December 18, 2007

W&L Claims a Pair of Soccer All-Americans

Kansas City, KS -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently released its Men’s and Women’s Division III All-America Teams and Washington and Lee University had one player named to each team.

Junior forward Anne Van Devender (Jackson, Miss./Choate Rosemary Hall) was named to the women’s second team, while senior midfielder Josh Dodds (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) was tabbed to the men’s third team.

Van Devender is just the second W&L women’s soccer player ever to receive All-America status, joining Kelley Zagol ‘05, who earned second team laurels in 2003. She started 19 games during the 2007 season and led the team in scoring with 40 points on 15 goals and 10 assists. Her 10 assists represented the fifth-highest season total at W&L, while her 15 goals were the sixth-highest. Her 40 points rank as the fourth-best season total in program history.

The 2007 ODAC Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-ODAC and CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection, Van Devender already ranks third all-time at W&L with 116 career points (47 goals, 22 assists).

Dodds is just the sixth men’s soccer player in school history to garner All-America recognition. He received the honor after starting all 18 games this fall and leading the team with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. A two-time First Team All-ODAC and two-time All-State honoree, Dodds finished his career with 58 points coming on 24 goals and 10 assists.

The Washington and Lee women completed the 2007 season with a 16-4 overall record and fell to Roanoke in the ODAC Tournament Semifinals. The W&L men finished 12-3-3 overall and advanced to the ODAC finals for the first time since 2003, before falling to Roanoke.