One of the first truly great players in W&L's tradition-filled lacrosse program was Bill Clements, '50, a two-time All-American goalie.
Clements, a native of Baltimore, was among a handful of students that reorganized lacrosse in 1947 after a five-year absence. Lacrosse was immediately one of W&L's most successful post-war sports, putting together a 5-2 record in that first year despite being primarily student-coached. The Generals finished at .500 or better three of Clements' four seasons with notable wins over Maryland, North Carolina, and Loyola.
Clements became the first goalie in school history to earn All-America honors when he was named to the third-team in 1949. The following year he became W&L's first-ever first-team All-American in lacrosse.
In 1950, Clements also became the first in a line of W&L goalies to win the coveted C. Markland Kelley Trophy as the nation's top goaltender. Three decades later his son, Bob, came to W&L and followed his lead by winning the Kelley Trophy in 1980.