The Hobart Athletics Department and the Statesmen Athletic Association honored the top athletes of 2008-09 tonight at the annual Block H Awards Banquet. Senior Keith Longo took home top honors as the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award winner. The Kraus Award is presented to Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete. Senior Anthony Hobaica was presented with the William C. Stiles ’43 Memorial Award for leadership, determination, and character, while first-year Drake Woodard was honored with the Abe Solomon Memorial Award as Hobart’s Rookie of the Year.
Senior Lance Boyington was recognized with the Joseph N. Abraham Memorial Training Award for participating throughout his season while persevering through an injury, while the Joe Abraham Prize went to senior Alex Bryce for his outstanding service to the athletic programs at Hobart.
One of the top hockey goalies in the nation, Longo is a two-time All-American, the only Statesman to earn the honor twice, and a two-time first team All-ECAC West pick. He holds every Hobart season and career record for the position, including the single season marks for saves (876), wins (18), goals against average (2.08), save percentage (.939), and shutouts (3).
For his career, Longo holds the benchmarks for wins (51), saves (2,636), save percentage (.930), goals against average (2.30), and shutouts (8). His career save percentage is an NCAA Division III record, and he ranks fourth in career shutouts, ninth in career goals against average, 14th in career saves, and 22nd in career wins.
Over his career, Longo guided the Statesmen to three NCAA Tournament berths, including two semifinal appearances. Recently, he participated in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge as the only Division III student-athlete on the men’s roster.
On the gridiron, Hobaica recorded 1,711 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns in 39 career games. He helped the Statesmen to three consecutive Liberty League Championships and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, earning all-conference honors once. A two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection, and 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District pick, Hobaica is a member of the Orange Key, Chimera, and Druid societies. A respected leader on campus, he is the senior class president, a student director of the SAA, and the Interfraternal Council President. The history major will return to HWS in the fall as a graduate student and volunteer assistant football coach.
The Liberty League Football Rookie of the Year, Woodard notched seven interceptions and 42 tackles this fall. The cornerback finished second in the conference in picks, one shy of Boyington, and tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.64). Woodard was a unanimous selection to the All-Liberty League first team, and was the only first-year to earn a place on the D3Football.com All-East first team.
Despite persistent shoulder and knee injuries, Boyington enjoyed a breakout senior season for the football team. He garnered All-Liberty League second team honors for defense, and honorable mention as a return specialist, as well as D3Football.com All-East third team accolades. Boyington led the conference with eight interceptions, one shy of the Hobart season record, and set a Statesmen postseason record with three interceptions during Hobart’s NCAA Playoffs victory over Lycoming. He tied for fifth in the nation in interceptions per game. Boyington also logged 41 tackles, broke up eight passes, blocked a kick, and averaged 9.2 yards per punt return. He finished his career with 73 tackles, 14 pass break ups, and 10 interceptions, while averaging 8.8 yards per punt return.
A two-time Liberty League All-Academic honoree, Bryce registered his best season as a Hobart harrier this fall. He posted a career-best 8-kilometer time of 32 minutes, 59 seconds at the Cross Country Only Conference Championships on Nov. 1, helping the Statesmen to a third-place team finish. The 2008 team captain, Bryce shattered his previous best time by 34 seconds. Also an excellent student, Bryce is a member of the Druid and Chimera honor societies, as well as Phi Beta Kappa. He is active in the Math and Computer Science Club, Pride Alliance, and Anime Central, and served as a Common Ground mentor.
Since senior Ryan Adler started the Hockey Helpers foundation two years ago, the Statesmen hockey team has been involved in numerous community service projects, and has teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization that provides comfort and support to severely injured military personnel upon their return home from war. The Hobart hockey team has implemented events to raise money and awareness for the WWP, including a golf tournament, two sweatshirt drives, and multiple auctions. In all, the team has raised more than $13,000 for the WWP. The Statesmen finished this season with a program-record 21-7-2 overall mark, and earned the program’s second NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance.
Sponsored by the Statesmen Athletic Association—the team behind Hobart’s teams—the department’s coaching staff also presented individual awards in each of the College’s 11 varsity sports, more than 50 in all.