Luke Lennox is a ’06 graduate of The Harley School who is currently in his 3rdyear of medical school at the University of Buffalo. He was a standout for HAC varsity men’s soccer and helped lead HAC to its first sectional title in program history and back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. He scored a school-record 38 goals his senior year and went on to play collegiate soccer at Denison University and St. John fisher College.
Nick Cinquino (Left) and Luke Lennox (Right) hold up HAC’s second ever sectional championship in 2005.
What sports did you play for HAC?
Varsity Soccer, 2001-2005 (5 Years)
Who were your coaches?
Coach Ted Hunt – HAC Soccer 2001-2005
Coach Rob Russo – Denison University Soccer 2006
Coach Rob Searl – St. John Fisher College – 2007, 2008, 2009
What is your most memorable moment when you reflect on your HAC soccer experience?
I think back to the first sectional playoff game of my junior year. We were playing Lyndonville and we were heavily favored. I believe we were the 2 seed and they were the 7 seed. Needless to say, seeds in soccer do not always tell the story, and late in the game – we found ourselves down 1-0.
I remember thinking that this can’t be the end to such a great year. I’d be lying if I said that I knew we would make it out of this game. It was raining, the field was in rough shape, and our opponent had bunkered in to a defensive shell. This was not the perfect recipe for a comeback, but we did push to make something, anything, happen.
Fortunately for us, Nick Cinquino (’06 – pictured) tied the game with not a whole lot of time left in regulation, and we went on to win 2-1 early in the overtime period with a goal by a freshman (Andrew Richenderfer ’08). Looking back, that was the most difficult game we had on our run to winning HAC’s first sectional title in soccer. In fact, we would go on the next year and win it all again – so this first round sectional game truly was the turning point. We took the momentum from that win and never really let it go.
How did playing HAC sports help prepare you for collegiate competition and college life in general?
The interplay between academia and sport was always a positive force in my life. The two balanced each other out nicely. Specific to HAC, the coaches and the peers are top notch. They were a fun, but also mature group of people. This definitely helped bridge the gap between high school and college.
If you could go back and talk to yourself as a freshman in high school, what would you say?
Honestly, I’d tell myself that practice really does lead to success. This way, I wouldn’t ever wonder if all the hard work we put in would pay off.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself happily married to my soon-to-be wife. I see myself practicing as a physician in an undetermined specialty. I see myself with kids. I don’t know where I will be location wise; however, Rochester was a wonderful place to grow up.
Awards and Honors won during HAC career:
Scholar All-American 2005
HAC MVP 2004, 2005
HAC Sportsmanship Award 2005
Captain 2004, 2005
Finger Lakes Player of the Year 2005
2nd Team All-Greater Rochester 2004, 2005
Awards and Honors won during collegiate career:
Empire 8 Player of the Year 2007
Empire 8 All-Conference Team 2007, 2008, 2009
ESPN The Magazine 1st-Team Academic All-American 2008, 2009
CoSIDA Academic All-Region 2008, 2009
National 1st-Team Academic All-American 2008, 2009
Empire 8 Senior Scholar-Athlete Winner 2009
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic All-Region 2009
NCAA All-Region Team 2007, 2008, 2009
NSCAA All-Region Team 2007, 2008, 2009
Most Outstanding Player of 2009 ECAC Division III Men’s Soccer Championship