Witherell Named IMLCA South Region Offensive Player of the Year

Witherell Named IMLCA South Region Offensive Player of the Year

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) recently announced its 2017 Division III All-Region and All-America Teams and Washington and Lee had several players recognized.

Sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was named the South Region Offensive Player of the Year and he also received Second Team All-America laurels.  Additionally, he was named First Team All-South Region.

First-year midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) garnered Second Team All-South Region accolades and junior defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) was named to the South Region Honorable Mention squad.

Witherell also earned Third Team All-America honors from the USILA after being named First Team All-ODAC and ODAC Player of the Year.  He set a new W&L single-season scoring record this spring, breaking the record of 87 points held by Matt Dugan '01 since the 2000 season.  Witherell started all 17 games and finished with 88 points on 52 goals and 36 assists.  He also totaled 55 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

He tallied at least two points in every game this season, including posting a career-best eight points on three occasions.  He also notched seven points in three contests as well.  Witherell will enter his junior season already tied for 24th on the school's all-time scoring list with 143 points on 85 goals and 58 assists.

Hodgson earned second team all-region honors after playing in all 17 games and totaling 225 faceoff wins in 345 attempts.  His .652 winning percentage led the league and ranked 20th in Division III.  Hodgson also finished second in the conference in ground balls (121) and he added two goals and two assists as well in posting First Team All-ODAC laurels.

A two-time All-ODAC honoree, including a first team selection this past spring, Gifford started all 17 games as a close defenseman and tallied 24 ground balls and 14 turnovers.

Washington and Lee finished the 2017 season with a 10-7 overall record.  The Generals earned the top seed for the ODAC Tournament with an 8-1 league record, but fell to Hampden-Sydney in the semifinals by a score of 19-10.

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