All-ODAC Men's Lacrosse Teams Announced
FOREST, Va. – The 2013 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's lacrosse teams were announced on Friday and Washington and Lee claimed several honorees.
The Generals claimed four first team selections, headlined by senior defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton), who was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. W&L also had two second team honorees and one third team pick.
Joining LaSala on the first team were senior defenseman Andrew Fusselbaugh (Ardmore, Pa. / Friends Central), senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and junior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y. / Garden City). Sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. / Culver Academy) and sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md. / Gilman) were both named to the second team, while sophomore long-stick midfielder Noah Lessing (Babylon, N.Y. / Babylon) was tabbed to the third team.
LaSala earned first team honors for the third straight year after he received second team laurels as a rookie. He has started all 17 games this spring, leading the league with 38 caused turnovers and collecting 28 ground balls.
Fusselbaugh garnered his first all-conference recognition in 2013. He has started all 17 games and ranks third in the conference with 35 caused turnovers. He also claims 54 ground balls for a defense that allows an average of just 6.9 goals per game.
A second team selection as a junior, Means earned first team laurels as the team's leading scorer. Thus far, he has started all 17 games and has tallied 51 points on 35 goals and 16 assists to rank as the conference's seventh-leading scorer. He ranks seventh in school history for career goals (114) and is tied for 15th in career scoring (154).
Mitchell also garnered his first career postseason honor, earning the award as the short-stick midfielder. The Generals' primary faceoff specialist, he has played in 13 contests and is 150-90 at the faceoff X, winning 62.5 percent of his draws. He also claims 78 ground balls and has produced one goal and one assist.
Last season's ODAC Rookie of the Year, Dabir received second team recognition this season after starting all 17 games and ranking second on the team and tying for eighth in the conference in scoring with 49 points on 34 goals and 15 assists. After just two seasons of play, he is already closing in on 100 career points, totaling 94 points on 61 goals and 33 assists.
Paglia is a first-time award winner in 2013, earning second team honors. He has played in 16 games and has tallied 24 goals and seven assists to rank third on the team in scoring with 31 points.
Lessing also received his first postseason honor, garnering third team laurels. He has played in all 17 games and claims 47 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.
Roanoke senior attackman Richard Lachlan was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Virginia Wesleyan first-year Josh Currier was selected as the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Roanoke mentor Bill Pilat was named ODAC Coach of the Year.
Washington and Lee will continue play in the ODAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday when it takes on Lynchburg for a 4:00 pm contest.