LEXINGTON, Va. – The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) recently announced its 2019 Division III All-America teams and Washington and Lee had three players honored on the first or second teams.
Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) received first team laurels, while senior defenseman Paul Callahan (San Rafael, Calif. / Marin Catholic) and junior midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) were both named to the second team.
The 2019 IMLCA South Region Offensive Player of the Year, Witherell was also a USILA First Team All-American this year. Additionally, he was named the ODAC Player of the Year and VaSID College Division Player of the Year.
Witherell led the team in scoring this spring with 83 points on 46 goals and 37 assists. He also posted 49 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. During the season he became the program's all-time scoring leader 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 was named the 2019 IMLCA South Region Defensive Player of the Year and he was a USILA Honorable Mention All-America honoree. He helped W&L rank first in Division III in man-down defense (.869) and third in scoring defense (6.48 gpg), while totaling 43 ground balls and a team-best 21 caused turnovers with one assist.
Over his career, Callahan notched 95 ground balls, 56 caused turnovers and one assist.
Hodgson received second team honors as a faceoff specialist. He was also named to the USILA Honorable Mention All-America team in 2019. 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.
Washington and Lee 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.