This week is NCAA Division III Week and member institutions across the country are celebrating the fourth-year event.
Division III Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday, is intended to recognize the academic and athletic accomplishments as well as the campus leadership and community service efforts of Division III student-athletes.
As part of Huntingdon College's participation in Division III Week, six student-athletes will be featured this week. Huntingdon senior Brandon Sewell is today's featured student-athlete.
By Chuck Tidmore
Sports Information Assistant
Name: Brandon Sewell
Hometown: Elkton, Md.
Sport: Men's Lacrosse
Athletic Accomplishments: Sewell is one of three players on this year's roster who were members of Huntingdon's first lacrosse team. Sewell scored the first goal in program history in 2012. He has played in 16 games this season, scoring 28 goals and leads the team with 10 assists, 38 points, 84 ground balls and 94 faceoff wins. For his career, Sewell has played in 60 games for the Hawks, scoring 118 goals. He owns Huntingdon career records with 184 points, 66 assists, 487 ground balls and 527 faceoffs won with a win percentage of 59 percent. He is currently third among active career leaders in Division III in ground balls (487), 10th in ground balls per game (8.08), 11th in faceoff wins (527), 13th in faceoffs attempts (894), 19th in points (184) and 22nd in goals (118).
Academic Achievements and Campus Activities: Sewell was named the 2014 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year by Huntingdon. He has been SAAC president his junior and senior years, is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, is a Huntingdon Ambassador and Academic All-Conference selection. Sewell spearheaded the SAAC's Cans Across the Conference food drives and Pennies for Purpose.
What made you feel like Huntingdon was the right place for you? "Coach Andrew Carey presented me with an opportunity that a lot of other coaches didn't give me. Lacrosse is a sport I love, so being able to help build a competitive program at Huntingdon has been a special experience."
What has made your Huntingdon experience unique? "I've been able to travel a lot. We've been to Chicago and Dallas and I was able to play close to home my senior year which was special to me and my family. I've also been able to travel to Germany with the school, so I'm thankful for that experience."
How has Huntingdon challenged you academically and athletically? "Athletically, coach never treated us like an up-and-coming program. He scheduled tough opponents and expected us to excel. Academically, as a biology major, I have spent many hours in the library while trying to balance lacrosse and SAAC."
What has been your biggest highlight as a Huntingdon student-athlete? "Going 10-6 and securing our first winning season in our third year was exciting. Many new teams don't get their first winning season that soon, so to do that was very special. Winning Male Scholar Athlete was another highlight."
As a student-athlete, what is your impression of Division III now compared to your first season? "At first I really didn't know what to expect, but over the last four years, I've come to appreciate the hard work and dedication that Division III student-athletes put in on and off the field."