By Brain Hoffman
The Virginia Sports Information directors (VaSID) have announced their 2022 All State teams and Roanoke College is well-represented.
In Women’s Lacrosse the Maroons had three earn All State honors after a season that had the Maroons back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, advancing to the second round. Salem’s Lilly Blair and Emerson Foster were repeat members, both receiving a spot on the first team, while Natalie Mason earned 2nd team honors. All three were named All ODAC as well as All Region.
Blair finished the season with 71 goals and 19 assists for 90 total points. The midfielder was a first team All ODAC selection as well as being named the ODAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and the 2022 ODAC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year, IWLCA All Region and an IWLCA All American. The 4.0 triple major was also name a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Foster was named All State 1st team after being a 2nd team selection in 2021. The senior was named All ODAC 1st team for the third time as well as an IWLCA All Region midfielder. She wrapped up her final season with 30 goals and five assists for 35 total points. The two-way player finished with 22 ground balls, 48 draw controls, and 12 caused turnovers.
Mason earned All State designation for the first time after earning All ODAC honors in each of her first two seasons with Roanoke. The defender was named All Region honors for the first time after causing 31 turnovers and collecting 39 ground balls. Mason helped to anchor a defense that posted an 85% clear percentage while causing 203 turnovers and allowing just 7.15 goals per game.
In men’s lacrosse Roanoke had two selections, one each on the first and second all-state team. Luke Kammerman is a first teamer and George Gilbert was named to the second team. Both were named All American Honorable Mention in late May by the USILA.
Kammerman, a sophomore attackman, earned 1st team All State honors after scoring 52 goals and handing out 59 assists. His 111 total points were a Roanoke College Men’s Lacrosse program record as were his 59 helpers. Kammerman would add 41 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and four man up goals all while shooting 68.1% overall and 75% in ODAC play.
Gilbert, a senior midfielder, was named to the All State 2nd team after he scored 43 gaols and handed out 15 assists for 58 total points. He added 26 ground balls, six caused turnovers, and scored 12 times on the power play for a Roanoke team that earned a trip to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
The Maroons had two softball players on the VaSID All-State team, Shortstop Shanan Hester and pitcher Jada Karnes. The duo helped the Maroons to an overall record of 30-14 while earning a berth in the NCAA Regionals.
Hester, a senior infielder/pitcher, earned her first VaSID honor after a season that would see the North Carolina native post the second best batting average in the ODAC, .441. Hester registered a league high 16 doubles to go with a triple and three home runs. An on base percentage of .485 and slugging percentage of .669 were both top five in the ODAC. In the circle, Hester finished with six wins and a 3.50 earned run average. For her efforts, Hester was named 1st team All ODAC.
Karnes, a junior from Roanoke and William Byrd High School, finished the season with 20 wins and a save while boasting a 2.06 earned run average while batters would hit .208 for the season. In the final ODAC statistics, Karnes was 3rd in wins, 3rd in ERA, 8th in batting average against, 2nd in strikeouts (145), 3rd in strikeouts per game (6.10), 6th in saves, 5th in runs allowed (63), and 4th in earned runs allowed (49). Earlier this spring, Karnes was named NFCA All Region for the second year in a row.