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Date: May 25, 2006
Contact: Chris Hodgson (540) 458-8674
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Strickler Named Player of the Year; Hathorn Tabbed Co-Coach of the Year

VaSID College Division All-State Co-Coach of the Year, Jan Hathorn

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team had six players named to the Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID) College Division All-State Team which was announced on Thursday morning. Additionally, senior attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) was named the Player of the Year, while head coach Jan Hathorn earned Co-Coach of the Year honors with Averett University's Katie Talbert.

Strickler was joined on the first team by senior defender Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury). Senior attacker Kate Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends), junior midfielder Maggie Megear (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and sophomore defender Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) were all named to the second team.

Strickler, a First Team All-ODAC selection and ODAC Player of the Year, led the team in scoring with 67 points on 26 goals and a team-high 41 assists. Her 41 assists were the third-most in a season in W&L history, while her 67 points were the fourth-most in a season. Strickler, a First Team All-ODAC, Second Team All-South Atlantic Region and Second Team All-State selection as a junior, was also named to the roster for the 2006 STX Farewell Lacrosse Festival Division III North-South Senior All-Star game. She played in 74 career games with 61 starts and finished with 170 points on 84 goals and 86 assists. Her 86 assists rank second all-time at W&L and her 170 points are fifth all-time.

Wallick, a First Team All-ODAC pick, tallied eight points on six goals and two assists. She led the team with 30 caused turnovers and tied for fourth with 36 ground balls. Wallick keyed a W&L defense that led the ODAC and ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense (6.50 gpg). Wallick, who earned First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Atlantic Region accolades as a junior and Second Team All-ODAC honors as a sophomore, was also named to the roster for the North-South Senior All-Star game. She started 75 games in her career and notched 28 points on 23 goals and five assists.

Tilbor, a First Team All-ODAC selection, led the ODAC and ranked seventh in the NCAA with a 6.71 goals-against average and was second in the ODAC with a .537 save percentage. She was a Second Team All-ODAC selection as a freshman and in her two seasons, has posted a 6.66 GAA and a .546 save percentage.

Lester, who earned First Team All-ODAC honors, finished third on the team in scoring with 42 points on a team-high 39 goals and three assists, while picking up 31 ground balls and winning 17 draw controls. Lester, who was selected as an alternate for the North-South Senior All-Star game and was a Second Team All-ODAC pick as a junior, played in 74 career games with 57 starts and posted 138 career points on 127 goals and 11 assists. Her 127 career goals rank fourth all-time at W&L.

Megear, who was named First Team All-ODAC, notched a career-high 29 points on a career-best 25 goals and four assists. She was also a force on the defensive third of the field by ranking second on the team with 41 ground balls and third with 27 caused turnovers. For her career, Megear has tallied 58 points on 43 goals and 15 assists.

Michaels, a First Team All-ODAC pick, tallied three points on one goal and two assists and was a key to the Generals' defense. She ranked second with 28 caused turnovers and picked up 35 ground balls. Michaels also helped W&L to a No. 6 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 6.50 goals per game.

Hathorn, who concluded her 18th year at the helm of the Generals, also earned ODAC Coach of the Year laurels this season for the eighth time overall and for the fifth time in the last six years. She has a record at W&L of 207-89 (.699).

W&L finished the season with a school-record 16-4 overall mark (8-0 ODAC), a No. 10 national ranking, its' fourth consecutive ODAC Championship and fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the second round.


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