W&L's Benedetti Named ODAC Women's Lax Player of the Year

W&L's Benedetti Named ODAC Women's Lax Player of the Year

FOREST, Va. – Six members of the Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team have received All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors, including senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) being selected as the ODAC Player of the Year, as the league announced the all-conference teams on Tuesday.

Roanoke's Darragh Evarts was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year, Guilford head coach Matthew Grosso was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year and Rachel Johnson from Randolph-Macon was voted as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.

Benedetti also earned First Team All-ODAC accolades, and was joined by senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and sophomore defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) on the first team. Sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and first-year goalkeeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) were selected for second team laurels and sophomore defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) was tabbed on the third team.

In her 20 starts this season, Benedetti registered 15 goals and five assists (20 points), while serving as a team captain. She was second on the team with 68 draw controls, and also grabbed 40 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers. During her time as a General, Benedetti saw action in 65 games with 54 starts, and tallied 34 goals, nine assists, 141 draw controls, 110 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers. This is Benedetti's second time as a First Team All-ODAC honoree after earning the accolade during her junior campaign.  She was also a second team all-conference selection as a sophomore.

A two-time ODAC Player of the Week honoree this spring, Shearin saw action in 19 games with 16 starts as a captain for the Generals alongside Benedetti this season.  Her 59 points led the team and represented the 10th-highest season total in school history.  She also scored a team-best 42 points to go along with 17 assists, and she posted 15 ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls.  In her four years with the Generals, Shearin played in 51 games and notched 89 goals and 36 assists for 125 career points.

Stone earned first team honors this spring after recording second team laurels a year ago.  She started all 20 games in 2012 and helped W&L rank 21st in the country and first in the league in scoring defense with an 8.45 goals-against average this season. Stone led the Generals in both ground balls (49) and caused turnovers (32).

Appearing in all 20 games this year, Brewster notched 38 points on 31 goals and seven assists in seven starts. She is fourth-best on the team in scoring, ground balls (33) and draw controls (22), and is tied for third-best in caused turnovers (14).

Recording a 7.97 goals-against average, Mulligan logged 978:43 minutes in 20 contests with 17 starts. While in the cage, she finished the season ranked 15th nationally with a 7.80 GAA. Mulligan stopped 100 shots and ended her 2012 campaign with a .435 save percentage.

Waxter appeared in 14 games with 13 starts for the Generals. She joined Stone on the 21st-ranked defensive unit that allowed just 8.45 goals per game during the season, and she registered 23 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and seven draw controls.

The Generals finished the 2012 season with a 15-5 overall record and a 9-0 mark in conference action, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament after winning the program's 13th ODAC Championship.


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