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Furman men's soccer standout Laurence Wyke has been named as the ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for October 2018.

A native of Bolton, England, Wyke has scored five goals for the Paladins this season, including three match-winners. The midfielder, who was named Southern Conference Player of the Year, United Soccer Coaches All-South Region and United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America a year ago, has guided the Paladins to a 10-6-1 record and 4-2 league mark in 2018.
Wyke, a senior, sports a 3.54 GPA in communication studies and has been active throughout the community since joining the Paladin program prior to his junior year. He travelled to Haiti on a mission trip with several teammates last summer, has volunteered with multiple youth soccer camps during the summer and has volunteered in helping to raise money for cancer research in the Greenville area.

Furman baseball standout Brandon Elmy has been named Furman ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for April 2018.

The senior first baseman from Venice, Fla., will be recognized with the award prior to tonight's 6:00 p.m. game against Western Carolina at Latham Stadium.

A four-year starter, he is hitting .287 with a team leading seven home runs and 31 RBI this year.  As a junior he swatted .341 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI en route to earning All-Southern Conference honors. The career .313 hitter has 25 home runs in his Paladin tenure, ranking 10th in program history.

He is a three-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll selection who will collect his fourth scroll this summer.  Selected to Furman's prestigious Quaternion Society for scholarship, leadership, character and loyalty in 2017, and the recipient of Furman's C.Dan Joyner Outstanding Leader Award in March, the economics major will be awarded his Furman diploma along with six of his teammates tomorrow evening in ceremonies at Paladin Stadium.
Elmy most recently served as team captain of Furman Baseball's successful Vs. Cancer fundraising campaign in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF).  That effort netted $19,234 in the fight against childhood cancer — tops among all participating colleges and universities.

   
 

Furman women's golfer Alice Chen has been named Furman's ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for February 2018.

A senior from Princeton, N.J., Chen won individual medalist honors and led the Paladins to the team title at the Moon Golf Invitational last week.  She is currently ranked third on the Paladin team with a 73.0 stroke average over 14 rounds this season.  Chen earned her third-consecutive All-Southern Conference citation in 2017 after placing among the top five finishers in five of 12 tournaments.  She was chosen the 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year and the 2015 SoCon Freshman of the Year. 

A psychology major, Chen boasts a 3.4 GPA and has made the Dean's List each year during her career at Furman.  A member of the 2017 Southern Conference Academic All-Conference Team, she has also been named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll the past three years.

Chen was one of just 15 juniors named to the Senior Order for excellence in leadership, character, and academics at Furman.  She has served as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' (FCA) leadership team and worship team and worked as an FCA summer camp counselor in 2016.  Chen also led the Paladins' women's golf team's bible study in 2016.

   

Furman Senior Geoff Beans of the Furman men's basketball team has been named the ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for January 2018.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Beans has played in 120 career games for the Paladins and averaged 5.9 points per contest. A forward and career 35.5% shooter from three-point range, he has drained eight three-pointers over Furman's last four games and scored at least nine points in five contests since the beginning of January.

Beans, a captain on the basketball team and business administration major, has been active in the community during his time at Furman, working with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and the Greenville Children's Hospital.

   

Furman football senior tight end Andy Schumpert, Furman's ScanSource December Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for December 2017.

Schumpert, a consensus first team All-Southern Conference selection this past fall, caught 32 passes for 652 yards and team leading nine touchdowns in helping Furman to an 8-5 record and second round appearance in the FCS playoffs.  A preseason No. 7 pick in a poll of SoCon head coaches, the Paladins started the year 0-3 but turned their campaign around by winning seven straight games en route to earning a playoff bid — the program's first since 2013.

The 6-foot-5, 202-pound Schumpert ranked among the FCS leaders in yards per catch (20.4).  His nine touchdown catches represented the highest total by a tight end and second highest overall season tally in Furman history.

The Brentwood, Tenn., product sports a 3.77 grade point average in accounting and was also selected to the CoSIDA District 4 Academic All-America team.
The three-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll choice has also been involved in community service during his Furman career, delivering Christmas gifts to low-income families and also participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from low-income taxpayers in Greenville the last two years.

   

Furman women's cross country star Allie Buchalski has been named Furman's ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for November 2017.

Buchalski, a senior from Johns Creek, Ga., placed ninth with a time of 19:42.42 at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky., on November 18, earning her sixth-career All-American citation and second cross country All-American award after pacing the Paladins on the 6K course.  She helped the 11th-ranked Furman women, who were making their first-ever team appearance at the meet, to a seventh-place finish out of 31 total teams.  Earlier in the month Buchalski earned All-Southeast Region honors after finishing second with a time of 20:10.4 to help the Paladin women to a second-place finish at the NCAA region meet.

Buchalski was named the 2017 SoCon Women's Runner of the Year after winning the individual title at the SoCon Championship.  She ran as an individual for Furman at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships, where she claimed All-American honors after placing seventh, the highest finish ever by a Paladin cross country athlete at the national meet.  Buchalski also holds All-American accolades for both indoor and outdoor track. 

A double major in business administration and studio art, Buchalski boasts a 3.65 GPA and has made the Dean's List each year during her career at Furman.  A member of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for track and field.

The captain of the women's cross country and track and field teams, Buchalski has served as her team's SAAC representative and was a member of the 2015 FOCUS program through the Cothran Center.  She was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and is a recipient of the C. Dan Joyner Leadership Award.  She volunteers at the Greenville Children's Hospital and has served as a summer youth minister at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

   
 Furman football offensive lineman Matthew Schmidt has been named ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for October 2017.

The Stokesdale, N.C., product and All-Southern Conference performer helped key the Paladins to a 4-0 record in October, capped by a 28-6 win over Western Carolina that saw Schmidt help clear the way for a season-high 343-yard rushing effort.  Winners of six straight games,  Furman (6-3, 5-1 SoCon), ranked 21st in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, is in second place in the SoCon standings, a half game behind front runner Wofford.

Schmidt, a starter in all nine games this year and in 35 of the 36 games he's played during his four-year Paladin career, is Furman's most experienced offensive lineman with 2,227 play participations.

A business administration major, he was a SoCon Academic Honor Roll selection in 2014 and is a member of Furman's Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team.  In addition he's served as a volunteer with the Greenville Literacy Association Book Sale, the Greenville Children's Hospital, and in collecting Christmas gifts for local families.
   
Furman men's soccer goalkeeper Jonathan Smith has been named the ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for September 2017.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Smith has helped Furman to an 8-4-2 overall record and 2-2-2 Southern Conference mark this season. He has posted a 0.00 goals against average in three appearances, combined on two shutouts and registered a solo shutout this past weekend in Furman's 5-0 win at VMI.  The senior double major sports a 3.7 GPA and is on track to graduate with degrees in business administration and economics.

A member of Furman's Dean's List and the SoCon Academic Honor Roll, Smith serves as treasurer for Furman's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a Hollingsworth Scholar.
   
 

Furman women's soccer standout Rachel Shah has been named the ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for August 2017.

A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Shah has led the Paladins to a 2-2-1 record this season while totaling a pair of assists.  The senior and second-year team captain sports a 3.41 GPA and is on track to graduate with a degree in applied mathematics.

Shah tallied five goals and added four assists last season en route to earning first team All-Southern Conference honors as she helped the Paladins to a 13-5-1 record. Also a 2014 SoCon All-Freshman pick, Shah has started in 53 matches and compiled six goals and 17 assists during her four-year career at Furman.

   
 

Women's lacrosse player Samantha Eckels. The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for March 2017.
Eckels, a senior from Towson, Md., has been a team captain all three season of Furman's DI competition. She picked up preseason All-Conference honors this season and was also tabbed as the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. She tallied 14 ground balls and helped Furman to a 4-2 record in the month of March.

A communication studies major with a 3.25 GPA, Eckels has been a member of Furman's Dean's List, as well as Lambda Pi Eta. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority as the Director of Sisterhood and is a member of the Student Government Association Athletic Participation Committee, also serving as a Student Government Association Athletic Representative. Eckels is a three-time SAAC Vice President, helping to oversee the Armor Up program and FUSPY award banquet each year.

   

Men's lacrosse player Jon Vandenberg. The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for February 2017
Vandenberg, a senior from Glen Mills, Pa., was named a team captain by his teammates at the start of the season, the only captain on the Paladins' 2017 squad. He picked up a career-high seven ground balls in Furman's season opener against Vermont and tallied 17 ground balls and four caused turnovers in February.

Vandenberg is wearing #10 this season in honor of his friend and Furman class one member Kip Taviano, who died tragically in a car accident prior to arriving on campus.

A biology major with a 3.9 GPA, Vandenberg has been a member of Furman's Dean's List, the SoCon Honor roll, and recipient of the SoCon Commissioner's Medal. He is a member of the Quaternion Club, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological National Honor Society and received the Alfred S. Reid Memorial Award for outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, and service to Furman in 2015. He managed the PalaTHON as part of the Heller Fall Fest's Dance Marathon, was awarded the Max and Trude Heller Commitment to Community Award, and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District (District 4) Men's At-Large Team in 2016.

   
Furman women's tennis player Ansley Speaks.  The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for January 2017

Speaks, a senior from Simpsonville, S.C., holds a 4-2 singles record and 5-2 doubles mark this season, playing at flight one for both singles and doubles.  The 2014 Edna Hartness Furman Female Athlete of the Year, she has been honored as the Southern Conference Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.  Speaks is a two-time team MVP and has been chosen team co-captain three seasons.

A health science major, Speaks boasts a 3.76 GPA and has been named to the Dean's List every semester during her career at Furman. A founding member of ZTA, she served as the ZTA chaplain in 2015 and is a part of the FCA leadership team.  Speaks, a volunteer for the Special Olympics, the Frazee Dream Center, and the Greenville Children's Hospital, is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and served as the SAAC tennis representative from 2013-17.

   
Furman Women's basketball player Allison Beasley.  The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for December 2016.
Beasley, a senior guard from Robbinsville, N.C., missed the first 10 games of the season with a hand injury before returning to the court to play in five of the Paladins' six December games.  She drained a pair of 3-pointers and collected three rebounds in an 84-62 triumph over Gardner-Webb to help ignite the Paladins' current five-game winning streak. In four seasons at Furman she has played in 98 games, made 69 starts, and scored 479 points.  She is currently tied for eighth in program history in 3-pointers made (131) and stands seventh in 3-point attempts (395).  
A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), she has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Greenville Children's Hospital, Mana Food Bank, Brother Wolf, and Harvest Hope during her Furman tenure.  The two-time Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection is on track to graduate this spring with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences and plans to attend nursing school. 
   
Furman volleyball's Annie Bierman.  The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for November 2016. 

A native of Hamilton, Ohio, Bierman started every match for the Paladins this season and finished the year with a team-high 310 kills and 308 digs. Bierman concluded her Furman career with 1,323 kills and 1,329 digs, as well as a SoCon Player of the Year honor in 2015. Bierman was named to the Southern Conference All-Conference Second Team this season, leading Furman to a 1-1 record in SoCon Tournament play. The senior biology major sports a 3.2 GPA and is a two-time member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Bierman, a three-year team captain, participated in the Belize Study Away program in the spring of 2015 and is a founding member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Bierman is a youth volleyball coach with Carolina One volleyball club and completed a sports nutrition internship with Clemson University in the Summer of 2016. 

   
Furman soccer standout Marco Ortiz. The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader for the Month of October 2016.

A senior, Ortiz has led the Paladins to back-to-back SoCon Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015 and is serving as the Paladins' team captain in 2016. The Fort Worth, Texas, native helped lead the fundraising effort for the Paladins' trip to Spain last year, has served on mission trips to Mexico where he helped teach English and also volunteers as a coach at Furman United Soccer's youth clinics.

Ortiz, a business administration major, currently sports a 3.1 GPA. He has played in all 17 matches for the Paladins this season and netted his first goal of the campaign in a home match versus Wofford on October 8.

   

Quarterback Reese Hannon. The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader for the Month of September 2016.
Hannon is a fifth-year senior and four-year team captain — believed to be a first in college football history.  A starter for much of his Paladin tenure, he has battled back twice from injuries and etched his name into Furman's record book with a pair of standards, including single game passing yards (365) and total offense (400 yards) recorded against Coastal Carolina in 2015.  He has also climbed to second on Furman's career passing yards ledger with 5,753 yards, trailing only former standout Jordan Sorrells (6,278 yds., 2006-09).

The Greer, S.C., product boasts a 3.59 grade point average and is a double major in communications studies and religion.  He is a multiple SoCon Academic Honor Roll selection and member of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications studies honor society.
The recipient of the 2013 Spear Sedgely Award for team leadership, he is a four-year member of the Furman Football Leadership Council and active in the university's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a round-table Bible study leader.  In addition, he serves as a Sunday School teacher and has served a tutor at Berea Middle School, and also made numerous motivational/leadership speeches to FCA groups, high school teams, and student government organizations. 
   
 

 

Furman soccer's Rose Hull. The ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader for the Month of August 2016.

A native of Brentwood, Tenn., Hull has helped Furman to a 4-1-1 start to the 2016 season that included a five-match unbeaten run to open the year. The senior goalkeeper teamed with freshman Kellsey Weaver to help the Paladins hold the opposition scoreless for the first five matches and first 510:30 of the campaign.
Hull returned for her fifth year with the Paladins after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the early portion of the 2015 season. The fifth-year senior ranks among Furman's all-time leaders with a 0.84 career goals against average and 20 career shutouts. She has posted a 43-11-6 record as Furman's netminder and has helped the Paladins to a pair of Southern Conference Tournament titles.