(November 18, 2008) SALEM, VA–Hampden-Sydney's success on the field this year with a 12-6-1 overall record and 6-3-1 in ODAC play helped four Tigers earn all conference honors. The Tigers' late hot streak landed them ranked the No. 4 seed for tournament play and No. 9 in the final NSCAA/adidas South Region Poll.
Hampden-Sydney junior forward Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic), sophomore defender Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls), senior midfielder Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb), and sophomore midfielder Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) were all honored for their stellar play in 2008 with all-conference nods.
Will Robertson and Matt Swaney were the two Tigers awarded first team honors. Robertson is arguably the craftiest and most dynamic forwards in the conference, and it showed as he notched career highs with eight goals and a team-high seven assists. Robertson's elusive play made him dangerous to ODAC foes all year. His 23 points were also good for second on the team.
Swaney, one of the toughest backs in the conference, also garnered first team honors. An anchor to the Tigers' back line, Swaney helped the Tigers to eight shutouts and held opponents to just under ten shots per contest. Not only was Swaney's play in the back stellar, but he also had highlights in the offense as he recorded five goals on the season. Of those five goals, three were conference game winners which was good for second best in the ODAC.
Earning second team honors was Michael Krewinghaus. The senior midfielder had another solid year as he displayed great vision of the field and was a great distributor. He has proven to be one of the tougher midfielders in the league, challenging every ball and never backing down. Krewinghaus also tallied six points on the year via two goals and two assists.
Rounding out the group with honorable mention honors was Matt Hampton. In the midfield, Hampton proved to be the catalyst to the Tiger offense. The Tiger attack often ran directly through the creative sophomore as he was one of the best distributors and creators on the team. Hampton also showed he could lead the attack as he notched a career high three assists.
Senior midfielder Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) was also named to the All-ODAC Sportsmanship Team.
Virginia Wesleyan's junior Brandon Massie was named ODAC Player of the Year while Roanoke took both Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors with Scott Allison and Michael Stark respectively.