No. 14 Washington & Lee Downs Roanoke

SALEM, Va. -- Roanoke fell to #14 Washington and Lee, 17-10 in ODAC action at Kerr Stadium Thursday evening. The women drop to 4-4 overall, 1-1 in the ODAC, while the Generals improved to 5-4, 2-0 to remain atop the standings.

The Maroons held a 22-17 groundball edge and were successful in 9 of 10 clear attempts. The Generals were 12 of 18 in clears, 5 for 10 in free-position shots and held a slight shots advantage, 31-30.

Washington and Lee scored the first goal just four minutes into the contest as Wilton Megargel's netted a free-position shot to take the early lead. Gina Valles, who led Roanoke with five goals and an assist, tied the contest nearly two minutes later as she fired a shot from behind the crease to make it, 1-1.

The Generals responded by scoring six of the next seven goals in the ensuing 18-minutes to take a commanding five-goal lead, 7-2. Megargel found Margaret Klein at the 20:37 mark to take the lead for good and started the W&L run.

Roanoke started the second half the same as they ended the first, with a goal. Meegan Rourke scored off an assist from Allison Bonanno just before halftime and Valles scored a minute into the second stanza to make it, 7-4.

Klein scored back-to-back Generals goals on free-position attempts to push their lead back to five. Valles answered back with consecutive goals and assisted on Rourke's goal to cut the Maroons deficit to 9-7 with 19:21 remaining. The assist was #100 for Valles' career and broke the school record in that category.

But W&L managed to pull away, scoring five-straight goals in the following five minutes, including two man-up goals to keep Roanoke at bay the remainder of the game.

Two Generals posted career-high numbers, as Klein finished the contest with a career-high five goals and McKaig chipped in a career-high six points (2g, 4a). Mathews contributed four goals and two assists.

In addition to her offensive numbers, Valles collected five groundballs and caused two turnovers. She currently ranks among the best in NCAA Div. III history in scoring (336; 21st), caused turnovers (102; 21st) and draw controls (166; 14th). She also moved into sixth on the school's career groundballs list (211).

Rourke had three goals, five groundballs, three caused turnovers and a career-high nine draw controls. Kathleen Wager won four draw controls and Melissa Madalon totaled two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Laura Zdziarski (2-2) and Lyndsey Jones combined for eight saves on the night for Roanoke. Katherine Farrar (5-4) finished with 13 saves for Washington and Lee.

The women return to action on Wednesday, March 30 as they travel to Lynchburg College in a pivotal ODAC match-up. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Shellenberger Field.

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SALEM, Va. The No. 14 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team scored the first goal of the contest and never looked back as it went on to defeat Roanoke College, 17-10, on Thursday evening at Kerr Stadium.

Senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) put the Generals (5-4, 2-0 ODAC) on the board first, scoring off a free position shot to give the Generals a 1-0 edge with 25:51 on the clock.

Roanoke (4-4, 1-1 ODAC) responded with a free position goal by Gina Valles to knot the score (1-1) at the 24:05 mark, but W&L went on to score six of the contests' next seven goals to assume a 7-2 lead with 6:13 remaining in the opening half. The Maroons found the net at the 5:34 mark, but the Generals were able to maintain a four-goal lead (7-3) at the break.

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