2011 Washington & Lee Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

The biggest unknown heading into the season is who will start in goal. McCabe has four players competing for the starting nod and he feels confident that whoever wins the job will have an outstanding season.

"It's going to be an exciting competition throughout the preseason," he said. "We have a pair of seniors in Ned Lundvall and Jason Lumpkin and they are the front-runners, but don't count out first-years Dylan Florig or Patrick Jennings."

Though fairly inexperienced from the standpoint of game action, both Lundvall and Lumpkin have been battling for the opportunity to start over the course of their careers and both are hungry to contribute in net.

Lundvall started the Lee-Jackson game in the fall and has seen action in 17 contests over his three seasons. He claims a .692 save percentage and 3.61 goals-against average for his career. Lumpkin also saw plenty of time in the L-J game and likewise boasts solid career numbers. He has played in 15 career games, notching a .579 save percentage and 4.47 goals-against average.

The Generals typically play a stiff schedule, but the 2011 season will feature the most competitive schedule in recent memory. In addition to the always rigorous ODAC slate that includes three ranked opponents (No. 5 Roanoke, No. 11 Lynchburg, No. 20 Hampden-Sydney), the Generals will play a non-conference schedule that includes dates with four NCAA Tournament teams (Wittenberg, No. 3 Salisbury, No. 8 Middlebury, No. 14 Denison).

"Certainly we will face some major challenges with three of our first four games against teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last year," offered McCabe. "This schedule will be a big test for our guys and they are excited for it. I think it will bring out the best in them and there is no question that playing this type of out of conference schedule will help prepare us for the rigors of the ODAC schedule."

McCabe's group begins their journey on February 15 as it hosts Ferrum College (5:00 pm) for the first game in the history of the Panthers' lacrosse program.

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