Washington & Lee Outguns Roanoke to Win ODAC

LEXINGTON, Va. Senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) scored a career-high eight goals to help lead Washington and Lee to its 12th ODAC title with a 21-13 victory over Roanoke on Sunday afternoon at Watt Field.

Roanoke (12-8) controlled the opening five minutes of the contest, assuming a 2-0 lead after a free position goal by senior attacker Carolyn Miller (Clinton, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) at the 27:56 marker and an unassisted tally from senior midfielder Meegan Rourke (Greenwich, Conn./Milbrook) with 25:41 on the clock.

W&L (14-4) responded, netting five unanswered goals over a 4:22 span to assume a 5-2 advantage with 17:41 remaining in the first half. Junior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex Regional) started the scoring after she forced a Roanoke turnover and found the net, leaving the score at 2-1 with 22:03 on the clock.

Senior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) and Shearin recorded consecutive goals at the 20:11 and 19:14 marks, respectively, to give W&L its first lead of the game, a lead it did not surrender the remainder of the contest. The Generals' 5-0 run ended with free position goals by Mathews and junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), bringing the score to 5-2.

Both teams exchanged goals over the final minutes of the first half, as Roanoke received two goals from Rourke and a goal apiece from Miller, and first-year attackers Emily Knade (Easton, Md./St. Peter and Paul) and Allison Bonanno (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), while W&L netted three goals from Mathews, two goals from Shearin and one goal from Donnelly as it took an 11-7 advantage into the break.

The Generals opened scoring in the second half, with Mathews recording her fifth goal of the contest 1:30 into the stanza for a five-goal (12-7) W&L lead. Roanoke continued to stay in the game, receiving consecutive goals from senior midfielder Gina Valles (South Windsor, Conn./Westminster) and Rourke to pull to within three goals (12-9) with 27:07 remaining.

However, W&L netted two consecutive goals from Mathews and McKaig to extend the lead back to five goals, 14-9, with 20:48 on the clock. Valles scored the next goal of the contest at the 20:02 mark, but W&L went on to score six unanswered goals to assume its largest lead of the game, 20-10, with 7:53 remaining. During the run, Mathews, Shearin and first-year midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) each chipped in a goal, while senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) added three goals.

Roanoke tallied three late goals but it was not enough as the Generals claimed the 21-13 final margin, the highest-scoring contest in an ODAC Championship matchup. The win also gave W&L its 12th title in program history, and seventh win over Roanoke in a conference championship game.

Mathews' eight goals in the contest were a career-best, and Shearin tied a career-high with five goals while also adding two assists. Megargel finished with four points (3g, 1a) and McKaig contributed two goals and one assist.

First-year Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) won a game-high 18 draw controls, while junior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) collected a team-high three ground balls and senior defender Kathy Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) forced a team-high three turnovers.

In net, senior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety, recording five saves.

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2011-05-08



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