Spin Ultimate MVP red jersey awards we presented to top players in each round at the 2013 DIII College Championships. Here is each recipient, along with a little bit about what they did to earn the award.
Lock Whitney – #22 Amherst College – During their first round game against the North Park Lost Boys, Lock was all over the field commanding their zone defense, and showing a strong offensive prowess.
Alan Henzy – #22 Puget Sound – For the first game of the Postmen’s Satuday, and they played a tight game against Lehigh. During that game, Henzy had a sick layout Callahan – earning him the award, and helping his team earn the win.
Stephen Lammers – #12 Middlebury – In their pool play game against Carleton College GOP, the Pranksters defense was key. The sophomore helped lead that defense both on and off the field, and Middlebury would win the game and Lammers the jersey.
Jay Sehgal – #13 Wake Forest – During Wake’s beatdown of Claremont during their final pool play game, Sehgal was all over the field making plays both offensively and defensively to help Wake earn the win, and secure first in Pool D. (Ed. note: Twitter still will not accept this picture. Apologies.)
Giaco Corsigila – #16 Amherst College – In quarterfinals, Amherst would play Claremont Colleges in a closely contested game. On double game point, Corsigilia made the game winning grab over his defender in what many on the sideline, including myself, thought was a sure-thing defensive stop.
Eric Hopfenbeck – #23 Puget Sound – In one of the other quartefinal matchups, Puget Sound was playing Harding in another back and forth game for the Postmen. Down to double game point, and Hopfenbeck not only got the defensive stop for his team, but scored the winning goal as well. Bookends + DGP = MVP Jersey. (Ed Note: With two great plays in quarters, no jersey was awarded on the Open side during semifinals.)
Davis Whitehead – #4 Middlebury – As was said in both the video and written recap, Whitehead had the upwind throws – especially his inside flick break throw – to help the Middlebury team battle the wind that showed up for the finals. He was also noticeable making plays defensively, all while taking very few points off. His play was crucial in Middlebury winning the championship.
Pheobe Aron – #11 Bowdoin – She dominated against Saint Benedict’s during the first round, with her great hucks and break throws. This play would go onto continue all tournament long.
Julia Raney – #8 Claremont – With Carleton Eclipse threatening, Raney would help Claremont orchestrate a giant comeback over Eclipse to win Pool C and earn a bye into quarterfinals.
Zoe Suche – #34 Carleton – In their quarterfinal win against Saint Benedict’s, Suche was a monster cutting for the Eclipse offensive line. She was getting open at will, and doing a great job no matter the defender.
Claire Baecher – #00 Williams – Her staunch defense, and consistent throws helped Williams to upset Valparaiso in semifinals.
Hannah Young – #13 Bowdoin – During their game against Williams in the finals of D3 Nationals, Young scored 6 goals for Bowdoin. Her cutting was fantastic, especially in the endzone for her team – making her the perfect recipient for teammate Phoebe Aron’s throws.