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Date: April 30, 2004
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Perini Named Player of the Year; Hathorn Co-Coach of the Year

ODAC Player of the Year, Senior Joanna Perini

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Six members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team earned recognition on the All-ODAC team which was announced on Friday. In addition, senior goalie Joanna Perini (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Head Coach Jan Hathorn was tabbed ODAC Co-Coach of the Year.

Perini was joined on the first team by fellow seniors, attacker Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and defender Sara Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), as well as junior midfielder Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherines). Senior attacker Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryan Mawr) and sophomore midfielder Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep) rounded out the Generals all-conference selections with Second Team All-ODAC appointments.

Perini, who has earned All-Region, All-State and Honorable Mention All-America honors during her career, is earning First Team All-ODAC laurels for the second straight season after posting a 6.42 goals against average and making 140 saves for a .593 save percentage. Her goals against average ranks in the Top 20 nationally, while her save percentage ranks Top 15. Earlier this season she was named an Inside Lacrosse Division III Honorable Mention Player of the Week.

Taffe is making her second straight first team appearance after earning second team recognition in 2002. This season she has notched a team-high 66 points on a team-leading 53 goals with 13 assists on her way to setting school records for career goals (179) and career points (234). Murphy, a two-time selection, has scored 11 points on nine goals and two assists and is third on the team with 23 draw controls.

Jurkowsky is making her first appearance as an all-conference selection after starting all 18 games on defense, leading the team with 49 ground balls and ranking among the squad leaders with 21 caused turnovers.
Wheeler, a first teamer in 2001, earned her second straight appointment to the second team after ranking second on the team with 50 points on a team-high 17 assists with 33 goals. Wallick earned her first All-ODAC laurel after starting all 18 games at midfielder, scoring five goals, grabbing 36 ground balls and co-leading the team with 24 draw controls.

Sixteen-year mentor Hathorn, who is earning Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time overall and the third time in the last four years, led the Generals (15-3) to their sixth ODAC title and fifth berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Ranked 11th in the country, W&L awaits who it will play in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.


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