plus losses each year since their last Old Dominion Athletic Conference title in 2008. If there any year to make a large footprint on a national scene, it 2012.
Koudelka estimates that Lisicky scored more goals (10) than he was scored on last spring. Being that dangerous in the open field, one would assume that he fit in more at LSM, but Lisicky has been a mainstay on the Hornets close defense ever since he was a freshman.
very deep. There a nice combination of and brawns down on the backline with senior Joe Lombardo being as knowledgeable of the scouting reports as anybody and Lisicky being a prime athlete once recruited by Division I AA football schools.
To open the season, 15 different Hornets dented the nets in a 21 4 romp over Birmingham Southern this past weekend. They hit the road to face defending national champion Salisbury on Saturday afternoon.
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While some players may get moved around, those four will get the runs at LSM while Lombardo and Lisicky hold down the close defense. Look for Lynchburg to use more defenseman than usual.
Among them are a handful of players that play a large role, but are unheralded ( the scenes as Koudelka put it). Ben Wright will likely be the third close defenseman. Midfielders Matt Manzo and Andrew Wilfong may not be All Conference players yet but act as the glue of the offense.
Two freshmen are also making their mark not playing like freshmen at all Koudelka says. Hunter Thompson came in highly touted out of Salem (Va.) high, not too far from archrival Roanoke campus. Berk Ellis, a cerebral 5 foot 8, 160 pound freshman from Columbus has been making plays as well.
A beneficiary of the attention thrown at Hoff by opposing defenses has been classmate Ben Sauer, Hoff friend according to Koudelka. After missing last fall with a broken jaw, Sauer came back and tallied 16 goals and 15 assists.
"Vin stick has improved considerably; his offensive skills are refined enough to switch him to offense," Koudelka says. "He a tough kid that plays with a lot of edge."
Despite a minimal amount of graduation losses, this team has a different makeup and a considerably different drive, led by the seniors.
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He probably the strongest player on the team pound for pound," Koudelka says. "He complements Dylan very well, they always know where each other is and have become a very nice 1 2 punch."
A tireless worker in the weight room and on the field before and after practices, Curran will make the move from defensive midfield to offensive midfield in 2012.
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"We have a very nice problem," Koudelka says.
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The Hornets struggled in a four game stretch in 2011, which put their tournament hopes fully out of reach without the coveted AQ gained with a conference title.
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Junior midfielder Max Voumard and senior attackman Dylan Hoff, both preseason second team All Americans, will lead the offense while four year starter Franc Cook will command the defense from his spot in between the pipes.
Two seniors will get runs at LSM, as last year longstick, Jon Gill, will likely be bumped down to close defense. Rob Day is one of the fastest kids on the team and will be a big component in between the Nike Lebron Easter lines, as will Chris Rainwater, a speedy and athletic option.
considerably quicker," Koudelka says. "He worked almost religiously at creating his own shot, which we think was due to a lack of fitness but he playing at an ever higher level now."
As such with any team, goals are a big component. But to Koudelka, it more about the journey rather than thinking about the destination, taking it game by game and not looking past any opponent.
"The seniors are one of the best groups of kids I ever coached, just an outstanding group of guys," Koudelka says. "The carry a ton of weight for us in practice, in the locker room and off the field."
For the third consecutive year, attackman Dylan Hoff will be a marked man. The senior has eclipsed the 30 goal mark in each of his seasons as a Hornet, on pace to finish his career with well over 200 points.
This year, there are fifteen seniors on the roster leading the way, including Ryan Beale. While home on fall break in 2009, Beale was involved in a single car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Returning to school twelve months ago, he makes it a point to attend every practice and game to support his teammates. His fellow seniors have since rallied around him.
Koudelka calls this year team "deeper than we have ever been," which can be attributed to a very strong senior class. Previously, the largest senior class was a dozen in 2003, a record setting year for the Hornets.
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Though Koudelka certainly won pound it into his players heads every week, expectations are high in Lynchburg. Nor will he bring up the fact that this would be his first group of seniors to wrap up their careers without an ODAC title if they fail to do so.
Sleeper Pick: Vin Curran, junior, midfield
"He very good at wreaking havoc with his stick but Joe also plays position well," Koudelka said. "He understands the unsettled game as good as anybody."
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