Roanoke Favored in ODAC Poll

Lynchburg Close in Second, W&L Tabbed Third

SALEM, Va. --- Roanoke College received 44 total points and five first place votes to lead the 2009 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll.  Lynchburg College, last year's conference champion, sits in second with 41 poll points and the remaining two top nods.  Washington and Lee University rounds out the top three with 38 tallies.

Roanoke (8-6, 2-4 ODAC in 2008) is coming off a year in which it didn't make the ODAC Tournament for the first time in program history.  Retooling in the off-season has the Maroons set to make a run at their 16th conference title.  Back in the fold is 2008 Rookie of the Year, Matt Quinton, who finished second on the team with 50 points on 37 goals and 13 assists.  Pat March and Chas Carlson both return for their senior seasons, joined by classmate Zach Thomas who lost all but one game to injury last season.  March led the squad with 57 points on 32 goals and 25 assists last year.  Carlson handed out a team-best 26 assists on his way to 40 points.  In 2007, Thomas posted 71 points with 39 goals and 32 assists.  Ashton Hotchkiss provides yet another strong scoring option following a 43-point season that included 27 goals in 2008.

Lynchburg (16-3, 6-0) claimed its third ODAC crown last year.  Although they'll be without all five of their All-ODAC First Team selections following graduation, including 2008 ODAC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete, Garrett Curran, the Hornets welcome back a pair of their top scorers from a season ago.  Tyler Tolson finished second on the squad with 57 points on 42 goals and 15 assists.  He, along with Michael Mundorf, was selected to the All-ODAC Second Team.  Mundorf was fourth for LC with 47 points on 24 goals and a team-best 23 assists.

Washington and Lee (9-6, 5-1) returns its top four scorers from last season as the Generals go in search of their ninth conference championship.  Harry St. John led the team with 43 points on 30 goals and 13 assists.  Will Englehart and Tim Skeen both collected 42 total points.  Englehart led the team with 37 goals while Skeen passed out a team-high 25 assists.  Will Keigler gives the Generals four 40-plus point scorers back on the roster.  He scored 16 goals to go with 24 assists to account for his 40 points.

Listed below is the entire 2009 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll.  For more information, visit the ODAC on the Internet at

2009 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes first place votes



1. Roanoke (5)


2. Lynchburg (2)


3. Washington and Lee


4. Hampden-Sydney


5. Randolph-Macon


5. Virginia Wesleyan


7. Guilford