W&L WOMEN'S LACROSSE EDGES VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 11-9,
IN ODAC TITLE GAME
Va. Tenth-ranked and top-seeded Washington and Lee claimed the
Old Dominion Athletic Conference title for the second year in a row as
the Generals edged second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, 11-9, in the championship
game on Sunday afternoon at the W&L Lacrosse Stadium.
The Generals (15-3) held a 7-5 lead at halftime and pushed that lead to
8-5 with a goal from senior attacker Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle)
with 25:54 remaining. The Marlins (15-3) answered with a goal at the 17:54
mark from senior attacker Anne Marie Nash (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy)
to make it 8-6, but W&L quickly regained a three-goal lead (9-6) when
senior midfielder Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) sank a goal off
an assist by sophomore midfielder Kate Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends)
with 17:21 remaining.
The Marlins pulled back to within 9-7 at the 14:38 mark with a tally from
senior midfielder Summer Foster (Annandale, Va./Annandale), but W&L
again pushed it's lead to three when sophomore attacker Amanda Strickler
(Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) scored unassisted at 10:22 to make
In the waning minutes of the game, Virginia Wesleyan made one last attempt
to even the score with back-to-back goals with 3:53 and 2:48 remaining
to pull within 10-9, but the Generals maintained control of the ball for
the remainder of the contest while adding an insurance goal from freshman
midfielder Mallory Lobisser (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Lakeside) with 22
seconds remaining in the game.
Strickler led W&L with four goals, while Taffe and Lobisser each scored
three goals. Wheeler rounded out the Generals' goal scorers with a lone
tally, while Lester and junior midfielder Maggie Speasmaker (Charlottesville,
Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) each recorded one assist. Senior Joanna Perini
(Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) played all 60 minutes in the W&L net,
making 12 saves.
Nash led the Marlins with four goals and three assists. Foster scored
two goals with one assist and sophomore attacker Laura Wallace (Bridgewater,
N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) added one goal and two assists. Senior Margie
Baker (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) made 11 stops in the Virginia Wesleyan
The Generals return to action in the NCAA Division III Tournament at a
site, time and date yet to be determined, against an opponent yet to be
W&L GOALS: Amanda Strickler (4), Kelly Taffe (3), Mallory Lobisser
(3), Lee Wheeler (1).
W&L ASSISTS: Kate Lester (1), Maggie Speasmaker (1).
VWC GOALS: Anne Marie Nash (4), Summer Foster (2), Laura Wallace (1),
Brittney Gricius (1), Chrissy Clancy (1).
VWC ASSISTS: Ann Marie Nash (3), Laura Wallace (2), Megan Parris (2),
Summer Foster (1).
Joanna Perini (W&L) 60:00 9 GA, 12 Saves
Margie Baker (VWC) 60:00 11 GA, 11 Saves