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Lancers Update

2008-09 Athletics Banquet Award Winners

Greg Prouty Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations

Athletics Banquet Award Winners
Award Winners (from left) Dana Smith, Kacie Oliver, Joel Helmick, Mary Carmody, and Scooter Buhrman

Longwood University Athletics announced its annual student-athlete award winners at its 2008-09 Athletics Banquet April 20.

The top award winners were redshirt-junior men's basketball standout Dana Smith/Woodbridge (C.D. Hylton) and senior field hockey standout Carla Binnewies/Hamburg, Germany (Carl von Ossietzkly Gymnasium), named the school's male and female Athletes of the Year, respectively. Smith was presented with the school's Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award as well.

Dana Smith: Male Athlete of the Year

A team captain and 6'5" guard-forward, Smith started 30 of 31 games while averaging career-bests of 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. He was the team leader in points, scoring average, field goals, free throws, free throw attempts, rebounds, rebound average, defensive rebounds, and blocks. Smith had career-highs of 26 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and five steals. He posted four 20-point games among 26 double-figure scoring games, five double-doubles, and led the team in both scoring and rebounding 11 times. Smith was named to the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games vs. West Virginia, Kentucky, Southeast Missouri State, and Delaware State. He ranked 65th in Division I field goal percentage (51.8), ranks seventh in career blocks (60) at Longwood, and was one of 12 finalists for the prestigious 2009 V Foundation Comeback Award. Dana already has a degree in sociology and is pursuing a second degree in business marketing, and is the son of Cheryl and Dana Smith of Woodbridge.

Carla Binnewies: Female Athlete of the Year

A midfielder, Binnewies started all 22 games for the field hockey team that finished 10-12 while taking third-place at the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) Tournament. She was the team leader in goals (12), points (26), and game-winning goals (3) while adding two assists. Binnewies was the NorPac Offensive Player of the Year and 1st-Team All-NorPac (two-time NorPac Offensive Player of the Week) while earning NFHCA 2nd-Team All-South Region and NFHCA National Academic Squad honors. Carla majored in sociology and is the daughter of Henning and Margot Binnewies of Hamburg, Germany.

Scooter Buhrman: Male Henry I. Willett Scholar-Athlete Award

A business marketing major with a 3.41 GPA, Buhrman played in all 29 rounds for the men's golf team while leading the Lancers with his 73.5 scoring average. He posted a season low 18-hole score of 68, and career lows for 36 (70-69--139) and 54 (70-69-73--212), posting three Top Five among seven Top 20 individual finishes. Buhrman was medalist at the Lonnie Barton Memorial Invitational (70-73--143), and runner-up at the Frank Landrey Invitational (71-69-73-213). His 74.39 career scoring average ranks third all-time at Longwood, and his career low 18-hole score was a round of 67. Buhrman had 11 career Top Five's among 29 Top 20 individual career finishes. His career honors include 2008 GCAA Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, 2007 Division I Independent All-Academic Team, Dean's List and President's List, the Jay Christopher DeBoer Scholarship, and the Longwood Athletics-Academics Award. Scooter is the son of Theresa Buhrmanof Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Mary Carmody: Female Henry I. Willett Scholar-Athlete Award

An exercise science major with a minor in pre-professional clinical studies and a 3.96 GPA, Carmody played in all 28 rounds for the women's golf team with a 77.0 scoring average (2nd on team). She posted career lows for 18 (68), 36 (76-68--144), and 54 (77-75-73--225) with five Top Five's among eight Top 20 individual finishes. Carmody was runner-up at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate (77-75-73--225), the Spider Invitational (76-68--144), the Snowbird Intercollegiate (75-73-148), and at the Tina Barrett Invitational (77-77-75--229) played at The Manor Resort Golf Club. Her 79.03 career scoring average ranks fourth all-time at Longwood, and she had 11 career Top Five's among 21 Top 20 individual career finishes. Carmody's career honors include 2008 and 2007 NGCA All-American Scholar, 2007 Division I Independent All-Academic Team, Dean's List and President's List, and the Longwood Athletics-Academics Award. Mary is the daughter of Timothy and Adelaide Carmody of Cortland, New York.

Dana Smith: Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award

An outstanding team media representative, Smith has overcome three knee injuries, including two season-ending that required surgery during each of the previous two years (2006-07, 2007-08) prior to last season. He is a representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and actively involved in all Men's Basketball community outreach projects: Halloween Main Street Parade for Kids, Prince Edward County Elementary School (PECES) Fall Festival, PECES "Spring Into Heath" Wellness Night, and a volunteer at multiple events associated with the Southside Virginia Family YMCA, including road races and kids clinics.

Joel Helmick: Freshman Male Athlete of the Year

Helmick started 16 of 17 games for the men's soccer team that finished 8-8-4 overall while winning the Atlantic Soccer Conference (ASC) Tournament Championship. The first-year goalkeeper played a total of 1,489 minutes in front of the net, allowing 23 goals (1.39 GAA) with 69 saves (.750) while posting three shutouts. He was selected the ASC Rookie of the Year, and the ASC Tournament MVP. Joel is the son of Jeff and Claudia Helmick of Springfield, and is majoring in exercise science.

Kacie Oliver: Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

Oliver started all 19 games for the women's soccer team that finished 10-7-2 overall while winning the United Soccer Conference (USC) Tournament Championship. The first-year defender had three goals for six points, including two game-winning goals (2nd on team). She was the anchor of a defense that posted an 0.95 goals-against-average with 10 shutouts. Kacie is the daughter of Stephen and Sandy Oliver of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and her major is still undecided.

SAAC Coach of the Year:
Missy Ackerman, Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach

SAAC A.C.E.S. Award:
Consuelo Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Biology

Team Award for Academic Excellence:
Women's Golf, Men's Tennis