FERRUM, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) has released its 2012 All-State College Division Women's Lacrosse selections and four Washington and Lee athletes were chosen for first and second team honors.
Senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and sophomore defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) garnered First Team All-State honors, and senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and first-year goalkeeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) were named to the second team.
A 2012 Second Team All-America selection, Benedetti started all 20 games for W&L this season. She registered 20 points on 15 goals and five assists, and tallied 68 draw controls, 40 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers en route to being named the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year and earning First Team All-ODAC honors. Benedetti also collected First Team All-Chesapeake Region laurels. During her four years as a General, Benedetti notched 34 goals, nine assists, 141 draw controls, 110 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers in 65 appearances.
Stone was tabbed to the first team after helping the Generals' defense rank 21st in the country and first in the league in scoring defense with an 8.45 goals-against average. In 20 starts this season, she recorded team-best marks in both ground balls (49) and caused turnovers (32), and received second team all-region and first team all-conference accolades.
The Generals' leading scorer, Shearin appeared in 19 games with 16 starts this year. She notched 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists, while also claiming 15 ground balls and three draw controls. Shearin joined Benedetti and Stone on the All-ODAC First Team this season and also earned Second Team All-Chesapeake Region honors. In her four years with W&L, Shearin recorded 89 goals and 36 assists for 125 career points in 51 games.
Mulligan saw action in 20 games with 17 starts in net for the Generals this season. She recorded a 7.97 goals-against average and stopped 100 shots in 978:43 minutes in the cage. Mulligan ended her 2012 campaign with a .435 save percentage, while also being named Second Team All-ODAC.
W&L posted a 15-5 overall record and went a perfect 9-0 in conference action, winning the program's third-consecutive ODAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The Generals played Mary Washington in the first round, losing to the Eagles, 16-8.
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