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Date: May 20, 2003
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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W&L Has Three On First Team, Two On Second

First Team All-South Region selection Kitt Murphy

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Five Washington and Lee women's lacrosse players were named to the Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association South Atlantic Region All-America team.

Senior defender Sarah Janowitz (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), junior attacker Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and sophomore midfielder Kitt Murphy (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's) were selected to the first team, while a pair of juniors, goaltender Joanna Perini (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) and attacker Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), earned second team accolades.

Janowitz earned all-region honors for the second consecutive season. After being a second team selection in 2002, Janowitz garnered first team honors in 2003 after scooping up a team-best 70 ground balls and causing 14 turnovers while helping hold the Generals' opposition to an average of 6.83 goals per game. Additionally, she was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Taffe was named all-region for the first time after leading W&L in scoring with 57 goals and 18 assists. A 2003 First Team All-ODAC selection, she is third all-time in scoring at W&L with 168 points (126 goals, 42 assists).

Murphy's first team selection comes after a season in which she scored 17 points (14 goals, three assists) and was second on the team in ground balls (53), draw controls (35) and caused-turnovers (21). She was a first team all-conference honoree as well.

Perini was named a second team all-region performer for the second time after posting a 6.90 goals-against average. A First Team All-ODAC selection this season, she carried a .541 save percentage.

Wheeler, a second team all-region selection in 2001, was named to the second team again this year after finishing third on the team in scoring with 48 points on 35 goals and 13 assists. An Honorable Mention All-ODAC player this season, she has 135 career points on 100 goals and 35 assists.

Washington and Lee went 15-3 overall this year and captured the ODAC championship. The Generals fell, 12-7, to Mary Washington in the NCAA Tournament.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676