Five Generals Earn VaSID All-State Women's Lacrosse Honors
WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID) announced its 2008 College Division All-State Women's Lacrosse Team on Monday and Washington and Lee had five players honored. Additionally, senior defender Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) was named the Player of the Year and first-year Head Coach Brooke Diamond was selected the Coach of the Year.
Michaels was joined on the first team by senior goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), junior midfielder Colleen Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and sophomore attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate). Junior midfielder Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown) was tabbed to the second team.
Michaels garnered VaSID All-State honors for the third time and was a first team selection for the second straight season. A 2008 First Team All-American, National Defender of the Year by Inside Lacrosse and the ODAC Player of the Year, Michaels was a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time first team all-region pick. She started all 20 games this season and spearheaded a W&L defense that ranked third in the country with a 6.15 goals-against average. She also led the team with 29 caused turnovers, scooped up a second-best 43 ground balls and tallied one goal and five assists. For her career, Michaels caused 103 turnovers and collected 120 ground balls.
Tilbor also earned all-state honors for the third time. A first team selection following her sophomore season and a second team pick as a junior, Tilbor earned First Team All-America honors in 2008 and was named the National Goalkeeper of the Year by two separate sources. A two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, four-year member of the ODAC All-Tournament team and first-team all-region pick, Tilbor started every game this season. She led the country with a .563 save percentage and also ranked second nationally with a 6.54 goals-against average. She concluded her career ranked third all-time at W&L in career saves (513) and fifth all-time in career save percentage (.564).
Evans was named to the all-state team for the first time after posting First Team All-ODAC and IWLCA First Team All-Region honors. She started every game this season and was third on the team with 52 points on 35 goals and 17 assists.
Mathews was a First Team All-ODAC and second team all-region honoree during the 2008 campaign. She played in 19 games with 17 starts this spring and led the team with 57 points on 36 goals and 21 assists.
Robinson was a First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Chesapeake Region and Third Team All-America selection during the 2008 season. She started every game and was second on the team with 54 points on 25 goals and a team-best 29 assists. Robinson's 82 career assists already rank third all-time at W&L, while her 164 career points rank sixth all-time.
Also the 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year, Diamond led the Generals to a school-record 17 victories (17-3) and an unblemished 9-0 record in the ODAC. Her team claimed the ODAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Amherst College, 10-8.