Washington and Lee Favored Atop ODAC Men's Soccer Poll

Washington and Lee Favored Atop ODAC Men's Soccer Poll

Generals Earn Eight First Place Votes

FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University finds itself in a familiar position entering the 2017 season as the Generals stand atop the ODAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll for the second straight year. W&L picked up 10 first place votes on the way to a table-topping 115 points. Defending ODAC champion Lynchburg College collected three top nods as part of a 111-tally showing. Roanoke College secured the remaining first place vote and also eclipsed the 100-point plateau with 103 markers in the annual coaches' survey.

The 2016 regular season proved a success in the first year of unbalanced play in men's soccer. Lynchburg and Washington and Lee each won seven conference games, with the former posting a pair of ties to trump W&L's one stalemate and lone conference loss for the first seed in the ODAC Tournament. The two foes squared off in the conference championship game in early November, with LC reversing a 2-1 regular season defeat to W&L with a 2-1 triumph for the title. Two second-half goals proved enough to wrap up the Hornets' ODAC-record 15th league crown and the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

For the first time since 2009, the league saw two squads carry an ODAC banner into the national field with Washington and Lee joining Lynchburg as an at-large selection. Both programs made their way thru first round action. Lynchburg scored a 4-2 triumph over John Carroll University (Ohio), while W&L cashed in all five of its penalty kicks to advance past St. Lawrence University after a 1-1 scoreline persisted following 110 minutes of regulation and overtime play. The 2016 campaign came to a close for both ODAC competitors in the second round. Washington and Lee dropped a 2-0 decision to early round host Franklin & Marshall College, while Lynchburg forced overtime before falling to Kenyon College, 2-1, on the turf at Shellenberger Field.

Entering the 2017 campaign, both Lynchburg and Washington and Lee have earned national attention. Formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), United Soccer Coaches (USC) show LC as the 19th ranked squad and W&L slotted 24th in the organization's annual Division III preseason top-25 coaches poll.

There won't be a shortage of familiar faces for ODAC fans to follow in 2017 with 25 of the 37 All-ODAC honorees from a season ago set to lace 'em up one more time. Roanoke and Washington and Lee feature a league-best five returners each and account for four of the eight All-ODAC First Team selections back on conference rosters. However, when it comes to first team talent, Lynchburg benefits from a trio of returning standouts. Forward Fredy Flores is back to lead reigning ODAC Coach of the Year Chris Yeager's attack, while midfielder Nate Berning will do his best to help link up the two halves of the pitch. Goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin returns between the sticks.

Roanoke's first team honorees include holding midfielder Fortune Sibanda and centerback Sam Rauf, giving RC a potent duo down the Maroons' spine. Washington and Lee features forward Dylan Ritch, who secured ODAC Player of the Year laurels last season. He's joined by back Oliver Dolberg. The remaining first team standout dons an Eastern Mennonite University kit as Emmanuel Boamah returns to bolster the Royals' defensive unit.

The 2017 season begins with non-conference play on Friday, September 1.  The first set of ODAC contests is slated for Saturday, September 23. The ODAC Tournament will feature a slightly altered format with eight teams opening quarterfinal play on Saturday, October 28. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals and finals on Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5. If you can't make it to the games, be sure to check the schedules online for live video, audio and statistics links.

Listed below is the 2017 ODAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll as well as preview capsules for each of the ODAC men's soccer programs.  For more information on ODAC men's soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (8) 115 pts.
2. Lynchburg College (3) 111 pts.
3. Roanoke College (1) 103 pts.
4. Virginia Wesleyan University 87 pts.
5. Randolph-Macon College 80 pts.
6. Randolph College 66 pts.
7. Bridgewater College 55 pts.
8. Eastern Mennonite University 51 pts.
9. Guilford College 38 pts.
10. Hampden-Sydney College 35 pts.
11. Emory & Henry College 30 pts.
12. Shenandoah University 21 pts.




2017 Poll Position: 7th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-8-2/4-5-0
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #7/Eliminated in Quarterfinals (W&L, 2-0)
Head Coach: Ryan Bennison
Overall Record/Yrs: 48-57-3 (.458)/6
Record at BC/Yrs: 48-57-3 (.458)/6
ODAC Record/Yrs: 29-31-3 (.484)/6
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Thomas White (M)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 9 - Thomas White
  Goals: 3 - Thomas White/Jacob Heiston
  Assists: 3 - Thomas White
  Saves: 2 - Quentin Boric
  2017 Poll Position: 6th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 8-6-5/2-3-4
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #8/Eliminated in Quarterfinals (LC, 2-1)
Head Coach: Bryan Waggoner
Overall Record/Yrs: 97-71-22 (.568)/10
Record at RAND/Yrs: 97-71-22 (.568)/10
ODAC Record/Yrs: 49-28-16 (.613)/9
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Adam Watson (M), Cristian Irigoyen (D)
  Third Team: Travis Brown (F)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 16 - Adam Watson
  Goals: 7 - Adam Watson
  Assists: 3 - Travis Brown
  Saves: 73 - Erick Cortez-Martinez
2017 Poll Position: 8th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-8-4/4-3-2
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #6/Eliminated in Quarterfinals (RC, 1-0)
Head Coach: Dr. Roger Mast
Overall Record/Yrs: 230-230-43 (.500)/26
Record at EMU/Yrs: 230-230-43 (.500)/26
ODAC Record/Yrs: 104-116-22 (.475)/26
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Emmanuel Boamoah (D)
  Second Team: Juan Luna (F)
  Third Team: None
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 20 - Juan Luna
  Goals: 8 - Juan Luna
  Assists: 4 - Juan Luna
  Saves: 106 - Matthew Overacker
  2017 Poll Position: 5th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 10-5-3/5-3-1
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #4/Eliminated in Semifinals (LC, 1-0 OT)
Head Coach: Josh Laux
Overall Record/Yrs: 123-94-23 (.560)/13
Record at RMC/Yrs: 19-15-3 (.554)/2
ODAC Record/Yrs: 65-44-11 (.588)/13
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Anthony Astruc (F)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 15 - Bryan Lutz
  Goals: 6 - Anthony Astruc/Bryan Lutz
  Assists: 3 - Bryan Lutz
  Saves: 63 - Brian Breslin
2017 Poll Position: 11th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 10-8-1/2-6-1
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Robert Richardson
Overall Record/Yrs: 19-47-5 (.303)/4
Record at E&H/Yrs: 19-47-5 (.303)/4
ODAC Record/Yrs: 6-33-3 (.179)/4
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Jordan Couch (F)
  Third Team: Tyequis Stallins (F)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 47 - Jordan Couch
  Goals: 21 - Jordan Couch
  Assists: 8 - Massimo Tager
  Saves: 4 - Cole Schreiner
  2017 Poll Position: 1st
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-5-5/5-0-4
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #3/Eliminated in Semifinals (W&L, 3-0)
Head Coach: Ryan Pflugrad
Overall Record/Yrs: 45-22-10 (.649)/4
Record at RC/Yrs.: 45-22-10 (.649)/4
ODAC Record/Yrs: 27-7-7 (.744)/4
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Fortune Sibanda (M), Sam Rauf (D)
  Second Team: Marc Hoppler (D-ROY)
  Third Team: Tim Mahabir (D), Nick Tadros (GK)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 10 - Marc Hoppler
  Goals: 5 - Marc Hoppler
  Assists: 5 - Tim Mahabir
  Saves: 56 - Nick Tadros
2017 Poll Position: 9th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 7-9-3/2-4-3
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #9/Eliminated in 1st Round (RAND, 3-2 OT)
Head Coach: Cory Speed
Overall Record/Yrs: 7-9-3 (.447)/1
Record at GC/Yrs: 7-9-3 (.447)/1
ODAC Record/Yrs: 2-4-3 (.389)/1
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Ricky Aguilar (M)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 17 - Ricky Aguilar
  Goals: 7 - Ricky Aguilar
  Assists: 4 - Jake Grieco
  Saves: None
  2017 Poll Position: 12th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 0-17-0/0-9-0
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Matt Smith
Overall Record/Yrs: 240-45-19 (.821)/18
Record at SU/Yrs: First Year
ODAC Record/Yrs: First Year
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: None
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 6 - Austin McCarron
  Goals: 2 - Austin McCarron/Sam Natkin
  Assists: 2 - Austin McCarron
  Saves: 41 - Matt Sweeney
2017 Poll Position: 10th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 6-9-1/1-7-1
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Tommy DiNuzzo
Overall Record/Yrs: 15-50-7 (.257)/5
Record at HSC/Yrs: First Year
ODAC Record/Yrs: First Year
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: None
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 9 - Ryan Turner
  Goals: 3 - Ryan Turner
  Assists: 3 - Ryan Turner
  Saves: None
  2017 Poll Position: 4th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 8-6-4/4-2-3
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #5/Elminated in Quarterfinals (RMC, 3-1)
Head Coach: Chris Mills
Overall Record/Yrs: 44-21-12 (.649)/4
Record at VWU/Yrs: 44-21-12 (.649)/4
ODAC Record/Yrs: 25-9-8 (.690)/4
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Ricky Perrault (F)
  Third Team: None
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 12 - Ricky Perrault
  Goals: 5 - Andrew Duenke/Ricky Perrault
  Assists: 4 - Bennett Wiley
  Saves: None
2017 Poll Position: 2nd
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 17-2-4/7-0-2
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #1/Champion (LC, 2-1)
2016 NCAA Tournament: def. John Carroll (4-2) in 1st Round; eliminated by Kenyon (2-1 OT) in 2nd Round
Head Coach: Chris Yeager
Overall Record/Yrs: 168-97-35 (.618)/15
Record at LC: 168-97-35 (.618)/15
ODAC Record/Yrs: 82-40-25 (.643)/15
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Fredy Flores (F), Nate Berning (M), Dylan McLaurin (GK)
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Ryan Pikunas (D)
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 22 - Fredy Flores
  Goals: 8 - Fredy Flores
  Assists: 6 - Fredy Flores
  Saves: 69 - Dylan McLaurin
  2017 Poll Position: 1st
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 15-5-2/7-1-1
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #2/Runner-up (LC, 2-1)
2016 NCAA Tournament: tied St. Lawrence (1-1; adv. 5-3 on PKs) in 1st Round; eliminated by Franklin & Marshall (2-0) in 2nd Round
Head Coach: Mike Singleton
Overall Record/Yrs: 77-32-10 (.689)/6
Record at W&L/Yrs: 42-14-6 (.726)/3
ODAC Record/Yrs: 23-5-3 (.790)/3
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Dylan Ritch (F-POY), Oliver Dolberg (D)
  Second Team: Will Hamryka (M), Kevin Molnar (M), Gillen Beck (GK)
  Third Team: None
Top Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 30 - Dylan Ritch
  Goals: 12 - Dylan Ritch
  Assists: 6 - Kevin Lencioni/Dylan Ritch
  Saves: 55 - Gillen Beck