W&L teams rake in conference titles

While some have national championships on the horizon, others faced defeat in matches this weekend


Generals men’s lacrosse players and staff celebrate their ODAC championship victory over Lynchburg. Photo courtesy of Generals Athletics

Bella Timmerding, Staff Writer

Washington and Lee athletic teams have added seven Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship titles to the books in the 2022-23 seasons. And the year is not over yet.
Eight spring athletic teams recently competed in their ODAC championship line-ups, snagging conference titles and vying for NCAA qualifications. Here’s the latest breakdown:


Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams secured their ODAC championship titles this weekend. The No. 8 men’s team faced Lynchburg in the championship game on May 6 and brought home their 12th ODAC championship in program history. Elliot Cohen, ’26, secured the game-winning goal for the final 12-11 score. This win gives the team an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III championship. Washington and Lee has been picked as a host for the first weekend of the championship, getting started this Saturday.
The team also tied the program record for most wins in a season.
The No. 2 Generals women’s lacrosse team earned the program’s 13th consecutive ODAC Championship trophy. The Generals beat No. 16 Roanoke 16-9 for the conference title on May 7. Hannah Bishop, ’24, Walker McKnight, ’24, and Ginny Taylor, ’24, led the Generals in scoring.


The women’s tennis team walked away with their 20th consecutive ODAC title after their victory over Sweet Briar at Washington and Lee on April 30. But the team’s bid for a national title fell short this weekend.
The first three rounds of the NCAA tournament were hosted at Washington and Lee from May 5-7. The Generals topped N.C. Wesleyan 5-2 in the first round, but couldn’t keep up with No. 7 Emory in the second round, falling 5-1 to end their bid for the national championship.
Lauren Long, ’26, will continue her rookie season at the NCAA Division III Singles Championship in Orlando, Fla. Her first-round match will be on May 19.
The men’s tennis team competed against Averett on April 30 to claim their 13th consecutive ODAC title. Connor Coleman, ’24, Will Kistler, ’25, and Eli Hirshberg, ’25, led the team to their 41st overall ODAC win.
Evan Erb, ’25, earned ODAC player of the year honors and an All-ODAC First Team selection at both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Connor Coleman, ’24, and James Kurani, ’25, also received All-ODAC First Team honors. While the team’s season has concluded, Erb will continue at the NCAA Division III Singles Championship on May 18 in Orlando, Fla.


The Generals baseball season concluded this weekend with a 4-1 defeat by Roanoke in the ODAC conference tournament. Drew Larsen, ’24, went 3-for-3 at the plate, and reached base four times in the game. Pitcher Evan Blair, ’25, received his first loss of the season on the mound, while Andrew Flood, ’25, left Roanoke completely scoreless through his five innings.
The Generals concluded their 2023 season with an overall record of 18-17.

Track and Field

The men’s and women’s track and field programs each claimed second to Lynchburg at their ODAC championship meet on May 1.
Both teams returned from a spring break meet at Salisbury University primed to compete at Bridgewater University for the conference title. The women’s team secured a total of 153 points and had 11 podium presences. Carolyn Todd, ’23, received the conference scholar athlete award alongside her first place finish in the 10K.
The men’s team scored a total of 150 points and represented nine podium presences. Daniel Jakubowski-Lewis, ’26, secured the team’s first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Multiple Generals will continue to compete this weekend in Tennessee to increase their national rankings, aiming to qualify for the 2023 outdoor NCAA championship held in Rochester, New York.


The No. 10 Generals claimed the 2023 women’s golf ODAC title at the end of April. With four returning competitors and a strong first-year addition, the women’s golf team went into their ODAC weekend confident in their ability to score low.
Julia Haetzel, ’26, individually won the April 30 tournament with a final scorecard of 40-38-73-69–220 (+7). Haetzel was the only player out of 34 to finish under par in any of the four rounds of the tournament.
Laetitia Roegner, ’25, said the team secured all top five positions and one top ten finish in nationally-ranked golf tournaments throughout the season.
Despite increased competition, Roegner said she and the team were certain they would walk away with the team title. The Generals begin their NCAA bid this week in Florida.