Hornets Top ODAC 2013 Preseason Lacrosse Coaches' Poll

Randolph-Macon College (9-8, 3-4) and Virginia Wesleyan College (10-7, 3-4) each return one all-conference honoree. The Yellow Jackets invite second team midfielder Tim Rowe (34 G, 6 A, 24 GB) back to Ashland. He's joined by fellow midfielders Jason Andrews (19 G, 20 A, 41 GB, 11 CT) and Justin Butler (9 G, 13 A, 14 GB). The Marlins have third team goalkeeper Corey Bauer (207 SV, 8.75 GAA) back between the pipes this season. Attack Nick Pappas (25 G, 11 A, 34 GB) and midfielder and face-off specialist Mikey Connors (12 G, 11 A, 71 GB, 100 of 180 F/O) also return for VWC.

Guilford College (6-9, 1-6) and Randolph College (3-12, 0-7) feature returning third team athletes from a season ago. The Quakers look to midfielder Chase Clausen (22 G, 13 A) to continue his development after a solid rookie season in Greensboro. He's joined by midfielders Nick Mann (7 G, 18 A, 17 GB) and Sam Newland (1 G, 30 GB, 77 of 159 F/O), who also served as GC's face-off specialist. The WildCats enter year two under head coach Andy Sinclair, and he welcomes back defenseman Ryan Blackwell (72 GB, 31 CT) from the third team. Attacking midfielder Colton Wood (30 G, 3 A, 25 GB) and face-off specialist John Grundy (1 G, 4 A, 78 GB, 106 of 229 F/O) also return to the fourth year program.

The ODAC men's lacrosse ranks grow by two in 2013 as both Shenandoah University and Bridgewater College embark on their first conference seasons. The Hornets (2-14, 1-6), under the direction of second year head coach Mike Kruger, welcomes back leading scorer and midfielder Mike Pope (30 G, 5 A, 39 GB), who earned honorable mention honors from the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Also back are goalkeeper Tyler Quinn (182 SV, 12.71 GAA) and short-stick midfielder/defenseman Eric Hobby (1 A, 32 GB, 11 CT).

Men's lacrosse is one of two new sports at Bridgewater that started competition during the 2012-13 academic year, joining women's golf. The Eagles tabbed Mic Grant to be the program's first head coach in April 2011 in anticipation of a 2013 beginning. He's no stranger to building programs as he started the Marywood University program and led them to winning records in each of five seasons prior to coming to Bridgewater. That stint included a pair of CSAC title game appearances in 2009 and 2011.

2013 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Lynchburg (7)          78 pts.
2. Washington & Lee (2) 71 pts.
3. Roanoke (1) 70 pts.
4. Hampden-Sydney 57 pts.
5. Randolph-Macon 45 pts.
5. Virginia Wesleyan 45 pts.
7. Guilford 33 pts.
8. Randolph 21 pts.
9. Shenandoah 19 pts.
10. Bridgewater 11 pts.

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