May 24, 2012

LaSala Named to USILA Division III All-America Team

PERRY, N.Y. – Washington and Lee junior defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) has been named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-America team it was announced recently.

LaSala was an honorable mention selection for the second straight year, giving the W&L men's lacrosse program a total of 179 USILA All-America selections since instituting a varsity program in 1947.

LaSala was named to the team despite missing the final six games of the 2012 with a knee injury.  He played in the first 13 games of the year and led the team with 31 caused turnovers.  LaSala also scooped up 22 ground balls as the Generals defense posted an 8.92 goals-against average, good for third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  He was named First Team All-ODAC for the second straight year, in addition to receiving the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for men's lacrosse.

A Second Team All-America selection from Inside Lacrosse in the preseason, LaSala also garnered honorable mention status in 2011 following a campaign that also ended with a knee injury 11 games in.

Washington and Lee concluded the 2012 season with a 10-9 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the ODAC.  The Generals earned the No. 6 seed for the conference tournament, knocking off the No. 2 (Roanoke) and No. 3 (Hampden-Sydney) seeds before falling to top-seeded Lynchburg in the championship game.

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