LYNCHBURG, VA - A disputed call against Randolph led to a penalty kick and an eventual 2-1 overtime win for Virginia Wesleyan in the ODAC Tournament's championship game.
The Marlins earned the ODAC's automatic berth to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
The referee called a foul against Randolph inside the box in the first overtime. Randolph head coach Bryan Waggoner disputed the call. "It was disgraceful the way the game ended," he said.
The call stood and Brian Cornell, whose brother Nick plays for Randolph, scored the game-winning goal on the penalty kick to defeat the Wildcats.
With 13 minutes to go in the game it was scoreless until Corey Sindle scored for Randolph but then 26 seconds later Randolph gave up an own goal to tie it 1-1.
Randolph, the tournament's number one seed, is now 17-2-1 and will await to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
From Lynchburg athletics:
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College women's soccer team won its fourth straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 2-0 victory over Washington and Lee University Saturday afternoon.
Similar to the regular season meeting, Lynchburg kept the ball in the Washington and Lee half of the pitch the majority of the first half. LC managed eight shots in the first stanza, three of which were saved by Addie Healy.
Still scoreless 20 minutes in, Jessie Gonzalez took advantage of a friendly bounce to give the Hornets the 1-0 lead. With a ball 30 yards out and near the sideline, Gonzalez booted a ball towards the Generals' goal. The ball bounced in front of Healy, but a high hop cleared the keeper and found the back of the net.
Healy finished with six saves for the Generals. Tess Frelick picked up her third shutout of the season and second against W&L.
Lynchburg outshot the Generals (17-3-1) 17-1 and maintained a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Hornets (21-1) move on to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year. Lynchburg will find out their opponent during the NCAA Selection Show Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
2013 Women's Soccer All-ODAC Tournament Team
Elizabeth Stump, Bridgewater College
Nikole Blackwell, Bridgewater College
Jenna Kline, Shenandoah University
Jennifer Nguyen, Shenandoah University
Ashley Hogan, Washington & Lee
Alexis Bright, Washington & Lee
Hollis Tardy, Washington & Lee
Jade Woll, Lynchburg College
Angela Bosco, Lynchburg College
Rachel Sadowski, Lynchburg College
Dessi Dupuy, Lynchburg College
From Lynchburg athletics:
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College field hockey team defeated Randolph-Macon College 2-0 Saturday in the championship game to capture the program's eighth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title.
The Hornets struck just eight minutes into play, as junior Katie Kline found the back of the cage on a feed from Morgan Lammando. Both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the first half, but the goalkeepers, Steph Talley for R-MC and Jordan Seeley for LC, kept the ball out of the net.
Lynchburg added an insurance goal at the 53:42 mark of the second half. After the Yellow Jackets threatened but couldn't convert in the early part of the half, sophomore Kayla Krause knocked in a rebound to make the score 2-0. The Hornet defense made the two-goal lead stand up.
Seeley wound up making eight stops for LC to preserve the shutout. Talley was outstanding between the pipes for R-MC, stopping 11 shots, while defender Olivia Newman made a defensive save.
The Hornets out-shot the Yellow Jackets 22-14 and held a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners.
The Hornets (16-4) move on to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth-straight year, earning the ODAC's automatic bid. LC will find out its first-round opponent and site late Sunday evening.
2013 Field Hockey All-Tournament Team
Alana Meadows, Shenandoah University
Presha Merritt, Shenandoah University
Caroline Augsburger, Bridgewater College
Jennifer Tompkins, Bridgewater College
Lauren Seal, Randolph-Macon College
Olivia Newman, Randolph-Macon College
Carrie Jacobs, Randolph-Macon College
Kelli Williams, Lynchburg College
Nicole Marburger, Lynchburg College
Melanie Tenney, Lynchburg College
Jordan Seeley, Lynchburg College
From W&L athletics:
LEXINGTON, Va. — For the second straight year and the 14th time in program history, the Washington and Lee volleyball team is the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions, following a 3-0 victory over Lynchburg in the finals on Saturday at the Warner Center.
The Generals (28-7) entered the match as the top seed and won three close sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) to beat the Hornets (14-13) in the championship match for the second straight season. The Blue and White also earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with the victory.
After winning the first two sets, W&L held a 24-18 lead in the third, but Lynchburg fought off two championship points to close the gap to 24-20. The Generals secured the contest with senior Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) setting the ball to senior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) for a kill and the title.
The Blue and White used a balanced attack to beat the Hornets. The squad totaled a .333 hitting percentage and five players had at least eight kills.
Sophomore outside hitter Kasey Cannon (North Wales, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) led the team with 10 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Anna Lausberg (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) and first-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich./Saline) each recorded nine. Shand also registered a match-high six blocks and Lausberg tallied four.
Boles and senior outside hitter Allison Rouse (Troy, Mich./Troy) notched eight kills apiece with Rouse only needing 11 attempts to reach the total. She also had nine digs to lead the team. Meleski recorded 39 assists and six digs.
With their play through all three rounds of the tournament, Boles, Meleski and Shand each earned ODAC All-Tournament Team honors.
Junior middle hitter Aricquel Payne (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) led Lynchburg with eight kills, while junior defensive specialist Brittany Crawford (Afton, Va./Nelson County) notched a team-high seven digs.
The Generals lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season to eventual National Semifinalist Christopher Newport. To find out who and where W&L is playing this year, watch the NCAA selection show on Monday, November 10, at 11:00 am by following this link.
ODAC All-Tournament Team
Megann Grimes – Bridgewater
Mackenzie Tyree – Roanoke
Jennifer Garrett – Lynchburg
Sam Page – Lynchburg
M.A. Boles – Washington and Lee
Mackenzie Shand - Washington and Lee
Meghan Meleski – Washington and Lee