The Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletics Department honored nine members of the Hobart lacrosse team at the annual Block H Awards Dinner on April 27. Senior midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek and junior midfielder Cooper Stefaniak were presented with the Crook Family Award as the team’s MVPs.
Senior attackman Alex Love earned the William H. Dobbin ’40 Memorial Award while sophomore goalie Jackson Brown was given the C.R.A.G. Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Junior Gavin Llewellyn received the Van Arsdale Award for superior scholarship, leadership and determination and the Lt. John Vandeverg Memorial Award was presented to sophomore defender Arik Andreen as the team’s most improved player. Senior attackman Brendan Saylor earned the Kent W. Marbury ’62 Memorial Award for his dedication and hard work, and first-year defenders D. Bennett Moore and Christopher Willman took home the Rookie Award for Lacrosse.
A two-year captain and starter in all 14 games this season, Vanderbeek finished the year third on the team with 16 goals and 22 points. He logged a season-high three points twice this year, netting a hat-trick in the season opener against Siena and pocketing two goals and an assist against Sacred Heart. Vanderbeek registered at least a point in all 14 games this season.
Vanderbeek played in 55 career games notching 62 goals and 21 assists for 83 points. He ranks 13th on the Statesmen Division I list for career goals.
A captain, Stefaniak played in all 14 games this season, starting two. He scooped up a team-high 43 ground balls this season, including a career-high six at Robert Morris. Stefaniak pocketed 11 goals and three assists for 14 points this year. He tallied three points twice this season on hat-tricks against Canisius and Georgetown.
Last year’s Lt. John Vandeverg Memorial Award recipient, Stefaniak, has played in 30 career games, recording 34 points on 25 goals and nine assists.
Love played in 11 games this season for the Statesmen, starting nine. Despite missing three games, Love led the team with 22 goals, nine assists, and 31 points. He collected a season-high five points in a 7-6 overtime win over Robert Morris. Love notched five hat-tricks this season, including a season-high four goals twice. He scored game-winning goals in overtime in consecutive weeks to beat Bryant and Robert Morris 7-6. Love was named NEC Player of the Week once and was voted to the All-NEC first team at the end of the season.
Love played in 54 career games and finished his career scoring a Hobart Division I record 129 goals. He also finished second on the Statesmen Division I list for career points with 160. All-time, Love ranks 11th in career goals.
A second team All-NEC selection, Brown started all 14 games, posting a 7-7 overall record. He made 166 saves on his way to recording a .561 save percentage and a 9.31 goals against average. He recorded double digit saves in 10 games, including a season-high 22 saves against St. Joseph’s. Brown entered the NEC tournament ranked seventh in the nation in save percentage. He also ranked seventh in the nation and led the conference in saves per game. His seven wins this season are tied for second among Hobart Division I goalies while his goals against average is fourth, his saves per game are sixth, and his save percentage is ninth.
Llewellyn saw action in 10 games this season, starting six. He tallied five points on two goals and three assists while scooping up three ground balls. Llewellyn notched an assist on Love’s game-tying goal against Robert Morris. He was a 2013 ECAC All-Academic Team selection and a 2014 NEC Academic Honor Roll member.
Andreen saw action in all 14 games on the defensive end this season for the Statesmen. He collected 29 ground balls to finish second on the team in that category. Andreen scooped up a season-high five loose balls against Wagner. In 25 career games, he has 42 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
A starter in all 14 games this season, Saylor was tabbed second team All-NEC and named to the NEC All-Tournament team. He finished second on the team in goals (20) and points (24). Saylor scored a season-high three goals in the NEC semifinal game against Bryant. He recorded at least one point in eight straight games and in 13 of 14 contests this spring. Saylor played in 27 games in two seasons at Hobart, logging 28 goals and 10 assists for 38 points.
Moore started all 14 games in his rookie season. He produced 15 ground balls and eight caused turnovers this year. Moore scooped up a season-high five ground balls against then No. 17 Towson. He collected two ground balls and forced two turnovers in a 7-6 overtime win against Wagner.
Willman also started all 14 games during his rookie season. He finished the year with 24 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. He raked in a season-high four ground balls against the nationally ranked Tigers. Willman collected three ground balls and forced two turnovers in the season-opening win against Siena.
The Statesmen finished the season with a 7-7 overall record, the program’s best record since 2009. Hobart finished the regular season as the second seed in the NEC tournament, losing to eventual conference champion Bryant in the semifinals.