Jim Lewis was one of Washington and Lee’s top two-sport athletes of the late 1950’s and one of the University’s finest lacrosse players.
Lewis played football and lacrosse, lettering all four years in both sports, while serving as team captain for each during his senior year.
As a goalie for the lacrosse team, Lewis was a four-year starter, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore and junior. His senior season, Lewis earned First Team All-America laurels and was presented with the C. Markland Kelly Award as the nation’s outstanding goalie. He also received the Sydney Cone Outstanding Senior Goalkeeper Award and the Wheelwright Memorial Lacrosse Trophy as the team MVP. Lewis capped his stellar career as the starting goalie in the 1958 North-South Senior All-Star game.
As an end on the football team, Lewis helped lead W&L through the rough-and-tumble years of non-subsidized athletics by leading the team in receiving his final two seasons. As a senior in 1957, Lewis snared 15 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns. He also handled some punting duties, booting eight punts for a 28.3-yard average. For his career, Lewis caught 25 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns.