KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its major award winners at the 2008 All-America Award Banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge on Saturday evening. Washington and Lee was well represented as recent graduate Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) was named the Division III Defensive Player of the Year and fellow graduate Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) received the C. Markland Kelly Award as the Division III Goalie of the Year.
Michaels is the second W&L women's lacrosse player to have received the Defender of the Year Award, joining Eloise Priest '02, who garnered the award in 2002. The 2008 ODAC and Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Michaels has also been named the Division III Defender of the Year by both womenslacrosse.com and Inside Lacrosse. She earned First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Chesapeake Region and First Team All-America honors this spring after starting all 20 games and spearheading a W&L defense that ranked third in the country with a 6.15 goals-against average. She also led the team with 29 caused turnovers, scooped up a second-best 43 ground balls and tallied one goal and five assists.
A three-time All-ODAC and two-time All-Region and All-America selection, Michaels caused 103 turnovers and collected 120 ground balls for her career.
Tilbor became the first W&L women's lacrosse player to receive the Kelly Award as the Goalie of the Year. She also garnered Goalie of the Year honors from both womenslacrosse.com and Inside Lacrosse earlier this spring. A 2008 First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Chesapeake Region and First Team All-America selection, Tilbor started every game this season, led the country with a .563 save percentage and ranked second nationally with a 6.54 goals-against average.
A two-time All-ODAC selection, Tilbor concluded her career ranked third all-time at W&L in career saves (513) and fifth all-time in career save percentage (.564).
The Generals ended the 2008 campaign with a 17-3 overall record and an unblemished 9-0 ODAC mark as they claimed their sixth-straight conference championship. W&L also made its sixth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Generals received a first-round bye and fell to Amherst, 10-8, in the second round.
2008 IWLCA DIVISION III POSITIONAL PLAYERS OF THE
Defense: Kat Michaels, Washington and Lee
Midfield: Katie Ceglarski, Gettysburg
Attack: Karen Doane, The College of New Jersey
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year: Sarah Tilbor, Washington and Lee