Robertson, Brown take top HPU honors
Senior Stacia Robertson and redshirt-sophomore John Brown were named High Point University’s Athletes of the Year and senior Becca Hemby and junior John McGillicuddy were named scholar-athletes of the year, highlighting the Panthers’ athletic awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.
Hemby took home the Tobias Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the second straight year. Hemby was a CoSIDA Academic All-American two years in a row and has a 3.9 GPA in Mathematical Economics. Hemby was the 2013 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a three-time All-Big South honoree.
The E. Vance Davis Scholar-Athlete Award went to junior John McGillicuddy of the baseball team. McGillicuddy boasts a 4.0 in Business Administration while serving as the team’s Friday night ace. He has four wins on the season with two complete game shutouts and a 2.26 ERA in over 70 innings pitched.
Robertson was named the Female Athlete of the Year. She helped the women’s basketball team to a Big South regular season title and a trip to the WNIT. She was named first-team All-Big South and earned spots on the Big South All-Academic and All-Tournament teams.
Brown collected Male Athlete of the Year honors after leading the men’s basketball team to a Big South regular-season Championship. Brown was named the Big South Player of the Year and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention.
HPU’S CARROLL, JORDAN, BOSWELL EARN TOP BIG SOUTH WOMEN’S LACROSSE ACCOLADES
The High Point University women’s lacrosse team had six players named to the All-Big South teams, including Offensive Player of the Year Mackenzie Carroll and Defensive Player of the Year Jasmine Jordan. Jordan was also named the Big South’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year while head coach Lyndsey Boswell earned Coach of the Year honors, the conference announced on Monday.
Carroll, Jordan, senior midfielder Sara Kuhlman, senior defender Patricia Bigelow and junior goalkeeper Julia Burns were named to the All-Big South first team. Senior attacker Alec Perry was named to the All-Big South second team.
Carroll leads High Point in points (64) and assists (34) for a second consecutive season. She ranks in the top-15 nationally this season in assists and assists per game (2.13). She now has 122 assists in her career, which is the fourth most among active NCAA Div. I players. Carroll has posted multiple points in 15 of 16 games this season including an eight-point performance at Winthrop on April 13, which tied the school record for most points in a single game. The senior led the league averaging 5.57 points and 3.29 assists during Big South play in the regular season while notching at least four points against each Big South opponent.
Jordan was named the Big South’s Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. The midfielder leads the Panthers in ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (26) for a third consecutive year. She continues to lead all active NCAA Div. I players in career ground balls with 187. Jordan earned a league-high three Big South Defensive Player of the Week awards including the past two weeks.
Jordan was also named the Big South’s Scholar-Athlete. Jordan sports a 3.832 GPA while majoring in biology. She is a four-time Millis Scholar-Athlete and 2013 Big South All-Academic team and Presidential Honor Roll member.
Kuhlman earned first-team honors after posting 35 points on 21 goals and 14 assists for the Panthers in the regular season. She is also tied for the team-lead in draw controls and is HPU’s all-time leader in draw controls with 125. She tallied a point in 15 of 16 games for HPU with a career-high six points on a pair of goals and four assists at Longwood.
Bigelow was selected to the first-team after ranking in the top-10 in the league in ground balls per game (2.19) and caused turnovers per game (1.06). In conference play, Bigelow averaged 2.57 ground balls and 1.14 caused turnovers per contest. The defender earned two Big South Defensive Player of the Week awards this year.
Burns made the first-team All-Conference after posting a league-best 8.09 goals-against average and .450 save percentage. Her save percentage ranks as the best mark in HPU single-season history. During conference play, Burns raised her save percentage to .453 and lowered her goals-against average to 5.97.
Perry ranks second on the team with 37 points and is tied for the team-lead with 30 goals. She posted a point in all but one game including five with a season-high four goals against Villanova on March 14. Perry also ranked second on the team with 18 caused turnovers had won 23 draw controls.
Boswell was named the Big South Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to a perfect 7-0 record in Big South play and HPU’s first Big South regular-season title. The Panthers outscored league foes by an average of 11.43 goals and HPU’s scoring defense ranks 10th nationally this year averaging just 7.88 goals per game while the offense ranked 15th nationally with 13.25 goals per game. In four seasons at HPU, Boswell has led the Panthers to a 51-22 record.
High Point is currently 11-5 and will host the Big South Tournament after earning the No. 1 seed. The Panthers play Presbyterian College in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Friday’s semifinals against the winner of Winthrop and Coastal Carolina. The semifinals and championship will be held at Vert Stadium on Friday, May 2 and Sunday, May 4. The championship will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.
ATT Mackenzie Carroll, Sr., High Point
ATT Emma Sissman, Soph., Davidson
ATT Jenna Kasmarik, Jr., Winthrop
MF Jasmine Jordan, Sr., High Point
MF Emily Rademacher, Jr., Davidson
MF Shannon Gallagher, Soph., Winthrop
MF Sarah Butler, Soph., Longwood
MF Sara Kuhlman, Sr., High Point
D Patricia Bigelow, Sr., High Point
D Paige Logan, Sr., Davidson
D Jen Moyer, Sr., Liberty
GK Julia Burns, Jr., High Point
AL Kacey Norwood, Jr., Longwood
AL Rachel Waldron, Soph., Coastal Carolina
AL Katie McHugh, Soph., Longwood
ATT Taelar Errington, Sr., Campbell
ATT Ann Fucigna, Sr., Davidson
ATT Lauren Prasnicki, Sr., Longwood
MF Nina Dunay, Sr., Liberty
MF Hayley Krause, Soph., Winthrop
MF Katherine Rueger, Fr., Davidson
MF Cloey Henchcliffe, Sr., Campbell
MF Maddy Dolinar, Fr., Campbell
D Maddy Ciardi, Soph., Coastal Carolina
D Alyssa Blevins, Jr., Winthrop
D Maura Talvacchia, Fr., Presbyterian College
GK Christian Acker, Jr., Longwood
AL Emily Cooke, Jr., Davidson
AL Alec Perry, Sr., High Point
AL Paige Jenkins, Fr., Winthrop
Brittany Kincer, Sr., GK, Campbell
Lily Yednock, Jr., MF, Coastal Carolina
Paige Logan, Sr., D, Davidson
Jasmine Jordan, Sr., D, High Point
Sam Struss, Jr., ATT, Liberty
Lauren Prasnicki, Sr., ATT, Longwood
Maggie Richardson, Jr., MF, Presbyterian College
Logan McCarthy, Soph., MF, Winthrop
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mackenzie Carroll, Sr., ATT, High Point
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Jordan, Sr., D, High Point
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Katherine Rueger, MF, Davidson
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lyndsey Boswell, High Point
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Jordan, Sr., D, High Point
HPU’S JORDAN EARNS BIG SOUTH WEEKLY HONOR
CHARLOTTE — Winthrop attacker Shannon Gallagher has been named the Big South Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while High Point midfielder Jasmine Jordan has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the final week of the regular season, it was announced Monday by the conference office. In addition, Presbyterian College defender Maura Talvacchia is Freshman of the Week.
Jordan finished the week with seven ground balls and two caused turnovers along with a goal and an assist.
HPU MEN’S LACROSSE FACES JACKSONVILLE IN SEMIFINALS
The High Point University men’s lacrosse team won a share of the 2014 Atlantic Sun regular-season championship and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament set to begin on Thursday in Macon, Ga. HPU will face third-seeded Jacksonville on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the first semifinal game.
High Point and Mercer shared the regular-season title with 4-1 records in league play. Mercer clinched the No. 1 seed and the right to host the tournament with a win over High Point during the regular season. Mercer will face No. 4 Richmond in the second semifinal on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Panthers are 8-6. High Point defeated Jacksonville 8-7 at Vert Stadium during the regular season. Jacksonville stands 4-8, 3-2.
HPRC’S OGNOVICH POSTS WIN AT DOGWOOD REGATTA
OAK RIDGE, TENN. — High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich emerged out of dense fog on Melton Lake to win the Women’s Youth Singles Final in stunning fashion at the Dogwood Regatta over the weekend. Ognovich completed the 2,000 meter course in a time of 8 minutes 35 seconds, almost 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Julia Meredith of Charleston was second in the event and Sophia Bhalla of Charlotte finished with the third fastest time. Bhalla is the reigning USRowing Southeast Regional Singles Champion.
“Katie Ognovich proved herself against some of the most established scullers in the Southeast today and we are so excited for her,” said High Point head coach Gene Kininmonth. Ognovich’s next challenge will be the 2014 Southeast Regional Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida in two weeks where she will be looking to qualify for the USRowing National Championships.
Ognovich, a senior at Greensboro Day, has signed a National Letter of Intent to row for the University of Oklahoma on a full scholarship in the fall.