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Parker Hamill (DHS Class of 2013) was first-team all-star and helped Washington and Lee to a first her senior year.

“I think our defense was our catalyst in a lot of ways,” said Washington and Lee coach Brooke O’Brien. “And she was the leader of that defense as a senior back there.”

Hamill, a captain standout defender, saw out her career an essential part of the winningest womens’ lacrosse team ever at Washington and Lee, that went 19-2 overall and 8-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, where it won the conference cup.

“She was a member of a tremendous senior class for us,” said O’Brien of the Third Team All-American who was another brick in the wall of the second ranked DIII defense that averaged 4.14 goal-against a game. “There were eight of them and I think the class really set the bar for our program. And allowed the team to have unprecedented success.”

Hamill played a role in keeping opponents to single digits in 20 games in 2017.

“She’s never been a flashy player, but she’s been a consistent player,” O’Brien added. “Our defense this year was a high pressure zone and her athleticism allowed her to be a part of that.

“She had an important role on the crease of that zone; and the crease defenders kind of make or break you in terms of their decision making and how they defend people in that area; and how they pick up cutters in the middle.”

And Hamill made the cut when the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2017 College Division All-State Women's Lacrosse team recently, named as First Team Defender, while O’Brien became Coach of the Year for a second time.

“Her athleticism was important,” said O’Brien. “But (it was) also just her understanding of how a zone should work; and the decisions she made on a game to game basis, helped the zone be effective.”

Hamill came up with 25 ground balls, produced 11 caused turnovers and had three draw controls.

She earned first team all-region honors and participated in the IWLCA Senior All-Star game last spring.

“I think Parker in particular (was) a strong force for us and had been a contributor with the defense over the past three years,” O’Brien said. “And our defense is what helped us play at such a high level.”

Career notes

2017: Three-year letter winner and a team captain … will see significant playing time on the defensive unit.

2016: Earned First Team All-ODAC and second team all-region and all-state honors … started all 19 games for the Generals … collected a team-best 28 ground balls and tied a team-high 19 caused turnovers … also won 10 draw controls and dished out one assist … picked up four ground balls in a 22-6 win at Virginia Wesleyan (4/2).

2015: Made an appearance in 17 contests, with eight starts … registered one point on one goal … ranked fifth on the team with 11 caused turnovers … picked up 20 ground balls and had five draw controls … scored one goal, picked up four ground balls, caused three turnovers and won two draw controls in a 26-6 triumph at Sweet Briar (4/7).

2014: Saw action in 17 games, making one start as a first-year ... tallied four points on two goals and two assists ... picked up 13 ground balls, had three draw controls and caused five turnovers ... scored one goal and dished out one assist in a 20-4 victory over Sweet Briar (4/15) and in a 20-0 triumph over Hollins (4/17).

High School: Earned three letters in lacrosse and three in soccer while attending Darien High School ... named captain of the soccer team ... earned two FCIACS titles and two state titles during her career.

Appears in the July 20 print issue of The Darien Times