Maroons Fall to Top Seed W&L in ODAC Title Tilt

Maroons Fall to Top Seed W&L in ODAC Title Tilt

The Basics

Score: No. 2 Washington and Lee 16, No. 16 Roanoke 9

Records: Maroons 15-3; Generals 18-1

Location: Lexington, Va.

The Lead: The second-ranked and top-seeded Generals pulled away late from 16th-ranked and second-seeded Roanoke to capture a 16-9 win in the 2023 ODAC championship game.

How It Happened/Highlights:

  • Grace Koutouzis scored the Maroons' first two goals, giving Roanoke a 2-1 advantage at the 9:58 mark of the first quarter.
  • W&L tallied back-to-back goals before Lilly Blair answered from a Koutouzis assist, tying things up at 3-3 with 4:41 remaining in the opening frame.
  • After the Generals opened up a 5-3 lead early in the second period, the teams then traded goals over the next few minutes. Koutouzis scored twice more for the Maroons, while Kate Loughran also got on the board.
  • Koutouzis' fourth goal of the afternoon pulled Roanoke to within 7-6 with 2:31 left in the second quarter, but W&L would snag the final two goals of the half to assume a 9-6 lead at the break.
  • Libby Bowman's goal with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter made it a 10-7 game. But the contest was then halted due to lightning, leading to a lengthy weather delay.
  • Following the stoppage, W&L registered five of the next six goals, going ahead 15-8 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Soria Ebert's free-position marker at the 8:55 mark would provide the only Roanoke scoring in the final frame.
  • Koutouzis finished with four goals and one assist. Blair notched two goals in the game, and she also led the Maroons with six draw controls.
  • Kyleigh Chickering made 14 saves on the day, including 11 stops after the weather delay in the second half.
  • Blair, Chickering and Koutouzis were all honored on the ODAC All-Tournament Team.

Up Next: The Maroons will wait to find out if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The selection show will stream at at 10:30 a.m. Monday.