Sparks, Md. -- Lynchburg College's men's lacrosse team enters the season ranked No. 9 in the Division III Nike/US Lacrosse preseason top 20.
Wesleyan, a final four team a season ago, tops the poll, followed by a pair of programs the Hornets will face in the early part of the 2018 season: York and defending national champ Salisbury. All told, seven of Lynchburg's opponents, including Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Roanoke (No. 18), appear in the poll.
Two more ODAC programs, Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee, received honorable mention nods.
Lynchburg will chase its seventh-consecutive NCAA tournament bid in 2018. LC won two tournament games last season, reaching the Elite 8 for the third time in program history.
2018 Men's DIII Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Rankings
15. Franklin & Marshall
17. St. Lawrence
Also considered: Hampden-Sydney, Washington and Lee