ODAC Releases 2013 Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. -- Washington and Lee University received 10 first place votes and 100 total poll points to lead the 2013 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Roanoke College sits second with 87 tallies, while Lynchburg College rounds out the top three with 85 points and the remaining top nod.

The Generals captured the program's third straight and ODAC record 13th overall conference title in 2012, topping Roanoke, 20-5, in Lexington. W&L's postseason success was halted sooner than expected as it fell to the University of Mary Washington, 16-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Washington and Lee (15-5 overall, 9-0 in ODAC play in 2012) looks to make it 10 titles in the last 11 years in 2013, and head coach Brooke O'Brien returns four all-conference players eager to make that happen. All-ODAC First Team defender Leanne Stone (49 ground balls, 32 caused turnovers), All-ODAC Second Team goalkeeper Cara Mulligan (100 saves, 7.97 goals-against-average) and All-ODAC Third Team defender Olive Waxter (23 GB, 11 CT) form the nucleus of a defensive unit that allowed an ODAC-low 169 goals last season. Second team midfielder Meade Brewster (31 goals, 7 assists, 33 GB, 22 draw controls, 14 CT) looks to continue her strong two-way play as she augments an attack that includes several returning standouts, including last year's second-leading scorer Margaret Klein (35 G, 10 A, 20 GB).

Roanoke (11-7, 7-2) placed five players on all-conference teams in 2012 and four are back for a run at a third straight ODAC championship game appearance. Three first team stalwarts return to Salem, including reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year, midfielder Darrah Evarts (54 G, 12 A, 50 GB, 61 DC, 33 CT). She's joined by 2012 ODAC points leader Allison Bonanno (55 G, 46 A, 31 GB) and midfielder Kathleen Wager (55 G, 23 A, 49 GB, 58 DC, 33 CT). Stephanie Vogel (16 GB, 14 CT) is back to lead the defense after a third team selection. Attack Jamie Golden (31 G, 13 A, 19 GB) further boosts the front line, while Lauren Curtin (108 SV, 12.00 GAA) is back in net.

Lynchburg (11-7, 7-2) also returns a handful of all-conference performers, with a pair of first teamers in tow in midfielder Julie Will (31 G, 8 A, 40 GB, 49 DC) and defender Brianna LaMarca (29 GB, 23 CT). Second team attack Kendall Adkin (65 G, 16 A, 28 GB) was second in scoring for LC last season, and third team midfielder Sarah Shannon (16 G, 7 A, 37 GB, 36 DC, 21 CT) was one of seven Hornets to top the 20-point mark, a group that also includes midfielder Bri Slate (34 G, 16 A).

New to the ODAC this season is Shenandoah University (13-5, 6-1 in the USA South), and the Hornets join the conference loaded with six returning All-USA South honorees from a squad that set a new program record for victories in a season and made an appearance in the conference title game. Three first team choices are back, including the USA South's reigning Rookie of the Year in midfielder Liz Bereit (44 G, 12 A, 31 GB, 51 DC). She's joined by midfielder Samantha Sisson (63 G, 16 A, 36 GB, 84 DC) and goalkeeper Ashley Cross (143 SV, 6.78 GAA). Attack Amy Rollins (17 G, 17 A) and midfielder Corrinne Kosmoski (39 G, 3 A, 43 GB, 44 DC, 19 CT) were second team selections, while defender Emily Kogler (2 G, 1 A, 27 GB, 16 CT) earned a spot on the honorable mention team.

Guilford College (11-7, 7-2) is one of two programs to welcome a new head coach this season. Sarah Lamphier takes over the reins from 2012 ODAC Coach of the Year, Matthew Grosso, and she has four all-conference players back from a team that set a program record for victories in a season. Midfielder Eleanora Keene (27 G, 4 A, 30 GB, 128 DC) and goalkeeper Liza Mettler (186 SV, 11.88 GAA) were first team choices in 2012, while attackers E'leyna Garcia (57 G, 23 A, 20 GB, 24 DC) and Lily Colley (48 G, 30 A, 36 GB, 24 DC, 25 CT) were named to the second and third teams, respectively.

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