W&L MEN'S SOCCER EARNS ODAC HONORS
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its all-conference men's soccer team on Monday afternoon and Washington and Lee placed five players on the team and took the Co-Rookie and Coach of the Year awards.
Freshman midfielder Philip Miller (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) was named ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year, while Head Coach Rolf Piranian was selected as ODAC Coach of the Year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tim Foley (Darnestown, Md./Georgetown Prep), junior fullback Paul Wallace (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) and junior forward Andrew Grimes (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) all earned first-team honors, while sophomore fullback Paul Negron (Massapequa Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) and Miller were named the All-ODAC second team.
Miller has tallied nine goals and five assists for 23 points in his freshman campaign. He scored five game-winning games, including the gameÍs only goal in the ODAC Tournament Championship game against Virginia Wesleyan.
Piranian was awarded the coach of the year award for the sixth time. He has led the W&L (18-1) to a school record for wins in a season as well as most consecutive wins (11).
Foley has started 13 games in the net for the Generals and has recorded seven shutouts. He has given up just nine goals in 1,258 minutes and has collected 70 saves for a save percentage of 0.886.
Wallace and Negron spearheaded a W&L defense that is on pace to give up the fewest goals in school history. The fullback combination helped Washington and Lee to allow only five goals in nine ODAC contests and 11 goals overall. Wallace scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Generals a 2-1 victory over Guilford in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. Negron tallied one assist to bring his career total to one goal and two assists.
Grimes leads the Generals in goals (12) and points (26). He has scored three game-winning goals and is second on the team with 47 shots.
Virginia Wesleyan's Vinnie Sciullo was named ODAC Player of the Year, while Roanoke forward David Lechtrecker shared Rookie of the Year honors with Miller.
W&L has earned the top seed for the NCAA Division III South Regional and will take on the winner of the Bethany-Frostburg State contest on Saturday evening at 6:00 in the semifinals at Christopher Newport.