FOREST, Va. – Seven Bridgewater College student-athletes were named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Fall Sportsmanship Teams presented by StellarOne Bank.
Men’s cross country junior Abe Rittenhouse, women’s cross country junior Stephanie Breen, senior field hockey player Kelly Ryan, senior football player Salem Nganga, junior men’s soccer player Zach Hosler, senior women’s soccer player Morgan Keplinger and senior volleyball player Bethany Doman were all named to the league’s sportsmanship team at the conclusion of the fall sports season.
“I am pleased that the conference recognizes student-athletes for their focus on fair play and sportsmanship," explained ODAC Commissioner Brad Bankston. "The conference prides itself on positive sportsmanship and encouraging student-athletes to lead by example. Each one of the honorees has been selected by the coaches in recognition of their conduct in the arena. My hat is off to these student-athletes - thanking them for the example they set for all of us.”
Rittenhouse turned in a strong junior season for the Eagles, rounding out the year with a 72nd place showing at the NCAA South/Southeast region championships in suburban Atlanta. The junior also finished 15th at the 2012 ODAC Championships in October.
Breen wrapped up a stellar junior season with an 88th place finish at the regional championships at the beginning of November.
Ryan battled injury throughout the 2012 season but helped lead the Eagles to an 11-win campaign. The senior registered four goals and dished out a pair of assists on the year in 14 games of action.
Nganga earned second team All-ODAC accolades to put the finishing touches on a solid career. The senior was second on the team in tackles with 65 stops. The Dumfries, Va. native also posted two sacks, forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass in Bridgewater's 42-14 season-ending victory at Catholic.
Hosler started in all 18 games for the Eagles as Bridgewater finished the season with a 10-8 record. This season was the first winning season for the Eagles since 2004 and the most wins in a season since the 2005 team finished 10-10-1. Hosler tallied two goals on five shots on the season from the Bridgewater back line.
Keplinger saw action in 18 of Bridgewater’s 24 games on the year, earning four starts along the way. The senior registered the assist on Melanie Waters' game-winning goal in the ODAC semifinals at Virginia Wesleyan.
Doman saw action in all 33 matches for the Eagles on the year. The Strasburg, Va. native played in 113 sets and registered 209 kills on the year.
The ODAC has a rich tradition in promoting fair play and good sportsmanship in each sport across the league. The character of the conference’s student-athletes on and off the field is a representation of not only the individuals and teams, but also the institutions they play for.
“All of us at StellarOne Bank are excited to be an official corporate sponsor, touching the lives of so many in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference," said Angela Ross, Chief Branding Officer for StellarOne.
Below is a summary of the student-athletes representing the ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball.
Abe Rittenhouse, Bridgewater
Nels Akerson, Eastern Mennonite
Matthew Williams, Emory & Henry
Andris Goncarovs, Guilford
David Barrett, Hampden-Sydney
Ben Tumolo, Lynchburg
Ryan Purrington, Randolph
Austin Grubb, Roanoke
Ansel Borhaver, Shenandoah
Gabe Higgins, Virginia Wesleyan
Tyler Gehrs, Washington and Lee
Stephanie Breen, Bridgewater
Hannah Clemmer, Eastern Mennonite
Olivia Bailey, Emory & Henry
Jasmine O’Neill, Guilford
Kiley Trennepohl, Lynchburg
Lily Noguchi, Randolph
Anna Noble, Roanoke
Emily Cobb, Shenandoah
Shelby Bryceland, Virginia Wesleyan
Molly Ortiz, Washington and Lee
Kelly Ryan, Bridgewater
Melissa Cox, Eastern Mennonite
Johanna Agustin, Lynchburg
Natalie Schnell, Randolph-Macon
Lauren Hurley, Roanoke
Kelani Bailey, Shenandoah
Addie Hedge, Sweet Briar
Kirsten Olsen, Virginia Wesleyan
Mary Virginia Long, Washington and Lee
Salem Nganga, Bridgewater
Ryan Klein, Catholic
Chad Williams, Emory & Henry
Faris El-Ali, Guilford
Kenny Fryman, Hampden-Sydney
Dan Crouch, Randolph-Macon
Tijun Findley, Shenandoah|
Russell Stewart, Washington and Lee
Zach Hosler, Bridgewater
Joao Downs, Eastern Mennonite
Jared Eiriksson, Emory & Henry
Jared Dapkevich, Guilford
Andre Graham, Hampden-Sydney
Scott Edwards, Lynchburg
Jacob Lusczek, Randolph
Chris Lowe, Randolph-Macon
Brian White, Roanoke
Nate Long, Shenandoah
Jonathan Burke, Virginia Wesleyan
Parker Wolfinger, Washington and Lee
Morgan Keplinger, Bridgewater
Holly Jensen, Eastern Mennonite
Blair Vaughn, Emory & Henry
Rebecca Valchar, Guilford
Alicia Johns, Hollins
Kristen Melchiori, Lynchburg
Brittany Hammons, Randolph
Rachel Stewart, Randolph-Macon
Jordan May, Roanoke
Brittany Butcher, Shenandoah
Ali Lifka, Sweet Briar
Breanne Ingargiola, Virginia Wesleyan
Alex Todd, Washington and Lee
Bethany Doman, Bridgewater
Rachel Lehman, Eastern Mennonite
Kim Caudill, Emory & Henry
Meredith Foscue, Guilford
Ally Reed, Hollins
Molly Deacon, Lynchburg
Lexi Harrington, Randolph
Hilary Jessee, Randolph-Macon
Macey Tyree, Roanoke
Rachel Gross, Shenandoah
Kala Guy, Virginia Wesleyan
Kelly McManus, Washington and Lee