GREENVILLE, Pa. (ohioriverlax.org) – Defending Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) champion Washington & Jefferson College will travel to last year’s runner-up, Saint Vincent College, Wednesday afternoon in a rematch of last season’s title match.
The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Saint Vincent Turf in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
W&J (6-4, 5-0), led by fourth-year head coach Alison Valerio, who was voted the ORLC Coach of the Year in 2016, helped rally the top-seeded Presidents from an 8-6 halftime deficit a year ago to down then-defending ORLC champion and third-seeded Saint Vincent (7-3, 3-1) 13-11 to claim last year’s conference title at Alexandre Stadium in Washington, Pa.
W&J junior midfielder Caroline Kallos (Reading, Pa. | Governor Mifflin) led all players with seven points, tallying a match-high five goals and adding a pair of assists, in last year’s title match. Kallos is leading the ORLC in ground balls (53) and caused turnovers (28) and ranks fourth in draw controls (43) this season.
Saint Vincent junior midfielder Maggie Nelson (Jefferson, Md. | Saint John's Catholic Prep.) totaled a team-high five points on three goals and a pair of assists in last year's title match. Nelson currently leads all ORLC counterparts with 67 points and 48 goals this season.
This year’s ORLC Women's Championship Tournament will once again feature a four-team field, with the top seed hosting all three tournament matches. On Friday, May 5 the number one seed will take on the number four seed, followed by the match between the number two and three seeds. The tournament's title match will be played on Saturday, May 6.
In other ORLC news …
Franklin College has won four-straight matches since being dealt a 20-1 loss at Calvin College on March 28 … Senior midfielders Lexi Ingram (Bloomington, Ind. | Bloomington South) and Hannah Grow (Morton, Ill. | Morton) have combined for 27 goals and 15 assists during the four-match stretch … Ingram leads the Grizzlies with 39 points on 25 goals and 14 assists, while Grow has totaled 21 points on 15 goals and six assists.
After dropping its first five matches of the season, Mount St. Joseph University has won its last two straight and three of its last five … In Tuesday’s 9-8 victory at Thomas More College, senior midfielder Madie Long (Columbus, Ohio | Hilliard Davidson) registered the game-winning score on a free position shot with just 39 seconds remaining … Freshman attacker Anna Thorner (Cincinnati, Ohio | Mercy) finished with five goals, two caused turnovers, one ground ball and a draw control … Sophomore midfielder Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, Ohio | Little Miami) totaled one goal, one assist, four ground balls and four caused turnovers in the win.
Transylvania University rolled to a 23-12 home win over Hendrix College on Easter Sunday … Junior attacker Julia Ward (Dayton, Ohio | Chaminade-Julienne) and sophomore attacker Alexis Rubin (Louisville, Ky. | Atherton) each registered a match-high six goals while adding an assist … Ward also totaled nine draw controls and four ground balls in the win … It was the third time this month the Pioneers have scored 20 or more goals in a match.
ORLC Players of the Week ...
Rae LaRochelle • Freshman attacker • Washington & Jefferson College
East Sandwich, Mass. | Sandwich
**LaRochelle kept W&J rolling in ORLC play last week with five goals in each match of a two-win road swing to Hanover College and Thomas More, totaling 10 goals, three assists, four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. She opened the trip with five goals and an assist in last Friday’s 12-7 victory at Hanover before scoring five goals and adding a pair of assists in Saturday’s 14-3 win at Thomas More. She netted the eventual game-winner in both matches.
Caroline Kallos • Junior midfielder • Washington & Jefferson College
Reading, Pa. | Governor Mifflin
**Kallos registered 16 ground balls, 10 draw controls and seven caused turnovers in a pair of ORLC road wins last week for Washington & Jefferson College. Offensively, she added seven goals and an assist. In Friday’s 12-7 victory at Hanover College, she posted a career-high 12 ground balls and tied her career high with five caused turnovers, plus matched her season best with six draw controls to go along with five goals. Also against Hanover, she became W&J's career leader in ground balls. In Saturday’s 14-3 win at Thomas More College, she posted three points (2 goals, 1 assist), picked up four ground balls and added four draw controls plus a pair of caused turnovers.
ORLC to receive bid to NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ...
For the first time since the creation of the ORLC in 2014, the winner of the ORLC Championship Tournament will receive one of just 29 automatic qualifying bids to this year's NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ... The 40-team championship bracket is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, May 7 with first round games scheduled for Friday-Saturday, May 12-13.
For a full recap of Week 7 in the ORLC, click here.