LEXINGTON, Va. -- Seniors Peter Dean (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 18 at W&L's Lee Chapel. Dean was named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Male Athlete, while Taffe was the female recipient of the award.
Dean was a four-year letterwinner for both the football and baseball teams, serving as a baseball captain during his senior season. In football, Dean was a three-year starter at quarterback, finishing his career as the school's sixth all-time leading passer with 3,469 yards and 19 touchdowns. In baseball, Dean was a three-time First Team All-ODAC selection and the ODAC Pitcher and Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. He set a new ODAC record for career victories in going 29-7 overall, and set new school records for career ERA (2.20), strikeouts (232), appearances (54) and innings pitched (290.2). A two-time all-region honoree, he garnered Second Team Verizon Academic All-America honors following the 2003 season.
Taffe was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for both the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. A three-time All-ODAC selection in field hockey, Taffe set nearly every school scoring record, including goals and points in a game, season and career. He career totals stand at 34 goals and 72 points. In lacrosse, Taffe was also a three-time All-ODAC pick, including a first team selection her final two seasons. She set new school records for career goals (179) and points (234) in leading the Generals to three ODAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths during her four seasons. Taffe was named the W&L Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete in 2001.
In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior women's soccer and basketball player Heather Coleman (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award. Coleman carries a 4.077 grade-point average while majoring in economics and politics. She scored 100 career points as a point guard in basketball and ranks eighth and ninth all-time in W&L Soccer annals for career goals (19) and points (44). She earned CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors last fall.
Senior Ansel Sanders (White Stone, Va./Woodberry Forest) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. A goalie for the men's lacrosse team, Sanders is a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain. A three-time All-ODAC selection, 2004 ODAC Player of the Year and 2003 Honorable Mention All-American, he ranks fifth all-time at W&L with 457 career saves.
Swimmer Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) was named the Outstanding Freshman Male and Athlete of the Year, while women's tennis player Kristen McClung (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) was named the Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete of the Year. Ginder earned Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year laurels and All-America honors after setting school records in the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay.
McClung earned First Team All-ODAC honors and is ranked 10th in the Atlantic South Region in singles. She finished the season with an 18-5 record at second singles and a 15-7 mark at second doubles.
Roger Crocket, Professor of German, was honored with the R.E. "Chub" Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support of Washington and Lee athletics over the years. Senior Jacob Trotter received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for his contributions to the W&L sports information department and WLUR, while junior women's tennis player Lindsay Hagerman received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
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