FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has released its 2012 Men's Soccer all-conference teams and Washington and Lee had five athletes honored.
Sophomore Zach Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) collected first team all-conference accolades, while seniors Conor Starr (Summit, N.J./The Pingry School), Basti Richter (Gauting, Germany/Darlington School) and Robin Gollbach (Schweinfurt, Germany/Walther-Ranthenau School), and sophomore Albert Civitarese (Bridgeville, Pa./Sewickley Academy) were named to the second team.
A forward, Colby led the ODAC in goals (13), game-winning goals (5) and points (27), while playing in all 18 contests. His overall goal total ranks him seventh on the W&L Top 10 list for goals in a season and he sits in eighth for points in a season. Colby was named the ODAC Player of the Week for the week of September 4 and garnered Capital One Academic All-District laurels this season.
Starr started all 16 games he appeared in en route to being selected for his second All-ODAC honors in as many years. As a defender, he helped the back line register a conference-best 10 shutouts, while allowing just 13 goals. In his four seasons with the Generals, Starr saw action in 65 games with 61 starts, guiding the defense to a 0.86 goals-against average and garnering Second Team All-ODAC laurels in his junior campaign.
Richter is collecting all-conference accolades for the second-straight year, after starting all 18 games as a defender. He tallied three assists for three points and helped the back third record a conference-leading 0.69 goals-against average. After battling through injury as a first-year, Richter returned to start all 50 games in his career, and guided the Generals to 26 shutouts and a 0.86 goals-against average. He was also named First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-State as a junior.
At midfield, Gollbach received his first postseason honors following a season in which he played 18 games with 14 starts. He notched four points on one goal and two assists.
Civitarese started 16 games in goal for W&L, posting a 0.66 goals-against average and a 0.788 save percentage in 1504:14. His eight solo shutouts this year led the ODAC and he is tied for the top spot in the W&L record book for shutouts in a season.
Lynchburg junior goalkeeper Michael Releford was chosen as the ODAC Player of the Year and Roanoke Head Coach Scott Allison was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. First-year midfielder Tyler Carbaugh from Roanoke was tabbed as the conference Rookie of the Year and Eastern Mennonite senior defender Ryan Eshelman was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
W&L concluded its 2012 season with an 11-4-3 overall record after tying Virginia Wesleyan, 1-1, in the ODAC Tournament semifinals. The Marlins advanced to the championship game on penalty kicks, 3-1.
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