Ohio Valley University trio receive awards

VIENNA – The Ohio Valley University Student Athlete Advisory Committee have recognized three student-athletes for their contributions with the Fighting Scots this past school year.

The male and female athletes of the year awards went to Andrew Shaffer and Amanda Simpson.

Shaffer captured the Male Athlete of the Year award after earning Great Midwest Athletic Conference first-team honors for his ninth-place finish at the G-MAC championships. The sophomore from Craigsville, W.Va. has been named team captain for the 2014-15 school year.

“Andrew’s willingness to achieve excellence is shown in his daily work habits,” OVU cross country coach Rick Dobson said. “He continually leads by example. He has the ability to get those around him to push themselves to their personal limits.”

As a member of the OVU women’s soccer team, Simpson completed her senior season as a two-year team captain. She was named to the G-MAC second team in 2013.

“Amanda always has a positive attitude and encourages the players around her to be their best,” OVU women’s soccer coach Jack Flynn said. “She embodies everything that OVU stands for and it is going to be extremely hard to replace her. Amanda has been an incredible leader for the team both on and off the field.”

Men’s lacrosse player Joel Sweitzer received the Ron Pavan Hustle Award for the second year in a row. The senior defenseman from Canton, Ohio, carried a 4.0 grade-point average throughout his four years at OVU.

“Joel is a leader on the field, both vocally and visually – he represents what it takes to be an athlete,” OVU men’s lacrosse coach Greg Zecca said. “He puts in the work during the offseason and when the coaches are not looking.

“Joel puts his teammates before himself in all facets of the game. He is the number one line of communication between players and coaches. He respects his coaches, teammates and the game of lacrosse.”