SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its women's lacrosse all-conference awards and 2008 ODAC Champion Washington and Lee had five players receive first-team honors and one athlete garner second-team accolades. Additionally, senior defender Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) was named Player of the Year, while first-year head coach Brooke Diamond earned ODAC Coach of the Year laurels.
Michaels was joined on the first team by senior goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), junior attacker Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown), junior midfielder Colleen Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge) and sophomore attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate), while senior midfielder Megan Slosson (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) was tabbed to the second team.
Michaels spearheads a W&L defense that is second in the nation with a 5.96 goals-against average. She is a three-time first-team honoree and has started all 19 games this season, leading the team with 28 caused turnovers. Michaels has also scooped up a second-best 42 ground balls and has tallied one goal and five assists for the season.
A two-time First-Team All-ODAC recipient, Tilbor has also started every game this season. Currently, she leads the country with a save percentage of .577 and also has a goals-against average of 6.33, which ranks second in Division III.
Robinson, a two-time first-team all-conference selection, has started every game this season and is second on the squad with 52 points on a team-best 29 assists and 23 goals. She also leads the team with 44 draw controls.
Evans has started each game this season and is third on the team with 51 points (35g, 16a), while Mathews leads the team with 56 points on 35 goals and 21 assists.
Slosson appears on the second team for the second-straight season and has started 18 games this year and has racked up 32 points (27g, 5a).
In Diamond's inaugural season, she has led the Generals to a 17-2 overall record. W&L posted an unblemished 8-0 regular-season ODAC record en route to claiming its sixth-straight conference championship.
Additionally, Washington and Lee earned the Team Sportsmanship Award, while Roanoke midfielder Gina Valles was named Rookie of the Year and Hollins' defender Emily Frost earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades.
W&L now waits to hear its opponent for the 2008 Division III National Championships, which will be announced on Sunday evening.