GREENVILLE, Pa. (ohioriverlax.org) – The 2018 season is underway for seven of the 12 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) women's programs.
ORLC news and notes …
Chatham University (1-1) secured a 20-4 win over Salem College at Blixt Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 5, the program’s first-ever victory … Freshman midfielder Sydney Collins (Wake Forest, N.C. | Northwood School) registered six goals, an assist and five draw controls in the win ... Collins finished with a pair of goals and an assist in Chatham’s 13-9 season-opening loss to Juniata College on February 24 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Hanover College (1-2) senior midfielder Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich. | Herbert Henry Dow) and sophomore attacker Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky. | Kentucky Country Day) led the Panthers in an 11-4 win at Concordia-Chicago on Feb. 26 ... Fogus totaled three, goals, an assist and three ground balls while Boomershine added three goals ... Fogus is Hanover’s all-time goals leader with 102.
Washington & Jefferson College (1-1) sophomore attacker Rae LaRochelle (East Sandwich, Mass. | Sandwich) picked up right where she left off in 2017 with hat tricks in both of W&J's games last week, racking up three points in a loss to Frostburg State University and four points in the win over Franciscan … She now has 14 hat tricks in 20 career games.
ORLC Players of the Week ...
Transylvania freshman midfielder Rachel Johnston (Franklin, Tenn. | Franklin) is off to a terrific start this season, helping the Pioneers to a 2-1 record after registering 16 points on 12 goals and four assists, 14 draw controls, seven ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers ... Johnston turned in a great performance in her first collegiate game, recording five goals, five draw controls, two ground balls, and an assist in the Pioneers 21-1 victory over Muskingum University on Feb. 24 ... She followed that up with four goals, six draw controls, and three assists in a 20-10 Transylvania victory over Otterbein University the following day ... The freshman also scored three goals in the Pioneers 15-11 loss to Wittenberg on March 1.
W&J senior midfielder Caroline Kallos (Reading, Pa. | Governor Mifflin) has totaled 11 points on eight goals and three assists to go along with 18 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers to help two-time defending ORLC champion W&J get off to a 1-1 start this season ... With four goals in last Saturday’s 10-4 victory over Franciscan University, Kallos set W&J’s all-time points record with 235 and enters the week with 237 career points ... She also finished with 11 ground balls, 10 draw controls and seven caused turnovers in the win at Alexandre Stadium.
In other ORLC news …
W&J was selected as this year's favorite in the ORLC women's preseason coaches' poll, which was voted on by the league's head coaches. The results of the preseason coaches' poll were unveiled along with the league's players to watch list on Feb. 29 ... The Presidents, led by fifth-year head coach Alison Valerio, received six of a possible 12 first-place votes and 137 total points ... W&J has claimed the last two ORLC Championship Tournament titles.
The ORLC features two new programs this season – Chatham (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) ... Chatham is led by Alyssa Batty while Molly Macdonald leads Earlham ... New head coaches in the ORLC also include Paige Apel at Mount St. Joseph and Gennaro Bonaventura at Waynesburg.
ORLC to receive bid to NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ...
For the second 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 6 with first round games scheduled for Saturday, May 12.