Three Generals Named to IWLCA All-Region Squad
GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its 2012 All-Regional teams and the Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team has three honorees on the All-Chesapeake Region first and second teams.
Senior Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) was named First Team All-Chesapeake Region, while senior Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and sophomore Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) were selected for second team all-region accolades.
The 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, Benedetti started all 20 games for W&L this season as a midfielder. She registered 20 points on 15 goals and five assists, and tallied 68 draw controls, 40 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Benedetti also received First Team All-ODAC laurels this year. During her four years as a General, Benedetti saw action in 65 games with 54 starts, and recorded 34 goals, nine assists, 141 draw controls, 110 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers.
Shearin earned second team honors after appearing in 19 games with 16 starts as an attacker for W&L. She finished the season as the leading scorer for the Generals, notching 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists, while also claiming 15 ground balls and three draw controls. Shearin was named the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week twice during the 2012 season and garnered first team all-conference accolades. In her four years at W&L, Shearin collected 89 goals and 36 assists for 125 career points in 51 games.
A defender, Stone started all 20 games for the Generals in 2012. Her 49 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers were team-best marks, and she helped W&L rank 21st in the country and first in the league in scoring defense with an 8.45 goals-against average. Stone joined Benedetti and Shearin on the All-ODAC First Team this season.
W&L posted a 15-5 overall record and a 9-0 mark in conference play in 2012, winning its 13th ODAC Championship and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, where it lost to host Mary Washington, 16-8, in the first round.
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