April 26, 2009

Roanoke Punches Ticket by Dumping W&L

from press releases

SALEM, Va. - Top-seeded Roanoke used a four-goal spurt late in the second half en route to defeating second-seeded Washington and Lee, 11-9, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game on Sunday at Kerr Stadium.

For W&L, the loss snapped a string of six-straight league titles dating back to the 2002 season when Randolph-Macon claimed the ODAC title. 

The Generals jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the 19:16 mark on the strength of two goals from senior midfielder Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown). The Maroons then added back-to-back goals and made it a three-goal game (6-3) at halftime.

RC opened up the second-half scoring with three-straight goals, including two from junior midfielder Gina Valles to tie the contest (6-6) at 24:32. The two teams then exchanged goals over the next 10:02 to make it an 8-8 contest with 12:03 remaining. However, Valles scored
unassisted just 49 seconds later to give Roanoke its first lead of the game (9-8) and the Maroons held on for the two-goal victory.

W&L was paced by Robinson, who tallied three goals and one assist. Junior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) notched two goals, while senior midfielder Colleen Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County), sophomore attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield), sophomore midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and first-year attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) all chipped in one goal each. Sophomore attacker Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) and junior attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) chipped in one assist each. Sophomore Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played 55 minutes in goal and recorded four saves.

Valles led Roanoke with five goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Paige Mason registered one goal and two assists, while sophomore attacker Carolyn Miller added two goals. Senior goalkeeper Katlyn Scarlett played all 60 minutes between the pipes and recorded seven saves.

Robinson, Evans and Emmy Mathews all represented W&L on the All-Tournament team, while Valles, Scarlett, Mason, Miller and junior defender Carolyn Clark were named to the team from Roanoke.

Roanoke (15-4) receives the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Generals (12-5) must wait to see if they are awarded an at-large bid.

The Generals return to action on Sat., May 2 when they travel to Christopher Newport for a 1:00 pm contest.

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