KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches released its 2018 All-Region teams on Monday, and Washington and Lee senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence), first-year defender Jack Rawlins (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary) and junior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) earned All-South Atlantic Region laurels.
Ritch headlined the trio of Generals, landing on the first team for the first time in his career, while Rawlins earned a spot on the second team, and Dolberg was named to the third team.
Ritch, a two-time ODAC Player of the Year (2016, 2018), capped off a stellar career with a 14-goal, 10-assist senior campaign to lead the ODAC in both categories and in points (38). His 10 assists in 2018 broke the program's single-season record and propelled him to the top of the career assists leaderboard as well (24), while his 14 goals marked a single-season career high. Ritch's season was highlighted by a seven-game goal streak to lead the Generals during a nine-game winning streak. For his career, Ritch scored 35 goals, fifth-most in program history, and compiled 94 points, third-most.
With his spot on the first team, Ritch will move onto the national ballot for All-America honors.
Rawlins claimed ODAC Rookie of the Year honors after posting a pair of goals and an assist out of the W&L backline and leading the defensive unit to a 0.86 goals-against average for the season, with nine shutouts in the process. Both of Rawlins' goals came in clutch moments for the Blue & White, as he scored the overtime game-winner against Christopher Newport, followed by an 88th-minute strike to help the Generals to a 1-1 draw at then ninth-ranked Lynchburg, helping W&L remain unbeaten in conference play. Rawlins added an assist on the first of three W&L goals in the ODAC title game against Bridgewater, a 3-0 win.
Dolberg makes his second career appearance on an all-region team after garnering second team accolades a season ago. A three-time All-ODAC performer, Dolberg tallied three goals for W&L this season, with his score against Roanoke in the ODAC semifinals going as the game-winner. He also scored once in an 8-0 win at Emory & Henry and tallied a score in a 2-1 home win against Hampden-Sydney on October 10. Dolberg's solid play on defense helped the Generals to shutouts in eight of their last nine games of 2018, including each of the final seven games on the slate.
The Generals won their fifth ODAC title in program history in 2018 and concluded the season with a 14-3-2 overall record, including a 9-0-1 mark in the ODAC. They later fell to Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks, 4-2, after 110 minutes of play yielded a 0-0 draw. W&L will enter 2019 with an active 15-game unbeaten streak, a program record.
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