W&L Women's Soccer Places Seven Athletes on All-ODAC Squad

WATCH LEARY SPEAK ABOUT BEING NAMED ODAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR, HER DEFENSE AND WINNING THE ODAC TITLE

SALEM, Va.—The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its all-conference women’s soccer team on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had seven players honored, including sophomore goalie Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings), who was selected the ODAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and head coach Neil Cunningham who was recognized as the Coach of the Year.

Leary was also named to the first team, where she was joined by senior Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and sophomores Allie Espina (Gaithersburg, Md./Good Counsel) and Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County). Junior Caroline Lamberti (Oakton, Va./Paul VI), sophomore Corinne Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and first-year Ainsley Daigle (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) were all tabbed to the second team.

Leary became just the second goalie in the last decade to be named the ODAC Player of the Year. She has played in all 20 games with 18 starts this season while posting a 14-1-3 record. She has logged an impressive 0.49 goals against average thus far, allowing only nine goals in over 1,655 minutes of play, while posting an .850 (51 saves) save percentage on the season. To date, Leary has posted the second-best goals-against average (0.49) and shutout total (12) in school history.

Cunningham was tabbed the league’s top coach for the third time, also receiving the honor in 2002 and 2006.  Cunningham has guided the Generals to a 16-1-3 mark this season as the Generals secured their third ODAC title and fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under his guidance.  In nine seasons at W&L, he has posted a 132-26-19 (.799) overall record.

A midfielder and team captain, Sutherland has played in all 20 games for the Generals this season, starting 18 of those contests. She is currently third on the team in scoring with 15 points (7g, 1a).  Sutherland was named the ODAC and VaSID Rookie of the Year in 2006 in addition to earning second team all-conference honors that season. She was also the recipient of first team all-conference honors last season, while being named to the second team all-state and second team NSCAA All-South Region squads.

A forward, Espina has seen action in 19 games this season with 17 starts. She currently leads the team in points (26) and goals scored (12), to go along with a pair of assists.  Espina has recorded four multiple-goal games and five game-winning goals to lead the team.

A transfer from Colgate, Lawson has started all 20 matches at the defender position for the Generals. She is a part of the Generals’ defense that has allowed only nine goals, while posting an impressive 0.45 goals-against average for the season. She also has three points on the season, notching one goal and one assist.

Lamberti, a midfielder, has recorded time in all 20 matches with 17 starts. She was a part of the Generals’ offense that averaged 2.90 goals per game, while also playing back for a defense that has allowed only nine goals on the season.

Smith has started all 20 matches at defender this season. In addition to posting three points (1g, 1a), she has helped the Generals’ notch an impressive 0.45 goals-against average, while only allowing nine goals for the season. Smith was the recipient of Honorable-Mention All-ODAC honors as a first-year last season.

Daigle, a midfielder, has regietered an impressive rookie campaign, playing all 20 games with 18 starts. She is currently second on the team in points (21), notching eight goals and five assists. She has been a key addition to the Generals’ offense, leading the team with five assists while finishing second in shots (55), shots on goal (29) and game-winning goals (3).

The Generals will return to action on Saturday at Watt Field as they host Christopher Newport in a first round match in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament. The game time is slated for 11:00 am.
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Emily Leary, Washington and Lee

COACH OF THE YEAR
Neil Cunningham, Washington and Lee

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Erin Hauser, Randolph-Macon

ODAC/FARM BUREAU SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Mary Dunn, Eastern Mennonite

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Blaze Byrd, D, Virginia Wesleyan
Allie Espina, F, Washington and Lee
Alida Haslett, D, Roanoke
Erin Hauser, F, Randolph-Macon
Ashley Hoath, M, Lynchburg
Jerilyn Idler, F, Virginia Wesleyan
Victoria Johnson, GK, Randolph
Betsy Kwiatkowski, F, Lynchburg
Katheryne Lawson, D, Washington and Lee
Emily Leary, GK, Washington and Lee
Katelyn LeRiche, D, Lynchburg
Maggie Sutherland, M, Washington and Lee
Jessica Welfare, M, Roanoke
Stacy Zeiler, M, Virginia Wesleyan

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Megan Calabrese, D, Randolph-Macon
Bridget Claus, D, Virginia Wesleyan
Ainsley Daigle, F, Washington and Lee
Bri Eilman, M, Guilford
Meghan Groos, F, Bridgewater
Beverly Hoath, D, Lynchburg
Brittany Klippstein, M, Lynchburg
Caroline Lamberti, M, Washington and Lee
Amanda Nelms, F, Randolph-Macon
Corinne Smith, D, Washington and Lee
Colleen Thamm, M, Hollins
Courtney Whorten, F, Virginia Wesleyan

ALL-ODAC HONORABLE MENTION
Rebekah Adams, F, Roanoke
Kat Alexander, F, Sweet Briar
Bonnie Braziel, M, Virginia Wesleyan
Jess Edelman, F, Virginia Wesleyan
Loren Favale, M, Emory & Henry
Jessica Gonzalez, M, Lynchburg
Caroline Hemeter, D, Guilford
Kelly Higgins, D, Virginia Wesleyan
Allison Lennox, GK, Virginia Wesleyan
Ashley Malinowski, M, Randolph-Macon
Jessica Myers, F, Eastern Mennonite
Kelley Purcell, D, Bridgewater
Erica Smith, D, Hollins
Joanie Snyder, F, Lynchburg
Anna Wright, GK, Lynchburg

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