Washington & Lee Runs by Roanoke to Claim ODAC Crown

LEXINGTON, Va. 15th-ranked Washington & Lee was named the 2012 ODAC champion after defeating Roanoke, 20-5, on Sunday afternoon at Watt Field in the title game. With the win, the Generals improve to 15-4 on the season, while the Maroons end their 2012 campaign with an 11-7 overall record.

W&L notched a quick 3-0 start in the contest as sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and sophomore attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) each registered a goal by the 23:49 mark. RC junior attacker Jamie Golden (Timonium, Md./Notre Dame) put the Maroons on the board for the first time in the game with an unassisted tally at 23:03 (3-1).

The Generals continued their offensive dominance, as three more goals were scored by 12:59, bringing their lead to five (6-1). Golden fired off another shot at 8:45 (6-2), only to have W&L senior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) answer with a goal at 7:22 (7-2). Each team recorded one more goal in the half, allowing the Blue and White to walk into halftime with an 8-3 advantage.

W&L gained a comfortable 14-goal lead, as the Generals scored nine unanswered goals in the first 20:46 of the second period (17-3). During this stretch, Klein scored four goals, Shearin tallied three goals, and Brewster and sophomore midfielder Meredith Lavin scored one goal apiece. With 5:30 left in the contest, junior midfielder Kathleen Wager (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) broke RC's scoring drought with a goal off a free position shot (17-4). W&L allowed just one more goal from the Maroons in the remainder of the game, coasting to the 20-5 win.

First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) and senior Jennifer Linder (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) split time in net for the Generals. Mulligan saved seven shots and recorded three goals-against in 52:25 and Linder allowed two goals-against in 7:35. First-year Lauren Curtin (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve) and junior Lauren Zdziarski (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) also shared time in the cage for RC, with Curtin recording 10 saves and 12 goals-against and Zdziarski registering three saves and eight goals-against.

Shearin led W&L with seven points on four goals and three assists. Klein notched five goals and one helper, and Brewster netted four tallies. Senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) was strong in the draw circle, claiming six draw controls, and sophomore defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) picked up four ground balls.

Golden paced the Maroons with three goals and Wager added the final two goals. On the field, senior defender Elizabeth Hartge (Easton, Md./Easton) tallied three draw controls and two ground balls, and Wager and first-year midfielder Darragh Evarts (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./John Jay) each picked up three ground balls.

Along with the ODAC Championship, W&L has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, set to begin on Wednesday. The Generals will receive their first-round match-up during the selection show on Sunday night.

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LEXINGTON -- Roanoke fell to Washington & Lee, 20-5, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship game Sunday afternoon. The Maroons end their season, 11-7, while the Generals earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 15-4 mark.

Roanoke, playing in the sixth ODAC Title game in seven years, fell short of its bid for an 11th conference crown. Washington and Lee, which is ranked 15th in the IWLCA national poll, won its conference-best 13th ODAC Championship. It's the Generals' ninth title in 10 seasons.

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