December 28, 2007

Five W&L Soccer Players Earn All-Region Recognition

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-Region men's and women's soccer teams were announced recently and Washington and Lee had three men and two women named to the All-South teams.

On the men's side, 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) was a third-team pick.

For the women, junior forward Anne Van Devender (Jackson, Miss./Choate Rosemary Hall) was named to the first team, while junior defender Marissa Van Brunt (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was a second team selection.

Dodds adds All-Region honors to an impressive docket of awards, which includes becoming just the sixth men’s soccer player in school history to garner All-America recognition. A two-time First Team All-ODAC and two-time All-State honoree, he started all 18 games this fall and lead the team with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. Dodds finished his career with 58 points coming on 24 goals and 10 assists.

A two-time First Team All-ODAC and All-State honoree, Sheedy notched an .859 save percentage and 0.64 goals-against average (GAA) this year. He 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 was an all-state and first team all-conference selection this season after playing in 17 games and totaling 13 points on five goals and three assists. He finished his career ranked ninth all-time at W&L with 62 points. He also ranks seventh all-time with 28 career goals.

Van Devender led W&L in scoring with 40 points on 15 goals and 10 assists en route to earning Second Team All-America status. She was also honored as the 2007 ODAC and State Player of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-ODAC and CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection. 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 and she already ranks third all-time at W&L with 116 career points (47 goals, 22 assists).

Van Brunt earned first team all-state honors and first team all-conference honors during the 2007 season. She started 19 games this season and spearheaded a W&L defense that posted a 0.68 goals-against average and posted 11 shutouts. She registered five goals, including two game-winners, and one assist.

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.

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