W&L Men's Lacrosse Claims Five All-ODAC Selections
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2011 all-conference men's lacrosse team and Washington and Lee had five athletes selected, including four first team honorees.
Senior attackman Spence Daw (Phoenix, Md./Loyola-Blakefield), senior long-stick midfielder Thomas Jenkins (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), senior defenseman Austin Wernecke (Lutherville, Md./Boys' Latin) and sophomore defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) were all named to the first team. Additionally, senior goalkeeper Ned Lundvall (Richmond, Va./Gilman) was selected to the second team.
Daw received his first career postseason honor after playing in all 17 games with 15 starts and leading the team in scoring with 36 points on a team-best 25 goals and a team-high 11 assists. He finished his career with an even 100 points on 61 goals and 39 assists in 55 games played.
Jenkins also earned all-conference laurels for the first time in his career during the 2011 season. He played in 16 games with 12 starts and scored one goal. On defense, he recorded 29 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers as the Generals posted a paltry 7.06 goals-against average. He finished his career with 50 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers in 39 games played.
Wernecke received first team honors for the first time in his career after being selected to the honorable mention squad as a first-year and junior. He played in all 17 games with 16 starts and tied for the team lead with 37 ground balls. He finished second on the team with 25 caused turnovers as the Generals ranked 23rd nationally in scoring defense. For his career, Wernecke played in 64 contests, starting 60 of them. He totaled 125 ground balls and caused 55 turnovers.
LaSala was tabbed to the first team after garnering second team accolades during his rookie season. He started each of the first 11 games of the 2011 campaign before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He still ended up causing a team-best 37 turnovers, which also tied for the top total in the conference, and he collected 22 ground balls. Over his first two seasons, LaSala has totaled 77 caused turnovers and 48 ground balls.
Lundvall earned his first career postseason honor after receiving second team laurels as a goalkeeper. Despite battling a hand injury, he played in 10 games with seven starts, totaling a .559 save percentage and a 6.74 goals-against average. Over the course of his career, Lundvall played in 27 games, recording a .595 save percentage and a 6.04 goals-against average.
Roanoke senior Justin Tuma was chosen as the ODAC Player of the Year, while Lynchburg's Steve Koudelka was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. Justin Butler of Randolph-Macon was tabbed as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Washington and Lee completed the 2011 season with a 9-8 overall record. The Generals finished 5-2 in the ODAC and earned the conference's No. 2 seed before falling to Lynchburg College in the tournament semifinals, 9-7.
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