The Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) announced its 2009 College Division All-State Men's Lacrosse Team and Washington and Lee had five players recognized, including senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex), who was named the Player of the Year.
St. John was joined on the first team by senior defenseman James Shanahan (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), senior goalkeeper Connor Locke (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and junior attackman Will Keigler (Timonium, Md./Gilman). Additionally, senior midfielder Seldon Clarke (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton) was tabbed to the second team.
The 2009 ODAC Player of the Year, St. John also garnered First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-America laurels this spring. He played in 16 games this year and finished fifth on the team in scoring with 37 points (28 G, 9 A). St. John ended his career tied for 20th on the W&L scoring list with 144 points on 104 goals and 40 assists. His 104 goals also rank ninth on the all-time goal list.
Shanahan earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America laurels this year after starting all 20 games and totaling 51 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers and two assists. He also captained the Generals' defensive unit, which ranked in the Top 25 nationally with a 7.50 goals-against average. A four-year starter, Shanahan played in 62 career games, totaling one goal, three assists and 113 ground balls.
Locke was also a First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America pick following the 2009 campaign. He started all 20 games, posting a .548 save percentage and ranking 25th nationally with a 7.84 goals-against average. In his two seasons at W&L after transferring from Loyola College, Locke started 35 games and totaled a .549 save percentage and a 7.99 goals-against average.
A First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America selection this spring, Keigler started all 20 games on attack and led the team in scoring with 78 points on 42 goals and 36 assists. His 78 points are tied for the fifth-highest season total in school history. A three-year starter, Keigler will enter his senior season tied for 16th all-time at W&L with 149 career points (73 G, 76 A). His 76 career assists also rank 11th in school history.
Clarke was tabbed to the second team after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors during the 2009 season. He played in all 20 games and won 61.1 percent (171-280) of his faceoffs, while also tallying five goals. Clarke finished his career ranked third all-time at W&L in faceoff wins (489) and fourth in faceoff winning percentage (.621). He also totaled 13 goals and three assists in 53 career games.
Washington and Lee finished the 2009 season with a 16-4 overall record and a 4-2 ODAC mark. The Generals tied the school record for wins in a season and won their first ODAC title since the 2004 season by defeating top-ranked Roanoke in the ODAC title game, 15-14 in overtime. W&L won its first round NCAA Tournament game over FDU-Florham, 6-5 in overtime, before falling to Gettysburg, 15-10.
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