July 7, 2006

W&L WOMEN'S LAX COMMENDED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recently announced its 2006 Division III Honor Squads and Honor Roll.

The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team was among 35 Division III schools recognized as an IWLCA Honor Squad for notching a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 of better for the second semester of the 2005-06 academic year. Additionally, four generals were named to the Honor Roll for achieving a high level of success in the classroom.

Among the individuals honored were recent graduates Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Kate Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends) and rising seniors Kelly Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and Lane Earnest (Preston, Md./Easton).

A Politics major, Wallick was a Third Team All-American, First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and First Team All-Chesapeake Region pick as a defender during the 2006 campaign. She tallied eight points on six goals and two assists this spring and led the team with 30 caused turnovers and tied for fourth with 36 ground balls. She keyed a W&L defense that led the ODAC and ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense (6.50 gpg). Wallick, who earned First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-Region accolades as a junior, was also named to the roster for the North-South Senior All-Star game. She started 75 games in her career and notched 28 points on 23 goals and five assists.

Lester, an English and French double major who earned First Team All-ODAC honors this season, was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals. She finished third on the team in scoring this spring with 42 points on a team-high 39 goals and three assists, while picking up 31 ground balls and winning 17 draw controls. Lester played in 74 career games with 57 starts and posted 138 career points on 127 goals and 11 assists. Her 127 career goals rank fourth all-time at W&L.

A midfielder and three-year letterwinner, Evans netted 23 goals and 12 helpers to finish fourth on the team in points (35) for the 2006 season. She corralled 23 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers during her junior campaign. The business journalism major also scored three goals in the Generals' first round NCAA win over Christopher Newport.

Earnest, an English major and a three-year letterwinner, played in 13 games, starting three as a midfielder for the Generals. She totaled four points, on two goals and two assists, including one assist in the win over CNU in the NCAA tournament.

W&L finished the season with a school-record 16-4 overall mark (8-0 ODAC) and won its fourth consecutive ODAC Championship. The 10th-ranked Generals also made their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and defeated Christopher Newport, 19-9, before falling to eventual National Champion The College of New Jersey, 16-6, in the second round.

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