W&L's Lawson and Leary Receive All-America Honors

W&L's Lawson and Leary Receive All-America Honors


KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently released its 2009 Division III All-America Women's Soccer Team and Washington and Lee’s sophomore defender Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County) and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) were both named to the squad.

Lawson was a first team selection, becoming the first-ever W&L women’s soccer player to be named to the first team, while Leary was named to the second team. The duo are just the third and fourth athletes in program history to receive All-America honors.

Lawson was named to the First Team All-ODAC squad in her first season with the Generals this year. A transfer from Colgate, Lawson started all 22 matches and was a part of the Generals’ defense that allowed only 11 goals, while posting an impressive 0.50 goals-against average and 16 shutouts for the season. She also had three points, notching one goal and one assist.

Leary was named the ODAC Player of the Year while also collecting First Team All-ODAC honors. She has played in 21 games with 20 starts this season and posted a 15-2-3 record. She logged an impressive 0.54 goals-against average on the season, allowing only 11 goals in over 1,835 minutes of play, while posting an .833 (55 saves) save percentage on the season. For the year, Leary posted the second-best shutout total (13) and third-best goals-against average (0.54) in program history.

Washington and Lee completed the 2009 campaign with a 17-2-3 overall record and a 9-0-2 mark in the ODAC while claiming the third ODAC Championship in program history. The Generals advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, defeating Christopher Newport in the first round before falling to Lynchburg College in the second round.