May 19, 2005

FIVE W&L WOMEN'S LAXERS NAMED TO SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION TEAM

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team had five players selected to the IWLCA/US Lacrosse Division III All-South Atlantic Region team, which was released on Thursday. Senior midfielders Kristen Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) and Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherines) and senior defender Maggie Speasmaker (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) were named to the first team, while junior attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and junior defender Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep) earned second team honors.

Brown, a First Team All-ODAC selection and ODAC Player of the Year, scored 10 goals on the season, including the game-winner in a 6-5 win over Randolph-Macon in the ODAC Championship Game. She also ranked among the team leaders with 47 ground balls, 19 draw controls, and 16 caused turnovers.

Murphy, who was also a first team all-region honoree as a sophomore, collected nine points on six goals and three assists. She was second on the team with 52 ground balls and third with 18 draw controls. Murphy was also a Second Team All-ODAC performer in 2005 after earning First Team All-ODAC accolades the previous two years.

Speasmaker, who was a First Team All-ODAC selection, tallied five points on three goals and two assists and her 22 caused turnovers were second on the squad. Speasmaker also helped the Generals to a No. 7 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 6.10 goals per game.

Strickler, who earned First Team All-ODAC accolades, led the team in scoring with 51 points on 25 goals and a team-high 26 assists. She notched three points on two goals and one assist in an 11-9 win over No. 4 Amherst in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wallick, who earned First Team All-ODAC honors this season after being named to the Second Team as a sophomore, led the team with 23 caused turnovers and was among the team leaders with 40 ground balls. She also helped the Generals to a No. 7 national ranking in scoring defense.

W&L finished the season with a 15-4 overall record, 8-0 in the ODAC, and a No. 13 national ranking. The Generals won their third consecutive ODAC Championship and defeated No. 4 Amherst, 11-9, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 Salisbury, 15-4, in the NCAA quarterfinals.

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