Week three started to see the first spatterings of conference play dot league schedules. Regardless of opponent, ODAC student-athletes continued to perform at a high level. Those earning weekly honors in field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball include (from left-right) Taylor Hayes from Shenandoah field hockey, Luke Mega from Lynchburg men's soccer, Casey Raggett from Ferrum women's soccer, and Rachel Gaston from Bridgewater women's volleyball.
Week two of the new season was much more successful for the seven ODAC schools in action as each picked up a victory. Bridgewater is the lone 2-0 squad in the league table, while Ferrum and Shenandoah joined idle Southern Virginia at 1-0 with road wins. In fact, only Washington and Lee played at home on Sunday, as the Generals along with Guilford, Hampden-Sydney, and Randolph-Macon leveled their records at 1-1. Like SVU, Emory & Henry was idle due to its scheduled bye.
The second week of ODAC Athletes of the Week closes with men's and women's golf in their first Wednesday release. Conference teams competed in two tournaments - one men's and one women's - over the first two weeks of the fall season. Earning this week's ODAC Golfers of the Week honors are Bridgewater junior Jason Spaar and Shenandoah senior Madison Ngo.
The second week of ODAC Athletes of the Week honorees continues with cross country on its first Tuesday release. Conference teams competed in several meets across the region with some strong performances. Earning this week's ODAC Cross Country Runner of the Week honors are Eastern Mennonite senior Abigail Shelly (WXC) and Washington and Lee first-year Connor Verrett.
We're thru the first full week of competition of the 2019-20 athletic campaigns, with ODAC athletes showing they've been ready and waiting for this for a long time. Those earning weekly honors in football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball include (headshots; top-bottom, left-right) Jarrod Denham from Bridgewater football, Emily Dudley from Lynchburg field hockey, Courtney Berry from Washington and Lee women's volleyball, Chase Rosenthal from BC football, and Penny Senior and Gabby Nelson from Randolph-Macon men's and women's soccer.
The 2019 ODAC season opened with seven squads in action against non-conference opponents and the remaining two off either on scheduled byes (Ferrum) or due to inclement weather (Shenandoah). Bridgewater and new ODAC member Southern Virginia posted the conference's lone victories on the weekend, combining to outscore their opponents, 75-31.
The first report of the 2019 season is ready with six ODAC Athletes of the Week. Those earning weekly honors include (headshots; top-bottom, left-right) Megan Stevens from Shenandoah field hockey, Brynne Gould from Washington and Lee volleyball, Skyler Lattuca from Virginia Wesleyan men's cross country, Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs from Randolph women's cross country, Emily Yergin from SU women's soccer, and Ricky Aguilar from Guilford men's soccer.
When you are riding a 15-game unbeaten streak and only gave up three goals once the calendar showed October, you generally find yourself in good position in preseason rankings.
That is exactly the case for Washington and Lee University as the Generals return to the top of the ODAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll heading into the 2019 campaign. League coaches awarded nine first place votes to W&L on the way to program picking up 138 total points. The University of Lynchburg sits second at 132 tallies including three top nods, and Roanoke College rounds out the top-three with 119 marks. Just three points back is Bridgewater College in fourth. The Eagles secured the remaining first place vote.
Field hockey has been her life, so it was only a matter of time. But earlier this summer, Enza Steele got the call. University of Lynchburg's legendary field hockey coach will be inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
The University of Lynchburg is expected to retool and remain on top of the conference in 2019. as the conference's head coaches as the Hornets sit atop the ODAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll. Lynchburg collected 166 total points including 10 first place votes. Virginia Wesleyan University and Bridgewater College are separated by just three points for second place with 149 and 146 markers, respectively. They cleaned up the remaining first place votes with each earning two top nods.
Reigning ODAC champion Randolph-Macon College is the overwhelming favorite at the top of the 2019 ODAC Football Preseason Poll. The Yellow Jackets earned eight first place votes on the way to 64 points. Bridgewater College sits second with 51 tallies and the remaining top nod, while Hampden-Sydney College and Ferrum College are separated by just two points for third with 46 and 44 markers, respectively.
Conference coaches left no question about the favored team in this season's ODAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll. Reigning champion University of Lynchburg collected eight first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 64 points. Shenandoah University made it 1-2 Hornets with 53 markers to sit second, while Washington and Lee University is close in third at 50 tallies including the remaining first place consideration.
Six places shuffled location in the 2018 coaches survey, but it is just the opposite in the 2019 ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll as the top eight positions in the chart are unchanged from a season ago. Washington and Lee University holds down the top spot with 142 points (one more than last year) including 10 first place votes. The University of Lynchburg corralled the remaining three top nods on the way to 131 markers.
Washington and Lee University may have run away with last year's cross country team trophy, but the results for the ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll see things a bit tighter in 2019. The Generals maintain position atop the annual rankings with 119 points and nine first place votes. The University of Lynchburg sits second just six points back compared to an 11-point deficit for last season's second-ranked squad. The Hornets earned 113 points powered by a trio of top nods.
The point differential at the top of the 2019 ODAC Volleyball Preseason Poll is not quite as tight as it was a season ago, but it is pretty close. Washington and Lee University sits perched atop the annual survey for the second straight year, earning eight first place votes on the way to 139 points to edge Randolph-Macon College by four markers. The Yellow Jackets picked up four top nods on the way to 135 tallies.