W&L Field Hockey Places Five Athletes on All-ODAC Teams

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee Head Field Hockey Coach Wendy Orrison and five W&L athletes were honored as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its field hockey postseason awards on Monday.

Orrison was named Co-Coach of the Year with Lynchburg’s Enza Steele, while seniors Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) and Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. McKellam) were named First Team All-ODAC. Junior Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was tabbed to the second team and seniors Steph Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) and Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) were honorable mention all-conference selections.

For Orrison, who led the Generals to a 10-7 overall record, including a 5-2 ODAC-mark and an appearance in the conference semifinals, this is the third time in her career that she has been pegged as the ODAC Coach of the Year. She was previously honored in 2002 and 2005.

Armstrong was a First Team All-ODAC selection for the fourth time in her career after scoring a team-high 37 points on 17 goals and three assists from her forward position. Armstrong, who ranked third in the league in goals scored, total points and led the conference with five game-winning goals, became W&L’s all-time leading scorer with 130 points, as well as the school’s all-time goals scored leader with 56.

This is McGee’s first selection to the first team following a second team nod last season and honorable mention recognition as a sophomore. McGee, who started 17 games for the Generals on defense, posted six points on a pair of goals and two assists while also recording three defensive saves. She helped W&L to set a new school record with six-straight shutouts.

Emmy Mathews started all 17 games in the midfield for W&L and was tied for second on the team with three assists. She was a First Team All-ODAC selection last season and was the league’s Rookie of the Year two years ago.

Rounding out the honored Generals were Mansey and Habliston. Habliston started all 17 games in goal and allowed just 21 goals against 78 saves. Her save percentage of .788 and her 1.54 goals-against average were both good for third in the conference and she was vital in extending the Generals shutout streak to six games. Mansey started 16 contests and finished second on the team in goals (8), assists (3) and points (19). It is the first postseason honors for both Mansey and Habliston.

W&L concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to Eastern Mennonite in the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament.

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