Athletics at W&L

Washington and Lee University provides its students with a unique athletic program that allows them to pursue athletic excellence without sacrificing their educational experience.

W&L follows the NCAA Division III guidelines of awarding financial aid based only on family need and academic merit. The result is a strong, diverse program in which participants are motivated by their love of the game and their desire to excel.

Washington and Lee offers 24 varsity sports, 12 for men and 12 for women. All sports compete at the NCAA Division III level and most participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

Over the years, W&L teams and students have been impressive on and off the playing fields. Below is a list of their accomplishments:

  • Since 1970, W&L has had 72 athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and countless others have been named to CoSIDA Academic All-District teams.
  • Since 1970, W&L has had 40 athletes earn prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • The 1988 Men’s Tennis team and the 2007 Women's Tennis team each have won a NCAA Division III National title and several other teams have finished in the NCAA Top 10 in Division III.

During the 2016-17 school year, the Washington and Lee athletic program again saw many successes. Below is a brief sketch of the many accomplishments by W&L’s teams and athletes.

  • W&L posted an overall winning percentage of better than 67 percent (214-104-3, .671)
  • W&L claimed 10 Conference Championships (Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Men's Outdoor Track & Field)
  • W&L won the ODAC Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletic excellence and has won the award in 21 of the last 23 years
  • W&L has claimed the women's cup for 14 straight years
  • The Generals also claimed the men's cup and has swept all three cups four of the last five years
  • 17 different Washington and Lee athletes were named to Division III All-America teams
  • Seven teams participated in the NCAA Division III National Championships
  • 16 athletes were selected to participate in NCAA Championship competition as individuals
  • W&L athletes were named first team all-conference a total of 95 times
  • Nine athletes were named the conference athlete of the year in their sport
  • Nine different athletes were named the scholar-athlete of the year in their respective sport
  • W&L claimed six conference rookie of the year awards
  • W&L coaches were named the coach of the year in their sport eight times
  • A total of 304 athletes were named W&L Scholar-Athletes for having achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher in either the fall or winter term
  • Tennis player Brooke Donnelly received the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the second straight year for having the top GPA in the women's tennis championship field.
  • Golfer Conley Hurst was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship