KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently announced its 2011 NCAA Division III Women's All-South Atlantic teams, and Washington and Lee had a trio of players honored.
Senior defender Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County) and senior goalkeeper Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) were both named to the first team, while first-year Holley Beasley (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) was selected to the second team.
Lawson, who was also a First Team All-ODAC honoree and earlier became W&L's first-ever two-time First Team All-American, earned all-region laurels for the second time after taking home first team honors as a sophomore. In 2011, she started all 19 games for the Generals, anchoring a back line that yielded just seven goals all season (0.36 GAA) and posted a total of 15 shutouts. Only twice all season did the Generals allow more than a single goal to an opponent.
Leary also earned her second all-region commendation after being named to the first team as a sophomore. A First Team All-ODAC pick in 2011, she started all 19 games in goal for the Generals and posted a 0.36 goals-against average and made 40 saves against just seven goals allowed (.851 save percentage). Leary will graduate as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (37) and goals-against average (0.52).
With her selection to the second team, Beasley adds to an already impressive first-year resume. The 2011 ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year and first team all-conference selection, Beasley finished her rookie season second on the team with 28 points. She tied for the team lead with 12 goals and also registered four assists. Of the 40 players selected to either the first, second or third teams, Beasley joined Lynchburg's Dessi Dupuy, with whom she shared ODAC Rookie of the Year honors, as the only first-years to be recognized.
W&L finished the 2011 campaign with a 13-4-2 overall record and a 7-2-2 ODAC mark.