Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Five Warriors earn slots on Hampshire Honor Society

Wide Receiver John Sibel
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A Lycoming College record five student-athletes earned induction into the 2015 Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation in Dallas, Texas, announced on Wednesday, April 29. The five honorees are Mike Chaput (Dickson City, Pa./Mid Valley), James Krizan (Montoursville, Pa./Homeschooled), Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), John Sibel (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Kyle Sullivan (Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan).

In order to be eligible for membership into the honor society, a player must be a starter or significant reserve on the team as a senior, maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout his entire course of undergraduate study and meet all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and graduation.

Chaput became an important part of the Lycoming offensive line during his career, starting all but one game during his sophomore and junior seasons before injuries derailed his senior season. Still, Chaput started two of the last three games of the year after coming back from the injury. A criminal justice major, Chaput earned MAC Academic Honor Roll honors as a senior.

Krizan, a Spanish major, earned three letters with the Warriors. A transfer from the University of Rochester, he was a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

Needhammer, a physics major that earned Second Team Capital One Academic All-American honors, was also named to the D3football.com All-East Region second team as a senior. Needhammer finished 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 are sixth nationally. He posted the first two 300-all-purpose-yard games in program history as a senior. 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 – that 50-yard touchdown that made it 45-27 with 2:47 remaining – giving him 3,713 career yards. He will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to earn a master’s degree in engineering.

Sibel, a history major, appeared on the verge of a breakout senior campaign, but an injury took him off the field in week seven. Still, he caught 26 passes for a career-high 370 yards and three touchdowns. A great possession receiver, Sibel finished his career with 95 catches for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming the 21st player in school history to notch 1,000 receiving yards in a career.

Sullivan, a business marketing major, earned multiple academic honors during his time at Lycoming College. He was a three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll, a two-time member of the Academic All-MAC squad and a two-time winner of Lycoming's David G. Busey Award for academic and athletic achievement. He was also a five-time member of the college's Dean's List. On the field, Sullivan picked up honorable mention all-conference honors twice in his career.

The Warriors finished 8-2 and in third place in the Middle Atlantic Conference under seventh-year head coach Mike Clark.

Lycoming College Football
Hampshire Honor Society Members
2011 – Dan Cassidy, LB
2011 – T.J. Chiarolanza, K
2011 – Matt Landseidel, OL
2012 – Tim Okken, OL
2013 – Zach Klinger, QB
2013 – Jamie Reitzi, LB
2013 – Parker Showers, RB
2013 – Wesley Strayer, TE
2014 – C.J. Arhontakis, S
2014 – Ryan Boccagno, LB
2014 – Robbie Brodish, LB
2014 – Mike Ciotti, S

2015 – Mike Chaput, OL
2015 – James Krizan, WR
2015 – Craig Needhammer, RB
2015 – John Sibel, WR
2015 – Kyle Sullivan, LB