SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball all-conference teams at its annual banquet on Thursday evening and Washington and Lee senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) was among those honored.
Goetsch was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in addition to being named second team all-conference. Goetsch is the second-consecutive W&L player to be named the league’s scholar-athlete as Ben Heller ’09 was honored last season. Additionally, Goetsch is just the second W&L player to be named to either the first or second team all-conference squad since 1997-98.
One of the Generals' team captains, Goetsch has started all 26 of W&L's contests and is currently averaging 16.5 points and an ODAC second-best 8.5 rebounds per night. His seven double-doubles are good for the second-highest total in the league and his eight double-digit rebounding efforts are also good for second. He has reached double figures in scoring 22 times this season and has registered career highs in nearly every major category, including scoring (29), rebounding (18) and assists (4).
A German and economics double-major, Goetsch was the only ODAC men’s basketball player to be named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District squad, making him eligible for Academic All-America consideration. He is also a multiple honoree on the All-ODAC Academic Team, as well as a W&L Scholar-Athlete.
Guilford senior center Tyler Sanborn was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Eastern Mennonite Head Coach Kirby Dean took home top coaching honors. Hampden-Sydney first-year forward Harrison George was named the league’s top rookie.
W&L returns to the court on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, when it takes on third-seeded and 11th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan (21-4) in a rematch of last year’s title contest. The Generals and Marlins are schedule to begin play at 8:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center.