The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference field hockey awards on Friday and five Washington and Lee players were honored, including senior midfielder Kendall Korte (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox), who was named ODAC Player of the Year, and freshman defender Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), who was named the league's rookie of the year.
Sophomore attacker Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) joined Korte on the first team, while senior goalkeeper Tara Rubenstein (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and junior defender Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) tabbed to the second team. Sophomore defender Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) and Mathews earned honorable-mentions accolades.
Korte started all 18 games for W&L this season, scoring seven goals and adding five assists. She finished her career sitting third in W&L history with 26 career goals, first with 24 career assists and second with 76 career points. This is Korte’s third-straight year occupying a spot on the All-ODAC First Team.
Mathews saw minutes in 15 contests, earning 12 starts, in her rookie campaign as she helped lead a W&L defense that allowed a 1.39 GAA and accumulated four shutouts. She also contributed one defensive save.
A 2006 First Team All-ODAC selection, Armstrong also started all 18 contests for W&L and led the Blue and White in scoring with 31 points (15g, 1a). In just two seasons, Armstrong has tallied 56 career points (22g, 12a) and ranks fourth all-time at W&L in career points, tied for fifth in career assists and third in career goals.
Rubenstein started all 18 contest in goal for the Generals and posted an 1.30 GAA along with an .804 save percentage. For her career, she ranks first all-time at W&L with an 1.24 GAA, first with a save percentage of .804 and second with 174 saves.
Garson played in all 18 contests with 16 starts as a member of the W&L defense. She also added one goal and two assists on the season.
McGee rounded out the honored Generals with her first appearance on an All-ODAC team. She started all 18 games this season, notched a team-best three defensive saves and spearheaded the W&L defense that allowed a GAA of 1.39
Eastern Mennonite’s Brenda Bechler collected the Coach of the Year honor and the Royals’ Kristina Landis was tabbed as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete award following a vote of the league’s sports information directors.
The Generals finished the 2007 season with an 11-7 record and advanced to the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament for sixth-straight season.
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