W&L Women's Lax Sweeps Major ODAC Postseason Awards
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its women's lacrosse all-conference team on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee swept all the major awards, as well as having six players named to the all-conference squad.
Senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was named the ODAC Player of the Year in addition to receiving first team honors and being recognized as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. First-year midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Brooke Diamond took home ODAC Coach of the Year accolades.
Joining Mathews on the first team were junior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield). Senior keeper Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) and first-year defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) were named to the second team, while senior defender Kathy Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) earned honorable mention accolades.
A philosophy and business administration double-major, Mathews was named the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive season. A three-time All-ODAC Academic honoree and W&L Scholar-Athlete, Mathews was also named to the ESPN/CoSIDA District III College Division Academic All-District Second Team last year.
In addition to her academic accolades, Mathews garnered first team honors for the third time in her career. Playing in 16 of the Generals' 18 contests this season, she currently leads the team in points (69), goals (54), assists (15) and free-position goals (13). She also ranks second in ground balls (28), caused turnovers (18) and draw controls (31). Mathews currently ranks third in career goals (155) and fifth in career points (192) in W&L program history.
Van Horn has been a strong presence in the draw control circle this season, leading the conference with 99 draws for a 5.44 per game average. Her 99 draws rank third in the nation, while her average of 5.44 per game is good for the sixth spot. Van Horn has started all 18 contests for W&L this season and ranks fifth in points (30) and goals (22).
In her fourth season at the helm, Diamond helped lead the Generals to their third league title during her tenure. This is her second ODAC Coach of the Year honor, and she currently owns a 58-17 overall record and 32-1 league mark.
Benedetti earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the first time in her career after collecting Second Team All-ODAC accolades a season ago. She has played in 13 of W&L's contests this season, and is tied for second on the team with 31 draw controls, third with 15 caused turnovers and fourth with 20 ground balls.
Megargel, who earned ODAC honors for the second time in her career, has played in 17 contests this season. She stands second in points (64), goals (50) and assists (14), and has also collected seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and five draw controls. Earlier this season, Megargel was recognized as the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending on February 27. Currently, Megargel ranks seventh all-time in career goals (117) and 11th in career points (140).
Farrar collected her second All-ODAC honor after appearing in 17 contests this season. She has posted a 13-4 record with a .465 save percentage and a 9.41 goals-against average. For her career, Farrar has appeared in 53 contests, recording a .438 save percentage and an 8.68 goals-against average.
In her first season with the Generals, Stone has played in 17 contests with 16 starts. She leads the team with 23 caused turnovers while ranking third in ground balls (27).
Brown was named to the All-ODAC team for the second time in her career, earning second team accolades a season ago. She has started all 16 contests in which she has appeared and leads the team in ground balls (31), while ranking fifth in draw controls (21) and caused turnovers (13). For her career, Brown has appeared in 62 games, collecting 120 ground balls and forcing 68 turnovers.
Fans can view the entire all-conference team here.
The 15th-ranked Generals return to action on Wednesday as they host Christopher Newport for a first round contest of the NCAA Tournament at Watt Field at 4:00 pm.