FERRUM, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) released its 2017 All-State Field Hockey Team on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee had three players honored.
Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) earned a spot on the first team, and senior midfielder Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and sophomore forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made the second team.
Tucker was third in the ODAC this year in goals (20) and points (45). The 20 goals set a new W&L single-season record. The previous mark of 19 had stood since 2003. Tucker's 45 points also tied the school's single-season record. Maggie Waxter '17 also had 45 points in 2016.
Tucker led the Blue and White this campaign with five assists. She also had a team-high three hat tricks to go with four game-winning goals. On the W&L career lists, Tucker moved to fourth in career goals (38) and fourth in career points (89).
Earlier this season, Tucker became the third General in program history to earn NFHCA All-America honors and became the third W&L player to be named the ODAC Player of the Year. She also made the All-ODAC First Team and was First Team All-Region.
Paolano finished second on the team and tied for fourth in the ODAC in goals (16). She was second on the team and fifth in the ODAC in points (35). She also had three assists. The 16 goals are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in program history, and the 35 points are tied for seventh-most in a single season in W&L history. She also garnered First Team All-ODAC laurels this season. On the W&L career lists, Paolano moved to sixth in career goals (28) and seventh in career points (71).
Sands had her best season for the Blue and White this year. She tallied a career-best six goals along with three assists for 15 points. Her previous high in goals was three and points was six. She also registered two game-winning tallies. Sands started all 20 games this year. She also earned First Team All-ODAC accolades this season.
This was the first all-state honor for all three players in their careers. This is also the first time the Generals have had three players on the all-state team since the 2008 season, when they also had three people earn the recognition.
The Generals finished the 2017 campaign 15-5 overall and claimed the second ODAC title in program history. W&L advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, before falling to the eventual National Runner-Up, Messiah, 3-2. The 15 wins by the Blue and White also tied the program record for wins in a season.
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