Six Generals Earn VaSID Academic All-State Honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Six Washington and Lee student-athletes have been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State team for the 2010-11 school year.

Recent graduates Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) and Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), rising seniors Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Tamara Morse (Bristow, Va./Brentsville) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville), and rising junior Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) were among the 174 student-athletes from the 29 schools located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Each was nominated based on the minimum criteria of a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA).

Kurkis was the 2011 Doc Jopson Award winner as the top male scholar-athlete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).  A two-time Academic All-American and recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, he graduated in May with a degree in biochemistry.  The Pres Brown Award winner as the top male athlete at Washington and Lee, he started all 40 games as an offensive lineman on the football team, earning all-conference honors all four years and helping the Generals to the 2010 ODAC title while serving as a team captain.

Mathews received the 2011 Majorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the ODAC.  She also received the Pres Brown Award as the top female athlete at W&L.  She was a four-year starter in both field hockey and lacrosse, she was a two-year captain in both sports and she earned degrees in both philosophy and business administration.  In field hockey, she was a three-time All-ODAC selection after totaling six goals and 18 assists for 30 career points.  In lacrosse, was also a three-time All-ODAC honoree and the 2011 ODAC Player of the Year.  A Second Team All-American as a senior, she finished her career ranked third all-time at W&L in goals (161) and fifth all-time in points (199).

Campbell is a two-year captain for the wrestling team and a 2011 Third Team Academic All-American.  The politics and English double major finished the 2011 season with a 15-9 overall record at 141 pounds, totaling a team-best 53 takedowns.  He will enter his senior campaign with a 48-26 career record.

Morse is a two-time winner of the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for equestrian.  A three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, she won the 2011 Cacchione Cup as the top rider in the region.  The accounting major and team captain finished fourth at the 2011 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)/Cacchione Cup competition.

Washnock is a religion and Spanish double major and a 2011 Third Team Academic All-American.  He participated at the NCAA Division III Championships for the third consecutive season last spring, competing in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back, while earning All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors in the 400 IM and 200 back.  He is a two-time All-American in the 200 back, and currently owns W&L school records in the 200 back (1:49.25) and 400 IM (4:01.60).

A geology major, Schultz earned Academic All-District honors for cross country and track & field in 2011.  The 2009 ODAC Rookie of the Year in cross country and 2010 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year, she is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree in cross country and she earned all-region accolades in cross country as a first-year. In track & field she is the two-time defending ODAC champion in the 3000m steeplechase and she won the 5000m at the 2010 Outdoor ODAC Championships. Additionally, she is a member of the school-record-holding 4x800m relay team.

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