2014 W&L Women's Lacrosse Season Preview

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Coming off its 14th conference championship and its 13th season of double-digit wins, it's safe to say Washington and Lee has established itself as a top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. With 10 starters and four of their top 5 leading point-scorers returning, the Generals are ready to once again challenge for the conference's crown.

"The work we have been doing as a team since the fall has been tremendous," said Head Coach Brooke O'Brien. "We feel that as a team we are really moving forward and back to what Generals Lacrosse should be about. Our goals this season include winning the ODAC Championship and making a deep NCAA Tournament run."

The Blue and White will feature a balanced 29-woman roster comprised of seven seniors, four juniors, seven sophomores and eleven first-years.

"We have fantastic senior leadership this year and that has really helped the team gel and come together in the fall," noted O'Brien. "We have a lot of talent in our sophomore and junior classes and many talented first-years. We feel like it's going to be a great year and we are excited to get out there and play."

Senior midfielder Meade Brewster and senior defenders Olive Waxter and Leanne Stone are all back for their fourth and final seasons and are the only returning all-conference players.

Brewster earned All-ODAC second team honors last spring, leading the Generals in goals with 37. She was also second on the team with 44 points while starting all 19 games.

"Brewster has been a key asset to us since she arrived and has matured so much over the last few years," said O'Brien. "She entered this season fit and ready to go and is focused on achieving our team goals."

Waxter started 16 games on the Generals' defense, picking up 25 ground balls and causing 23 turnovers en route to a Second Team All-ODAC nod.

"Waxter has seen playing time since her first year and has been a key player," noted O'Brien. "She's battled through many injuries, but she is a tough player and is 100 percent committed to the team. We are hopeful that she will have a strong senior year."

Meanwhile, Stone started 18 of 19 contests and finished with a team-leading 57 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. She was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Region, First Team VaSID All-State and Third Team All-America during her junior season.

"We expect Stone to be the rock of our defense again this season," said O'Brien. "Her talent and leadership will once again be key to our team's defensive performance."

Rounding out the talented senior class are attackers Margaret Klein and Greta Witter, midfielder Meredith Lavin and goalkeeper Kingsley Schroeder.

Klein finished second on the team in goals (32) and fourth in points (34) while starting every contest as a junior. Witter spent the 2013 season studying abroad in London, but as a sophomore she played in 20 games, making six starts and recorded 26 points on 17 goals and nine assists.

"Witter brings a calmness and maturity to the team that has only helped us this year, we expect her to have a break-out season," stated O'Brien. "Klein has been a crucial play maker for us since she arrived on campus. She brings so much to the table and has been having a phenomenal pre-season. We expect her to have a great senior year."

Lavin started 16 contests and notched 10 goals and four assists to tally 14 points as a junior, while Schroder is a first-year competitor after being a four-year letterwinner with the women's soccer program.

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