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Hawks Kempel Named Region XIX Player of the Year

DOVER - "To say I was surprised is an understatement,” said Hawks Lacrosse goalie Mike Kempel on learning he was named the 2013 NJCAA Region XIX Player of the Year, Region Defender of the Year (231 saves), and player on the All Region Team.

“There were many players who deserved the award, and I am honored that coaches from the other schools looked at my body of work and decided I was the most deserving," said Kempel.  "I'm so glad that I ended up at Delaware Tech, and it truly ended up being the right fit for me my first year. I just want to thank all three of my coaches, along with my teammates.”  Kempel is a first-year criminal justice major maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Four other Hawks also were selected to play on the All Region Team. The Hawks Lacrosse Team had more players named to the Regional Team than any other community college. They are:
Jack Redefer --  ranked 20th in Junior College in points scored with 57 points/35 goals and 22 assists and is also ranked 24th in Junior College in goals with 35 goals; Alex Keegan --  ranked 40th in Junior College in points scored with 46 points/ 34 goals and 12 assists, and is also ranked 27th in goals scored with 34; Stephen Tryon -- third leading scorer on the team, he finished with 22 goals and 13 assists  (35 points); and Even Lambert --  finished the year with a 72% face-off winning percentage.

Hawks Lacrosse finished the season (6-9) -- 2nd overall in Region XIX and runners-up for the Region Championship. “It was thanks to a great team and these strong individual performers that led to the success of this year,” said Coach Anthony Edwards. “Having these sophomores step up and be the leaders of the team helped the freshman come in as contributors right away.”