LEXINGTON, Va. – The top-seeded and 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women’s lacrosse team opened with seven unanswered goals and never looked back as it claimed its eighth ODAC Championship in the last 10 years with a 14-6 victory over Lynchburg College in the conference title game on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
The Generals (13-4) assumed a 7-0 lead with 17:25 remaining in the first half as four different players found the net, including junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), who scored two goals each.
Lynchburg (14-4) registered its first goal of the game at the 14:21 mark as junior midfielder Lindsay Gengras (Avon, Conn./Avon) scored on a free position shot, but W&L struck just nine seconds later off an unassisted tally from senior attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) to take an 8-1 lead and the Generals held a 9-1 lead at the break.
The Hornets had a late-game rally, registering four consecutive tallies from four different players to pull within six goals (12-6) with 7:11 remaining in the game. However, they could get no closer as the Generals added two markers late in the game to claim the eight-goal victory and earn their 11th ODAC title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
W&L was paced by Emmy Mathews, Britten Mathews and sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), who finished with three goals apiece and were all named to the all-tournament team. Emmy Mathews and Britten Mathews each added an assists, while McKaig finished with two helpers. Junior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety in net, stopping nine shots en route to also claiming all-tournament honors.
Lynchburg was led by Gengras, who finished the contest with three goals and one assist. The Hornets also received goals from first-year midfielders Julie Will (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Meredith Stuart (Chapel Hill, N.C./Pomfret School), and junior midfielder Patty Sheahan (Lutherville, Md./St. Timothy’s). Sophomore netminder Christina Tran (Sterling, Va./Severn) played all 60:00, collecting eight saves.
Farrar, Britten Mathews, Emmy Mathews and McKaig were all named to the all-tournament team, with LC's Gengras, Lesley Buckingham and Emily McMillian joining them on the squad.
The Generals will return to action next Saturday as they host Christopher Newport for senior day. Game time is slated for 2:00 pm.
W&L Goals: Maddie McKaig 3; Britten Mathews 3; Emmy Mathews 3; Meredith Freeman 2; Kate Donnelly 2; Wilton Megargel 1.
W&L Assists: Maddie McKaig 2; Britten Mathews 1; Emmy Mathews 1.
LC Goals: Lindsay Gengras 3; Meredith Stuart 1;
Patty Sheahan 1; Julie Will 1.
LC Assists: Lindsay Gengras 1.
Katharine Farrar (W&L): 60:00, 6 GA, 9 saves
Christina Tran (LC): 60:00, 14 GA, 8 saves
2010 All-Tournament Team
Katharine Farrar, Washington and Lee
Britten Mathews, Washington and Lee
Emmy Mathews, Washington and Lee
Maddie McKaig, Washington and Lee
Lesley Buckingham, Lynchburg
Lindsay Gengras, Lynchburg
Emily McMillian, Lynchburg
Elyse Cooper, Randolph-Macon
Kelly Cramer, Randolph-Macon
Melissa Madalon, Roanoke
Gina Valles, Roanoke