Senior Kevin Lengyel (Douglasville, Pa. / Central Catholic), of the Neumann University baseball team, was named the 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Baseball Performer of the Year. The team is voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 institutions from the Philadelphia metro area.
Lengyel batted .379 in 40 games this season. In 132 at-bats, the senior had 50 hits (including 12 doubles), scored 35 runs and knocked in 37 RBI. From the mound, Lengyel went 5-4 in 12 appearances. In 75.2 innings pitched, he struck out 55 batters.
The sport management major helped the Knights to their first post-season appearance in 10 seasons. Neumann finished as the runner-up in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), falling to Keystone College, 12-1, in the title game. The Knights received a bid to the ECAC Tournament where they defeated Delaware Valley College, 12-5, in the first round before falling to Penn State-Altoona, 5-4, in the semifinals.
The Knights finished the season 22-20-1 and tied the school record for most wins in a season for the baseball team.
Other Knights honored were junior Kyle Gardner (Emmaus, Pa. / Perkiomen Prep.), who was named to the Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Lacrosse Team; and seniors Gabby D’Ambrosio (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Holy Cross) and Rachael DiCicco (South Dennis, N.J. / Middle Township), who were named to the Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Lacrosse Team.
Gardner, an English major, started 14 of the 15 games played by the lacrosse team. He netted 18 goals and notched 16 assists for 34 points.
D’Ambrosio was named CSAC Player of the Year for the 2009 season. The first-team all-conference honoree led the team with 24 goals and 11 assists for 35 points in 17 games. She scored her 200th career goal in a 21-15 loss to Swarthmore College.
DiCicco scored 24 goals and notched 11 assists in 17 games this season. She received CSAC honorable mention in lacrosse. The elementary education major was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Field Hockey Team in the fall.