W&L Field Hockey Picked Fourth in ODAC Preseason Poll

W&L Field Hockey Picked Fourth in ODAC Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2013 field hockey preseason coaches’ poll on Tuesday and Washington and Lee was tabbed fourth in the league with 39 points.

Defending league champion Lynchburg garnered the top spot with eight of the nine first-place votes and 64 points. Randolph-Macon received the remaining first-place vote and 54 points to take the second spot. Bridgewater (40) came in one spot before the Generals by one point. Following W&L was Eastern Mennonite (37), Shenandoah (32), Roanoke (30), Virginia Wesleyan (20) and Sweet Briar (8).

The Generals return 14 players from last year’s team, and they add 10 first-year athletes. In 2012, the squad finished 6-12 overall and 4-4 in the conference, advancing to the ODAC Quarterfinals.

Sophomore Charlotte MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) returns as the squad’s top goal scorer, after notching four in her first season. Senior Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) recorded three goals and three assists to tie for second in points in 2012.

Senior Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) earned First Team All-ODAC honors last season as the team’s top midfielder. Senior Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) will lead the defense, after receiving Second Team All-ODAC honors in 2012. Hampsch totaled a goal and two defensive saves in 16 games.

The Generals open the season by hosting Johns Hopkins on Friday at 2:00 pm.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Lynchburg (8)

64 pts.

2. Randolph-Macon (1)

54 pts.

3. Bridgewater

40 pts.

4. Washington and Lee                      

39 pts.

5. Eastern Mennonite

37 pts.

6. Shenandoah

32 pts.

7. Roanoke

30 pts.

8. Virginia Wesleyan

20 pts.

9. Sweet Briar

8 pts.


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