May 18, 2010

Sutherland and Goetsch Named Top W&L Athletes

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University held its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 18 at Lee Chapel.  Headlining the award winners were senior soccer/track & field athlete Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and senior basketball/track & field athlete Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman), 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 Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was chosen as the William D. McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while senior cross country/track & field athlete Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) received the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. First-year cross country/track & field athlete Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and first-year tennis player Hayden White (Baltimore, Md./Towson) were tabbed as the Outstanding First-Year Athlete Award recipients, and senior field hockey manager Joey McDonald was presented the J.L. “Lefty” Newell Award.  Former Athletic Director Mike Walsh received the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Award and junior politics major John Weber was awarded the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.

Sutherland was a four-year letterwinner for both the soccer and track & field teams, serving as a team captain for both squads as a senior.  In soccer, she was a four-year starter at defense and midfield, totaling 33 career points on 15 goals and three assists.  She helped the defense rank among the best in Division III during her four seasons, allowing an average of just 0.50 goals per game during her career, including an NCAA all-divisions-best 0.126 goals-against average in 2006.  She earned First Team All-ODAC honors as a junior and senior and was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree as a first-year when she received ODAC and Virginia College Division Rookie of the Year honors.  A three-time all-state choice, Sutherland earned Second Team All-South Region honors as a junior and First Team All-South honors as a senior.  In track & field, she earned one First Team All-ODAC citation and three Second Team All-ODAC citations, winning the high jump (1.62m) at the 2007 Indoor ODAC Championships and finishing second in the high jump at the conference championships on three occasions.  Sutherland holds the school record in the indoor high jump (5'05.00") and she also held the indoor record for the 55 meter hurdles (8.91), which was later broken.  Three times she was a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, doing so in the high jump (2007), heptathlon (2008) and pentathlon (2009).  Sutherland also received the W&L Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete Award in 2007.

Goetsch lettered four times with both the basketball and track & field programs, serving as a basketball team captain as a senior.  This season, he averaged 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game en route to earning Second Team All-ODAC honors.  He was also named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year after posting double-digit point totals in 23 of the team’s 27 games.  For his career, Goetsch shot nearly 50 percent from the field in totaling 825 points and 432 rebounds.  He also helped the Generals to a 59-48 overall record, the best four-year total since the 1992 senior class.  In track & field, Goetsch twice earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in the high jump and took fourth in the event at the 2010 ODAC Championships.  Goetsch is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and will spend next year teaching English and coaching basketball for German high school students.

Gonzalez was named the McHenry Scholar-Athlete after earning four letters as a member of the swimming team.  A two-time First Team All-Bluegrass Moutain Conference honoree, he was among the team’s top butterfly and individual medley swimmers all four years.  The physics and politics double-major was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and has been accepted into graduate school at Cambridge University.  A 2010 Bluegrass Mountain Conference All-Academic Team honoree, Gonzalez has been selected to participate in the Teach for America program in the Bay Area next year.

Telfeyan received the Wink Glasgow Award after earning four letters with both the cross country and track & field teams, serving as a cross country captain the last two seasons and a track & field captain as a senior.  She was a three-time First Team All-ODAC runner in cross country, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2006 & Runner of the Year laurels in 2007.  She also earned all-region honors four times and was an NCAA National Championship qualifier on three occasions.  In track & field, she was a four-time all-conference honoree, winning the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races at the 2010 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Schultz received the outstanding first-year female athlete award following letter-winning seasons with the cross country and track & field teams.  In cross country, she finished seventh overall at the ODAC Championship en route to earning First Team All-ODAC honors and being named the ODAC Rookie of the Year.  She also placed 30th overall at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet to garner all-region accolades.  In track & field, Schultz earned First Team All-ODAC honors during the indoor season when she won the 5000 meters with a time of 19:16.52.  At the outdoor championships, she earned First Team All-ODAC recognition after winning the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:07.44.  She also garnered second team all-conference honors after a second-place finish in the 5000 meters (18:53.81) in being named ODAC Rookie of the Year.

White was named the outstanding first-year male athlete following a rookie season that saw him earn First Team All-America honors in singles.  He finished fourth at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College Championships during the fall and earned First Team All-ODAC honors in both singles and doubles during the spring.  The 2010 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he was also tabbed the ITA Atlantic South Region Rookie of the Year.  A qualifier for the NCAA National Singles Championship, White finished with a 17-8 record in doubles and he will carry a 23-10 singles record into the NCAA Championships.

McDonald was presented the Lefty Newell Award for his work as a manager with the field hockey team, while Walsh received the Chub Yeakel Award for his continued support of the athletic programs both as a development officer raising funds for athletic facilities and as an enthusiastic spectator for W&L athletic events.  Weber will receive 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 the listing.  You can also view and download the event program.

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