Jacket striker will continue stinging opponents

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Lee County all-conference, all-state and all-region soccer standout Ben Grossfuss signed on Wednesday to attend and play soccer at Lynchburg College starting this fall.

Grossfuss, who totaled 52 goals in the last two seasons as a Yellow Jacket forward, will join the Hornets, a program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference which finished runner-up in the NCAA Div. III National Championships in 2010.

While a multi-sport athlete in the same season, as Grossfuss doubles as an All-Tri-Nine placekicker for Lee County on Friday nights, Grossfuss was the Tri-Nine Conference Player of the Year while scoring 23 goals and making eight assists for the Jackets on the soccer field.

Grossfuss was Player of the Year while the Yellow Jackets had a 7-13-2 overall record and a 3-11-2 mark in the Tri-Nine. Green Hope won the Tri-Nine championship and went on to win the NCHSAA 4A state championship.

Grossfuss found the back of the net and was Player of the Year, said Lee County head coach Brad Wicker during the season, while almost always dealing with double- and triple-teaming as opponents knew he was the main source of Yellow Jacket attacking.

In addition to being an All-Academic Team honoree throughout multiple seasons as a Lee County athlete, Grossfuss earned soccer honors beyond the conference. He was an All-State selection last season by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association and an All-South Region Team forward chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, a honor for a region stretching from Florida to Maryland.

As of early February and a signing day ceremony for 11 Yellow Jacket student-athletes who were accepting college and athletic offers in football, boys' soccer and girls' soccer, Grossfuss was recognized that day but was still choosing between Lynchburg and Guilford.

The Hornets finished third in the ODAC, going 7-7-4 overall and 6-1-4 in the ODAC. Chris Yeager is entering his 11th season as Lynchburg's head coach. He was the Div. III National Men's Coach of the Year in the Hornets' 2010 season.