A few ODAC sports started to enter into the conference portion of their schedules with performances continuing to ramp up. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Samantha Schreiber from Lynchburg women's cross country, Tristan Lucy-Speidel from LC men's cross country, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, Walker Brand from Washington and Lee football, Ariyel Yavalar from W&L field hockey, Isaac Evans from Bridgewater football, Anna Sobus from BC women's soccer, Daniel Obour from Eastern Mennonite, Meg Guignon from W&L volleyball, and Josh Hill from Guilford men's golf.
ODAC teams found the going tough in week three with just a pair of victories heading into each program's bye week. Bridgewater College remains undefeated with a win this weekend to move to 3-0, while a triumph out west for Washington and Lee University improves the Generals' record to a 2-1, joining three other league squads at that mark.
The final tallies are in for week two of the ODAC Football Play of the Week fan poll. Bridgewater College earns its second straight win to open the season --- much like on the field --- behind a bit of "trickeration" from punter Plato Eliades.
ODAC athletes continue to move towards midseason form following a stellar week of competition. Those earning weekly honors include (picutred, l-r, t-b): Meg Guignon from Washington and Lee volleyball, Michaela Mast from Eastern Mennonite women's cross country, MacKenzye Leroy from W&L men's cross country, Dave Drafton from EMU men's soccer, Delaney Doyle from Randolph women's soccer, De'Eric Bell from Guilford football, Jackie Lerro from Lynchburg field hockey, and Nate Hill from Shenandoah football.
ODAC teams are now 11-3 after two weeks of non-conference play to start the 2017 season, including a 6-1 showing this past Saturday. Bridgewater College, Guilford College, Randolph-Macon College, and Shenandoah University all moved to 2-0, while Emory & Henry College and Washington and Lee University posted wins to even their records at 1-1. Hampden-Sydney College fell in its second outing to see its record stand at 1-1.
The fans have spoken in the first ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Bridgewater College takes home the first win of the season behind the long catch-and-run from receiver Corey Jochim in the closing seconds of the Eagles' season-opening victory over Gettysburg College.
The 2017-18 season opens with ODAC student-athletes showing everyone why they are some of the finest NCAA Division III has to offer. Those earning weekly honors include (picutred, l-r, t-b): Taylor Hayes from Shenandoah field hockey, Karsten Miller from Guilford football, Mesa Willis from Lynchburg volleyball, Bernie Hayes III from SU football, Emily Latimer from Virginia Wesleyan women's cross country, Viktor Dolberg from Washington and Lee men's soccer, Caitlin Mertens from LC women's soccer, Zachary Evens from GC men's golf, Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf, and Lewis Brooks from Hampden-Sydney men's cross country.
The 2017 season opened with ODAC teams picking up five wins in a full slate of non-conference action. Bridgewater, Guilford, Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon, and Shenandoah all earned wins in week one, while Washington and Lee forced overtime in nearly adding a sixth win. Emory & Henry's setback was by just five points in the lowest scoring affair of the weekend.
Lynchburg College women's soccer head coach Dr. Todd Olsen became just the 15th women's soccer coach at all levels of NCAA play to earn his 400th career victory on Friday evening. The Hornets opened the season with a 2-0 victory over SUNY-Brockport, making Olsen the ninth Division III coach to reach the 400-win plateau.
Parity is the word that best describes what the conference coaches foresee from the ODAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll as four teams split first place votes and are separated by just seven points in the annual coaches' survey. Washington and Lee University heads up the chart for the second straight year, collecting three top nods and 43 total points. Lynchburg College sits second with 41 tallies and one first place vote, while defending ODAC champion Shenandoah University is just another two points behind after earning three first place votes. Bridgewater College garnered the remaining top prediction on the way to 36 total markers.
Two squads stand atop the 2017 ODAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll as both Washington and Lee University and Lynchburg College earned 138 points following an annual vote of the league's head coaches. The Generals have a slight edge in the survey after receiving seven first place votes, while the Hornets garnered the remaining six. Virginia Wesleyan University sits third with 120 markers, while Bridgewater College and Shenandoah University each cleared the century mark with 105 and 103 tallies in fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Washington and Lee University finds itself in a familiar position entering the 2017 season as the Generals stand atop the ODAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll for the second straight year. W&L picked up 10 first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 115 points. Defending ODAC champion Lynchburg College collected three top nods as part of a 111-tally showing. Roanoke College secured the remaining first place vote and also eclipsed the 100-point plateau with 103 markers in the annual coaches' survey.
Two-time defending ODAC champion Washington and Lee University was picked as the favorite entering the 2017 season as the Generals received 10 first place votes towards 100 total points to lead the ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll. Bridgewater College follows close behind with 90 tallies and the remaining top consideration, while Lynchburg College rounds out the top-three in the annual coaches' survey with 81 points.