W&L WOMEN'S LACROSSE SITS ATOP ODAC PRESEASON POLL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its women's lacrosse preseason poll on Tuesday and Washington and Lee was picked first among the nine conference teams.

The Generals, two-time defending ODAC Champions, received 71 points and seven first place votes. Virginia Wesleyan, last season's runner-up, is second with 57 points and Roanoke is third with 56 points.

W&L returns 21 letterwinners, including senior midfielder Kitt Murphy (New York, N.Y./St. Catherines), a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection.

Last year, the Generals went 15-4 overall and 7-1 in the ODAC. The Generals defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 11-9, in the ODAC Championship game, before falling to Gettysburg, 13-8, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

W&L is currently ranked 16th in Division III and has a 1-1 record in 2005.

2005 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

1. Washington and Lee 71 (7)
2. Virginia Wesleyan 57
3. Roanoke 56
4. Randolph-Macon 50
5. Lynchburg 39
6. Sweet Briar 34 (1)
7. Guilford 23
8. Bridgewater 22
9. Hollins 8

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