The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its 2008 women's and men's lacrosse polls on Friday. The Washington and Lee women's team sits atop the poll, while the men were tabbed to finish third.
The W&L women received six first-place votes (77) and are followed in the polling by Roanoke (73), Randolph-Macon (59), Virginia Wesleyan (55), Lynchburg (43), Guilford (41), Bridgewater (27), Sweet Briar (19) and Hollins (10).
For the men, Roanoke tops the poll with four first-place votes (45). Lynchburg received two first-place votes (43), while W&L received one first-place vote (35). Hampden Sydney (29), Virginia Wesleyan (21), Randolph-Macon (15) and Guilford (9) round out the poll.
The Generals' women finished 15-4 overall and had a perfect 8-0 mark in the ODAC in 2007. W&L tied a league record with its ninth-overall ODAC title and made an NCAA appearance for the eighth time.
The W&L women return six starters from last season. All-America senior defender Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) highlights the returnees for W&L. Michaels, senior midfielder Megan Slosson (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep), senior goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and junior attacker Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown) were all second-team all-region selections, while Michaels and Robinson were both tabbed to the All-ODAC First Team and Slosson and Tilbor were second-team all-conference picks.
The Washington and Lee men also return six starters from last season's team that finished 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the ODAC. Of the Generals six losses, four were by two goals or less to nationally-ranked opponents. Headlining the returning starters are junior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and junior attacker Tim Skeen (Baltimore, Md./Towson), who were both All-ODAC Second-Team selections in 2007.
W&L women begin the 2008 season Tuesday on the road against Sewanee, while the men travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on Savannah A&D Thursday.