Washington & Lee wins 14th Old Dominion conference championship
WINCHESTER, Va. -- Washington & Lee outscored Shenandoah 8-6 in the second half to claim an 11-8 win and be named the ODAC champions on Saturday at Shentel Stadium.
With just a 3-2 lead at halftime, first-year midfielder Emily Conway 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 at 18:40, the Generals scored three in a row 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 during 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 at one off a free position shot just 2:08 later.
First-year attacker Carly Taglienti 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. Junior attacker Katie Hagen knocked in one more goal off a feed from Taglienti as the half ended, giving W&L the 3-2 lead at the break.
In goal for the Blue and White was sophomore Cara Mulligan, who collected 10 saves, eight goals-against and five ground balls in 60 minutes of action. Junior Ashley Cross tallied eight saves and 11 goals-against, while spending the entire game in the cage for the Hornets.
Klein led all scorers with four goals and Conway chipped in three tallies. Junior attacker Meade Brewster added one goal, five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
For SU, Sisson paced the group with two goals, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Bereit recorded two goals, two ground balls and two draw controls and Kosmowski totaled two tallies, three ground balls and two draw controls.
With the win, W&L earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.