Maverick Generals Take Virginia

Sam Chambers
From Skip Lee Field to Washington and Lee University, St. John's alums stake their claim in athletics and more in Lexington, Virginia.
Kate Donnelly ('07) thought that she had received her final collegiate certificate when she was handed her diploma from Washington and Lee University last spring, but midway through her summer internship in D.C., she landed an NCAA post-grad scholarship for her work as an NCAA student-athlete.  Kate lettered in lacrosse and field hockey 4 years in a row for the Generals.  She captained both teams in her senior year and received the Wink Glasgow Spirit and Sportsmanship Award at the end of the 2011 spring season.  A W&L and ODAC Scholar-Athlete winner, Kate was also a member of the NFHCA National Academic Team.
“W&L allows the opportunity to dedicate yourself to many different aspects of the university community,” said Donnelly.  “I loved that I was allowed to become involved in athletics, academics, social life and the community with the complete support of my professors, coaches, mentors and friends.”
Donnelly is part of an ongoing St. John’s-Washington and Lee scholar-athlete pipeline that was recently vacated by Deets Hoffman (’06) and Sallie Armstrong (’06). Hoffman played for the Generals’ Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team and was Academic All-Conference in each of his seasons. Armstrong was Captain in 2008 and 2009 for Varsity Field Hockey and in 2010 for Varsity Track. A four-year letter winner in field hockey and track, Sallie was an ODAC scholar-athlete in 2009 and 2010. In field hockey she was First Team All-ODAC and the Most Valuable Offensive Player in each of her 4 seasons. She also holds the field hockey record for the most career goals and points scored at W&L. For track and field, Sallie was selected 2nd Team All-ODAC in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

“The newest Mavs/Generals should look forward to all the awesome opportunities ahead of them,” added Kate. “Whether it's helping lead their team to a championship or joining another student organization, they will gain so much and have support throughout the W&L community."

As Kate departs Lexington in route to Charlottesville for her graduate studies, more St. John’s alums are in place to carry on the “Maverick-General” tradition.  M.A. Boles ('10) is set to mine more awards in Volleyball for W&L in her second season, and freshman Meredith Hoffman (’11) will be on the hockey field.  They’ll be continuing the Texas-2-Step as Donnelly dances off to UVa. 
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Sam Chambers  - Athletic News