W&L's Castelo, O'Brien Headline Women's Lacrosse All-ODAC Honors

W&L's Castelo, O'Brien Headline Women's Lacrosse All-ODAC Honors

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2018 women's lacrosse all-conference teams on Wednesday, and Washington and Lee had several athletes honored, including the league's Offensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year, while Brooke O'Brien earned Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in her career at W&L. She led the Generals to the program's 19th ODAC title.

Castelo was joined on the first team by junior attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss), sophomore midfielder Dani Murray (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver) and senior defender Riley Garcia (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset).

Sophomore defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) earned second team honors, while sophomore attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset), junior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS), first-year defender Abigail Hancock (Darien, Conn. / Darien) and senior goalkeeper Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) all garnered third team accolades.

A team captain, Castelo has started 18 games during her senior campaign. She ranks second on the team with 41 goals and 62 points, while her 21 assists are tied for third. Additionally, she has picked up 25 ground balls, won 16 draw controls and caused 10 turnovers. For her career, Castelo ranks sixth in program history with 124 goals and ninth with 172 points. She was a Second Team All-ODAC selection last season.

Peters picked up her second all-conference honor, as she leads the team in goals (43), assists (23) and points (66). Appearing in all 19 games, she has tallied 14 ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls. Peters earned second teams honors last season.

Dani Murray earned her first postseason honor, as she ranks third on the team with 39 goals. She has also registered 45 points and six assists. Murray has won 60 draw controls, which ranks second on the squad, while also tallying 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

A team captain and First Team All-ODAC honoree a season ago, Garcia has started 18 games as a defender. She has picked up a team-best 34 ground balls and ranks first on the squad with 29 caused turnovers. For her career, Garcia ranks ninth in program history with 78 caused turnovers. She also earned third team honors during her rookie campaign.

A two-time second team honoree, Anderson has played a major role for the Generals' defense. She has helped the Blue and White hold opponents to single-digit goal totals in 14 contests. She has picked up 31 ground balls, which ranks second on the team, won 24 draw controls and caused 11 turnovers.

Collette Murray has seen action in 18 contests during her sophomore campaign. She has registered 45 points on 24 goals and 21 assists. Murray has also picked up 14 ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Wellford earned her first postseason honor after winning a team-best 80 draw controls, which ranks fifth in the ODAC. She has appeared in 18 games this season and registered 13 points on nine goals and four assists. Wellford has also tallied nine ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Hancock has appeared in all 19 games with 17 starts during her rookie campaign. She has played a major role on a defense that has posted a 7.21 goals-against average, which ranks first in the ODAC. Hancock has also picked up 21 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers, which ranks second on the squad.

Wiltshire has seen action in 14 games this season with 10 starts. She ranks second in the conference with an 8.43 goals-against average and a .513 save percentage. Wiltshire has only allowed 74 goals in 526:33 minutes of action. She has also posted 78 saves, to go along with 11 ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Roanoke junior defender Emma Boris was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Alyson Bittinger from Shenandoah earned the league's Rookie of the Year honor. Lynchburg senior attacker Dorrie MacGregor was named the ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The 10th-ranked Generals currently hold a 15-4 overall record and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament after winning the program's ninth consecutive ODAC Championship.

W&L will travel to York (Pa.) for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Generals will face Cabrini in a first-round matchup at 2:00 pm on Saturday. The winner of Saturday's game will take on fifth-ranked York (Pa.) in second-round action on Sunday.

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