May 2, 2012

LaSala and Dabir Earn Major ODAC Men's Lax Awards

FOREST, Va. – The All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's lacrosse team was announced on Thursday and Washington and Lee had several players honored, including claiming the league's Rookie of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Junior defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) was selected as the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) was chosen as the ODAC Rookie of the Year. 

LaSala was also a first team all-conference selection, the lone General on the first team.  Junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) was a second team honoree, while senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill), junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) and senior defenseman Jack Hurley (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) were all recognized on the third team.

LaSala was named the league's top scholar and received first team honors for the second straight year after garnering second team status as a first-year.  The preseason Second Team All-American played in 14 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury for the second straight year.  He still leads the team with 31 caused turnovers and also produced 22 ground balls for a defense that has allowed an average of just 8.86 goals per game.  LaSala was an Honorable Mention All-America honoree in 2011.

Dabir was named W&L's first ODAC Rookie of the Year honoree since 2006 after totaling 44 points thus far on 27 goals and 17 assists. He has tallied at least one point in 15 of the team's 18 games and he has 10 multi-goal contests.  Dabir is just 12 points away from the Generals' rookie scoring record set in 1998.

Means received his first career postseason recognition after totaling 31 goals and 14 assists for 45 points thus far. He has totaled at least one point in all but two games this spring with 11 multi-goal games.  Means' 102 career points are currently tops on the team.

Meehan also notched his first all-conference honor after leading the team in scoring with 52 points on 29 goals and 23 assists. He has scored a career-best seven points in a game twice this season, totaling three goals and four assists against Franklin & Marshall, and five goals and two assists against Roanoke in the ODAC semifinals.  Meehan is closing in on 100 career points, claiming 51 goals and 41 assists over his four seasons.

Heinsohn was named to the third team after receiving second team laurels on the gridiron this fall.  He has played in 17 games this spring and ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists.  He was named the ODAC Player of the Week for April 23 after notching four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and one assist in a win over Randolph-Macon.

Hurley has played in 14 games this season and claims 15 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.  He has also helped the Generals' defense rank third in the ODAC in goals-against average.

Washington and Lee is 10-8 overall and finished with a 3-4 conference record.  The Generals earned the sixth-seed for the conference tournament and have advanced to the championship game where they will face top-seeded Lynchburg on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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