W&L Women’s Lax Team Advances In NCAAs, Other College Sports News

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By Jeremy S. Franklin and Jonathan Schwab

Tuesday, May 14 –

W&L Women’s Lax Moves On

            The Washington and Lee University women’s lacrosse team used a dominant first half to propel itself past Ithaca College 18-9 in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Watt Field in Lexington on Sunday.

            The second-ranked Generals (18-2) scored the final 14 goals of the opening period to build up a 15-2 halftime lead, and the 20th-ranked Bombers (14-7) wouldn’t trim the margin down to single digits until the final minute of the game.

            Dani Murray totaled five goals and two assists to lead W&L. Haley Tucker, who received the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year award this week, added four goals, Maddy Graves finished with three goals and one assist, and Cordelia Peters recorded two goals and three assists. Elliot Gilbert made eight saves in goal.

            Danika Wagener paced Ithaca with three goals and one assist.

            The Generals also made a clean sweep of this spring’s ODAC hardware. In addition to Tucker’s honor, Caitlin Anderson was named Defensive Player of the Year, Katherine Faria was tabbed as the conference’s top rookie, Cordelia Peters earned the league’s scholar-athlete award, and Brooke O’Brien was selected as the Coach of the Year.

            W&L will take on eighth-ranked Wesleyan in the third round of the NCAA playoffs in Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday.

W&L Men’s Lax Falls At York

            The W&L men’s lacrosse team saw its season come to a close with a 14-12 road loss to fourth-ranked York (Pa.) in the NCAA third round on Saturday evening.

            The Spartans (19-2) never trailed in the contest, building up a 13-8 advantage in the fourth quarter and then holding off a late rally from the 13th-ranked Generals (16-5).

            Hunter Davis scored a game-high four goals for York, and Brad Casale bagged a hat trick. Garrett Mize totaled three goals and one assist to lead W&L, while A.J. Witherell tallied three goals and Jack Ware finished with two goals and one assist.

            The Generals had advanced to the Round of 16 thanks to a 23-2 second-round victory over Piedmont at Wilson Field last Wednesday. A.J. Witherell tallied two goals and four assists in that game, while Ware, Robert Cooleen and Taylor Witherell notched four goals apiece.

            A.J. Witherell, who finishes his career as the Generals’ all-time record holder with 191 goals and 317 points, received ODAC Player of the Year honors for the third straight season.

W&L Tennis Teams Fall In Atlanta

            Both W&L tennis teams fell to Emory in NCAA Tournament action in Atlanta over the weekend.

            On the women’s side, the Generals downed Sewanee 5-4 in the second round before losing 5-0 to the top-ranked Eagles in the Round of 16.

            In Saturday’s match against the Tigers, W&L trailed 2-1 after doubles, but Taylor Garcia, Lily Horsley, Mary Hampton McNeal and Anna Kreynin all delivered singles wins as the Generals came from behind to post the victory.

            On Sunday, though, Emory (19-3) quickly handled No. 23 W&L (17-8), claiming all three doubles matches and then getting victories at No. 1 and No. 4 singles to close out the match.

            W&L’s Georgia Wright was named ODAC Rookie of the Year, while McNeal received scholar-athlete honors and Erin Ness was selected as the conference’s top coach. The Generals won their 17th consecutive ODAC championship this spring.

            Meanwhile, W&L men’s tennis fell 5-0 on the road to No. 3 Emory in the NCAA first round on Friday. The Eagles secured all three doubles points, and then polished off the victory with straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 6 singles.

            Mitchell Thomas received ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades for the Generals, who wrap up the season with a 15-8 overall record.

PM Alum Cook Wins Discus, Hammer Throw At Conference Meet

          William and May sophomore KJ Cook, a 2017 Parry McCluer High School graduate, was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships on the weekend of May 3-4, after winning two events with lifetime-bests in each. Cook won the discus with a heave of 178 feet, 8 inches (54.47 meters), the fourth-longest throw in school history and a personal record by more than 1.8 meters.

           Cook also won the hammer throw with a throw of 199-2 (60.7 meters), also fourth all-time at William and Mary. While at PM, Cook won four state throwing championships, two in the shot put and two in the discus.

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