LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2018 College Division All-State Men's Lacrosse team on Wednesday and Washington and Lee claimed five honorees.
Junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was selected to the first team and was tabbed the VaSID Player of the Year. He was joined on the first team by senior defender Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien), while junior defender John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) and sophomore midfielders Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) and Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) were all selected to the second team.
Witherell, who also earned ODAC Player of the Year accolades for the second straight year, was a USILA First Team All-America selection this spring. The two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree completed the greatest offensive season ever produced by a General during the 2018 campaign. He broke his own school record for season scoring, totaling 91 points on a W&L record-tying 60 goals and 31 assists. Additionally, he posted 43 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. Witherell tallied at least one point in every game he played (19 games) and had 15 games of four or more points, including a season-best seven points on four occasions.
A third team USILA All-American last season, Witherell currently sits in a tie for second on the school's all-time scoring list with 234 points, and he ranks fourth all-time in goals (145) and eighth in assists (89).
Gifford was a VaSID Second Team All-State pick as a junior. This spring, he earned First Team All-ODAC, USILA Honorable Mention All-America and Scholar All-America laurels.
He started 19 contests and anchored a defense that led the ODAC in scoring defense with an 8.20 goals-against average. He tallied 22 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, to go along with one goal. A two-time First Team All-ODAC pick and three-time all-conference selection overall, Gifford played in 72 career games, totaling 76 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers across his four seasons.
Broderick was a Second Team All-ODAC selection this spring after garnering Third Team All-ODAC honors as a sophomore. He played in 19 games, starting 14 contests on the top defensive unit in the ODAC. He finished with a conference-leading 31 caused turnovers and was fourth among W&L field players with 42 ground balls.
Hamill was a First Team All-ODAC and IMLCA Honorable Mention All-South Region choice in 2018 after finishing third on the team in scoring with 48 points on 16 goals and a team-leading 32 assists. He started all 20 games and chipped in 33 ground balls as well.
Hodgson is a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection and a 2018 USILA Honorable Mention All-American. He set a new W&L record for faceoff wins during the 2018 campaign, winning 261-of-400 (.653) draws. He also picked up 118 ground balls and tallied eight points on six goals and two assists. In just two seasons, Hodgson already ranks fifth on the school's career faceoff wins list (486) and is second in career faceoff percentage (.652).
Christopher Newport first-year attackman Dylan Rice was tabbed as the VaSID Rookie of the Year, while CNU Head Coach Mikey Thompson took home VaSID Coach of the Year accolades.
Washington and Lee completed the 2018 season with a 15-5 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in ODAC play. The Generals produced a 14-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest in program history. W&L received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round, before falling to Dickinson, 10-9, in overtime.