Washington & Lee Upends Shenandoah to Win ODAC Crown

WINCHESTER, Va. Fourth-seeded Washington and Lee University earned its fourteenth ODAC Women's Lacrosse title with an 11-8 victory over No. 2 Shenandoah.

The title is the fourth straight for the Generals (10-9) and they will now await the official announcement of the 32-team field on Sunday night to find out their opening round opponent.

Shenandoah (12-5) was denied its first-ever ODAC title in any sport as W&L pulled away with a three-goal run midway through the first half.

Leading 5-4 after Liz Bereit scored on a free position for the Hornets at the 21:57 mark, Margaret Klein scored twice followed by a Meade Brewster goal to push the Generals advantage to four goals.

Shenandoah, on goals from Samantha Donaghy and Samantha Sisson, cut the deficit to two goals with 9:52 remaining, but could get no closer.

W&L answered with another three-goal run, again keyed by two Klein tallies, to lead 11-6 with 5:31 remaining.

Corrinne Kosmowski and Amy Rollins then closed out the day's scoring with SU goals at 2:35 and :30.

The opening half was a tight affair as the two teams were not separated by more than one goal the entire stanza. The visitors, who never trailed in the game, took a 3-2 lead into the halftime lockerroom thanks to a Katie Hagen tally at the halftime gun.

This goal would give the Generals the lead for good.

The two teams split 44 shots with Washington and Lee holding a 16-11 advantage in groundballs and winning 12 of 20 draw controls.

Generals goalie Cara Mulligan had 10 saves, including seven in the first half, while Ashley Cross had eight stops for the Hornets.

Notes: Sisson, Cross and Kosmowski were all named to the All-Tournament team for SU with Rebecca Dean, Emily Conway, Hagen, Brewster and Mulligan taking spots for the Generals.

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WINCHESTER, Va. Washington and Lee outscored Shenandoah, 8-6, in the second half to claim an 11-8 win and be named the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Champions on Saturday at Shentel Stadium.

With just a 3-2 lead at halftime, first-year midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) gave W&L (10-9) a 4-2 advantage with a goal at 25:03 in the second period. SU (12-5) senior midfielder Corrinne Kosmowski brought the lead back down to one (4-3) with a player-up goal off a free position as the clock read 24:28.

Conway scored for the third time at the 23:08 mark (5-3), but Bereit also registered a tally just 1:11 later to pull the score to 5-4 at 21:57.

Jumpstarted with a goal by junior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) at 18:40, the Generals scored three-straight to take their largest lead (8-4) of the contest with 13:08 to play. SU ended the run as junior attacker Samantha Donaghy found the back of the net at the 11:58 mark (8-5), and junior midfielder Samantha Sisson pulled the Hornets to within two (8-6) off a free position goal at 9:52.

W&L answered with another three-goal run over the next 4:21, pushing the lead to 11-6 with only 5:31 left on the clock. Shenandoah attempted a comeback with two more goals in the final 2:35, but it was not enough as the Generals claimed the program's 14th ODAC Championship.

The first period was held close as the teams exchanged goals. Conway opened the game's scoring with an unassisted goal at the 23:20 mark. SU sophomore midfielder Liz Bereit then evened the score, 1-1, off a free position shot just 2:08 later.

First-year attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) put the Generals back on top with a tally at 11:03, only to have junior midfielder Samantha Sisson throw in a tying goal for the Hornets with 7:53 left in the half, 2-2. Junior attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame) knocked in one more goal off a feed from Taglienti as the half ended, giving W&L the 3-2 lead at the break.

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