Hodge Named Newcomer of Year, McFarland Makes 2nd Team

AMCC Announces Post Season Awards
Release Date:
March 1, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Pittsburgh, PA – The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released the All-Conference selections for the men’s basketball league March 1.   Hilbert College’s sophomore sharp shooter, Dan McFarland and freshman point guard CJ Hodge were honored for their steady and productive play during the 2010-2011 season. McFarland (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) was named to the 2nd team while Hodge (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) earned the Newcomer of the Year award.  

Averaging thirty minutes a game, McFarland’s 16.6 points per game led the Hawks in scoring. While attempting 345 shots from the floor, the lefty led the Hawk guards in field goal percentage from inside the arc (48.4%) and carried the team with forty-four percent from the three-point land. In conference play, McFarland finished among the top fifteen players in several categories - #5 in scoring average (16.3 ppg); #11 in field goal percentage (49.1%); #15 in assists (2.4 apg); #12 free throw percentage (73.4%); and #8 in steals per game (1.7 spg). As the season progressed, McFarland’s ball touches and point production increased.  He netted 38 points on Feb. 12th against Mt. Aloysius, 38 points {again} against Mt. Aloysius on Feb. 22nd (in the quarterfinals of the AMCC play-off game) and 30 points on Feb. 25th against La Roche College (in the league’s semi-final game). 
Freshman CJ Hodge was the only player to start all 27 games for the 12-15 Hawks this season. As the quarterback on the team, Hodge led Hilbert with 115 assists and 51 steals averaging almost thirty-three minutes a game. The rookie ranked #30 in AMCC scoring (8.9 ppg), #4 in assists (3.9), #2 in steals (2.2), and finished with a 1.3 assist to turnover ratio. Hodge’s most dramatic contribution was in the Hawks must-win road game at Bradford late in the season when he led the team with 22 points, four steals, and two assists in thirty-six minutes as the general on the floor. He had three key steals in the comeback surge and scored the winning bucket to seal the 79-77 victory.
Head lining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd All-Conference teams are the Newcomer of the Year (Hodge), the Co-Players of the Year (Nate Wojciechowski, La Roche and Chris Saltzman, Behrend), Defensive Player of the Year (Mike Dixon, La Roche) and Coach of the Year (Scott Lang/Harry Jenkins, La Roche). The ten AMCC coaches select the post season award winners and to see a complete list, please follow this link



Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.