LEXINGTON, Va. -- The spring season is just around the corner and the preseason accolades for the Washington and Lee men's lacrosse program are already rolling in. W&L is ranked fifth in the preseason rankings by Faceoff 2000 Men's College Lacrosse Yearbook. In addition, seven Generals are cited as preseason All-Americans in the publication.

Leading the preseason top 10 is defending national champion Salisbury State, followed by Nazareth, Gettysburg, national runner-up Middlebury, W&L, Washington College, Denison, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ohio Wesleyan, and Hampden-Sydney.

Three W&L players have been tabbed as preseason First Team All-Americans. Junior attackman Matt Dugan (Rockaway, N.J./Mountain Lakes), junior midfielder Pope Hackney (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), and junior defenseman Pete Iwancio (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) each garnered the honor.

Dugan earned ODAC Player of the Year and Second Team All-America honors last season after tallying 57 goals and 27 assists for 84 points.

Hackney was a First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America selection in 1999 after scoring 27 goals and dishing 10 assists, while Iwancio earned the same honors after helping the Generals post the nation's top scoring defense (5.20 gpg.).

Seniors Colin Dougherty (Timonium, Md./Loyola) and Charlie Antrim (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) were selected to the publication's Second Team Preseason All-America squad.

Dougherty, an attackman, earned Second Team All-ODAC honors last season after totaling 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors following the 1998 season, but was riddled with injuries in 1999.

Antrim also battled through an injury-plagued 1999 season to earn First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America honors. He, like Iwancio, helped the Generals lead the nation in scoring defense.

Senior attackman Chris Brown (Towson, Md./Towson) was named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Faceoff 2000. Brown earned First Team All-ODAC honors last spring after posting 47 goals and nine assists. He was second on the team and in the ODAC in scoring.

Rounding out the Generals' preseason All-America selections was junior goalie Wes Hays (Towson, Md./Loyola). Hays finished the 1999 season third in Division III in goals-against average (5.91) and posted a .600 save percentage.

Washington and Lee returns 24 letterwinners, nine starters, and its top nine scorers to the fold this season after going 13-2 last year. The Generals won the ODAC with a perfect 6-0 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.