W&L FIELD HOCKEY FOURTH IN ODAC PRESEASON POLL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) preseason field hockey coaches' poll was released Thursday morning, with Washington and Lee ranked fourth.

The Generals received 32 total points for the fourth-place prediction. Lynchburg, which finished the 2002 season second in the ODAC, emerged with the top-position. Eastern Mennonite took the second-place nod while defending ODAC champion, Roanoke, ranked third.

Although 2002 was only the second season of ODAC play for W&L , the Generals finished among the top-four ODAC teams with a trip to the conference semifinals. Head Coach Wendy Orrison's squad posted a 10-9 overall record and a 6-3 mark in conference play.

Washington and Lee begins the 2003 season on Saturday, September 13 when the Generals travel to Johns Hopkins. Match time is slated for 4:30 p.m.

ODAC Preseason Field Hockey Coaches' Poll

1. Lynchburg - 13
2. Eastern Mennonite - 20
3. Roanoke - 27
4. Washington and Lee - 32
5. Virginia Wesleyan - 37
6. Randolph-Macon - 42
7. Bridgewater - 59
8. Sweet Briar - 63
9. Randolph-Macon Women's - 67
10. Hollins - 80

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