November 8, 2012

Four W&L Field Hockey Players Earn All-ODAC Honors

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2012 Field Hockey All-Conference teams on Thursday, and Washington and Lee boasted four players who earned postseason recognition.

Junior midfielder Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) made the All-ODAC First Team, junior defender Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) earned Second Team All-ODAC honors and senior goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and first-year forward Claire Townsley (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) were selected to the All-ODAC Third Team.

It was the first all-conference honor for Van Natten. She played and started all 18 games for the Generals as the team's top midfielder. She took 21 shots on the season and made a defensive save. Van Natten tallied her first collegiate assist in a 9-1 victory over Sweet Briar on October 17.

This is the second-consecutive season Hampsch earned all-conference honors after being named third team last year. She started and played in 16 of the team's 18 games. She recorded her first collegiate goal, the game-winning score, in a 1-0 victory at Roanoke. She also tallied two defensive saves with one against Transylvania and one against Kean.

Kyne finished her career as one of the best goalkeepers in program history. This season, she totaled a W&L-record 157 saves. She tied her career-high and program record with 21 saves at Lynchburg. She also had 18 against Johns Hopkins and 15 against Christopher Newport. She moved her career total to 290, which is the all-time W&L record by 42 saves.

In her first season, Townsley led the Generals with 11 points on four goals and three assists. She notched her first collegiate goal in the 5-0 victory over Transylvania. Townsley had a season-high two goals in the 9-1 victory against Sweet Briar. She tallied her first collegiate assist against Shenandoah on October 9.

Senior Shelly Milkls of Lynchburg earned the Player of the Year honor and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete award. Kim Iman-Bianchi of Shenandoah was named the Coach of the Year, and first-year Alexandra Darrow of Shenandoah garnered the Rookie of the Year honor.

The Generals wrapped up the 2012 season with a 2-0 loss to Shenandoah in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament. Washington and Lee ended the year with a 6-12 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the ODAC.

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