One of the most important players in the history of Washington and Lee lacrosse is William (Sam) P. Englehart, Jr. '73.
Englehart's debut on the lacrosse field in the spring of 1970 coincided with the start of a special tradition at W&L. As a freshman, Englehart was a key player on the 1970 team that turned in an 8-3 record after the school had managed just one winning season in the previous 11 campaigns.
That success helped lure more talent to Lexington and set the stage for W&L's rise to the top of the lacrosse world. W&L posted regular season records of 10-2 in 1971, 12-2 in 1972 and 14-0 in 1973. W&L reached the NCAA Division I tournament in the 1972 and 1973 seasons.
In his four seasons, Englehart scored 34, 45, 49 and 51 goals. His 180 career goals were the best in school history at the time of his graduation. Englehart was W&L's first three-time first team All-American in lacrosse and was also named first team All-South Atlantic Conference after each of his four seasons.
Engleahart served as team captain of the 1973 squad and he played in the prestigious North-South College All-Star game after his senior season. Englehart was named the Outstanding Freshman Athlete at W&L in 1970. He also played two seasons of basketball at W&L.