FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University earned a league-high nine all-conference laurels plus four special individual honors to headline the 2021 All-ODAC Field Hockey Awards.
Generals midfielder Tess Muneses garnered recognition from both the ODAC field hockey coaches and the league's athletic communications personnel as she doubled as the ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. W&L goalkeeper Sara Amil repeats as the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year, while mentor Gina Wills secured ODAC Coach of the Year accolades. Shenandoah University forward Mairead McKibbin collected ODAC Rookie of the Year plaudits.
A total of 23 student-athletes repeated as All-ODAC honorees from the 2021 spring awards list. The ODAC field hockey coaches used a new format for selecting this season's awards as they determined the All-ODAC First Team and All-ODAC Second Team by position and chose the All-ODAC Third Team completely at-large regardless of position.
Nine of the repeat standouts appear on this year's first team. Washington and Lee's trio of Amil, Muneses, and midfielder Kailey Fitzgerald are first teamers for a second straight season. Lynchburg forward Jackie Lerro, Roanoke College forward Emilee Wooten, and Shenandoah forward Kelsey Jones -- the 2021 spring offensive player of the year -- also appeared on the spring's top team. Lychburg midfielder Kessa Romero, Roanoke defender Alexis Wright, and W&L forward Grace Weise each jumped to the first team from the spring's second team.
Muneses, a junior from Howard County, Md., stars both on and off the field for the Generals. In the classroom, Muneses maintains a 3.912 grade point average as an economics and mathematics double-major. A W&L President's List honoree, Muneses has twice been named to the ODAC All-Academic Team. She spent this past summer as a new business intern at Baltimore Gas & Electric developing a forecasting tool for the outdoor lighting department. On campus, she has worked towards W&L's environmental sustainability as a compost crew member and held leadership positions with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.
On the field, Muneses is the engine behind Washington and Lee's transition from defense to offense and a key reason the Generals lead the conference in scoring (87 goals) and fewest goals allowed (13). Her midfield defense and ability to read and step into passing lanes helps stifle many opponents' attacks before they start and spark W&L's transition offense. Statistically, Muneses has racked up 35 points to rank fifth in the ODAC with at least one more game to play. She is fifth in the conference with nine assists and eighth with 13 goals scored. Two of those tallies came in the ODAC title game in which she scored the first and third goals towards a 3-1 win over Lynchburg. Muneses has registered at least one point in 12-of-17 games played. Ten times she has recorded three or more points including a pair of two-goal games. For her career, the three-time All-ODAC honoree has collected 66 points on 23 goals and 20 assists.
Amil, a senior from North Caldwell, N.J., is the first repeat winner of the defensive player of the Year award. She has guarded the cage in each of W&L's wins this season, helping them to a 17-0 record and program-best 17-game winning streak. In 915:00, she has allowed just 13 goals, second-best in the ODAC. She leads the league with a 0.85 goals against average and is second with a .841 save percentage. Her 69 saves rank fifth in the league. Amil was just 17 seconds shy of posting her fourth straight and 11th overall shutout of the season when Lynchburg scored its goal late-on in the Generals 3-1 victory in the ODAC championship game. For her career, the two-time All-ODAC First Team choice owns a 1.06 GAA with a .796 save percentage and 179 saves in 2,609:40 of game time.
Wills is in her seventh season guiding the Generals program and her 15th year as a collegiate field hockey coach. This is the third time she has been honored as the ODAC's top coach, pairing this year's honor with the recognition she received in 2015 and 2017. Wills has led Washington and Lee to the #9 ranking in the latest (11/9/21) top-25 poll published by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The Generals are currently riding a program-best 17-game winning streak as they prepare to travel to Rowan University for NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament second round play following a bye through the opening round of competition. Wills' career records stand at 82-39 (.678) at W&L and 203-79 (.720) overall.
McKibbin, a first-year from Magnolia, Del., was a key addition to the ODAC's second-best scoring offense. McKibbin stepped in and started all 17 games for Shenandoah. She registered 46 points, which is currently third in the ODAC. She leads the league with 16 assists and her 15 goals scored sits fourth. Six of her goals are considered game-winners, which tops the league charts with Roanoke's Wooten. McKibbin registered at least one point in 12-of-17 games played. Twice she posted eight-point games -- both times with three goals and two assists -- in wins at Eastern Mennonite and Bridgewater. She notched three or more points in eight games played.
Listed below are the 2021 All-ODAC Field Hockey Awards. For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.
ODAC Offensive Player of the Year: Tess Muneses, Jr., M, Washington and Lee
ODAC Defensive Player of the Year: Sara Amil, Sr., GK, Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Gina Wills, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Mairead McKibbin, Fy., F, Shenandoah
ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Tess Muneses, Jr., M, Washington and Lee
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Grace Weise^||Sr.||F||Washington and Lee|
|Kailey Fitzgerald*||Jr.||M||Washington and Lee|
|Tess Muneses*||Jr.||M||Washington and Lee|
|Abby Hamilton||Sr.||D||Washington and Lee|
|Sara Amil*||Sr.||GK||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Peyton Tysinger||Jr.||F||Washington and Lee|
|Freddie Tobeason+||Jr.||F||Washington and Lee|
|Brandy Troutman^||Sr.||D||Eastern Mennonite|
|Katherine Berman||Sr.||D||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Stella Noels+||Sr.||M||Washington and Lee|
|* 2021 Spring First Team
^ 2021 Spring Second Team
+ 2021 Spring Third Team