W&L WOMEN'S SOCCER ODAC PRESEASON FAVORITE

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) preseason women's soccer coaches' poll was released Wednesday morning, with Washington and Lee atop the standings.

The Generals received eight first-place votes to take the top position with 23 total points. Roanoke took the second-position with 24 points and three votes for first place. Lynchburg was ranked third with 35 points and one first-place vote.

Washington and Lee returns 12 players, including seven all-conference selections, who propelled the program to its first ODAC title, first NCAA tournament appearence and first national ranking. In addition, the Generals set a program record with 17 wins and a 20-game unbeaten streak.

Washington and Lee begins the 2003 season on Saturday, September 13 when the Generals host ODAC foe Bridgewater. Match time is slated for 1:00 pm.

ODAC Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll

1. Washington & Lee - 23 (8)
2. Roanoke - 24 (3)
3. Lynchburg - 35 (1)
4. Virginia Wesleyan - 39
5. Eastern Mennonite - 67
6. Randolph-Macon - 76
7. Bridgewater - 78
8. Guilford - 95
9. Randolph-Macon Woman's - 105
10. Emory & Henry -128
11. Hollins - 130
12. Sweet Briar - 136

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