Head Coach Jan Hathorn Named ODAC Coach of the Year
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its all-conference women's lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon and Washington and Lee placed three players on the first team, two on the second team and took the Coach of the Year award.
Head Coach Jan Hathorn took home the ODAC Coach of the Year award for the fifth time after guiding the Generals to a 15-2 overall record and the fourth ODAC Championship under her tutelage. Hathorn now holds a 135-66 overall record at W&L and will lead Washington and Lee to the NCAA Tournament for the third time.
Senior attacker Liz Borges (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), junior defender Eloise Priest (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens-St.Agnes) and freshman midfielder Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) headlined the first team for W&L, while senior attacker Ellen Ritsch (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) and sophomore midfielder Sarah Janowitz (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) were named to the second team.
Borges earned first-team honors by leading W&L's offense, which is ranked 19th in Division III in scoring, with 42 goals and 14 assists through 14 games. She has scored 102 goals and added 41 assists for 143 career points which is fourth all-time at Washington and Lee. She also leads the team with 87 shots and has collected 44 ground balls. Borges was named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team after firing in two goals during a 6-2 victory over Lynchburg in the ODAC Championship.
Priest was named First Team All-ODAC for the second straight season after spearheading a W&L defense that leads the ODAC and is sixth in Division III, allowing only 5.71 goals per game. Priest caused a team-high 39 turnovers on the season. Priest was also named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team.
Wheeler was the Generals' lone freshman on the All-ODAC squad after tallying 32 goals and 11 assists for 43 points, which is third on the team. She is also third in shots (71) and draw controls (19) and fourth on the squad in turnovers caused (26). She was also named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals in each of W&L's three tournament contests.
Ritsch was selected to the second team for the second consecutive season after notching 21 goals and six assists in 2001. She was also fourth on the squad in draw controls with 16 and has accumulated 66 career points. Janowitz earns second-team honors after picking up a team-high 71 ground balls and forcing 31 turnovers.
The five W&L players lauded on the first and second teams were the most of any school in the conference. Roanoke and Randolph-Macon had four players each.