May 6, 1999

W&L'S DUGAN NAMED ODAC MEN'S LAX PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee dominated the Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's lacrosse postseason honors as seven Generals were named first or second team all-conference. Sophomore attackman Matt Dugan (Rockaway, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was named the ODAC Player of the Year and Jim Stagnitta was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.

Dugan was joined on the first team by junior attackman Chris Brown (Towson, Md./Towson), sophomore midfielder Pope Hackney (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), junior defensemen Charlie Antrim (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), and sophomore defensemen Pete Iwancio (Baltimore, Md./Loyola). Junior attackman Colin Dougherty (Timonium, Md./Loyola) and sophomore midfielder Bernie Norton (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) were second team selections.

Stagnitta has guided the Generals to a 13-1 record (6-0 in the ODAC) and a No. 2 ranking in the latest STX/USILA Division III poll. The 1999 season marked the third time that Stagnitta has guided W&L to a perfect conference record in his 10 years. It was also his fourth ODAC Championship.

Dugan, a second team selection last season, led the ODAC in goals (81), assists (26), and points (81) this year and is just six goals and six points away from breaking the W&L single-season record for goals and points. He was a preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection by Face-off '99 Men's College Lacrosse Yearbook.

Brown posted career-highs in goals (45), assists (9), and points (54) this season, finishing second in the ODAC in goals scored and points. Only Dugan posted better numbers.

Hackney finished the regular season ranked 11th in the conference and fourth among midfielders in points (35) after posting his career-high in goals (26), assists (9), and points.

Antrim and Iwancio helped anchor a W&L defense that ended the regular season ranked first in the ODAC and Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 4.36 goals per game. Iwancio was a second team selection a year ago and a preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection by Face-off '99 Men's College Lacrosse Yearbook.

Dougherty was named to the second team after earning First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America honors last season. A preseason Third Team All-America selection by Face-off '99 Men's College Lacrosse Yearbook, Dougherty ranked third in the ODAC in scoring (50) and second in assists (25). He also added 25 goals and is currently 10th all-time at W&L in scoring (159 points).

Norton recorded his best season by tallying 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points, fifth on the team. He earned the Worrell-Fallon Award as the team MVP in the Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic at VMI by scoring two goals and dishing off two assists.

W&L will be competing in the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament for the second straight year after earning the ODAC's automatic bid. The Generals must wait to see when they will play and who their opponent will be. The selection show will be aired on Home Team Sports on Sunday at 7:00 pm.

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