Witherell Named 2018 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year

Witherell Named 2018 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2018 all-conference men's lacrosse teams on Thursday and Washington and Lee junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was recognized as the ODAC Player of the Year for the second straight year.

Witherell was also named First Team All-ODAC and was joined on the first team by senior defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) and sophomore midfielders Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) and Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien).

Senior attackman Sam Dardani (Waccabuc, N.Y. / Westminster), junior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) and sophomore midfielder Jed Londrey (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) were all named to the second team, while senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and junior long-stick midfielder Drew Barnard (Darien, Conn. / Brunswick School) were selected to the third team.

Witherell topped his record-setting 2017 campaign by posting 89 points thus far in 2018.  He had set the W&L season scoring record with 88 points a season ago.  This year, he has recorded a career-best 58 goals and 31 assists, to go along with 42 ground balls and a career-high 15 caused turnovers.  He has tallied at least one point in every game in which he has played and at least four points in 15 of the 18 games in which he has played.

Witherell currently has 232 career points on 143 goals and 89 assists.  He can move into second on the school's all-time scoring list with three more points, and he ranks fourth all-time in goals and eighth all-time in assists.  He is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and was the 2016 ODAC Rookie of the Year when he also garnered Second Team All-ODAC laurels.

Gifford earned his third straight All-ODAC citation and second straight selection to the first team.  He has captained a defense which leads the ODAC in goals-against average (8.11) and is second in caused turnovers (199).  This season, he has produced 20 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers while starting every game in which he has played (18).  Gifford has played in 71 career games and claims 74 ground balls and 46 caused turnovers across his four seasons.

Hodgson was also named to the first team for a second straight year after he led the conference in faceoff wins.  He has played in all 19 games and set a W&L record for season faceoff wins, claiming 252-of-378 (.667) draws.  He has also produced 116 ground balls, to go along with six goals and two assists.  In just two seasons, Hodgson already ranks sixth all-time at W&L in faceoff wins (477) and second in career faceoff win percentage (.660).

Hamill earned his first career postseason honor with his first team laurel.  He ranks third on the team in scoring with 45 points on 14 goals and 31 assists, which are tied for the most on the team.  He has started all 19 games and has added 31 ground balls and six caused turnovers. 

Dardani posted second team accolades after earning third team honors a season ago.  He has played in all 19 games and ranks second on the team in scoring with 52 points on 39 goals and 13 assists.  Additionally, he has picked up 16 ground balls and caused two turnovers.  In just three seasons with the Generals, he ranks in a tie for 20th all-time with 146 points on 100 goals and 46 assists.  Including his one season at Colorado College in 2015, Dardani claims 175 career points on 121 goals and 54 assists.

Broderick adds his Second Team All-ODAC honor to the third team accolades he posted in 2017.  He has played in 18 games, starting 13 contests for the top-ranked defense in the ODAC.  He ranks second on the team and third in the conference with 27 caused turnovers and he has picked up 39 ground balls.

Londrey picked up his first career postseason honor with his selection to the second team.  A short-stick defensive midfielder, he is tied for second on the team with 52 ground balls and he has caused 11 turnovers.  He has also posted four goals and two assists. 

Veith was also recognized for the first time with his selection to the third team.  He has played in and started 17 games this season and is fourth on the team in scoring with 28 points on 20 goals and eight assists.  He also has 18 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  Across his four seasons, Veith has played in 45 games and he claims 41 points on 26 goals and 15 assists.

Barnard garnered his first career accolade after leading the league with 30 caused turnovers.  He is also tied for second on the team with 52 ground balls in 19 games played.  Additionally, he has scored one goal on the season.

Lynchburg's Steve Koudelka was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year and Roanoke's Garritt Schwarz was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year.  Additionally, Bridgewater senior attackman Blake Mann was chosen as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athete of the Year.

Washington and Lee is 15-5 overall and ranked 12th in Division III.  The Generals received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and posted a 23-5 win over Transylvania in the second round on Wednesday.  W&L travels to ninth-ranked Dickinson for a third round contest on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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