Beasley Named ODAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2011 all-conference women's soccer team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had five players honored, including claiming the Co-Rookie of the Year.
Seniors Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County) and Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) were named to the first team and were joined by first-years Katherine Rush (Cornelius, N.C./Providence Day School) and Holley Beasley (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy). Additionally, Beasley was selected as the Co-Rookie of the Year, along with Lynchburg's Dessi Dupuy. Senior midfielder Page Minton (Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green) was selected to the third team.
A defender, Lawson garnered her third-straight nod to the first team after transferring from Colgate following her rookie season. This year, she started all 19 games and was a captain of a defense that allowed just seven goals on the season for a 0.36 goals-against average.
Leary received her second selection to the first team after garnering the honor, along with Player of the Year accolades following her sophomore campaign. This season, Leary started all 19 games; recording 40 saves with seven goals allowed for a 0.36 goals-against average and an .851 save percentage. She set a school record for career shutouts (37), finishing her career with a school-record 0.52 goals-against average and an .826 save percentage.
Beasley earned the Co-Rookie of the Year award after she notched 12 goals from her midfield position to tie for fourth in the ODAC. She added four assists to post 28 total points, good for eighth in the league. Beasley tied for second in the conference with five game-winning tallies, her latest coming in the Generals' 1-0 win over Bridgewater in the ODAC quarterfinals.
Rush was tabbed to the first team after posting a team-best 29 points, fifth-most in the ODAC, and tying Beasley for the team lead with 12 goals in 19 games (18 starts). Her five assists were tied for second on the team. She trailed only Beasley with three game-winning goals and she recorded four multi-goal games, including her first-career hat trick in an 8-0 win over Randolph College.
The Generals' final all-conference honoree was Minton, who earned her first career postseason recognition from the ODAC after playing in 17 games (17 starts) and registering four assists. She helped anchor a defense that allowed just seven goals on the season, including a nine-game stretch that saw W&L hold its opponents scoreless.
The Generals concluded their season with a 13-4-2 record, including 7-2-2 mark in the ODAC. W&L fell in the conference semifinals to Lynchburg College, 1-0.