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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
LEXINGTON — Cameron Dabir had three goals and one assist to lead the Washington and Lee men’s lacrosse team to a 13-8 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament.
The third-seeded Generals (14-3) led 9-2 late in the second quarter, but Virginia Wesleyan (9-7) cut the lead to 10-8 by the end of the third. Mac Means scored twice to close out the win for W&L.
W&L’s Cooper Brown and Garrett Paglia had two goals, while Mikey Connors and Joe Papetti had two goals each for the Marlins.
Warren Berenis made 13 saves in net for W&L.
W&L will play second-seeded Lynchburg (12-4) in the semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Virginia 11, VCU 3
RICHMOND — Mike Papi had three hits and two RBIs while Jared King and Branden Cogswell each had two hits and two RBIs apiece as the Cavaliers scored the first nine runs of the game and cruised to a victory over the Rams. Brandon Downes added two hits and an RBI for Virginia (39-8).
Nate Kirby pitched two innings and allowed one walk in the win.
Taylor Buran and Cody Yount each had an RBI for VCU (21-22).
Old Dominion 7, VMI 3
NORFOLK — Five Monarch hitters had two hits and capitalized on four Keydets errors as Old Dominon (24-21) defeated VMI (19-30).
Josh Eldridge, Josiah Burney and Tyler Urps each had two hits and an RBI as the Monarchs led 4-0 after three innings.
Brett Harris pitched four shutout innings allowing only three hits and struck out three to earn the victory.
VMI’s Red Dowdell and Nick Dwyer each had two hits and an RBI .
Tech, UVa in NCAA field
Virginia Tech received an at-large bid to the NCAA men’s tennis tournament, while Virginia was awarded the No. 2 overall seed in the entire field.
The Hokies (15-9), in the field for the seventh straight year, were assigned to a four-team regional at Kentucky. They will face 23rd-ranked Michigan (16-9) in the first round on May 10. The winner will face Kentucky (20-11), the No. 8 overall seed in the entire tournament, or Western Michigan (19-9) the following day.
UVa (24-0), which reaped an automatic bid as the ACC champ, will host a regional for the 10th straight year. UVa will face Fairleigh Dickinson (9-7) on May 10, with the winner meeting VCU (20-6) or Minnesota (14-10) the following day. UVa, last year’s NCAA runner-up, is the only unbeaten team in the country.
Tech takes doubleheader from Liberty
LYNCHBURG — Bkaye Smith led Virginia Tech to a pair of wins against Liberty on Tuesday, with Tech winning the first game 11-1 in five innings and the second game 4-2.
Smith hit a grand slam and tallied five RBIs to lead the Hokies in game one. Dani Anderson drove in three runs and scored twice for Tech. Jasmin Harrell gave up just three hits and a walk over five innings in the win, while striking out four.
Kylie McGoldrick tied game two with a solo homer in the seventh inning and Smith hit a two-run double to put the Hokies ahead.
Kelly Heinz pitched three innings in relief for the win, striking out four and giving up one hit.
Tech improves to 33-16 overall, while Liberty falls to 19-35.
Bier among ODAC honorees
Cave Spring graduate Alea Bier of Roanoke College has been named the ODAC scholar-athlete of the year for the second straight year. She also made the All-ODAC softball first team for the second straight year.
The senior first baseman hit .378 and has a 3.95 GPA.
She was joined on the All-ODAC first team by Roanoke outfielder Leona Rainey (.432).
The second team included Roanoke pitcher Kelly Higbie (16-7) and Roanoke pitcher/shortstop Stephanie Clark (12-4 record, .313 batting average), who was chosen for a utility spot. The third team included Lynchburg outfielder Jessi Hall (Floyd County).
UVa gets NCAA bid
Virginia received an at-large bid to the NCAA women’s tennis tournament and will host a regional.
UVa (17-9) will face Fairleigh Dickinson (11-6) on May 11, with the winner meeting Texas (17-10) or William and Mary (17-5) the following day. UVa is the No. 14 overall seed in the tournament.
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