LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee Department of Athletics held its annual Athletics Awards Ceremony at Lee Chapel on Tuesday evening. The event, made possible by the generosity of the Brookby Family, honors student-athletes and administrators who have made the 2018-19 school year a tremendous success.
Headlining the awardees were seniors Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) and A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) who were selected as the "Pres" Brown Outstanding Senior Female and Senior Male Athletes of the Year as voted on by members of the department.
Tucker is one of the top two-sport athletes in school history, having earned All-America honors as a member of both the field hockey and lacrosse programs. In field hockey, she was a four-time All-ODAC honoree the ODAC Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American in 2017. She finished her career ranked second all-time at W&L in points (115), third in goals (49) and seventh in assists (17).
In lacrosse, she is a three-time All-ODAC selection, a 2017 First Team All-American and the 2019 ODAC Player of the Year. She is the program's career leader in draw controls (250), and she ranks fifth all-time in goals (134) and 11th all-time in scoring (169).
Witherell is the all-time leading scorer for the men's lacrosse program, finishing his career with 317 points. A four-time All-ODAC honoree and the first-ever three-time ODAC Player of the Year selection, he also holds the program record for goals (191) and ranks second all-time in assists (126).
Twice he broke the school single-season scoring record on his way to Third Team All-America laurels as a sophomore and First Team All-America honors as a junior.
Senior cross country and track & field athlete Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La. / University Laboratory School) and senior lacrosse player Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) received the William D. McHenry Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, while lacrosse player Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor) and track & field athlete Joe O'Connor (Henrico, Va. / Douglas Freeman) were presented the W&L Outstanding First-Year Female and Male Athlete Awards. Senior wrestler Ethan Hartman (River Edge, N.J. / River Dell Regional) was selected as the winner of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award.
A biochemistry major with a minor in poverty and human development, Patrick earned the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award six times across his cross country and track & field careers. In cross country, he was a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and an NCAA National Championship qualifier in 2017. In track & field, he earned three All-ODAC citations. Patrick is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was a 2018 Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America selection. He received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this fall.
Peters is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a business administration major. In three seasons with the lacrosse team after transferring from the University of Virginia, she has twice earned All-ODAC honors and was named the 2019 ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She claims 163 career points on 98 goals and 65 assists, and she was a 2018 Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America honoree.
Faria earned First Team All-ODAC accolades and was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year for the lacrosse team. She ranks third on the team in scoring with 61 points on 46 goals and 15 assists.
O'Connor was a First Team All-ODAC honoree in both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He was the ODAC Champion in the indoor pole vault (14'5.25"), the outdoor pole vault (14'8.25") and the outdoor high jump (6'4.25"). He is the just second W&L track & field athlete to ever earn ODAC Rookie of the Meet and ODAC Field Athlete of the Meet accolades, something he accomplished during the outdoor campaign.
Hartman was a four-year starter for the wrestling team as a 125-pounder. He placed in every tournament he took part in during his senior campaign, helping to transform W&L wrestling into a nationally-ranked program. He finished the season with a 19-16 record and completed his career with 53 wins.
Other awards that were presented on Tuesday included the J.L. Lefty Newell Award for the top student manager/worker and the R.E. Chub Yeakel Award, which is given to a member of the University community who has made outstanding contributions to the Department of Athletics. Senior football manager Buddy Hall was the recipient of the Lefty Newell Award, while former athletics custodian Shelia Campbell was presented the Chub Yeakel Award. Junior Giovanni Esposito was voted to receive the Dick Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
For a complete listing of the major department awards and to view the year in review video and the videos that announced each of the winners at the ceremony, please click the links below.