May 15, 2012

Lawson and Westfal Highlight Major Award Winners at W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University held its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at Lee Chapel.  Headlining the award winners were senior soccer player Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County) and senior football player Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan), who were selected as the “Pres” Brown Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes of the Year as voted on by members of the department.

Senior swimmer Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) was chosen as the William D. McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while senior track & field athlete Natalie Stier (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) received the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. First-year soccer player Holley Beasley (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) and first-year basketball player Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) were tabbed as the Outstanding First-Year Athlete Award recipients, and senior lacrosse player Lauren Acker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Seaholm) was presented the J.L. “Lefty” Newell Award. Professor Jeff Barnett received the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Award and junior classics and English major Angela Tuminno was awarded the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.

Lawson earned three letters with the soccer team after transferring from Colgate University following her rookie season.  A team captain as a senior, she started all 59 games of her W&L career as a defender, tallying one goal and two assists and helping the Generals allow a 0.50 goals-against average (GAA) over that span.  Lawson earned First Team All-ODAC honors all three years at W&L, helping the Generals to a 40-12-7 overall record and one conference title.  Additionally, she is the first athlete in program history to earn First Team All-America honors twice, doing so in 2009 and again last fall when W&L ranked sixth nationally with a 0.36 GAA.  Following her final season, the physics/engineering major was selected to receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Westfal was a four-year letterwinner for the football team, serving as a team captain this past fall.  As a quarterback, he played in all 41 games over his four seasons, starting the final 38 contests.  He amassed a school-record 6,987 yards, finishing fourth all-time in passing yards (4,710) and fifth in rushing yards (2,264).  Additionally, he tossed a school-record 45 touchdown passes and rushed for 24 more scores.  The 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Westfal was a Second Team All-ODAC selection as a junior when he led the Generals to the ODAC title.  As a senior, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,484 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 738 yards and eight touchdowns.  Following the season, he was named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and received the Willie Lanier Award as the top small college player in the state.  Westfal led the Generals to a 24-17 overall record and a 16-5 mark over the last two seasons.

Washnock was named the McHenry Scholar-Athlete after earning four letters as a member of the swimming team, serving as a team captain for his senior year.  In the pool, he earned All-America honors five times over his career and holds the school records in the 200 backstroke (1:49.25), the 200 individual medley (1:53.91) and the 400 individual medley (4:00.03).  A four-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, he earned All-America honors twice this winter after finishing 12th in the backstroke and 14th in the 400 individual medley.  Washnock was a four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and he was named Capital One Third Team Academic All-America in 2011.  An inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, he was tabbed to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this spring.  Washnock was named the W&L Outstanding First-Year Male Athlete in 2009.

Stier received the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award following a career that included three letters with the track & field team.  A two-year captain, Stier won the 400 meter hurdles at the ODAC Outdoor Championships with a school and ODAC meet record time as a sophomore before suffering a near fatal car accident prior to her junior season.  She returned as a senior to set school records in both the indoor (4:07.23) and outdoor (4:06.46) seasons as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team.  Stier earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons after finishing second with the distance medley relay (indoor) team and second in the 400 meter hurdles (outdoor) this year.

Beasley was named the Outstanding First-Year Female Athlete after lettering for the soccer team this fall.  She played in all 19 games, starting 18 contests and finishing second on the team in tying for eighth in the conference with 28 points (12 g, 4 a).  Her 12 goals tied for best on the team and were tied for fourth in the ODAC.  Following the season, she was named First Team All-ODAC and co-ODAC Rookie of the Year en route to posting Second Team All-South Region laurels, one of just two first-years to make the first, second or third teams.

McDonald received the Outstanding First-Year Male Athlete Award after garnering a letter with the basketball team.  He played in all 27 games with 19 starts and finished second on the team and 19th in the conference in scoring with an average of 11.8 points per game.  The leading scorer among first-year players in the ODAC, McDonald also averaged 1.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game while hitting a team-best 50 three-pointers (50-132, .379).

Acker was voted the Lefty Newell Award Winner after her work with the “23” student-athlete organization and assisting the field hockey team with sideline maintenance, while Barnett received the Chub Yeakel Award for his support of the baseball team through the faculty athletic mentor program. Tuminno 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.

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