Witherell Named VaSID Player of the Year

A.J. Witherell

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Washington and Lee senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was selected as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Men's Lacrosse College Division Player of the Year for the second straight season.

In addition to Witherell garnering top player accolades, Head Coach Gene McCabe was tabbed as the VaSID Coach of the Year.  Witherell was joined on the All-State First Team by senior defenseman Paul Callahan (San Rafael, Calif. / Marin Catholic) and junior midfielders Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) and Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's).  Senior defenseman John Broderick (Manhasset, N.Y. / Chaminade) was named to the second team as well.

A two-time First Team All-American and three-time ODAC Player of the Year honoree, Witherell repeated as the VaSID Player of the Year and was named to the VaSID First Team for a third time in his four seasons.  He played in 19 games this spring and finished with 83 points on 46 goals and 37 assists.  He also added 49 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. 

Witherell completed his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 317 points.  He also finished first in W&L history in goals scored (191) and second in assists (126).  He added 185 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers.

Callahan earned his first all-state laurel after being named First Team All-ODAC and South Region Defensive Player of the Year this season.  He also garnered Honorable Mention All-America accolades.  He started all 21 games this year, tallying 43 ground balls, a team-best 21 caused turnovers and one assist. 

W&L ranked first in Division III in man-down defense (.869) and third in scoring defense (6.48 gpg).  Over his career, Callahan notched 95 ground balls, 56 caused turnovers and one assist.

A second team all-state selected in 2018, Hamill is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a 2019 Third Team All-American.  He started all 21 games during the 2019 season and finished as the team's second-leading scorer with 51 points on 12 goals and a team-high 39 assists.  His assist total is also tied for the third-best in a season in program history.

Through his first three seasons, Hamill claims 127 points on 38 goals and 89 assists.  His assist total already ranks ninth in the program annals.

Hodgson was a second team all-state selection in 2018 and a first team honoree in 2017.  A three-time First Team All-ODAC choice, he is also a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American.  He posted career-highs in both faceoff wins and faceoff winning percentage this year.  He finished the season 285-for-399 (.714), setting a new program record for wins in a season and ranking third in season winning percentage.  He added 112 ground balls, three goals and two assists as well.

Through three seasons, Hodgson also holds the W&L career record for faceoff wins, having won 771 of his 1,144 draws to date.  His 67.4 career winning percentage also tops that category as well.  Hodgson also boasts 351 career ground balls, along with 11 goals and six assists.

Broderick was a first team all-state selection a year ago.  He is a three-time All-ODAC honoree and a 2019 Honorable Mention All-American.  Broderick played in 18 games during the 2019 campaign, starting 16 of them.  He totaled two goals, including the game-winner in the 2019 ODAC Championship game.  Additionally, he posted 30 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. 

Over his four seasons, Broderick amassed two goals and two assists.  He also registered 107 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers.

McCabe was also honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year after leading W&L to the ODAC Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The Generals set a new school record for goals scored (329) and ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (6.48 gpg).

W&L tied the program record for wins in a season (16-5) and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to fourth-ranked York, 14-12.

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