On homecoming weekend, Dickinson College will honor the winners of the 2016-17 McAndrews Award. It is the most prestigious award presented to a Red Devil student-athlete. In addition to being outstanding students and athletes, the recipients possess strong leadership qualities, high character, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and serve as positive role models. The award is presented in honor of Richard H. McAndrews, Doctor of Physical Education and beloved member of the Dickinson College faculty from 1911-1961.
Both of this year's winners had remarkable careers in addition to outstanding senior seasons and played significant roles in the success of their respective teams. This year's winners are Maddy Siebold '17 (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and Mason Hepner '17 (Mount Joy, Pa./Manheim Central).
Siebold led the women's lacrosse team to the Centennial Conference semifinals where they almost pulled-off the upset of the year. The Red Devils overcame a 9-3 deficit at #3-ranked Gettysburg before falling 15-13. Siebold was relentless, winning three straight draw controls as her team scored three unanswered goals, all while playing shorthanded in the final minutes. Dickinson was the only team in the nation to score in double-figures against the eventual national champion Bullets. The Red Devils faced eight nationally ranked teams on the year and finished with a top-10 regional ranking.
In her final season, Siebold earned All-America honors to cap a brilliant four-year career. She made her second straight appearance as a First-team All-Region midfielder, adding Second-team recognition in 2015. Siebold earned her second straight First-team All-Centennial Conference honor, garnering Second-team honors in 2015 as well. She ranked second in the conference with 76 draw controls, ranking third on the program single season list. She set the school record in 2016, leading the conference with 102 and became just the third Red Devil to record over 200 in her career (217).
Siebold tallied 34 goals and handed out eight assists in 2017, moving into fifth all-time at Dickinson with 168 points and 132 goals while also reaching the century mark with 105 career ground balls. She added 14 caused turnovers to move into seventh all-time with 75.
Hepner also enjoyed great success during his senior year in cross country and track & field. He ran to All-Region honors in cross country, placing in the top-20 at both the NCAA Mideast Regional and the Centennial Conference Championship. Individually, he finished second overall in three-of-six races on the year.
He added All-Region honors in both indoor and outdoor track & field, and qualified for the NCAA National Championships during both seasons as well. Indoors, Hepner earned All-Region honors and qualified for nationals in the mile. He broke the school record and captured silver in the event at the conference championships. He captured conference titles in the 800 meters and with the 4x800 relay, adding school records in both of those events.
Hepner carried that momentum into the spring season and turned in another stellar performance at the outdoor conference championships. He claimed conference titles in the 1500 meters and with the 4x800 relay, and ran to third in the 800-meter event. He was named the Centennial Conference Outstanding Track Performer of the Year and received All-Region honors in the 1500 meters. He qualified for nationals in the 1500 and finished 15th overall to close out his collegiate career.
Upon graduation, Hepner held indoor school records in the 800, 1000 and the mile, and as the anchor of the 4x800 and 4x1600 meter relays. Outdoors, he set school marks in the 800 meters and the 4x800 relay.
In addition to the accomplishments on the field, course and the track, Hepner and Siebold were both outstanding leaders on their teams. The commitment and dedication they showed to their sport, their teammates and the college, is to be commended, and an example to be followed by all future Red Devil student-athletes.
Published August 30, 2017