Brooke O'Brien Named IWLCA Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year

W&L Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Brooke O'Brien during starting lineup introductions

GRAND LAKE, Colo. — The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its 2019 Division III Regional Coaches of the Year on Thursday, and Washington and Lee Head Coach Brooke O'Brien was named the Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year.

O'Brien led the Generals to an 18-3 overall record in 2019, which included a program-tying 15-game winning streak. The Blue and White claimed its 10th straight ODAC title in early May and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals. The 18 wins are the second-most in program history behind only the 2017 O'Brien led squad that went 19-2, and this year's team was second in Division III in turnovers per game (11.86).

The Generals also set a program record for goals in a season (351) and had the fourth-most goals in Division III this year. O'Brien was named the ODAC and VaSID Coach of the Year this campaign, as the team went undefeated at home (9-0). W&L earned four victories over Top 20 schools this season and the team finished the year ranked eighth in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.

W&L swept the five major ODAC awards this season, securing the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year. The Generals also had nine players make All-ODAC teams, five players earn IWLCA All-Region accolades and two players garner First Team All-America laurels. This is the second Region Coach of the Year honor for O'Brien, as she also earned the distinction in 2017.

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