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Date: November 8, 2005
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Piranian Named ODAC Coach of the Year

Senior Derrick Lott

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's soccer team on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had four players honored, as well as claiming the ODAC Coach of the Year.

Sophomore forward Jack Palmer (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) and senior defender Derrick Lott (Knoxville, Tenn./Knoxville Catholic) were named to the first team, while sophomore midfielder Josh Dodds (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) was named to the second team. Senior defender Roger Morscheiser (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) garnered honorable mention recognition and 30th-year Head Coach Rolf Piranian was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

Palmer earned his first career postseason honor after leading the team in scoring with 24 points on 11 goals and two assists. His 1.50 points per game and 11 goals both ranked second-best in the ODAC this season. Five of his 11 goals were game-winners.

Lott also claimed all-conference honors for the first time in his career. He served as a leader of the Generals' defense which allowed an average of just 1.29 goals per game and pitched three shutouts. Lott scored one goal during the 2005 season and finished his career with 11 points on three goals and five assists.

Dodds garnered second team laurels after finishing second on the team in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. He scored two game-winning goals, including during a 4-1 victory over Randolph-Macon in the ODAC Tournament Semifinals.

Morscheiser tallied one goal and one assist and joined Lott on the Generals' defense which allowed an average of just 1.29 goals per game. He finished his career with eight points on three goals and two assists.

Piranian was selected as the league's Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to a 9-6-2 overall record and a 5-2-2 mark in conference play. W&L earned the third seed for the ODAC Tournament and advanced to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals.

Roanoke defender Donny Smith and Randolph-Macon goalkeeper Nick Warner were named the Co-Players of the Year, while Emory & Henry defender Elliot Anderson was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Eastern Mennonite midfielder Adam Shank was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676