Four Generals Named to VaSID All-State Men's Soccer Team

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Four members of the Washington and Lee men's soccer team were selected to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division All-State team, which was announced on Wednesday.

Senior midfielder Josh Dodds (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) and senior goalkeeper Ted Sheedy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) were both selected to the 12-player first team, while senior forward Jack Palmer (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) and junior defender Fletcher McCraw (Greenville, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal) were both named to the Second Team.

Dodds earned first team accolades after being a second team all-state selection a season ago. A First Team All-ODAC honoree for the second-straight season, Dodds started all 18 games this fall and led the team with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. He finished his career with 58 points coming on 24 goals and 10 assists.

Sheedy garnered first team all-state laurels for the second-consecutive season. A two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, he notched an .859 save percentage and 0.64 goals-against average (GAA) this year. Sheedy completed his career as W&L's all-time leader in career GAA (0.69), second all-time in shutouts (17) and seventh in career save percentage (.826).

Palmer received all-state recognition for the first time in his four seasons after playing in 17 games this year and totaling 13 points on five goals and three assists. A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he finished his career ranked ninth all-time at W&L with 62 points. He also ranks seventh all-time with 28 career goals.

McCraw also received all-state honors for the first time after being tabbed to the Second Team All-ODAC squad this fall. He started all 18 contests as a member of the W&L defense that allowed just 10 goals and compiled 12 shutouts in 2007. McCraw also tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the Generals' 2-1 win over Hampden-Sydney in the semifinals of the 2007 ODAC Tournament.

Virginia Wesleyan sophomore forward Brandon Massie was named the VaSID Player of the Year, while Hampden-Sydney freshman goalkeeper John Robert Plyler was named the Rookie of the Year. Additionally, H-SC's Josh Laux was tabbed the Coach of the Year.

The Generals completed the 2007 season with a 12-3-3 overall record and advanced to the ODAC finals for the first time since 2003.