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Date: December 14, 2006
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

Sutherland Named Virginia Rookie of the Year

Junior Haley Bunting

FERRUM, Va. -- Washington and Lee placed four players on the Virginia Sports Information Director's (VaSID) College Division All-State Women's Soccer team which was released on Thursday morning.

Sophomore forward Anne Van Devender (Jackson, Miss./Choate Rosemary Hall) and junior defender Haley Bunting (Houston, Texas/St. John's) were both named to the 12-player first team. Senior midfielder Maggie Megear (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and freshman defender Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy) were both named to the second team. Additionally, Sutherland was named the Rookie of the Year. Virginia Wesleyan midfielder Kelly Donnelly was named the Player of the Year, while VWC's Jeff Bowers was named the Coach of the Year.

Van Devender added first team all-state honors to a list that already includes First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region accolades. She started 22 of the team's 23 games and posted a school-record 57 points for the season. Her 23 goals also tied the W&L season record, with seven of the scores serving as the game-winner. She also added 11 assists and ranked 18th in Division III in points per game (2.59 ppg).

A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection and a First Team All-State pick last season as well, Bunting was a key member of the Generals' defense that allowed just three goals all season and led all NCAA Divisions with a 0.13 goals-against average. She started all 23 games and tallied four assists for the year.

Megear received All-State honors for the first time after garnering All-ODAC honors three times during her career. She played in all 23 games with 21 starts and recorded one goal and one assist. She also helped the Generals defense post 20 shutouts, including 15-straight to begin the season. Megear finished her career with five goals and three assists.

Sutherland was named the VaSID Rookie of the Year after posting ODAC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-ODAC honors this season. She played in all 23 games with 22 starts and totaled one goal and one assist. Sutherland also played a key role on the Generals' record-setting defense.

Washington and Lee completed the 2006 campaign with a school record 19 victories (19-1-3). The Generals advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight" for the first time in program history and finished the season ranked 10th in the final NSCAA/adidas Division III poll.


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