March 28, 2011

ODAC Players of the Week

Thru Week Prior to: March 28, 2011

GREGG LASWELL, Washington and Lee, Senior, Pitcher
Laswell, a senior from Houston, Texas, tossed his second complete game in as many starts on Saturday. He picked up the win in W&L’s 3-2 come-from-behind win over Hampden-Sydney. Laswell, who took a no hitter into the sixth, limited the Tigers to two runs on three hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts. On the season, he is 3-1 in 11 appearances (4 starts) and has recorded 41 strikeouts to just seven walks.

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JORDAN WALTON, Randolph-Macon, Junior, 1st Base
Walton, a junior from Mechanicsville, Va., highlighted the Randolph-Macon offense last week, going 12-for-23 (.521) at the dish with six doubles, a homerun and 11 RBI over the Yellow Jackets five contests. Walton is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and has also doubled in five consecutive games. Against Maryville on Thursday, the senior first baseman put the Jackets in the lead for good with a grand slam in the fifth inning. Walton also added two doubles and walk to finish the game 3-for-5, having reached base in 4-of-6 plate appearances.

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NOAH RATNER, Guilford, Sophomore
Ratner, a sophomore from Asheville, Va., shot 68-69-76--213 to place 15th among 160 golfers at the 40th Annual Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Paradise Point Golf Club this weekend. Guilford placed 13th in the tournament, competing in the Gold (Gold Course) portion of the event. Ratner shot two under par on Friday, three under par on Saturday, and four over par on Sunday. He placed the highest of any ODAC competitor in the field.

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COLE HAWTHORNE, Hampden-Sydney, Senior, Midfielder
Hawthorne, a senior from Richmond, Va., became the second Tiger this season to score eight goals and one assist in one game, tying the school’s second best mark for single season goals. Cole accomplished the feat on just 10 shots in a 16-6 win over Greensboro. He followed up that performance with a two-goal, three-assist outing in a 10-4 victory against Catholic. For the week, Hawthorne posted 10 goals and four assists for 14 points along with five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Cole leads the team in goals (18) and points (29) and is second on the squad in assists (11).

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SHAD HARRELL, Hampden-Sydney, Senior, No. 2 Singles, No. 2 Doubles
Harrell, a senior from Richmond, Va., went undefeated in both singles and doubles this week as the Tigers went 3-0 for the week. Participating at #2 singles, Harrell won all three matches in convincing fashion, winning each in straight sets while winning all six sets by a margin of three or more games. In #2 doubles competition with Kevin Calhoun, he won all three matches by at least five points, including an 8-0 win against Roanoke. Shad is 4-1 for the season in singles play and 6-0 in doubles competition.

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JOHN MICHAEL PAVIA, Lynchburg, Senior, Throws
Pavia, a senior from Forest, Va., competed in the NCAA Divsion I-heavy Richmond Invitational over the weekend. He set a new ODAC season top time in the hammer, tossing the apparatus 52.29 meters (171'7") to place second overall and first amongst Division III competitors. Pavia's throw narrowly missed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 53.00 meters. The throw out-distances the ODAC's second-best toss by more than 16 feet.

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WHITNEY FITZWATER, Roanoke, Senior, Throws
Fitzwater, a senior from Middletown, Del., posted a pair of victories at the Jopson Invitational, setting a new meet and facility record in the process. Fitzwater won the hammer throw with a toss of 47.64 meters (156'3"), setting the meet and Jopson Stadium facility record in the discipline. She later went on to win the javelin with a throw of 31.80 meter (104'4"). Fitzerwater competed in two more events, finishing fourth in the discus (30.93 meters/101'6") and fifth in the shot put (10.12 meters/33'2.5").

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HEATHER JENKINS, Bridgewater, Sophomore, Pitcher
Jenkins, a sophomore from Locust Grove, Va., picked up three big wins in the circle on the week, leading Bridgewater to a 3-1 week overall. Jenkins picked up a complete game victory on Thursday against CNU, striking out nine in the process. Over the weekend, the sophomore hurler tossed a complete game six-hit shutout, striking out eight in a 3-0 win over Roanoke, before earning the win in a relief appearance in game two. Jenkins punched out 20 batters on the week, and earned her 10th win of the year on Saturday.

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BROOKE HENSLEY, Eastern Mennonite, Freshman, Shortstop
Hensley, a freshman from Elkton, Va., helped the Lady Royals extend their winning streak to 10 games. In Thursday’s sweep of Frostburg State, a fellow 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier, Hensley was 7-for-8 from the plate (.875) with eight RBIs and three runs scored. She racked up seven of those RBIs in the nightcap. All of her RBIs came with two outs. She had a pair of two-run singles, and then ended the game in the sixth, emptying the loaded bases with a triple to seal the 15-5 score. Hensley finished the game 4-for-5 with seven RBIs. In the first game, the shortstop was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and a RBI.

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LESLEY BUCKINGHAM, Lynchburg, Junior, Attack
Buckingham, a junior from Herndon, Va., scored nine goals and added an assist as the Lynchburg College women’s lacrosse team rolled to a pair of ODAC victories at Virginia Wesleyan College and Bridgewater. She added five ground balls and seven draw controls for the week. She opened the stretch with a four-goal day in a 14-8 win over the Marlins in which she also added three draw controls and five groundballs. Buckingham recorded five goals and an assist in the Hornets 18-7 triumph over the Eagles. Buckingham currently leads the ODAC with 35 goals scored.

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BRITTANY WILSON, Bridgewater, Freshman, No. 4 Singles, No. 3 Doubles
Wilson, a freshman from Lynchburg, Va., remained hot in the Spring with a 3-0 week at No. 4 singles and a perfect 3-0 week in No. 3 doubles to help pace the Bridgewater Eagles to an unbeaten week in women’s tennis action. She opened the week with a 6-2, 7-5 win against Southern Virginia, before rolling to a 6-2, 6-1 win against the Vixens of Sweet Briar. Finally, Wilson earned a 7-5, 6-0 win on Saturday against Virginia Wesleyan. Wilson also teamed with Olivia Stone to go unbeaten in doubles action with 8-3, 8-4 and 8-1 victories, respectively. Currently, the freshman is riding a 10 match unbeaten streak in singles play, and a six match winning streak in doubles action.

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