BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team returns seven starters from a 2000 squad which went 16-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinals. That fact has not escaped the preseason publications as Faceoff 2001 Men's College Lacrosse Yearbook tabbed the Generals as the third ranked team in Division III. In addition, six Generals are cited as preseason All-Americans by the magazine.
Leading the preseason top 10 is defending national champion Middlebury, followed by Salisbury State, W&L, Nazareth, Gettysburg, Washington College, Denison, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ohio Wesleyan and Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. Fellow ODAC members Roanoke, Hampden-Sydney and Lynchburg are ranked 16, 17 and 18, respectively.
Four W&L players have been tabbed as preseason First Team All-Americans, the most of any school. Senior attackman Matt Dugan (Rockaway, N.J./Mountain Lakes), senior midfielder Pope Hackney (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), senior midfielder Bernie Norton (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) and senior defenseman Pete Iwancio (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) each garnered the honor.
Dugan earned First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-America honors last season after tallying 55 goals and 32 assists for 87 points. He enters the 2001 season with 228 career points, just seven shy of breaking the W&L record.
Hackney was a First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-America selection in 2000 after scoring 31 goals and dishing 18 assists for 49 points. He also won 63.5 percent of his faceoffs (40-23).
Norton was a Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America choice last season after he totaled 29 goals and 17 assists for 46 points, while Iwancio earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America honors. He helped spearhead a defense that ranked as the second stingiest in Division III, allowing an average of just 5.78 goals per game.
Senior goalie Wes Hays (Pasadena, Md./Loyola) was named to the second team after earning Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America honors last season. He finished second in Division III in goals-against average (5.85 gpg) and posted a .607 save percentage.
Sophmore midfielder Tom Melanson (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) earned honorable mention recognition as well. Melanson won 71.1 percent of his faceoffs last season (219-89), while tallying one goal and two assists.
Washington and Lee returns 24 letterwinners to the fold this season, including nine of its top 13 scorers from a season ago.