December 30, 2004

W&L MEN'S LACROSSE EARNS PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING

TOWSON, Md. -- Inside Lacrosse released its Faceoff Yearbook preseason Division III men's lacrosse coaches poll recently. Washington and Lee ranked eighth overall in the voting.

Two-time defending national champion Salisbury sits atop the poll with 81 first-place votes. Nazareth, last season's NCAA Runner-up, is second in the poll after receiving two first-place votes. Following Nazareth is Middlebury with two first-place votes, Cortland with three first-place votes, Washington College, Gettysburg, Ithaca, Washington and Lee, Tufts and Whittier. Other ODAC schools in the poll were Hampden-Sydney (14), Roanoke (15) and Lynchburg (19).

W&L returns five starters and 31 letterwinners from last season's squad which posted a 14-4 overall record, won the ODAC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Headlining the returnees is senior attackman Gavin Molinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport), who earned Preseason Honorable Mention All-America honors from the same publication.

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