SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its 2007 women's and men's lacrosse polls on Tuesday afternoon. The W&L women were picked to add to their four-straight league titles, while the men were tabbed to finish fourth.
The Generals' women received all nine first-place votes and are followed in the polling by Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Guilford, Bridgewater, Sweet Briar and Hollins.
In the men's poll, Roanoke received five first-place votes and sits atop the poll. Hampden-Sydney received one first-place vote and was followed by Lynchburg, W&L (one first-place vote), Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon and Guilford.
The Washington and Lee women's team finished the 2006 season with a 16-4 overall record and extended its ODAC regular season winning streak to 18 straight games with an 8-0 conference record. The Generals advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to eventual-champion TCNJ.
W&L returns three First Team All-ODAC players for the 2007 campaign in senior midfielder Maggie Meager (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor), junior goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and junior defender Kat
Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy). Megear tallied 25 goals and four assists a season ago, while Tilbor logged a .537 save percentage and 6.85 goals-against average. Michaels totaled three points and helped the Generals' defense finish seventh nationally in scoring defense (6.50 gpg).
The W&L men graduated just two players from its 2006 team that went 7-6 overall with five losses to programs ranked in the Top 10. W&L returns 89.5 percent of its scoring and five all-conference players, including the entire starting defense.
Sophomores Tim Skeen (Baltimore, Md./Towson) and Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) are both preseason Honorable Mention All-America selections after finishing as the top two on the team in scoring last season. An attackman, Skeen was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year after totaling 17 goals and 18 assists. St. John, a midfielder, earned Second Team All-ODAC laurels after posting a team-best 24 goals and eight assists.
The W&L women open their 2007 campaign at the University of Dallas on February 19 at 4:00 pm, while the men open with a home date against Cabrini on Feb. 24 at 1:00 pm.
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