W&L's Gifford Earns USILA Scholar All-America Laurels

Kyle Gifford vs. Denison
Kyle Gifford vs. Denison

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its 2018 Scholar All-American team on Monday and Washington and Lee senior defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) was among the honorees.

The USILA recognized 76 senior players from Division III for achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and who are also an All-American, member of the North-South Team and/or for being all-conference. Student-athletes are expected to have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to themselves, their institution and to college lacrosse on and off the field.

Gifford earned the honor after also receiving USILA Honorable Mention All-America laurels in 2018.  He started 19 contests and anchored a defense that led the ODAC in scoring defense with an 8.20 goals-against average.  He tallied 22 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, to go along with one goal. 

A two-time First Team All-ODAC pick and three-time all-conference selection overall, Gifford played in 72 career games, totaling 76 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers across his four seasons. 

Gifford graduated in May with a degree in accounting & business administration.

W&L has had five USILA Scholar All-Americans over the last three years and now has 39 total Scholar All-America honorees since 1990.

Washington and Lee completed the 2018 season with a 15-5 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in ODAC play.  The Generals produced a 14-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest in program history.  W&L received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round, before falling to Dickinson, 10-9, in overtime.

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