FOREST, Va. -- The Washington and Lee field hockey team resides in third place in the annual ODAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll which was released on Tuesday afternoon.
The Generals are coming off a 9-8 campaign (5-2 ODAC) and a trip to the ODAC semifinals but must replace three of their top four scorers from a year ago. Junior midfielder Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) returns as the top offensive threat for W&L after registering six goals and three assists last season.
Also returning for the Blue and White is senior midfielder and team captain Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross), who notched a pair of goals last season and has appeared in 52-of-53 games her first three seasons.
Honorable mention All-ODAC performer Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) will also be back for her sophomore campaign. The defender started 16-of-17 games in her rookie campaign and tied for the team lead with two defensive saves.
The Generals' season opens on September 1 when they travel to Stevenson for a 4:30 pm contest. W&L's first home game on its new artificial turf is slated for September 5 against McDaniel at 2:00 pm.