The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced its 2009 Division III All-America teams on Tuesday and Washington and Lee University had four players honored.
Senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) was named to the second team, while senior defenseman James Shanahan (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) was selected to the third team. Junior attackman Will Keigler (Timonium, Md./Gilman) and senior goalkeeper Connor Locke (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) were both placed on the honorable mention squad.
A USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2008, St. John earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the second-straight season and was also named the ODAC Lacrosse Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2009. A Second Team All-ODAC honoree his first two seasons, St. John played in 16 games this spring 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 was a First Team All-ODAC selection in both 2008 and 2009. He started all 20 games this spring and tallied 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.
Keigler earned First Team All-ODAC laurels during the 2009 season after starting all 20 games and leading 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.
Locke was a First Team All-ODAC 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.
With the 2009 selections to the USILA All-America team, the Generals have now claimed 176 All-Americans since instituting a varsity program in 1947.
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.