Leesburg, VA (June 21, 2016) – Loudoun County High School is pleased to announce the signing of two of their student-athletes that have committed to play mens lacrosse at the collegiate ranks beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year. Their signing ceremony took place on Friday, May 20th.
Spencer Shipman, Christopher Newport University:
Spencer Shipman, along with his parents and Raiders Boys Lacrosse Coach Coach Dave Colangelo, signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career next Fall at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
Spencer will be joining a CNU program that has quickly established itself as a contender in the Capital Athletic Conference and one of the up-and-coming college lacrosse programs in the region. Under first-year head coach Mikey Thompson’s guidance, the Captains are coming off the most successful season in program history, setting a record for wins in a season, garnering the school’s first-ever men’s lacrosse postseason victory, and advancing to the semifinals of the CAC tournament. In just their third season in the conference, the Captains finished with a 6-2 league record, good enough for third place in the regular season standings. Spencer’s decision continues a trend of talented lacrosse players in the Commonwealth of Virginia to pledge to CNU, with a strong pipeline to Northern Virginia and Loudoun County in particular.
In Spencer, the CNU program is getting a dynamic midfielder who possesses the ability to break opponents down with his dodging, can score from both the interior and the perimeter, and is an excellent defensive player. His skill and athleticism is a game-changer in the midfield, particularly in transition and off the faceoff wing. As a four-year varsity letterman, Spencer was a key component of Raider district championship teams his freshman and sophomore seasons. He earned second-team All-Dulles District honors last season. This past season as a senior, Spencer served as a team captain, was named to the Dulles District All-Conference first team, and was the first recipient of the Raider lacrosse program’s Leadership Award, presented annually to a player who provides outstanding leadership and service. Spencer has played travel club for Cavaliers Lacrosse Club and Madlax, and was selected to the Wavelax Top 22 Virginia team as well as a Philly Summer Showcase All Star. Diagnosed in 2010, Spencer has successfully battled through Crohn’s Disease to forge an outstanding athletic and academic career at Loudoun County.
Spencer is the son of Robert and Meredith Shipman.
Kevin Rogers, Lynchburg College:
Kevin Rogers, along with his parents and Raiders Boys Lacrosse Coach Dave Colangelo, signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career next Fall at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
As a Hornet, Kevin will be playing for Coach Steve Koudelka, who has established the Lynchburg College men’s lacrosse program as a national powerhouse in his 19 seasons on the sidelines after coming to Lynchburg for the 1997 season. As the premier ODAC lacrosse program, Lynchburg has advanced into the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons, including a 2015 appearance at Championship Weekend, falling to Tufts in the NCAA Division III title game.
In Kevin, the Hornet program is getting a highly sought-after player capable of competing at all levels of NCAA lacrosse. He is a four-year letterman for the Raiders lacrosse program, one of the most winning boys lacrosse programs in the highly competitive Loudoun County school system. As a Sophomore starter he was named First Team All Dulles Conference, and helped to lead the Raiders to the 5A State Championship game. As a Junior Kevin again earned First Team All Dulles honors, along with All Region 4A North. This past season, Kevin was named the 2016 Dulles District Player of the Year in addition to being named first-team all district, all region, and all state. For his efforts, Kevin was also named Loudoun County High School’s 2016 Offensive MVP. Kevin finishes his career with 124 goals, 50 assists, and his 174 total points represent the highest scoring total of any midfielder in Raider program history.
Kevin is the son of John and Ainsly Rogers.