LEXINGTON, Va. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its 2019 Scholar All-American team on Thursday and Washington and Lee claimed three of the 75 Division III student-athletes selected.
Among those from W&L garnering recognition were recent graduates A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum), Drew Barnard (Darien, Conn. / Brunswick School) and John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade).
An attackman, Witherell earned a degree in economics this spring. He completed his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 317 points. He also finished first in W&L history in goals scored (191) and second in assists (126). He added 185 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers.
A two-time First Team All-American and three-time ODAC Player of the Year honoree, Witherell repeated as the VaSID and IMLCA South Region Player of the Year in 2019. He played in 19 games this spring and finished with 83 points on 46 goals and 37 assists. He also added 49 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
Barnard is a long-stick midfielder that graduated with a degree in biology. He earned Third Team All-ODAC laurels each of the last two seasons, finishing his career with 106 ground balls and 65 caused turnovers. He also tallied five goals and one assist. This spring, Barnard played in 20 contests, scoring two goals and posting 31 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.
Broderick is a three-time All-ODAC honoree and 2019 USILA Honorable Mention All-American as a defenseman. A business administration and mathematics double-major, he played in 18 games this spring, tallying 30 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Broderick scored the game-winning goal in the final seconds of the ODAC Championship game, one of two goals he scored on the season. He finished his career with 107 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers. He also posted two goals and two assists.
In addition to personal success, Barnard and Broderick spearheaded a W&L defense that ranked first in Division III in man-down defense (.869) and third in scoring defense (6.48 gpg).
The USILA recognized 75 senior players from Division III for achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and who are also an All-American, member of the North-South Team and/or for being all-conference. Student-athletes are expected to have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to themselves, their institution and to college lacrosse on and off the field.
W&L has had eight USILA Scholar All-Americans over the last four years and now has 42 total Scholar All-America honorees since 1990.
W&L tied the program record for wins in a season (16-5) and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to fourth-ranked York, 14-12.