(Photo Courtesy of Washington & Lee Athletics)
*This article is part of a month-long series, Black Lacrosse Stories, that highlights Black players and coaches who have made an impact on our game, but maybe lesser known to many younger players today.*
The first seven players featured in our Black Lacrosse Stories series had fantastic college careers at the DI level, and a few also made a name for themselves in the pro ranks. So for the eight and final player featured in their series, we’re going with someone who made headlines at the DIII level and who some might recognize not for their success on the lacrosse field, but in their given profession.
Wiemi Douoguih’s freshman season in 1989 was the last year of the Dennis Daly era in Lexington and the worst season of his four years at Washington & Lee. The attackman didn’t see much action, only playing in six games. However, he turned the corner late in the season. Douoguih rattled off eight goals in the final four games of the season, which included a four-goal performance in the Lee-Jackson Classic against cross-town rival VMI where Douogui scored the game-winner.
After an impressive ending to his freshman campaign, Douoguih’s role increased as a sophomore in 1990, which marked the beginning of the Jim Stagnitta era. Douoguih saw action in all 13 games and finished the season as the Generals’ fifth-leading scorer with 26 points (18G/8A) while helping them to a 9-4 record. His play continued to trend upwards as a junior, where he started on attack and tallied 33 points (25G/8A).
During his senior season in 1993, Douoguih churned out his best of his career. The attackman tallied 76 points (50G/26A), which included an 8-goal performance against VMI, which is a record he still holds alongside four others as the most goals in a game in program history. Additionally, Douoguih was named the ODAC Player of The Year and received First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-American honors. He also played in the USILA North-South All-Star Game.
The Generals went 12-3, won their second ODAC title, and made their second NCAA Tournament appearance since 1987 during Douoguih’s senior season in 1993.
Douoguih ended his career with a total of 143 points (101G/42A). His 101 goals were the third-most in program history at the time an his 143 points ranked 12th all-time.
Following his illustrious college lacrosse career at W&L, Douoguih earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He has garnered much praise and recognition as an orthopedic surgeon and currently serves as a Regional Medical Director of MedStar Sports Medicine in addition to being a Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Medical Director for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and a consultant for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and NFL Players Association.
Douoguih was inducted into the Washington & Lee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.