A.J. Witherell Named ODAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year

A.J. Witherell

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2019 all-conference men's lacrosse teams on Thursday and Washington and Lee senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was recognized as the ODAC Player of the Year for the third straight year.  Head Coach Gene McCabe was also selected as the ODAC Coach of the Year.

Witherell is the first player in the conference's 39-year men's lacrosse history to have earned the Player of the Year Award three times.  All told, 10 Generals were selected to the all-conference teams led by four first team all-conference selections.

Witherell was joined on the first team by junior midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien), junior faceoff midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) and senior defenseman Paul Callahan (San Rafael, Calif. / Marin Catholic).  Sophomore midfielder Ben Mulholland (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy), senior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) and sophomore goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) were all second team selections, while junior midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson), senior long-stick midfielder Drew Barnard (Darien, Conn. / Brunswick School) and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Jed Londrey (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) were named to the third team.

Witherell set a new W&L career scoring record and he ranks second in conference history with 314 career points.  He also set a program record for career goals scored (188), and he ranks second all-time at W&L with 126 assists.  This season, he leads the team in scoring once again with 80 points on 43 goals and 37 assists.

A two-time first team honoree, Hamill is having a career-best year for the Generals in 2019.  He is second on the team with a career-high 51 points on 12 goals and a career-best 39 assists.  He also claims 27 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  His 39 assists this season are tied for the third-highest total in program history.

A three-time First Team All-ODAC selection, Hodgson is already the W&L career leader in faceoff wins.  He has won 273-of-369 (.740) faceoffs this season to set a new program single-season record, breaking his own mark set last season.  He also has four points on two goals and two assists this year.  For his career, he has 759 faceoff wins and he is the program leader in career faceoff winning percentage as well (.681).

Callahan's selection to the first team marked the first postseason honor of his career.  He spearheads a defense that leads the ODAC and ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense (6.11 GAA), while adding 40 ground balls and a team-best 21 caused turnovers.  He has played in 67 career games and has 92 ground balls and 56 caused turnovers across his four seasons.

Mulholland is also being named to an all-conference team for the first time.  He ranks sixth on the team in scoring this season with 32 points on 26 goals and six assists, to go along with 15 ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Broderick picked up the third all-conference award of his career, being named to the second team for a second straight year.  He has played a vital role in the Generals posting an ODAC-low 6.11 GAA with two shutouts.  He also scored the game-winner with 4.7 seconds left in the ODAC Championship game against Lynchburg.  Broderick has scored two goals on the season, to go along with 28 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.  He has played in 61 career games and has 105 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers in four seasons.

Taylor earned his first All-ODAC award after leading the league and ranking fifth in Division III with a 6.79 goals-against average.  He has recorded 164 saves and a .594 save percentage while starting all 20 games this season.

Ware was named to the third team, marking his first all-conference honor.  He has started all 20 games and has posted 30 points on 27 goals and three assists.  He also has 10 ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Barnard was tabbed to the third team for the second year in a row.  He is an important member of a defense that has allowed seven goals or fewer in 13 of the team's 20 games and leads Division III in man-down defense (.881).  He claims 30 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, to go along with two goals.  For his career, he has played in 62 games and has 105 ground balls and 65 caused turnovers.  He also has five goals and one assist.

Londrey garnered third team laurels after being named to the second team a year ago.  He has tallied a career-best 13 points on 10 goals and three assists this season.  He also has 69 ground balls and five caused turnovers while helping the defense rank among the best in the country.

McCabe earned the league's top coaching honor for the second time in his 13 seasons at W&L.  His first occurred in 2009 when he led the Generals to the ODAC title and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  He has guided W&L to three straight ODAC regular-season titles and the Generals have won a program-record 21 straight ODAC regular-season contests.  This season, W&L has established a new program record for goals in a season (317), shattering the former mark of 279 goals set last year.

McCabe won his 200th career game during the season and his mark currently stands at 214-95 (.693) in 18 years as a collegiate head coach.

Washington and Lee is 16-4 overall and finished the ODAC slate with a perfect 10-0 record.  The 13th-ranked Generals won the ODAC Tournament with an 8-7 victory over Lynchburg in the finals.  W&L defeated Piedmont by a score of 23-2 in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday evening.  W&L now travels to fourth-ranked York for a 5:00 pm third-round contest on Saturday.

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