June 16, 2004

W&L CLAIMS FOUR ON ALL-STATE WOMEN'S LACROSSE TEAM

ASHLAND, Va. -- Washington and Lee claimed four selections to the Virginia Sports Information Director's (VaSID) College Division All-State Women's Lacrosse team which was released on Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, 16th-year Head Coach Jan Hathorn was named the State Coach of the Year.

Senior attacker Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), senior defender Sara Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and senior goalie Joanna Perini (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) were all named to the first team, while junior midfielder Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherine's) was tabbed to the second team.

Taffe earned the selection after leading the Generals in scoring with 70 points on 56 goals and 14 assists. She earned First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-South Atlantic Region and Second Team All-America honors in 2004 and graduated as W&L's career leader in goals scored (182) and points (238).

Jurkowsky, a 2004 First Team All-ODAC and All-South Atlantic Region choice, earned her selection after leading a Generals' defense that ranked sixth nationally with a 6.00 goals against average. She also collected a team-high 53 ground balls while ranking third with 21 caused turnovers.

Perini garned first team laurels after earning First Team All-ODAC, ODAC Player of the Year, First Team All-South Atlantic Region and Third Team All-America accolades this spring. She logged the majority of the minutes in goal and made 140 saves. Her 6.42 goals-against average ranked in the Top 20 in Division III, while her .593 save percentage ranked in the Top 15. She finishes her career ranked second all-time at W&L in career saves (589) and career save percentage (.613).

Murphy was named to the second team after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors in 2004. She recorded 12 points on 10 goals and two assists, and recorded 34 ground balls, 23 draw controls and 27 caused turnovers.

Hathorn led the Generals to a 15-4 overall record and a 7-1 record in the ODAC. She guided W&L to its second straight ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament Second Round before falling to Gettysburg, 13-8. Hathorn is among the sport's winningest active coaches with a 231-100 (.698) career record over 21 seasons.

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