BALTIMORE, Md. -- Lacrosse Magazine recently released its Division I, II and III preseason polls and the Washington and Lee women's team is cited among the nation's elite.

The Generals are ranked 13th overall in voting conducted by the magazine staff, collegiate coaches, and media members.

W&L returns four All-ODAC performers from last season, including a pair of first team selections in senior attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and senior midfielder Rachel Wallick (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep).

Last season, the Generals went 15-4 overall and 8-0 ODAC, claiming their third consecutive ODAC Championship. They also won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game with an 11-9 win over Amherst before falling to eventual NCAA runner-up Salisbury.

W&L opens the 2006 season on Sat., Feb. 25 at No. 14 St. Mary's (Md.) at 3:00 pm.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III Women's Preseason Top 20

1. The College of New Jersey
2. Middlebury College
3. Salisbury University
4. SUNY-Cortland
5. Colorado College
6. Williams College
7. Colby College
8. Gettysburg College
9. Amherst College
10. Bowdoin College
11. Drew University
12. Skidmore College
13. Washington and Lee University
14. St. Mary's (Md.) College
15. William Smith College
16. Franklin & Marshall College
17. Ursinus College
18. Trinity (Conn.) College
19. University of Mary Washington
20. Wesleyan University