Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Mike Walsh has announced that 82 students earned Scholar-Athlete awards during the recently completed fall term. The students are all members of W&L athletic teams and achieved a grade point average of at least a 3.500. The eighty-two athletes honored is the second highest total for a term since the program was established in 1986.
Additionally, 14 of the students honored achieved grade point averages of 4.0 or higher (an A+ is worth 4.330 at W&L). Among the students achieving 4.0 or higher GPA's were men's tennis captain Scott Babka (Little Silver, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), record-setting men's soccer player Sam Chase (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and women's track captain Jill Kosch (Columbus, Neb./Scotus).
Other notable athletes named to receive Scholar-Athlete awards included All-ODAC football player Jack Boyd (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), NCAA cross country qualifier Jason Callen (Woodbridge, Va./Killeen), All-America men's lacrosse player Ed Dougherty (Evanston, Ill./Loyola Academy), All-America women's lacrosse player Whitney Parker (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's) and nationally-ranked women's tennis player Ericka Shapard (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall).
Twelve of W&L's 21 varsity athletic programs achieved a team grade point average of at least 3.000, led by the women's lacrosse team with a 3.311. The highest men's team grade point average was men's soccer with a 3.104.
W&L had an outstanding fall season on the playing fields as well. W&L's six fall sports team combined for a record of 48-23 with the men's cross country and women's volleyball teams capturing Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships. Additionally, the women's soccer team won a school record 14 games against just two defeats.