January 5, 2010
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond's Sarah Blythe-Wood, Katelin Peterson and Jess Weidner were named VaSID First-Team All-State and Megan Thompson was named Second-Team All-State in voting conducted among the state's sports information directors.
Thompson and Peterson both make their second appearance on the VaSID All-State team with Thompson earning First-Team honors last fall and Peterson being named to the 2008 Second-Team.
Blythe-Wood, the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American, led the Spiders with 22 goals, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The senior forward from Harare, Zimbabwe was 18th in the nation in points per game (2.35), finishing with 53 points in 2009, the third-highest single-season total in school history. Blythe-Wood finished her career with 89 points, which ranks fifth on Richmond's all-time list. She scored 35 career goals, which ranks sixth.
Peterson, who has named First-Team All-Atlantic 10 for her first two seasons at Richmond, was second on the team and second in the Atlantic 10 in goals with 13. The sophomore forward from Escondido, Calif. Led the Atlantic 10 in game-winning goals (5) and was second on the team and fourth in the Atlantic in points (30). Through her first two seasons she is already just four goals and eight points out of Richmond's top-10 lists for goals and points.
Weidner was the leader of the Spider defense that ranked 17th in the nation in goals against average. The senior defender from Harrisburg, Pa. was also named First-Team All-Atlantic 10. She had five assists as a senior and 24 for her career, which ranks fourth on Richmond's all-time list.
Thompson was fourth on the team with six goals and second on the team with nine assists. The senior forward from Gap, Pa. finished her career eighth on Richmond's points list with (79) and eighth on the career goals list with (31). Thompson was also named Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference for the second-straight year and earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors for the last three seasons.
The Spiders won the 2009 Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, before losing to Virginia.