PERRY, N.Y. -- The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) recently announced its 2009 Scholar All-America team and Washington and Lee University had four players honored.
The USILA Scholar All-America program honored 53 players from Division I, II and III schools and among them were senior goalkeeper Connor Locke (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), senior defenseman James Shanahan (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), senior midfielder Tim Skeen (Baltimore, Md./Towson) and senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex).
The criteria for the award states that a player maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be an outstanding senior lacrosse player, be named to a North-South Senior All-Star roster or be named to the USILA All-America team. With the four selections, W&L has now claimed 22 Scholar All-Americans since the program began in 1989.
A business administration major, Locke was a First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America pick following the 2009 campaign. He started all 20 games, posting a .548 save percentage and ranking 25th nationally with a 7.84 goals-against average. In his two seasons at W&L after transferring from Loyola College, Locke started 35 games and totaled a .549 save percentage and a 7.99 goals-against average.
A business administration and accounting double-major, Shanahan earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America laurels this year. He started all 20 games this spring and tallied 51 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers and two assists. He also captained the Generals' defensive unit, which ranked in the Top 25 nationally with a 7.50 goals-against average. A four-year starter, Shanahan played in 62 career games, totaling one goal, three assists and 113 ground balls.
A North-South All-Star, Skeen garnered Second Team All-ODAC honors during the 2009 campaign, the third time in his career he was so honored. An Honorable Mention All-ODAC honoree in 2008, he was also the 2006 ODAC Rookie of the Year. The business administration major played in all 20 games this spring and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 39 points on 19 goals and 20 assists. He completed his career tied for 20th on the school's all-time scoring list with 144 career points (65 G, 79 A). His 79 career assists also rank 10th all-time at W&L.
A First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-America selection this spring, St. John was also named the 2009 ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He will also play in the North-South game. The political science major played in 16 games this year and finished fifth on the team in scoring with 37 points (28 G, 9 A). St. John ended his career tied for 20th on the W&L scoring list with 144 points on 104 goals and 40 assists. His 104 goals also rank ninth on the all-time goal list.
Washington and Lee finished the 2009 season with a 16-4 overall record and a 4-2 ODAC mark. The Generals tied the school record for wins in a season and won their first ODAC title since the 2004 season by defeating top-ranked Roanoke in the ODAC title game, 15-14 in overtime. W&L won its first round NCAA Tournament game over FDU-Florham, 6-5 in overtime, before falling to Gettysburg, 15-10.