May 5, 2000

W&L PLACES EIGHT ON ALL-ODAC MEN'S LAX SQUAD

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee dominated the Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's lacrosse postseason honors as eight Generals were named First or Second team All-Conference. In addition, head coach Jim Stagnitta was named the league's Coach of the Year for the second straight season and fourth time in his 11 years.

The Generals placed five players on the First Team and three players on the Second Team All-ODAC squad. Members of the First Team were junior attackman Matt Dugan (Rockaway, N.J./Mountain Lakes), senior attackman Chris Brown (Towson, Md./Towson), junior midfielder Pope Hackney (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), senior defenseman Charlie Antrim (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), and junior defenseman Pete Iwancio (Baltimore, Md./Loyola).

Senior attackman Colin Dougherty (Timonium, Md./Loyola), junior midfielder Bernie Norton (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall), and junior goalie Wes Hays (Towson, Md./Loyola) were all second team selections.

Stagnitta has guided the Generals to a 14-1 record (6-0 in the ODAC) and a No. 4 ranking in the latest USILA Division III poll. The 14 regular-season wins ties a school record. The 2000 season marked the fourth time that Stagnitta has guided W&L to a perfect conference record in his 11 years. It was also his sixth ODAC Championship.

Dugan, a first team selection and ODAC Player of the Year a season ago, led the ODAC in goals (44) and points (71) this season. He is already fourth all-time in career points (211) and is just 24 points from breaking the school record.

Brown finished second in the ODAC in goals (42) and was second on the team in points (60) behind Dugan. Brown was a First Team selection last season as well.

Hackney earned his second straight First Team selection after tallying 39 points on 27 goals and 12 assists.

Antrim and Iwancio helped anchor a W&L defense that led the ODAC and is third in Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 5.33 goals per game. Both were First Team All-ODAC selections a year ago.

Dougherty was named to the second team for the second straight year after earning First Team All-ODAC honors as a sophomore. Dougherty posted 45 points on 19 goals and 26 assists. He is fifth all-time at W&L in career scoring with 206 points.

Norton also received his second straight appointment to the Second Team after scoring 39 points on 27 goals and 12 assists, while Hays also made the Second Team after leading the ODAC in goals against average (5.38). Hays has stopped 60.6 percent of shots on goal this season.

W&L will be competing in the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament for the third 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 7:30 pm.

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