cited that Levin, an attackman, led the Tigers with 74 points, 43 goals and 31 assists this year. School officials said his 74 points rank as the fifth-most in school history and that he is the only Tiger to post 60-plus points in three seasons or 70- plus in two or more seasons.

“Ian had another tremendous year,” Rostan said. The release noted Levin completed his career ranking second in the program in points, with 240, third in assists, with 91, and sixth in goals, with 149. Drawing the first-team accolade for his play in the midfield was Brown.

“Hunter Brown I felt like was the best middie in the conference,” Rostan said.

H-SC officials highlighted how Brown posted 56 points on 37 goals and 19 assists while being named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team. He tied for the team lead in man-up tallies with five. Brown ended his four-year career ranked fifth in points, with 207, second in midfielder points and just one shy of tying the school record, second in assists, with 103, and 12th in goals, with 104, the released cited.

It continued by stating that Brown is one of only two players in Hampden-Sydney history with 100-plus assists and is the only player to contribute 100-plus goals and 100-plus assists. School officials indicated that Henry once again proved to be one of the top defensemen not only in the ODAC but also the region and the nation. They noted that he started all 18 games this season, racking up 17 caused turnovers, 34 ground balls, one goal and one assist.

“Kent Henry I feel like was, over four years, probably one of the best defensemen that we’ve ever had in the program and covered the top player on the opposing team every single game,” Rostan said.

Reflecting on Levin’s, Brown’s and Henry’s accolades, the coach said, “It’s neat because I feel like all three of those guys will have a good shot at making All-American.”

He said Monday that All-American honors will be announced in about a week and a half.