W&L's Van Devender Named to All-America Soccer Team

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently released its 2008 Division III All-America Women's Soccer Team and Washington and Lee senior Anne Van Devender (Jackson, Miss./Choate Rosemary Hall) was named to the squad for the second-straight year.

Van Devender was a third team selection in 2008 after garnering second team recognition a season ago. She is the first W&L women's soccer player to earn multiple All-America laurels and is just the second player in program history to receive All-America honors.

"Being named to the All-America team is an honor," said Van Devender. "While the awards are certainly appreciated, my teammates and coaches are the ones who have given real value to my experience. In these four seasons, they have taught me lessons that I can carry beyond W&L into every aspect of life."

Van Devender adds the All-America honor to a list that already includes being named First Team All-ODAC, ODAC Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-America.

A computer science major with a concentration in women's studies, Van Devender led the team and finished fourth in the ODAC in scoring during the 2008 season with 45 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. A three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and the 2007 ODAC and Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Van Devender finished her career ranked second all-time at W&L in career goals (64), career assists (33) and career points (161).

Washington and Lee completed the 2008 campaign with a 13-5 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the ODAC. The Generals advanced to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals before falling to third-ranked Lynchburg College, 1-0.