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November 8, 2013

Another hall pass awaits former Hartwick coach Lennox

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The National Soccer Coaches Association of America can’t get enough of Jim Lennox.

Almost a year after receiving the NSCAA’s lifetime achievement award, the organization will induct former Hartwick College men’s soccer coach Lennox into its Hall of Fame in January.

Lennox is a senior national staff coach and former Director of Coaching Education for the NSCAA, which announced Wednesday that he will be honored at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 during its Awards Banquet at the 2014 Convention in Philadelphia.

This past January, Lennox received the Walt Chyzowych Award for Lifetime Achievement from the NSCAA for a career that started in 1969 at Mitchell College in New London, Conn., and was highlighted by Hartwick’s national championship in 1977.

Lennox won NSCAA Junior College Coach of the Year in 1975 before taking over at Hartwick in 1976. His Hartwick program produced 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, five trips to the national semifinals and the 1977 national title. The NSCAA selected Lennox as its NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1984.

Lennox went 318-163-43 from 1977-2002 at Hartwick for a winning percentage of .648. He went on to serve as director of coaching for the Connecticut Youth Soccer Association (2003-06) before becoming an assistant women’s soccer at the College of Saint Rose.

Lennox served the NSCAA as its Director of Coaching from 1983-1990 and is a senior national staff coach in the NSCAA Coaching Academy. In addition to his Lifetime Achievement award last year, Lennox also earned the Bill Jeffery College Long-Term Service Award (2009), the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award (2000), and an NSCAA Letter of Commendation (1989).

Lennox is also a member of the Hartwick College, Mitchell College and East Stroudsburg University halls of fame.

FOOTBALL

Seney makes All-District

Hartwick defensive end Joe Seney has earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams for the second straight season, the Hawks announced Thursday.

The teams, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. They include NCAA Division I, II and III athletes.

Seney carries a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average as a computer science and mathematics double major at Hartwick. He has been inducted into the National Mathematics Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, and has been awarded the Andrew B. Saxon Fellowship. Seney also was a Phillip S. Wilder Jr. Award for academic distinction and interned with the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, N.Y.

Seney has played in all eight Hartwick games this season and ranks third in team tackles with 41. He has seven tackles for loss and leads the Hawks with six sacks and four forced fumbles.

Seney moves on to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team football All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

CROSS COUNTRY

O-State duo honored

The SUNY Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that Oneonta State senior Danielle Kennedy and freshman Mary Kate Bida earned All-Conference honors following their performances during the SUNYAC Championship meet last weekend at Fortin Park.

Kennedy, who is a SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Famer, finished second for the best finish in program history. Her third straight top-five finish in the meet led to her third First Team All-Conference honor.

Bida was Oneonta’s second woman to cross the finish line, placing 15th for Third Team accolades.

The Red Dragons, who will compete in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Championships on Nov. 16 at Letchworth State Park, are ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region poll and 24th nationally.

FIELD HOCKEY

O-State plays today

Oneonta State will play a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal at 11 a.m. today at top-seeded Cortland. The winner will meet New Paltz or Geneseo in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cortland.

Saturday’s champion will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins Wednesday with first-round games. National championship weekend is scheduled for Nov. 23-24 at Old Dominion University.

Fourth-seeded Oneonta (12-7) has outscored its opponents, 65-33, this season and holds a 177-165 advantage in penalty corners. Andrea Day, a junior, leads O-State with 34 points on 15 goals and four assists. Classmate Kelcy Forbragd ranks second in team points with 31 (14 goals, 3 assists).

Cortland (13-2) is ranked 14th in the latest NFHCA Coach’s Poll. Two weeks ago at Cortland, Oneonta fell, 3-2, in double-overtime of their regular-season meeting.

The two teams will go head-to-head in the SUNYAC Tournament for the second time in three seasons. O-State fell, 2-1, in overtime to Cortland during the first SUNYAC Tournament title game in 2011.

Oneonta is seeking its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1992. It also qualified for the NCAAs in 1984 and 1990.