FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference preseason men's lacrosse coaches poll was released on Friday and Washington and Lee was picked to finish second among the 10 schools in the league.
Lynchburg received seven of the 10 first-place votes to amass a league-best 78 points. The Generals garnered two first-place votes and 71 points to rank second, followed by Roanoke in third with one first-place vote and 70 points. Hampden-Sydney ranked fourth with 57 points and was followed by Randolph-Macon (45), Virginia Wesleyan (45), Guilford (33), Randolph (21), Shenandoah (19) and Bridgewater (11).
The Generals return 28 letterwinners and 12 of their top 14 scorers from last season's team that finished 10-9 overall and advanced to the ODAC Championship game.
Headlining the returnees are four players who gained all-conference recognition last spring led by two-time First Team All-ODAC defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton). A senior, LaSala started the first 13 games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. A two-time Honorable Mention All-American selection, he led the team with 31 caused turnovers last season.
Sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. / Culver Academy) also returns after earning the ODAC Rookie of the Year Award a season ago. He played in all 19 games with 18 starts and finished third on the team in scoring with 45 points on 27 goals and 18 assists.
Senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa. / Sewickley Academy) is also back after posting Second Team All-ODAC laurels in 2012. He started all 19 games and finished second on the team with 46 total points. Means scored a team-best 32 goals and assisted on 14 more, and he enters his final season with 102 career points.
Also returning to the fold is senior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va. / Covenant School), who received Third Team All-ODAC honors a year ago. He played in 18 contests with six starts and finished with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. In the fall, Heinsohn rushed for 1,253 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the W&L football team to the ODAC title.
Washington and Lee opens its 2013 campaign on Tuesday as it hosts Ferrum for a 5:00 pm contest.