Lisa Dowling Costello was one of Washington and Lee’s first great women’s lacrosse players.
A four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior, Dowling Costello graduated holding 10 school records and entered the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame with seven of them. They included goals (11), assists (6) and points (12) in a game, goals (81) and points (107) in a season, and goals (170) and points (230) in a career.
A three-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection, Dowling Costello garnered ODAC Player of the Year and First Team All-South honors her senior season. That year, she became the first W&L women’s lacrosse player to earn First Team All-America accolades, an award she received from both Brine and the U.S Women’s Lacrosse Association.
In addition, she was selected as an alternate to the North-South Senior All-Star game, the first W&L women’s lacrosse player to be tabbed for the prestigious game. Twice named W&L’s offensive MVP, Dowling Costello led the team in scoring her final three seasons, including leading the nation with 81 goals her senior season.
Dowling Costello helped guide the Generals to the ODAC Championship her final two seasons and led W&L to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth as a senior. During her four years, W&L compiled an overall record of 46-19.