LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee Department of Athletics held its annual athletics award ceremony at Lee Chapel on Tuesday evening, honoring student-athletes and administrators who have made the 2012-13 school year as successful as any in recent memory.
Headlining the awardees were seniors Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va. / Covenant) and Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass. / Hopkinton), who were selected as the “Pres” Brown Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes of the Year as voted on by members of the department.
Schultz also received the William D. McHenry Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, while senior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del. / Salesianum School) was the male recipient of the award. First-years Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) and Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell) were named the Outstanding First-Year Male and Female Athlete Award recipients, and senior Ashley Barnes (Annapolis, Md. / St. Mary's) was presented with the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award.
Other awards that were presented on Tuesday included the J.L. Lefty Newell Award for the top student manager/worker and the R.E. Chub Yeakel Award, which is given to a member of the University community who has made outstanding contributions to the Department of Athletics. Senior Mohamad Amine received the Lefty Newell Award, while Jeff Hanna, the University’s Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs received the Chub Yeakel Award. Junior Iva Weidenkeller was presented with the Dick Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
A four-year letterwinner for both the cross country and track & field teams, Schultz was a two-year captain for both sports. In cross country, she was a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, was the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2009 and was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of her final two seasons. A three-time First Team All-Region honoree, she finished in the Top 7 of the ODAC Championship meet all four years, helping the Generals to a pair of ODAC titles and finishing as the individual runner-up in 2011. As a senior, she finished ninth at the regional meet, and she was a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier. On the track, she earned All-ODAC honors 12 times, including garnering first team laurels four times. Additionally, she was named the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year in 2010, the 2013 ODAC Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and she was tabbed the ODAC Outdoor Co-Athlete of the Year this spring. A four-time ODAC individual champion, she is also part of the school-record holding indoor 4x800 meter relay team (10:20.12). A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, she will graduate with a degree in geology, and she will attend graduate school at Stanford on a full academic scholarship.
Heinsohn was a four-year letterwinner for the football and lacrosse teams, serving as a team captain for the football team during his senior season. On the gridiron, he played in 39 career games as a running back and placekicker, totaling a school-record 3,517 yards and a school-record 48 touchdowns. His 344 career points are also best in school history, while his 188 points during the 2012 season were the most by any college football player at any level. A three-time All-ODAC honoree, he is a two-time first team selection and was named the 2012 ODAC Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned the Virginia Sports Information Director’s Player of the Year Award, received the Willie Lanier Award as the top small college player in the state, and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Award, which honors the top player in Division III. A two-time all-region pick, he also garnered Fourth Team All-America honors from D3Football.com this fall when he helped guide the Generals to their second ODAC title of his career by rushing for 192 yards and four touchdowns, and kicking the game-winning field goal in a 45-42 four overtime win over Hampden-Sydney in the ODAC Championship game. In lacrosse, he played in 59 career games, totaling 57 points on 27 goals and 35 assists. A Third Team All-ODAC honoree as a junior, he scored the game-winning goals in a double-overtime win over top-ranked Salisbury and in an overtime win over Lynchburg in the ODAC Tournament Semifinals this season when he helped lead the Generals to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009.
Marsh garnered the McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award following a fruitful career as a member of the swimming and track & field teams. He earned a combined seven letters, four of which were with the swimming team and he served as a team captain for his senior campaign. In the pool, he earned All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors as a sophomore and senior, and he was a four-time All-America honoree. Marsh received Honorable Mention All-America honors with the 200 and 400 medley relay teams as a junior and as a senior. He is also a four-time member of the Scholar All-America swimming team. Marsh holds the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.63, and he is also a member of the record-setting 200 (1:31.82) and 400 (3:24.20) medley relay teams. In track & field, he earned Second Team All-ODAC honors this spring when he finished second in the 800 meters at the ODAC Track & Field Championships. Additionally, he was also part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the Commonwealth Duals in 2012. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and serves as the president of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma. Marsh will receive degrees in politics and religion, and he will attend Duke Divinity School as a recipient of the Duke Endowment Scholarship.
Franz was named the outstanding first-year male athlete after lettering with the basketball team this winter. He played in 25 games as a small forward, starting 14 contests and finishing second on the team in scoring with 295 total points. His 11.8 points per game tied for the team lead and was the highest scoring average of any rookie player in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Franz also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. In conference contests, he averaged 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, scoring a season-high 27 points in a win over Emory & Henry. Following the season, he was named the ODAC and Virginia Sports Information Directors College Division Rookie of the Year.
Swabb garnered the outstanding first-year female athlete award after lettering for the swimming team, helping lead the Generals to the ODAC Championship this winter. She was named First Team All-ODAC and received ODAC Rookie of the Year honors after winning two individual events and competing on two winning relay teams at the ODAC Championship meet. She set school records in winning the 200 (2:09.93) and 400 (4:40.25) individual medley events, and she helped the 200 freestyle relay team set a school, ODAC and championship meet record with a time of 1:37.15. The first-year also helped the 400 medley relay team to the conference title, and finished second in the 200 breast stroke.
Barnes was selected for the Wink Glasgow Award after earning four letters with the lacrosse team and three more in field hockey. As a midfielder in field hockey, she played in 49 career games and totaled nine points on four goals and one assist. She is also a three-year member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic team. As an attacker on the lacrosse team, she played in 55 career games and totaled 28 points on 22 goals and six assists. She also tallied 70 draw controls, 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Barnes helped lead the Generals to four ODAC titles and four trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament, earning Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association Academic Honor Roll honors as a junior.
Amine was voted the Lefty Newell Award winner after four years as a work study student assistant with the men’s lacrosse team, while Hanna received the Chub Yeakel Award for his role in supporting athletics and the sports information office both in his role as communications director and as a game day assistant at various athletic events. Weidenkeller received a scholarship for having completed the University’s physical education requirements as a model student.
Numerous additional team awards were given out during the course of the evening. For a complete listing of the Washington and Lee major department and team awards, simply download it here. You can also view and download the event program and insert. Watch the Year in Review Video from the Awards Ceremony by clicking on the screen below.