FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2012 ODAC/StellarOne Fall Sportsmanship teams and Washington and Lee had several athletes honored among the seven fall sports.
Seniors Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrews) and Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) were recognized on the men’s and women’s cross country teams, while senior Alex Todd (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman School) and junior Parker Wolfinger (Greer, S.C./Riverside) were honored on the women’s and men’s soccer teams, respectively. Additionally, senior Russell Stewart (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) earned the sportsmanship award for football, and sophomores Mary Virginia Long (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) and Kelly McManus (Osprey, Fla./Pine View) were honored for field hockey and volleyball.
Gehrs helped lead the men’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the ODAC Championship meet, crossing the line in 27th-place with a time of 28:52.86.
Ortiz earned First Team All-ODAC honors in 2012 after placing third at the ODAC Championship meet as the Generals claimed the league title. She also finished eighth at the NCAA Regional meet in advancing to the NCAA National Championships for the first time in her career.
A defender, Todd started all 18 games and helped lead W&L to a 14-3-1 overall record during the 2012 campaign. She scored one goal as the defense allowed just 11 goals with 10 shutouts in posting a 0.59 goals-against average.
Wolfinger played in all 18 contests with 17 starts in the midfield. He finished with three goals and one assist as the Generals finished with an 11-4-3 overall record.
Stewart started all 11 games at safety in helping the Generals to an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. He totaled 34 tackles and was second on the team with three interceptions.
Long played in 16 of the team’s 18 games, starting 15 contests as a defender. She recorded a pair of assists during the season as the Generals finished with a 6-12 overall record.
A defensive specialist, McManus saw action in 177 sets during the 2012 season as the Generals went 26-10 overall, claimed the ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She completed the year with 334 digs and 36 service aces.
As a whole, W&L’s fall sports teams combined to post a 65-32-4 (.663) overall record while claiming three conference championships.