Four W&L Women's Soccer Players Named All-State
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Four members of the Washington and Lee women's soccer team were awarded 2011 VaSID College Division Women's Soccer All-State honors as announced on Thursday.
First year midfielder Holley Beasley (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Aacademy) and senior goalkeeper Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) were first team selections, and first year forward Katherine Rush (Cornelius, N.C./Providence Day School) and senior defender Kat Lawson (White Point, Va./Clarke County) were both named to the second team.
Beasley tallied 28 points on 12 goals, including five game-winners, and four assists. She played in all 19 matches for the Generals and was chosen as the ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year, along with Lynchburg's Dessi Dupuy. Beasley also earned First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-NSCAA South Region laurels.
Leary started all 19 games in 2011, claiming 14 shutouts and a 0.37 goals against average. The 14 clean sheets were a new single season record, and for her career she recorded a program-best 35 shutouts and a 0.52 goals against average. Leary was also named to the All-ODAC First Team and the all-region Second Team.
Rush was the team leader in total points this season as she tied Beasley for the most goals (12) and registered five assists for 29 points, fifth-best in the ODAC. She was on the field for all 19 matches (18 starts), and netted multiple goals in four different games, including her first-career hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Randolph on September 21. Rush was also a First Team All-ODAC selection to finish the year.
A 2011 NSCAA First Team All-America selection, Lawson was an integral member of the Generals' back line, helping Leary to break two school records this season. She was one of two players to start in all 19 games and became the first W&L women's soccer player in the history of the program to earn First Team All-America accolades twice. Lawson was also received First Team All-ODAC and First Team all-region honors.
The Generals ended their 2011 campaign with a 13-4-2 overall record (7-2-2 ODAC), advancing to the conference semifinals where they lost, 1-0, to Lynchburg.
Lynchburg took home all three top all-state honors as senior Brittany Klippstein, Dupuy, and Dr. Todd Olsen were given the VaSID Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year honors, respectively.