Don Carroll '76
Don Carroll was one of W&L's top scoring threats for some of the school's most heralded lacrosse teams during the mid-1970’s.
Carroll was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals, serving as a team captain for the 1975 and 1976 squads. He broke onto the scene as a rookie in 1973, helping lead W&L to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament and a 14-1 record by finishing sixth on the team in scoring with 39 points (14 G, 25 A).
As a sophomore in 1974, Carroll again helped lead the Generals to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament and a 15-1 record after finishing second on the team in scoring with 61 points (30 G, 31 A).
Carroll’s final two years were among the best offensive seasons in school history. As a junior in 1975, he ranked third in collegiate lacrosse and third in school history with 85 points on 40 goals and a school-record 45 assists en route to posting First Team All-South Atlantic Region and Honorable Mention All-America honors. It was the first and, as of his induction, the only season in which a W&L player posted 40 goals and 40 assists in one year. As a team, the Generals went 11-7 overall and again advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. As a senior in 1976, Carroll again led the team in scoring with 49 points (19 G, 30 A) in garnering First Team All-South Atlantic Region and Honorable Mention All-America laurels for the second-straight season. As a team, W&L went 9-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Carroll completed his career with a then-school-record 234 career points, a total which still ranked second all-time at W&L upon his induction to the Hall of Fame. He also entered the Hall of Fame as the school’s career assist leader (131), while his 103 goals rank 10th in school history. Carroll’s seven assists against William & Mary in 1975 are tied for second-best game total in program history, while his 11 points against Duke in 1975 are tied for the third-most at W&L.
He capped his fine career by being selected to the 1976 North-South Senior All-Star game as a team captain for the South squad.