Monday, April 20, 2015

Needhammer earn Lycoming athletics’ top honors at Honor Convocation

Loiseau, Needhammer (Athletics Director & Head Football Coach Mike Clark in the Center) earn Lycoming athletics’ top honors at Honor Convocation
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Senior football player Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and senior women's swimmer player Danielle Loiseau (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) were named the Lycoming College Male and Female Outstanding Athletes, respectively, at the college's Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 19, at Lamade Gymnasium. Junior women’s basketball playerChelsea Henderson (Yonkers, N.Y./Yonkers) also picked up a top honor, earning the Sol "Woody" Wolf Award.

Needhammer, a physics major that was named a Second Team Capital One Academic All-American, repeats as an athletics honoree at Honors Convocation, as he was named the Sol “Woody” Wolfe Award in 2014. He finished his career by repeating as a All-East Region selection, placing third in the MAC with 1,242 rushing yards and second with 13 touchdowns. His 186.7 all-purpose yards per game led the conference and finished sixth nationally. He posted the first two 300-all-purpose-yard games in program history as a senior, earning USA College Football Offensive Player of the Week honors after his effort against Misericordia and then earning Team of the Week and USA College Football Running Back of the Week accolades after his 339-yard effort against FDU-Florham. The team captain rushed for a school-record 299 yards in his last game at FDU-Florham, breaking Josh Kleinfelter's record of 3,664 career rushing yards with his final rush – a 50-yard touchdown to give him 3,713 career yards. Needhammer is a three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll, a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree and a two-time Capital One Academic All-District pick. Needhammer is the fifth straight football player to earn the Outstanding Male Athlete Award, joining Tanner Troutman (2014), Nate Oropollo (2013), Anthony Marascio (2012) and Josh Kleinfelter (2011).

Loiseau had a rollercoaster senior season, but never let that show in the pool, as she became the first women’s swimmer to earn the school’s Female Outstanding Athlete Award since Stacy Flick in 2011. She came back from surgery over Winter Break to finish fourth in the 200-yard butterfly at the MAC Championships, just three-tenths of a second off the school record in the event. She also earned all-conference honors in the 100-yard butterfly, helping her finish her career with six individual All-MAC honors and 13 All-MAC honors with relay teams. Loiseau also helped the 800-yard freestyle relay set the school record in 8:09.31 and she finished the MAC Championships by posting an anchor split of 53.75 in the 400-yard freestyle relay, a split that would have set the school record by nearly six-tenths of a second. The German and international studies major is also a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

Having quietly developed into one of the best sixth women in the Commonwealth Conference, Chelsea Henderson gave the Warriors a great post presence off the bench in 2014-15, helping her win the Sol “Woody” Wolf Award, which is given to a junior who has shown the most improvement in the intercollegiate competition in his/her first three years at the college. As a freshman, she averaged just 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 18 games, not even seeing action in seven games. As a sophomore, those numbers skyrocketed to 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds and this year, they drove up even more as she notched a team-leading 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Henderson had 14 double-figure scoring efforts as a junior and her 21 blocks also led the squad. Henderson is the first women’s basketball player to earn the Wolf Award since Jen Shuler received it in 1998.