ODAC Announces 2023 All-ODAC Women's Lacrosse Awards

ODAC Announces 2023 All-ODAC Women's Lacrosse Awards

FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University, winner of 13 consecutive ODAC championships, collected a league-high nine all-conference honors in addition to three special individual laurels to headline the 2023 All-ODAC Women's Lacrosse Awards.

Generals defender Eugenie Rovegno repeats as the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate and attacker Allie Schwab earned ODAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades. First-year W&L mentor Maddie Coleman received ODAC Coach of the Year recognition from her peers. Attacker Lilly Fowler is the second straight ODAC Rookie of the Year for Randolph-Macon College. Roanoke College attacker Lilly Blair garnered her second straight ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from the conference's athletic communications personnel.

The women's lacrosse awards look a little different this year with two all-league teams instead of three. Each team, however, is larger than in past, allowing for greater representation for the league's best players while maintaining the same overall number of honorees.

This season's group of 39 stars includes 24 players that earned All-ODAC honors in 2022. That includes nearly all but four members of the 19-player All-ODAC First Team. Blair and Schwab are now three-time first team honorees along with Shenandoah attacker Emma Stiffler and midfielder Madison Re.

Rovegno and attacker teammate Hanna Bishop -- the 2021 Rookie of the Year -- appear on the first team for a second straight year. The same can be said of Randolph-Macon defender Italia Carnazza.

Five players moved up to the 2023 first team from the 2022 All-ODAC Second Team. That list includes Roanoke attacker Libby Bowman and defender Natalie Mason, W&L midfielder Jenny Lisovicz and defender Sam Van Belle, and SU defender Julianna Fohner. Making the jump from the 2022 All-ODAC Third Team are R-MC midfielder and last year's Rookie of the Year, Rianna Lowery, University of Lynchburg midfielder Alla Daniel, and W&L goalkeeper Caroline Kranich.

RELATED: 2022 All-ODAC Teams | All-Time All-ODAC

Rovegno, a junior from Duxbury, Mass., is the first repeat winner of the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year since the coaches starting recognizing the honor in 2018. W&L players have earned four of those five top defensive awards. Rovegno, a Preseason All-American by USA Lacrosse, increased her caused turnovers numbers from 26 at this point last year to 33 this season, ranking fifth in the ODAC. She is seventh in ground balls with 46, and contributes to the ball possession game with 83 draw controls, good for sixth in the league with SU's Re. Rovegno, who has also contributed a pair of assists, is a major cog in W&L ranking fourth in the country in allowing 5.79 goals per game. Coincidentally, that is the save goals allowed per game stat the Generals featured at this point in 2022.

Schwab, a senior from Bryn Mawr, Pa., a been a featured part of Washington and Lee's offense in each of her three-plus seasons. In 62 career games, she has failed to record at least one point only once. Schwab has contributed at least one point in all 19 games this season powered by 33 goals and 25 assists for 58 points. Seven times she notched four or more points, including a season-high six points on two goals and four assists in a win over Virginia Wesleyan University. Schwab is arguably the most efficient scorer in the league, notching her 33 goals on just 68 shots with 53 on-goal for a 77.9 on-goal shot percentage.

Coleman has had a banner first-season in Lexington with nationally second-ranked Generals set to host first and second round action in the upcoming NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament. In addition to extending a conference winning streak that spans the past decade, W&L hoisted its ODAC record 23rd women's lacrosse trophy last weekend. The Generals are currently 18-1 overall with seven nationally ranked wins over Franklin & Marshall College (15-8), Salisbury University (6-5), Gettysburg College (10-9 in OT), Catholic University (12-6), Tufts University (16-5), and twice against Roanoke (17-7 and 16-9).

Fowler, a first-year from Phoenix, Md., has been a potent part of Randolph-Macon's offense since notching six points on five goals and one assist in her first collegiate game in a 17-7 win over Hood. While that proved to be her season-high mark, Fowler registered eight games of three or more points, posting at least one point in 17-of-20 games played. She scored at least one goal in 16 contests. Fowler also proved adept in the clutch as she scored the game-winner in with 2:06 to play in the Yellow Jackets 16-15 win at Lynchburg in the ODAC quarterfinals.

Blair, a fifth-year from Salem, Va., is now just the fourth player to earn two ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. In the classroom, Blair maintains a 4.00 grade point average as a triple major in mathematics, economics, and actuarial science. She is a member of Roanoke's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as well as Pi Mu Epsilon (math) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics) national honor societies. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. On campus, she served on the EconLab in addition. She is a soon-to-be five year honoree on the ODAC All-Academic Team and helped the conference with operations in hosting the 2022 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship final four.

On the field, Blair has earn four All-ODAC honors including three nods to the first team and one third team assignment. Her efforts have helped the nationally 16th-ranked Maroons finish as the ODAC runner-up the past three seasons with at-large bids to the 2022 and 2023 NCAA brackets. Blair has registered 75 points this season powered by 47 goals and 28 assists. She has only been shutout once in 18 games played this season, registering four or more points in 11 games. For her career, Blair has racked up 310 points and 242 goals, both currently inside the ODAC's all-time top-10.

Listed below are the full All-ODAC Women's Lacrosse Teams. For more information, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

ODAC Offensive Player of the Year: Allie Schwab, Sr., A, Washington and Lee
ODAC Defensive Player of the Year: Eugenie Rovegno, Jr., D, Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Maddie Coleman, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Lilly Fowler, Fy., A, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Lilly Blair, Sr., A, Roanoke

Rianna Lowery + So. A Randolph-Macon
Lilly Blair * Sr. A Roanoke
Libby Bowman ^ Jr. A Roanoke
Emma Stiffler * Sr. A Shenandoah
Hanna Bishop * Jr. A Washington and Lee
Allie Schwab * Sr. A Washington and Lee
Alla Daniel + Sr. M Lynchburg
Taylor Mittelstadter So. M Randolph-Macon
Sophia Chickering Jr. M Roanoke
Madison Re * Sr. M Shenandoah
Jenny Lisovicz ^ Sr. M Washington and Lee
Shannon Timoney Jr. M Washington and Lee
Italia Carnazza * Sr. D Randolph-Macon
Natalie Mason ^ Jr. D Roanoke
Addison Schmidt * Sr. D Roanoke
Julianna Fohner ^ So. D Shenandoah
Eugenie Rovegno * Jr. D Washington and Lee
Sam Van Belle ^ Sr. D Washington and Lee
Caroline Kranich + Jr. GK Washington and Lee
Elizabeth Peasley Gr. A Averett
Lauren Roberts + Jr. A Bridgewater
Sydney Dumas Fy. A Lynchburg
Annie Bartley ^ Jr. A Randolph-Macon
Grace Koutouzis So. A Roanoke
Ainsley Buckner Jr. A Shenandoah
Reilly Cisar ^ Sr. A Shenandoah
Walker McKnight + Jr. A Washington and Lee
Faith Bowlin So. M Averett
Kaity Petersheim + Jr. M Bridgewater
Payton Saville Jr. M Lynchburg
Sydney Harrison ^ So. M Roanoke
Emily Lerch ^ Jr. M Shenandoah
Makaila Veney So. D Ferrum
Meredith Bornholdt So. D Lynchburg
Taylor Daugherty Fy. D Lynchburg
Agata Gullace So. D Shenandoah
Caroline Wise Sr. D Washington and Lee
Patricia Rogers * So. GK Lynchburg
Ashley MacFarlane Sr. GK Shenandoah
* 2022 All-ODAC 1st Team
^ 2022 All-ODAC 2nd Team
+ 2022 All-ODAC 3rd Team