Three Generals Named to IWLCA All-Region Squad
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recently announced its 2011 Division III women's lacrosse All-Chesapeake Region teams and Washington and Lee had three players recognized.
Senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) were named to the first team, while junior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) earned second team honors.
A three-time All-Chesapeake Region First Team honoree, Mathews appeared in 18 of the Generals' 20 contests this season with 17 starts. She finished the season leading the team in points (76), goals (60), assists (16) and free-position goals (15). She also ranked second in ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (19), and third in draw controls (36). This season, Mathews was named the ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in addition to garnering first team all-conference honors for the third time in her career. She concluded her career ranked third in career goals (161) and fifth in career points (199) in W&L program history.
Megargel, who earned all-region honors for the first time in her career, played in 19 contests this season. She concluded her senior season second on the team in points (68), goals (53) and assists (15), and also collected seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and six draw controls. Earlier this season, Megargel received all-conference accolades for the second time in her career after being named to the first team. Megargel ended her four seasons at W&L ranked seventh all-time in career goals (120) while also registering 144 career points.
Another first-time honoree, Benedetti played in 14 of W&L's contests this season with 13 starts. For the season, she ranked second with 39 draw controls and fourth in ground balls (24) and caused turnovers (17). Benedetti earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the first time in her career this season after collecting Second Team All-ODAC accolades last year.
The trio is now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American teams, which will be announced on May 31.
Washington and Lee concluded the 2011 season with a 15-5 overall record and a 9-0 conference mark while collecting its 12th ODAC title. The squad earned its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007 with a win over Christopher Newport (15-6) in the first round. W&L then fell to Salisbury, 13-12, in the second round.