College Roundup: W&L Lax, Tennis, Women’s Golf Seasons Conclude In NCAAs

By: 
Jeremy S. Franklin and Jonathan Schwab

Monday, May 14 –

W&L Men’s Lax Falls In NCAAs

            The Washington and Lee University men’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker to Dickinson in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Carlisle, Pa., on Saturday.

            Nick Goles bagged the game-winning goal just 25 seconds into the sudden-victory extra session for the ninth-ranked Red Devils (17-3), who will face Salisbury in the Division III quarterfinals today.

            Overtime provided a fitting resolution for the contest, as neither team led by more than two goals at any point during the game. Jack Taylor made 16 saves for the Generals, while Jones Veith and Hudson Hamill each finished with two goals and one assist. Jack O’Connell paced Dickinson with two goals and two assists, and Cole Pellicano recorded a dozen saves.

            W&L had rolled into the Round of 16 with a 23-5 home victory over Transylvania last Wednesday. A.J. Witherell led the Generals with four goals and one assist. The junior attackman, who was just selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the year for the second time, would add two more goals against Dickinson to extend his single-season points record to 91.

Generals Lose To York In Women’s Lax

            Tenth-ranked W&L fell 10-3 at eighth-ranked York (Pa.) in the second round of the women’s lacrosse tournament on Sunday.

            The Spartans (14-4) scored the first 10 goals of the game, holding the Generals (16-5) off the board until Mimi MacCowatt’s free-position goal with 11:20 remaining. York will take on Catholic in the regional semifinals this weekend.

            Devin Hursey paced the Spartans’ offense with one goal and three assists, while Charlotte Wright made 11 saves. Elliot Gilbert tallied 11 stops in goal for the Generals.

            W&L had cruised into the second round with a 27-7 victory over Cabrini in York on Saturday. MacCowatt tallied six markers to help the Generals tie a 17-year-old program record for goals in a game, while Cordelia Peters totaled five goals and two assists and Alex Meyer added four goals and two helpers.

            Earlier in the week, senior attacker Jess Castelo was named the ODAC player of the year. She finishes her W&L career sixth all-time in goals (126) and tied for eighth in total points (176).

W&L Tennis Teams Fall In Second Round

            W&L’s team tennis season came to a close in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, as the women dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker at Mary Washington and the men fell 5-1 to Emory in Atlanta.

            The women’s match came down to a three-set barnburner at No. 6 singles, with the Eagles’ Rachel Cooper earning the decisive point by downing Mary Hampton McNeal 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3. Valerie Marshall, Emily Kochard and Lily Horsley won singles matches for the 15th-ranked Generals (19-8), while Horsley and Lauren Hassell claimed a victory at No. 3 doubles.

            W&L had breezed into the Round of 32 by sweeping Franciscan 5-0 in Fredericksburg on Friday.

            In the men’s second-round match, Harry Shepherd and Michael Lukas claimed the lone point for the Generals (13-7), winning 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. The Generals had defeated Thomas More 5-0 in the first round of the tournament on Friday, but they couldn’t pull off the upset against second-ranked Emory.

            Shepherd and women’s No. 1 Michelle Fleenor, who both won ODAC player of the year awards, will continue their campaigns after receiving bids to next week’s Division III singles championship in Claremont, Calif.

W&L Women’s Golf Places 16th at NCAAs

The W&L women’s golf team finished in 16th place on Thursday and was the first team outside the cut at the NCAA Division III Championship held at the Mission Inn Resort & Golf Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The top 15 teams and six individuals not on those teams made the cut to compete for the NCAA title on Friday. The Generals were edged out by Wisconsin-Whitewater for the final spot. W&L shot 339-338-335—1012 (+136) and UW-W finished at 350-330-320—1000 (+124). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps continued to hold the lead with a 311-317-316—944 (+68).

Leading W&L was senior Mary Frances-Hall, who was tied for 51st with an 86-81-83—250 (+31).

The Generals have now completed their its 2017-18 campaign, during which they claimed the second ODAC title in program history.

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