Five Generals Named to All-ODAC Men's Soccer Teams
SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its all-conference teams for men's soccer on Friday and Washington and Lee had five players honored.
Seniors Josh Dodds (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar), Jack Palmer (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) and Ted Sheedy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) were all selected to the first team, while junior defender Fletcher McCraw (Greenville, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal) was a second-team pick and junior midfielder Tommy Pignatelli (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) earned honorable-mention status.
Dodds earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the second-straight season after leading the Generals in scoring in 2007. Dodds started all 18 contests for W&L and totaled 10 goals, including three game-winners, and three assists this season. A four-year letterwinner and a team captain, he concludes his career with 24 goals and 10 assists to his credit. His seven career game-winning goals are tied for first at W&L, while his 24 career scores rank him ninth all-time.
Palmer returned as a first-team selection after earning the honor in 2005. Palmer played in 17 contests with 16 starts this season and was second on the squad in scoring with 13 points (5g, 3a). Over his career, Palmer has tallied 28 goals and six assists for 62 career points. His 28 goals are tied for seventh all-time at W&L, while his 62 career points rank ninth in the record books.
Sheedy played in 17 contests with 16 starts as the Generals' goalkeeper in 2007. He allowed just 10 goals and totaled a 0.64 GAA, along with seven shutouts. A first-team selection in 2006, Sheedy ends his career with a 0.69 GAA (first all-time), 17 shutouts (second all-time) and an .826 save percentage (tied for seventh).
McCraw started all 18 contests as a member of the W&L defense that allowed just 10 goals and compiled 12 shutouts in 2007. McCraw also tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the Generals' 2-1 win over Hampden-Sydney in the semifinals of the 2007 ODAC Tournament.
Pignatelli started 15 contests for W&L this season and was third in scoring with 11 points (2g, 7a). His seven assists this season are the fifth-best season total in W&L program history.
Virginia Wesleyan’s Brandon Massie was tabbed the ODAC Player of the Year, while Hampden-Sydney’s Josh Laux and John Robert Plyer earned Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, respectively. Virginia Wesleyan’s Travis Cober earned the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete award following.
The Generals completed the 2007 season with a 12-3-3 overall record and advanced to the ODAC finals for the first time since 2003.