LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2017 College Division All-State Men's Lacrosse team on Friday and Washington and Lee claimed three honorees.
Sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) and first-year midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) were both placed on the first team, while junior defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) was a second team selection.
Witherell earned first team all-state laurels after being named the VaSID Rookie of the Year in 2016. During the 2017 campaign, he earned First Team All-ODAC and ODAC Player of the Year honors, while also receiving USILA Third Team All-America accolades. He set a new W&L single-season scoring record this spring, breaking the record of 87 points held by Matt Dugan '01 since the 2000 season. Witherell started all 17 games and finished with 88 points on 52 goals and 36 assists. He also totaled 55 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
He tallied at least two points in every game this season, including posting a career-best eight points on three occasions. He also notched seven points in three contests as well. Witherell will enter his junior season already tied for 24th on the school's all-time scoring list with 143 points on 85 goals and 58 assists.
Hodgson also earned first team all-state honors after playing in all 17 games and totaling 225 faceoff wins in 345 attempts. His .652 winning percentage led the league and ranked 20th in Division III. Hodgson also finished second in the conference in ground balls (121) and he added two goals and two assists as well in posting First Team All-ODAC laurels.
Gifford earned his first career all-state honor after being placed on the second team. A two-time All-ODAC honoree, including a first team selection this past spring, he started all 17 games as a close defenseman and tallied 24 ground balls and 14 turnovers.
Washington and Lee finished the 2017 season with a 10-7 overall record. The Generals earned the top seed for the ODAC Tournament with an 8-1 league record, but fell to Hampden-Sydney in the semifinals by a score of 19-10.