Washington and Lee Tabbed Atop ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Washington and Lee Tabbed Atop ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

R-MC Sits Second, Three Tight for Next Three Positions

FOREST, Va. --- Eight-time reigning league champion Washington and Lee University was picked as the favorite to hoist yet another conference trophy as the Generals were tabbed atop the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll. W&L received a full allotment of 64 points powered by eight first place votes. Randolph-Macon College sits second with 55 tallies and the remaining top nod.

The next three positions in the annual survey of the conference's head coaches are separated by just four points. Roanoke College is third with 45 points, followed by Lynchburg College and Shenandoah University with 43 and 41 markers apiece, respectively.

Washington and Lee put together the most successful women's lacrosse season in ODAC history in 2017. The Generals set ODAC and school records with 19 wins that included an 8-0 run thru the conference regular season. Following a bye thru the conference tournament quarterfinals, top-seeded W&L defeated #4 Lynchburg, 14-4, in the semifinals. That setup a date with #2 Randolph-Macon in the ODAC title game for a fourth straight season. The Generals scored five unanswered goals to open the contest, powering them to a 7-3 triumph and an ODAC-record 18th crown.

RELATED: 2017 ODAC Tournament Bracket

W&L's march to history continued in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Generals took down Mary Washington, 8-2, and were selected to stay at home for the next two rounds. Washington and Lee defeated Catholic, 9-6, and used an overtime goal from ODAC Player of the Year Hayley Soutter to top William Smith, 7-6, and punch a ticket to Salem for the national semifinals. That victory also marked W&L's 15th straight win, tying a school record from the 2013 campaign.

The Generals matched up with The College of New Jersey in the semifinals. After going into the break ahead 2-1, W&L was out-scored by the Lions, 3-2, in the second half to force overtime. TCNJ, the eventual national runner-up, picked up the goal it needed 8:12 into the extra frame, securing a 5-4 win.

RELATED: 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket

Washington and Lee, which finished last season ranked third in the country by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), kick off the season highly ranked in two national polls. The Generals open where they finished in the IWLCA chart, sitting third behind reigning national champion Gettysburg College and TCNJ.

In the Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Top-20 published by US Lacrosse Magazine, the Generals are a couple spots lower on the list, taking up position in fifth. TCNJ, Middlebury College, Gettysburg, and Franklin & Marshall College occupy the four higher slots.

RELATED: IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll | Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top-20

Entering the 2018 season, 23-of-39 All-ODAC honorees are back from 2017 rosters. That includes a league-high for reigning ODAC Coach of the Year Brooke O'Brien and Washington and Lee. Still, the Generals will have to do without three All-ODAC First Team selections and five starters, including Soutter.

Randolph-Macon welcomes back the most first team honorees with three of the seven standouts set to return in Ashland. One-two scoring duo Alex Lightfoot and Alicia Hsieh provide plenty of fuel to R-MC's attack, while Abby Roth will be counted on to help anchor the defense. Hsieh led the ODAC in points (74) and goals (64) while Lightfoot topped the table in assists (49) and was second in points (69).

Among W&L's league-best six returning All-ODAC athletes are two first teamers in midfielder Haley Tucker and defender Riley Garcia. Tucker was named by Inside Lacrosse as the ILWomen Division III Breakout Player of the Year in June, while Garcia helped W&L registered the second-fewest goals allowed per game (4.14) in the country behind TCNJ.

The remaining two first team returners don Lynchburg and Roanoke colors. Alicia Sandoval triggers the Hornets offense, while Emma Boris spearheads the Maroons the defense.

RELATED: 2017 All-ODAC Women's Lacrosse Awards

The 2018 season begins with non-conference play on Sunday, February 10. The first set of ODAC contests are slated for Monday, March 5. The conference tournament begins with quarterfinal action on Wednesday, May 2. The semifinals and finals will be hosted by the top seed on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.

Listed below is the complete 2018 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll as well as preview capsules for each of the ODAC's women's lacrosse programs.  For more information on ODAC women's lacrosse, 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) 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.

*Save % and GAA noted for 2016 returning starter; if two keepers qualified for leaders, top values shown

2018 Poll Position: 6th
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 10-7/4-4
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #5 Seed/Eliminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Rachael Bragg
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Kayla O'Sullivan (D)
  Third Team: Anna O'Hara (A)
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 48 (8) -- Anna O'Hara
  Goals: 42 (2) -- Anna O'Hara
  Assists: 7 -- Sarah Yashinskie
  Ground Balls: 38 (8) -- Kayla O'Sullivan
  Draw Controls: 47 (8) -- Kayla O'Sullivan
  Caused Turnovers: 23 (7) -- Kayla O'Sullivan
  Saves: No returning keeper
  Save Pct.: No returning keeper
  Goals-Against-Avg.: No returning keeper
  2018 Poll Position: 3rd
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 6-2/6-11
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #3 Seed/Eliminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Mary Schwartz
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Emma Boris (D)
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Katie Clements (M)
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 22 -- Katie Clements
  Goals: 15 -- Katie Clements
  Assists: 7 -- Katie Clements/Jenn Schwechheimer
  Ground Balls: 47 (2) -- Emma Boris
  Draw Controls: 53 (6) -- Katie Clements
  Caused Turnovers: 34 (2) -- Emma Boris
  Saves: None
  Save Pct.: None
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 2.60 -- Elle Anderson
2018 Poll Position: 7th
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 6-10/3-5
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did no qualify
Head Coach: Charlotte Dixon-Graves (interim)
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: None
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 32 -- Madison Iandoli
  Goals: 29 -- Madison Iandoli
  Assists: 9 -- Taylor Campellone
  Ground Balls: 28 -- Amber Dubois
  Draw Controls: 13 -- Madison Iandoli
  Caused Turnovers: 16 -- Cat Thresher
  Saves: 2 -- Sarah Sedaghat
  Save Pct.: .333 -- Sarah Sedaghat
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 22.15 -- Sarah Sedaghat
  2018 Poll Position: 5th
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 7-11/3-5
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #6 Seed/Eliminated in semifinals
Head Coach: Lindsey Lutz
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Anni McCorry (A), Peyton Krevonick (D)
  Third Team: Jacque Hemler (M), Jen Northam (D)
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 40 -- Annie McCorry
  Goals: 33 (10) -- Annie McCorry
  Assists: 9 -- Abby Zorrilla
  Ground Balls: 42 -- Jacque Hemler
  Draw Controls: 37 (6) -- Jacque Hemler
  Caused Turnovers: 27 (4) -- Jacque Hemler
  Saves: 49 -- Madeleine Card
  Save Pct.: .398 (8) -- Madeleine Card
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 11.23 (7) -- Madeleine Card
2018 Poll Position: 4th
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-8/4-4
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #4 Seed/Eliminated in semifinals
Head Coach: Bruce Reid
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Alicia Sandoval (A)
  Second Team: Dorrie MacGregor (M), Rachel Henderson (D)
  Third Team: None
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 67 (3) -- Alicia Sandoval
  Goals: 40 (5) -- Alicia Sandoval
  Assists: 21 (5) -- Alicia Sandoval
  Ground Balls: 43 (5) -- Rachel Henderson
  Draw Controls: 82 (2) -- Dorrie MacGregor
  Caused Turnovers: 22 (9) -- Rachel Henderson
  Saves: 93 (5) -- Chelsea Shultis
  Save Pct.: .421 (6) -- Chelsea Shultis
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 10.25 (6) -- Chelsea Shultis
  2018 Poll Position: 8th
2017 Records - Overall: 3-13/1-7
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Kendyl Clarkson
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: Non
  Third Team: Megan Schallock (M)
Returning Statistical Leaders
  Points: 46 -- Megan Schallock
  Goals: 35 (7) -- Megan Schallock
  Assists: 11 -- Megan Schallock
  Ground Balls: 45 (4) -- Jordan Callahan
  Draw Controls: 77 (4) -- Megan Schallock
  Caused Turnovers: 26 (5) -- Megan Schallock
  Saves: 63 (9) -- Alexis Pulliam
  Save Pct.: .307 (10) -- Alexis Pulliam
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 14.06 (9) -- Alexis Pulliam
2018 Poll Position: 9th
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 3-13/0-8
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Alexis Waggoner
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: None
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 22 -- Hannah Bradley
  Goals: 19 -- Hannah Bradley
  Assists: 7 -- Teagan Stanley
  Ground Balls: 36 -- Chrissy Shackleford
  Draw Controls: 45 (9) -- Nicole Dorton
  Caused Turnovers: 12 -- Teagan Stanley
  Saves: 155 (1) -- Chrissy Shackleford
  Save Pct.: .411 (7) -- Chrissy Shackleford
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 15.91 (10) -- Chrissy Shackleford
  2018 Poll Position: 1st
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 19-2/8-0
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #1 Seed/ODAC Champion
Head Coach: Brooke O'Brien
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Haley Tucker (M), Riley Garcia (D)
  Second Team: Jess Castelo (A), Cordelia Peters (M), Caitlin Anderson (D), Elliot Gilbert (GK)
  Third Team: None
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 50 (7) -- Haley Tucker
  Goals: 37 (6) -- Haley Tucker
  Assists: 15 -- Jess Castelo/Cordelia Peters
  Ground Balls: 37 (10) -- Cordelia Peters
  Draw Controls: 103 (1) -- Haley Tucker
  Caused Turnovers: 21 -- Cordelia Peters
  Saves: 71 (8) -- Elliot Gilbert
  Save Pct.: .511 (2) -- Elliot Gilbert
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 4.07 (1) -- Elliot Gilbert
2018 Poll Position: 2nd
2017 Records - Overall/ODAC: 11-6/7-1
2017 Tournament - Seed/Result: #2 Seed/Runner-up
Head Coach: MK Geratowski
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Alex Lightfoot (A), Alicia Hsieh (M), Abby Roth (D)
  Second Team: None
  Third Team: Saunders Riley (A)
Returning Statistical Leaders -- (#) denotes ODAC top-10
  Points: 74 (1) -- Alicia Hsieh
  Goals: 64 (1) -- Alicia Hsieh
  Assists: 49 (1) -- Alex Lightfoot
  Ground Balls: 26 -- Hannah Jones
  Draw Controls: 38 -- Hannah Jones
  Caused Turnovers: 22 (9) -- Abby Roth
  Saves: 1 -- Katie Thompson
  Save Pct.: .500 -- Katie Thompson
  Goals-Against-Avg.: 1.55 -- Katie Thompson