The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recently announced the 2008 Division III All-America teams and Washington and Lee had three athletes honored. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and senior defender Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) were both tabbed to the first team, while junior Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown) garnered third-team laurels.
The selection of Tilbor and Michaels to the first team is W&L's first since Sarah Janowitz garnered first-team laurels in 2003. Additionally, the selections mark the first time the Generals have placed two athletes on the first team since Ginny Dallam '93 and Lisa Dowling '93 received first team recognition following the 1993 campaign.
A two-time First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recipient, four-year member of the ODAC All-Tournament team and first-team all-region honoree, Tilbor started every game this season. She led the country with a save percentage of .563 and also had a goals-against average of 6.54, which ranked second in Division III. Tilbor concludes her career ranked third all-time at W&L in career saves (513) and fifth all-time in career save percentage (.564).
Michaels adds her first team honor this year to the third-team accolades she earned last season. The 2008 ODAC Player of the Year, she was a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time first team all-region pick. She started all 20 games this season and spearheaded a W&L defense that ranked third in the country with a 6.15 goals-against average. She also led the team with 29 caused turnovers, scooped up a second-best 43 ground balls and tallied one goal and five assists. For her career, Michaels caused 103 turnovers and collected 120 ground balls.
A two-time first-team all-conference selection and a first-team all-region pick, Robinson started every game this season and led the team with 47 draw controls. She was second on the squad with 54 points on a team-best 29 assists and 25 goals. Additionally, Robinson's 82 career assists already rank third all-time at W&L, while her 164 career points rank sixth all-time.
The Generals ended the 2008 campaign with a 17-3 overall record and an unblemished 9-0 ODAC mark as they claimed their sixth-straight conference championship. W&L also made its sixth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Generals received a first-round bye and fell to Amherst, 10-8, in the second round.