Washington & Lee Outguns Roanoke to Win ODAC

The Maroons were led by Valles, who finished with six points (3g, 3a). Rourke scored a team-high five goals and Miller chipped in three goals and an assist.

Three Roanoke keepers saw time, with senior Lyndsey Jones (Easton, Md./St. Peter and Paul) taking the loss after allowing 15 goals and recording six saves in 39:06. Junior Cristina Scichilone (South Yarmouth, Mass./Nauset Regional) played 13:04, allowing three goals and stopping two shots, while sophomore Laura Zdizarski (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) played 7:50, allowing three goals.

For their efforts, Brown, Mathews, Shearin and Van Horn were all named to the ODAC All-Tournament team, where they were joined by RC's Miller, Rourke and Valles. Also named to the squad were Lynchburg's Morgan Logue and Christina Tran and Virginia Wesleyan's Kate Collier and Mari Carmichael.

With the win, the Generals claimed the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament. Date, time and opponent for their first round game will be announced this evening during the selection show on NCAA.com.

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LEXINGTON, Va. -- Roanoke fell to #14 Washington & Lee, 21-13 in the 2011 ODAC championship Sunday afternoon at Watt Field. The loss ends the Maroons season at 12-8 while the Generals (14-4) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. The Generals earned their 12th conference championship.

Roanoke controlled the opening five minutes of the contest, assuming a 2-0 lead after a free position goal by senior attacker Carolyn Miller at the 27:56 marker and an unassisted tally from senior midfielder Meegan Rourke with 25:41 on the clock.

W&L responded, netting five unanswered goals over a 4:22 span to assume a 5-2 advantage with 17:41 remaining in the first half. It would be the only lead change of the game.

Both teams exchanged goals over the final minutes of the first half, as Roanoke received two goals from Rourke and a goal from Miller, Emily Knade and Allison Bonanno, while W&L netted three goals to take an 11-7 advantage at the half.

The Generals opened scoring after halftime with Emmy Mathews recording her fifth goal of the contest to give W&L a five-goal lead. Roanoke stayed within reach, receiving consecutive goals from seniors Gina Valles and Rourke to pull to within three, 12-9, with just three-minutes into the second half.

W&L proved too much, as eight of the next nine goals resulted in the Generals largest lead of the game, 20-10, with 7:53 remaining. Roanoke tallied three late goals, but it was not enough as the Generals claimed the 21-13 final margin. It was the highest-scoring contest in a women's lacrosse ODAC Championship game, giving W&L its seventh win over Roanoke in a conference championship game.

Three Roanoke keepers saw time, with senior Lyndsey Jones (6-6) taking the loss after allowing 15 goals and recording six saves in 39:06. Junior Cristina Scichilone played 13:04, allowing three goals and stopping two shots, while sophomore Laura Zdizarski played 7:50, allowing three goals.

The Maroons were led by Valles, who finished with six points (3g, 3a). She entered today's game ranked among the national-leaders in scoring (2nd), assists (8th), caused turnovers (10th), groundballs (7th) and goals (9th). The team captain finished her illustrious career ranked among the best in NCAA Div. III history in career points (420-2nd), goals (288-5th), groundballs (267-14th), draw controls (199-8th) and caused turnovers (134-7th). She set single-season records this season with assists (52), goals (82) and points (134), which also finished as the seventh-best single-season total in NCAA Div. III history. Her 100 groundballs were 10 shy of the single-season record.

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