November 7, 2006

NINE WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS EARN ALL-ODAC HONORS

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference women's soccer team on Wednesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had nine players honored. Additionally, Head Coach Neil Cunningham was named ODAC Coach of the Year and freshman defender Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley) was honored as the league's Rookie of the Year.

Sophomore forward Anne Van Devender (Jackson, Miss./Choate Rosemary Hall), senior midfielder Maggie Megear (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and junior defender Haley Bunting (Houston, Texas/St. John's) were selected to the first team.

Sutherland was joined by senior forward Anne Wiltshire (Richmond, Va./Collegiate), senior midfielder Jamie Dorsey (Cockeysville, Md./McDonough School), sophomore defender Marisa Van Brunt (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) and sophomore goalkeeper Kiki Moreo (Westport, Conn./Staples) on the second team, while freshman midfielder Roz Klann (Denver, Colo./George Washington) was an honorable mention selection.

Cunningham was tabbed as the ODAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to a 16-1-2 mark so far this season and earning an at-large bid in the 2006 NCAA Division III Tournament. In his sixth year at W&L, this marks the second time that Cunningham has garnered this award. He also was selected as ODAC Coach of the Year in 2002.

Sutherland is the first General to win ODAC Rookie of the Year since Gina Von Sternberg '06 in 2002. Sutherland has played in all 19 of W&L's contests this season, with 18 starts, and is a key component of the Generals' defense that owns an NCAA All Divisions-best 0.10 goals-against-average.

Van Devender earned first-team honors for the first time in her career after leading the Generals and the ODAC this season with 51 points (20g, 11 a), which ties the season record at W&L. She also owns six game-winning goals this season and scored at least two goals in eight of W&L's 19 games to date.

Megear garnered All-ODAC honors for the third time after being a first-team selection in 2004 and a second-team selection in 2005. She has played a vital role in W&L opening the 2006 season with 15-straight shutouts and also owns one goal and one assist this year.

A First Team All-ODAC, First Team All State and Second Team All-South pick in 2005, Bunting has started all 19 games this season and has spearheaded the Generals' defense unit that allowed just two goals and owns a 0.10 GAA.

Wiltshire ranks second all-time in career points (135) and goals (56) at W&L and also is tied for second all-time in assists (23). In 2006, she has tallied 13 goals and five assists.

Dorsey saw action in all 19 of W&L's matches this season with 17 starts, racking up two goals.

Van Brunt earned ODAC honors for the first time in her career and was a starting member of the W&L backfield that leads the NCAA in scoring defense.

Moreo also earns ODAC honors for the first time in her career. Her sophomore campaign saw her notch a school-record 14 shutouts and a school-record 0.13 GAA.

Klann has seen minutes in 18 contests during her rookie campaign and has made 14 starts en route to registering 11 points (5g, 1a).

The Washington and Lee women's soccer team will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament and will face Meredith (17-3-1) in a regional hosted by Maryville (Tenn.) on Saturday at 5:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --

Old Dominion Athletic Conference
2006 All-ODAC Women’s Soccer Team

All-ODAC First Team
Jennah Carter, Forward, Guilford
Missy Kuhns, Forward, Virginia Wesleyan
Katie Lamm, Forward, Eastern Mennonite
Anne Van Devender, Forward, Washington and Lee
Kelly Donnelly, Midfield, Virginia Wesleyan
Laura Jackson, Midfield, Virginia Wesleyan
Maggie Megear, Midfield, Washington and Lee
Kim Vaughan, Midfield, Lynchburg
Lauren Askey, Back, Lynchburg
Haley Bunting, Back, Washington and Lee
Kristen Byrnes, Back, Virginia Wesleyan
Ally Hodgkins, Back, Virginia Wesleyan
Joy Shaiebly, Goalkeeper, Eastern Mennonite

All-ODAC Second Team
Audrea Hamby, Forward, Lynchburg
Annie Johnson, Forward, R-M Woman’s
Kristen McCoy, Forward, Roanoke
Anne Wiltshire, Forward, Washington and Lee
Micki Boulineau, Midfield, Guilford
Siobhan Budine, Midfield, Lynchburg
Jamie Dorsey, Midfield, Washington and Lee
Meredith Grunewald, Midfield, Roanoke
Julianne Strauss, Back, Emory & Henry
Maggie Sutherland, Back, Washington and Lee
Marisa Van Brunt, Back, Washington and Lee
Caroline Hemeter, Back, Guilford
Kiki Moreo, Goalkeeper, Washington and Lee

Honorable Mention
Beth Blendell, Forward, Randolph-Macon
Jada Daniel, Forward, Guilford
Mandy Dziewulski, Forward, Hollins
Valerie Burton, Midfield, Eastern Mennonite
Rosalind Klann, Midfield, Washington and Lee
Erin Rothweiler, Midfield, Guilford
Courtney Benitez, Back, Virginia Wesleyan
Caitlin Gordon, Back, Bridgewater
Kelly O’Brien, Back, Roanoke
Kelly Vornadore, Back, Lynchburg
Shannon Smalley, Back, R-M Woman’s
Bethany Magee, Back, Sweet Briar
Lindsey Williams, Goalkeeper, Virginia Wesleyan

Player of the Year
Kelly Donnelly (M), Virginia Wesleyan

Rookie of the Year
Maggie Sutherland (B), Washington and Lee

Coach of the Year
Neil Cunningham, Washington and Lee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Lauren Askey (B), Lynchburg

Sportsmanship Award
Bridgewater College