Four W&L Men's Lax Players Named to USILA All-America Team
PERRY, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its 2013 Division III All-America team on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had four players honored.
Senior defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) was named to the second team, while senior defenseman Andrew Fusselbaugh (Ardmore, Pa./Friends Central), senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) were all named to the honorable mention squad.
An honorable mention honoree each of the last two seasons, LaSala garnered the award after receiving First Team All-ODAC honors for the third straight year. A Second Team All-ODAC pick as a first-year, he was also named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year each of the past two seasons and was recently selected to the USILA Scholar All-America team. This season, he started all 21 games and led the ODAC with 43 caused turnovers, while collecting 30 ground balls and one assist for a defense that allowed an average of just 7.0 goals per game.
Fusselbaugh received his first All-America honor after recently being tabbed to the USILA Scholar All-America team and to the North-South Senior All-Star game. A First Team All-ODAC honoree this spring, he started all 21 games and finished second in the conference with 41 caused turnovers. His 63 ground balls were also the second-most on the team.
A First Team All-ODAC selection in 2013 and a Second Team All-ODAC honoree in 2012, Means received his first All-America award after finishing second on the team in scoring this season with a career-high 56 points on 40 goals and 16 assists. He will graduate ranked fifth all-time at W&L with 155 goals, while his 158 points are 15th all-time.
Paglia was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree this spring after totaling 32 points on 25 goals and seven assists. He also collected 25 ground balls and tallied at least one point in 16 of the team's 21 contests.
With the four selections to the USILA All-America team, the W&L men's lacrosse program boasts a total of 183 All-America selections since instituting a varsity program in 1947.
Washington and Lee completed the 2013 season with a school-record 16 wins against just five losses. The Generals received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and fell to Salisbury in the second round by a score of 7-4.