Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/10/10
From Press Releases and Staff Report
The Roanoke College women’s lacrosse team – led by senior co-captain Alida Haslett (Radnor) – was picked to repeat as champion of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Roanoke received eight out of nine possible first place votes and 78 total poll points. Washington & Lee University ranks second with 70 tallies, while Virginia Wesleyan College rounds out the top three with 56 points. The remaining first place nod went to Lynchburg College, which occupies the fifth spot in the poll.
Haslett, a senior defender, was a First-Team All-ODAC and All-ODAC Tournament Team selection last year when she started in all 21 games and was second on the team in caused turnovers (33), third in draw controls (26) and fourth in groundballs (43).
Roanoke (16-5 overall, 8-0 in the ODAC in 2009) is ranked 17th in the recently released Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Poll. The Maroons Also return reigning ODAC Player of the Year, Gina Valles (South Windsor, CT, Westminster ). An IWLCA Second Team All-American last season, Valles led the ODAC in goals scored (75) and total points (98) as she helped fuel the Maroons to their 10th conference title, tied for the most in ODAC history with Washington & Lee.
Head coach Mary Schwartz, last season’s ODAC Coach of the Year recipient, also welcomes back three other All-ODAC First Team Selections in attack Paige Mason (35 goals, 32 assists) and defender Carolyn Clark (31 groundballs, 21 caused turnovers).
Washington & Lee (13-5, 7-1) had won six straight ODAC crowns before 2009’s title game loss to Roanoke. The Generals have their eyes set on an 11th overall conference championship in 2010, but it will have to do so without the services of 2009 IWLCA Third Team All-American, Kelsi Robinson (Westtown School), following graduation.
1. Roanoke (8) 78
2. Washington & Lee 70
3. Virginia Wesleyan 56
4. Randolph-Macon 52
5. Lynchburg (1) 50
6. Guilford (43)
7. Bridgewater (25)
8. Sweet Briad (22)
9. Hollins (9)