W&L WOMEN'S LACROSSE CITED FOR ACADEMICS BY THE IWLCA

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has announced its 2005 National Academic Teams and National Honor roll.

Washington and Lee was among 48 Division III schools recognized as a National Academic Squad for achieving a team GPA of a 3.0 or better for the second semester of the 2004-05 academic year. Additionally, eight Generals, most of any school in Division III, were cited on the National Honor Roll for having achieved a GPA of 3.2 or better for the spring semester.

Among the individuals honored were senior midfielders Kristen Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherines) and Erin Rathbone (Darnestown, Md./Northwest), senior attacker Anne Rochfort (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep), senior defender Maggie Speasmaker (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield), junior attacker Kate Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends) and junior defenders Louisa Feve (Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill) and Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep).

Brown adds the honor to a 2005 list which includes First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State, First Team All-South Region, ODAC Player of the Year and Virginia Player of the Year accolades. She scored 10 goals and was among the team leaders with 47 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. For her career, Brown tallied 44 points on 33 goals and 11 assists.

Murphy also garnered First Team All-State, First Team All-South Region, Second Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America honors during the 2005 season. She totaled nine points on six goals and three assists, and was second on the team with 52 ground balls. A three-time All-ODAC and two-time All-Region honoree, Murphy finished her career with 61 points on 52 goals and nine assists.

Rathbone completed her season with 14 points on 11 goals and three assists and finished her career with 55 points on 47 goals and eight assists. Rochfort tallied five assists in 2005 and completed her career with 33 career points on nine goals and 24 assists. She also tied a school record for assists in a game during her junior season when she recorded six assists in a win over Hollins.

Speasmaker notched five points on three goals and two assists during the 2005 season and was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State, First Team All-South Region and Second Team All-America. She was a mainstay on the W&L defensive unit which finished among the national leaders, allowing an average of just 6.16 goals per game. She completed her career with 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists.

Lester was a Second Team All-ODAC choice this season after tallying 35 points on a team-high 33 goals and two assists. She will enter her senior campaign with 96 career points on 88 goals and eight assists.

Like Speasmaker, Feve and Wallick helped the Generals defense rank among the national leaders in 2005. Wallick was named First Team All-State, Second Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region after totaling two goals and one assist. Feve cracked the starting lineup midway through the season and totaled 17 points on 11 goals and six assists. Wallick claims 20 career points on 17 goals and three assists, while Feve has registered 27 career points on 17 goals and 10 assists.

W&L finished the season with a 15-4 overall record, 8-0 in the ODAC, and a No. 13 national ranking. The Generals won their third consecutive ODAC Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

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