May 5, 2009

ODAC Announces All-Conference Men's Lacrosse Teams

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's lacrosse team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had several players honored, including senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex), who was named the Player of the Year and ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Additionally, third-year Head Coach Gene McCabe was selected the ODAC Coach of the Year.

St. John was also named to the first team where he was joined by junior attackman Will Keigler (Timonium, Md./Gilman), senior midfielder Seldon Clarke (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton), senior defenseman James Shanahan (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) and senior goalkeeper Connor Locke (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes). Senior attackman Seth Fishman (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford), senior midfielder Tim Skeen (Baltimore, Md./Towson) and junior defenseman Tyler Smith (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) were all named to the second team, while sophomore long-stick midfielder Tad Baker (Towson, Md./Towson) made the honorable mention squad.

St. John garnered first team accolades for the second-straight year after earning Second Team All-ODAC honors his first two seasons. He has totaled 26 goals and nine assists this spring and he ranks 21st all-time at W&L with 142 career points (102 G, 40 A). St. John is W&L's first Player of the Year honoree since Ansel Sanders '04 in 2004.

Keigler earned the first all-conference honor of his career in leading the team in scoring with 72 points on 40 goals and 32 assists. His 72 points are the ninth-best season total at W&L, while his 143 career points (71 G, 72 A) are tied for 19th on the school's all-time scoring list.

Clarke received first team honors after garnering honorable mention recognition as a sophomore. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff percentage, having won 159-of-251 (.633) draws. Clarke has also totaled five goals this season and he ranks fifth all-time at W&L in career faceoff percentage (.629).

Shanahan was named to the first team for the second-straight season after leading a defense which ranks among the national leaders with a 7.21 goals-against average. He has assisted on two goals, posted 43 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers this spring.

Locke received his first team all-conference recognition after starting all 18 games in goal and tallying a .554 save percentage and 7.60 goals-against average, which also ranks among the national leaders.

Fishman earned second team honors and ranks second on the team in scoring with 48 points on 47 goals and one assist. His 47 goals are tied for the ninth-most in a season in school history. For his career, Fishman has tallied 86 points on 81 goals and five assists.

Skeen was named to the second team for the third time in his career. An honorable mention selection last season, he was the 2006 ODAC Rookie of the Year. This spring, Skeen has tallied 33 points on 16 goals and 17 assists and he ranks 22nd all-time at W&L with 138 career points (62 G, 76 A).

Smith earned his first all-conference honor after starting all 18 games and tallying 43 ground balls and a team-best 42 caused turnovers.

Baker was named to the honorable mention team after playing in all 18 games and totaling two assists and 37 ground balls, while amassing 10 caused turnovers.

McCabe was named the ODAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to a 15-3 overall record and their first ODAC Championship since the 2004 season. The 15 wins are one shy of tying the program record for victories in a season and W&L finished the season ranked sixth in the final USILA Division III poll.

W&L will play FDU-Florham in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

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