The Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team had a season for the ages in 2017. After posting a 12-5 regular season record and earning the #4 seed in the ODAC Tournament, the Tigers defeated Shenandoah, Washington and Lee, and Lynchburg to win the ODAC Championship, outscoring the three teams 51-23.
The ODAC Title was the first for H-SC Lacrosse since 2001 and the first time H-SC has won the ODAC Tournament, which started with the 2002 season. H-SC also broke the school record for wins in a season with the 19-10 victory over Washington and Lee.
Winning the ODAC Tournament earned the ODAC's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, and the Tigers were rewarded with a home game against Transylvania in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Hampden-Sydney demolished the Pioneers 23-8 for the Tigers third-ever NCAA Tournament win. H-SC would then travel to perennial powerhouse #1 Salisbury University for the third round where they would fall to the eventual national champions.
H-SC concluded the season with 16 wins, three more "Ws" than any other season in program history. For his efforts in his first season as head mentor, Head Coach Jason Rostan was named the ODAC Coach of the Year, just a year after his father, Ray Rostan, won the award in his final season. Coach Rostan also was named the VaSID All-State Coach of the Year while the coaching staff of Coach Rostan, Assistant Coaches Tommy Kestermann and Billy Cameron, and Volunteer Student Assistant Eric Boyle was awarded the IMLCA All-Region Coaching Staff of the Year
The 2017 squad broke the school record for points in a season (486), goals (307), and assists (179). They concluded the season ranked second in the country in man up offense and one of just three teams to score on greater than 50% of their extra man chances. H-SC additionally ranked 4th in ground balls, 12th in assists, 26th in goals per game, 28th in faceoff win percentage, and 28th in points per game.
The individual awards were plentiful for the student-athletes. Hunter Brown was voted as a third-team USILA All-American, and Ian Levin was picked an honorable mention All-American. Jared Arntzen and Triston Stegall were tabbed as USILA Scholar All-Americans and were elected to play in the USILA North-South senior all-star game. Brown was picked first-team All-Region in addition to Levin and Kent Henry on the second-team. All-State honorees included first-teamers Levin, Brown, and Henry while Duncan Morris and Chandler Shaheen were second-team selections. Eight student-athletes were voted to the All-ODAC team: Levin, Brown, and Henry on the first-team; Morris, Shaheen, Arntzen, and Stegall on the second-team; and Bucky Potter on the third-team. Additionally, Wilson Booth was the Tigers' representative on the Ray Rostan Sportsmanship Team.
Brown is the first Tiger to be named a third-teamer or higher since Kyle Jett was a second-team selection in 2010. Both Levin and Brown broke the previous school record for points in a season (78). Brown recorded 87 points, breaking the school record assists with 44 and the record for season midfielder points. His 44 assists were the 15th most in the nation this season while his 87 points were good for 21st. He contributed 22 points in five postseason games and was Named First-Team All-ODAC.
Levin finished the year with 91 points on 34 assists (fifth most in school history) and a school-record 57 goals. He tallied 25 points in five postseason contests, including eight on four goals and four assists vs. Salisbury. Levin ranked 13th in Division III in total points and 23rd in goals scored. He was also named to ODAC All-Tournament Team and the All-ODAC First Team.
Morris posted the ninth most points in a single season at H-SC with 64 and fell just one goal short of tying the previous school record for most goals in a season. He ended his four-year career ranking 11th in career points and 6th in goals. Shaheen posted the 12th most points in a season with 62 and the fourth most by a midfielder. He additionally also was just one goal shy of tying the previous record for season goals. Both Shaheen and Morris tied for the 29th most goals in D3 this season.
Arntzen was one of the top faceoff players in the nation as he won 64.9% of his faceoff attempts with 157 ground balls, the second most in school history. His faceoff win percentage ranked 21st in the country and he also ranked 9th in total ground balls. He capped his career with the fifth most career ground balls in school history. Henry, Stegall, and Potter were vital pieces to the Tiger defense that shut down and limited many premier offensive weapons throughout the ODAC and the country.