W&L WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLAIMS ODAC CHAMPIONSHIP OVER
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Tenth-ranked and top-seeded Washington and Lee won
its 15th game in a row and claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference
women's lacrosse championship with an 11-7 win over third-seeded Roanoke
on Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Hall Fields.
The victory tied the school record for wins in a season and gives W&L
an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Roanoke (11-6) began the scoring as sophomore attacker Meaghan Cromwell
(Alexandria, Va./Mt. Vernon) found the net off an assist by sophomore
attacker Steph Calabrese (Darien, Conn./Darien) with 4:24 gone-by. However,
the Generals answered with four straight goals over the next 11:43, two
by junior attacker Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), to assume
a 4-1 lead in claiming a 6-3 halftime advantage.
The Generals (15-1) then scored the first two goals of the second half,
one by freshman attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County)
and another by sophomore midfielder Erin Rathbone (Darnestown, Md./Northwest)
from junior midfielder Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), for an
8-3 lead in posting the win.
Wheeler and Taffe led W&L with three goals each, while senior attacker
Leslie Bogart (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) notched one goal and four assists.
Rathbone added a pair of scores and junior netminder Joanna Perini (Huntington,
N.Y./Huntington) posted nine saves in goal.
The Maroons were paced by Calabrese and Cromwell's two goals and one
assist each. Junior midfielder Carrie Smith (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello)
also added a pair of goals. Senior Lisa Humphries (Glasgow, Va./Rockbridge
County) made five saves in net.
Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday as it hosts Longwood
for a 12:00 pm contest.
Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450