Maroons Dominate ODAC Honors
With the fall ODAC seasons at a close, the annual ODAC league awards were announced this week, and the Maroons were a huge presence in every sport.
Along with the honors earned by the Women’s Soccer team, Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Cross-Country all contributed a number of accolades to add to an award-ladened fall season for Maroon Athletics.
For Men’s Soccer, a whopping seven Maroons earned All-ODAC honors. Rob Lentine, Tyler Carbaugh, Fortune Sibanda, and Dio Beck each notched first-team honors. Sam Rauf and Cole Sinclair earned second-team honors, and Tim Mahabir earned a third-team nod. Lentine led a stellar Maroon offense during the season, posting 13 points on six goals and one assist, good for 13th in the ODAC. Most impressively, two of Lentine’s goals were overtime golden-goals, revealing the clutch nature of this dynamic striker. Carbaugh’s selection was his fourth All-ODAC honor and his third first-team mark. As part of a midfield unit alongside Sibanda, who earned his first All-ODAC honor this year, Carbaugh scored two goals and added four assists, the 8th most in the ODAC. Beck, Sinclair, Rauf, and Mahabir were all part of one of the ODAC’s best defensive units. Together, they allowed only 19 goals for a 0.92 goals-against average on the season, marking this defensive unit as the third best in the ODAC. The team’s nine shutouts were second in the ODAC and Sinclair’s 54 saves and 0.96 goals-against average were 10th and 3rd in the ODAC, respectively.
The Women’s Field Hockey team added four players to the league’s All-ODAC lists. Shelbi Holloman, Kellie Jasinski, and Heather Schauder each earned first-team recognition and Kaylin Stenson earned third team honors. Holloman’s first team nod was her second in as many years. Her 15 goals, seven assists, and 37 points were good for fourth, seventh, and third best in the league, respectively. Jasinski and Stenson, a freshman, were key contributors on a defensive unit that was second best in the league in terms of goals allowed, posting an incredibly low mark of 1.27 goals allowed per game. Jasinski and Stenson also made an impact on the offensive end, recording three goals and three assists between the two. In her inaugural season, Schauder was the anchor of the Maroons’ defense and certainly in the MVP picture for the team. She amazing surrendered just 21 goals in 16 games on her way to a 1.38 goals-against average, which was good for second best in the ODAC and her 102 saves were fifth most in the league.
After their most successful season since 2008, the Volleyball team sent three players to the All-ODAC teams. Jessica Block was awarded second-team honors while Alexandra Martin and Allison White earned third-team honors. Block, the team’s star setter, tallied 886 assists, at 8.75 assists per-game, and both marks were good for second in the ODAC. The 398 assists she recorded in league play was best in the ODAC and her 55 service aces were also second best in the league. Martin, the team’s defensive anchor, notched 467 digs at a clip of 4.72 digs per-match, the second best digs per-match in the ODAC. A senior, Martin’s incredible season placed her in elite company as only the fifth player in school history to record 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists. Allison White, an outside hitter, finished with 212 kills on the season, good for 15th best in the league. She also recorded a stellar .248 hitting percentage which was good for fourth in the ODAC.
To round off Roanoke’s 2015 class of All-ODAC athletes, running stud Harrison Toney won ODAC runner of the year and earned first-team All-ODAC honors after he won the ODAC Cross-Country Championship with an 8k time of 25:42. Toney was simply dominant in his 2015 campaign and was unmatched in most of his meets. His presence will surely be missed next year and the cross-country team will have to work to fill the gap he leaves when he graduates.
Overall, the Maroons earned 21 total All-ODAC honors after one of the school’s most lucrative athletic seasons. Be sure to congratulate all the athletes on their awards.