ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team placed five players on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division All-State Women's Lacrosse team which was released on Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, senior Kristen Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) was named the Virginia Player of the Year, while 17th-year Head Coach Jan Hathorn was named the Coach of the Year.
Joining Brown on the first team were senior midfielder Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherines), senior defender Maggie Speasmaker (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) and junior defender Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep). Junior attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) was tabbed as a second team selection.
Brown adds the VaSID Player of the Year award to a list of accolades which includes First Team All-ODAC, ODAC Player of the Year and First Team All-South Region honors. 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 was named to the all-state team after garnering Second Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Region and Third Team All-America honors. 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.
Speasmaker garnered all-state recognition after posting First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Region and Second Team All-America honors. She notched three goals and two assists and 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.
Wallick was also named to the first team after receiving First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honors. She posted two goals and one assist, and led the team with 23 caused turnovers. Like Speasmaker, Wallick was a major force behind the Generals' defensive unit. She will enter her senior season with 20 career points on 17 goals and three assists.
Strickler earned second team honors after also garnering First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region accolades. She led the team in scoring with 51 points on 25 goals and 26 assists, and will enter her senior campaign with 103 career points on 58 goals and 45 assists.
Hathorn was named the Coach of the Year after leading W&L to a 15-4 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in the ODAC. She guided the Generals to their third straight ODAC Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals with an 11-9 opening round victory over Amherst College, W&L's first NCAA Tournament victory. Hathorn was also named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in her career and she currently claims a 246-104 (.703) career record.
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