June 18, 2013

Six Generals Earn VaSID Academic All-State Honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2012-13 Academic All-State Team on Tuesday, and six Washington and Lee student-athletes made the squad.

Recent graduates Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School), Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor), Delaney Rolfe (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) represented the Generals. A total of 221 student-athletes from 37 schools located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia were recognized.

LaSala, an accounting major, was the 2012 and 2013 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's lacrosse. This season, he started all 21 games and led the ODAC with 43 caused turnovers, while collecting 30 ground balls and one assist for a defense that allowed an average of just 7.0 goals per game.

Marsh, a member of the men's swimming and men's track and field teams, recently received W&L's William D. McHenry Male Award as the school's top male scholar-athlete. In the pool, he was a four-time All-America honoree. A politics and religion major, Marsh holds the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.63. In track & field, he earned Second Team All-ODAC honors this spring when he finished second in the 800 meters at the ODAC Track & Field Championship.

Murray, an environmental science and business administration major, earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the football team for the second straight year. He accumulated 1,392 all-purpose yards this fall. Murray finished his career ranked fourth all-time at W&L with 5,135 all-purpose yards. His 212 career points are third all-time, while his 2,583 career rushing yards rank fifth in school history.

Rolfe earned the women's swimming ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for the third consecutive season. An accounting major, she was part of the 400 free and 800 free relay teams that took the top spot at the ODAC meet, and Rolfe also claimed the 500 free individual title. 

Schultz was the recipient of the William D. McHenry Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the "Pres" Brown Award as the top female athlete at W&L. A member of the cross country and track and field teams, she earned the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor in cross country and indoor track and field this past season. Schultz, a geology major, qualified for the NCAA Championship in cross country for the second straight year and was named the ODAC Co-Athlete of the Meet at the Outdoor ODAC Track & Field Championship.

Sykes, a neuroscience major, was a four-year letterwinner for the men's swimming team. A four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, he earned All-America honors a total of seven times, including garnering first team honors in the 50 freestyle as a senior when he finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships. His 50 free time of 19.96 is the second-fastest in school history.

To earn VaSID Academic All-State honors, a student-athlete must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and be at least a sophomore.

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