Hall Of Fame Citation
Of all the outstanding Shoremen goalies to have played lacrosse at Washington College—and there have been quite a few—only one holds the distinction of having been between the pipes as the winning netminder in a national championship game. Andy Taibl’s collegiate lacrosse career ended as a national champion, a fitting finish to a remarkable four-year run.
Andy started in goal for the Shoremen as a freshman, another rarity in WC lacrosse history. His freshman season saw the team have its ups and downs, finishing 6-8. The following year, however, Andy posted a .613 save percentage as the Shoremen won the Centennial Conference Championship and reached the NCAA Division III Championship game. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference and All-America second teams following the season.
As a junior in 1997, Andy took on the role of team captain as the Shoremen went 14-4, repeated as the Centennial Conference Champions, and returned to the NCAA Division III Championship game. His .622 save percentage helped him earn All-America and All-Centennial first-team honors. He was also presented with the Division III Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award in 1997 as the nation’s top goalkeeper.
In the Shoremen’s run to the 1998 NCAA Division III National Championship, the team did not play a single NCAA Tournament game at home. In the 1998 NCAA Division III Championship game, Andy posted 13 saves and even tallied his first and only collegiate assist as the Shoremen defeated Nazareth, 16-10, avenging not only a regular-season loss to the Golden Flyers, but also one-goal losses to Nazareth in each of the previous two NCAA Division III Championship games.
Following his senior season, Andy was named to the All-America third team and All-Centennial honorable mention. He was selected for the North-South Senior All-Star Game and earned Washington College’s Senior Athletic Award. He finished his career with 711 saves.
Currently the Associate Dean of Students, Director of Summer Programs, and Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Virginia, Andy was named the 2007 and 2010 Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Lacrosse Coach of the Year and the 2010 Alexandria Sportsman Club Coach of the Year.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Andrew R. Taibl into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 30th day of October, 2010.