GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recently announced its 2012 Academic Honor Roll and five members of the Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team were honored.
The IWLCA recognized 246 student-athletes from 94 different Division III institutions. All student-athletes were nominated by their schools and have achieved a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and at least junior status academically.
The five W&L players chosen for academic accolades are Lauren Acker '12 (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Seaholm), rising senior Ashley Barnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's), Christina Benedetti '12 (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Jennifer Linder '12 (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Alli Shearin '12 (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex).
Acker started all 20 games in her final season and tallied 26 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers and six draw controls as a defender.
Barnes saw action in nine games at attack, registering three points on two goals and an assist and picking up three draw controls and two ground balls.
The 2012 ODAC Player of the Year, Benedetti recorded 15 goals and five helpers in 20 starts as a midfielder for the Generals. She finished the year with 68 draw controls, 40 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers and was named First Team All-America. Benedetti was also selected for First Team All-Chesapeake Region and First Team All-State laurels.
Linder spent 10 games with three starts in net and registered a 10.57 goals-against average and a .278 save percentage.
An attacker, Shearin saw action in 19 games with 16 starts. She led the team with 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists, while notching 15 ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls. Shearin was tabbed for First Team All-ODAC honors and also garnered Second Team All-State and second team all-region accolades.
The Generals were also one of 61 Division III programs to be recognized on the 2012 IWLCA Academic Squads.
W&L finished the 2012 campaign with a 15-5 overall record and went a perfect 9-0 in conference action, while claiming the program's 13th ODAC title. The Generals advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Mary Washington, 16-8.
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