FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2018 women's lacrosse preseason poll on Tuesday and Washington and Lee was picked to finish first in the league out of nine teams.
The Generals earned 64 points, including eight first-place votes to lead the poll. Randolph-Macon was tabbed second with 55 tallies and the remaining first-place nod. Roanoke collected 45 points to take third and Lynchburg took the fourth spot with 43 points. Shenandoah rounded out the Top 5 with 41 points. Bridgewater (30), Guilford (23), Virginia Wesleyan (14) and Randolph (9) completed the poll.
W&L finished the 2017 season with a 19-2 overall mark, which set a new program record for victories in a season. The Generals captured their eighth-straight ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history, before falling to TCNJ, 5-4, in double overtime.
Washington and Lee returns two First Team All-ODAC honorees from a season ago in junior midfielder Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) and senior defender Riley Garcia (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset).
A First Team All-American, Tucker posted a team-high 103 draw controls last season. She also recorded 50 points on 37 goals and 13 assists. The first team all-region and all-state honoree also picked up 23 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. Tucker enters the season ranked fourth in program history with 152 career draw controls.
Garcia started all 21 games for the Generals and played a major role for the W&L defense that ranked second in Division III with a 4.14 goals-against average. The Generals held opponents to single-digit totals in 20 contests. She also posted 20 ground balls and caused 17 turnovers.
W&L also returns four second team all-conference honorees in senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville), junior midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss), sophomore defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) and sophomore goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy).
Castelo ranked third on the team in goals (31), assists (15) and points (46) last season. Appearing in all 21 contests, Castelo also collected 23 ground balls, five draw controls and caused eight turnovers.
Peters led the team with 37 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers, while also winning 20 draw controls. She recorded 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists.
Anderson started all 21 games during her rookie campaign. She joined Garcia on the defensive unit that ranked second nationally in goals-against average. She also picked up 25 ground balls, won eight draw controls, caused seven turnovers and dished out an assist.
Gilbert started 20 games during her rookie season in goal. She finished last season ranked second in the nation with a 4.07 goals-against average, while also recording a 52.6 save percentage. She posted 71 saves, 33 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Gilbert was also named to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament team.
Third-ranked Washington and Lee opens the season on February 17 when it hosts 17th-ranked Mary Washington for a 1:00 pm contest.
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2018 ODAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (8) 64 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon College (1) 55 pts.
3. Roanoke College 45 pts.
4. Lynchburg College 43 pts.
5. Shenandoah University 41 pts.
6. Bridgewater College 30 pts.
7. Guilford College 23 pts.
8. Virginia Wesleyan University 14 pts.
9. Randolph College 9 pts.