Tucker, Faria & O'Brien Headline VaSID All-State Honorees

Women's lacrosse team huddles during a game.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2019 College Division All-State Women's Lacrosse teams on Friday, and Washington and Lee swept the three major honors and had three players selected to the all-state teams.

Senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) was named the Player of the Year, first-year Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) garnered the Rookie of the Year award and head coach Brooke O'Brien received the Coach of the Year laurel. Tucker and junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) earned a spot on the all-state first team and senior midfielder Brianna Hayes (Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony's) made the second team.

An IWLCA First Team All-American honoree, the ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and a first team all-region recipient, Tucker totaled an ODAC-high 69 goals this season, to go with 17 assists and 86 points (second in the ODAC). The goals and points totals are both the second-most in a single-season in W&L history. She also had 90 draw controls (third in the ODAC), 21 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. The 90 draw controls are the fourth-most in a single-season in program history.

Early in the season, Tucker broke the W&L career draw controls record and finished with 251 over her four years. She notched 136 goals in her career, which are the fifth-most in program history. She also ended her four seasons with 172 points (10th-most in program history). This is the third time Tucker has made an all-state team, and she is the fifth player in program history to be named the Player of the Year.

Faria had one of the most successful rookie seasons in program history for an attacker. She set the W&L rookie records for goals (47) and points (63) in a single season. Her 47 goals are the ninth-most in W&L history and the second-most by a first-year in the ODAC this year.

Faria tallied multiple goals in 14 games this season and added 16 assists. She earned first team all-region and all-league citations and was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year. She is the first player in program history to be named the VaSID Rookie of the Year.

Anderson started 19 games for the Blue and White, leading the team in caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (38). She had 72 draw controls, which tied for the seventh-most in a single-season in program history.

An IWLCA First Team All-America recipient, a First Team All-ODAC honoree, a First Team All-Region award winner and the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, Anderson pushed her career draw control total to 112, which is the seventh-most in program history. She led a defense that registered a 7.54 goals-against average, which was the top mark in the conference. This is her first all-state recognition.

Hayes totaled a career-best 25 points on 18 goals and seven assists in 20 games (18 starts) this year. She also added 18 ground balls, 20 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. Hayes registered a career-best three goals in two games this season. She also received IWLCA Second Team All-Region honors and First Team All-ODAC laurels this year. This is her first all-state citation.

This is the third time coach O'Brien has been named the VaSID Coach of the Year. She led the Generals to an 18-3 overall record, which included a program-tying 15-game winning streak. The 18 wins are the second-most in program history, and the team led Division III with the fewest turnovers per game (11.86). The Blue and White also set a program record for goals in a season (351) and had the third-most goals in Division III this year.  

The Generals fell to Wesleyan (Conn.) in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals on May 18, 13-7. W&L ended the year ranked eighth in the IWLCA National Poll.

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