June 13, 2011

W&L's Donnelly and Mathews Honored by IWLCA

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recently presented its positional players of the year, scholar-athletes and community awareness awards at the IWLCA All-American Banquet, and two Washington and Lee women's lacrosse players were honored.

In the Division III awards, senior Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's) was the recipient of the IWLCA Community Awareness Award, while classmate Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was recognized as the IWLCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Presented to Donnelly, the IWLCA Community Awareness Award recognizes those student-athletes who have contributed significantly to their community in a given year. She is the founder and Executive Director of Community Financial Freedom, a non-profit organization in Lexington that provides personal finance counseling to low-income community members promotes savings among them. She also served as the General Chair for the Nabors Service League, where she worked to connect the university community with the surrounding community through service projects such as tutoring, food bank volunteering, issues awareness, service trips and blood drives. 

Last summer, Donnelly worked as a Finance and Development Intern at Children at Risk in Houston, Texas, where she created budgets and business plans for new projects including New College and Safe House, analyzed administrative and fundraising expenses to improve efficiency of organization, and prepared and led a two-day strategic planning session. This past season, she served as a marketing intern at the Maury River Senior Center where the senior developed marketing strategies to reach out to rural area senior citizens in need of resources and assisted in presentations on various health and living issues to senior citizens.

Mathews, the 2011 ODAC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also earned Second Team IWLCA All-America honors this season. Additionaly, she received Second Team Capital One Academic All-America District III College Division accolades this year for the second-consecutive season, and was co-recipient of the ODAC Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which is presented to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Mathews was named W&L's Outstanding First-Year Athlete in 2008 and she received the Pres Brown Most Valuable Senior Female Athlete Award at the W&L Athletic Awards Ceremony in May.

A four-year starter for both the lacrosse and field hockey teams, Mathews served as a two-time captain of both teams. She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in philosophy and business administration and completed a thesis this spring in Philosophy entitled: "Nietzsche's Metaethics: A Eudaimonistic Theory" to graduate with honors in her philosophy major. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society (2011) and of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society. In addition, she is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society in business.

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