Forest, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference's men's lacrosse coaches picked University of Lynchburg second among the league's 11 teams, the conference office announced Friday with its annual preseason poll.
Head coach Steve Koudelka's Hornets received three first-place votes and 91 points in the ballot, trailing only Washington and Lee (96 points, seven first-place nods). Third-picked Roanoke earned the other top vote and 86 points in the poll.
Lynchburg is looking for the program's eighth-straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance and eighth ODAC championship.
Lynchburg returns nine starters onto a team that went 6-3 in league play a year ago.
Eight all-conference players come back for the team, highlighted by first-team honorees in senior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.), senior long-stick midfielder Seamus McDonald (Far Hills, N.J.), senior defender Matt Meadows (Lynchburg, Va.), and senior midfielder Nick Willertz (Severn, Md.). Lombardo and McDonald earned honorable mention All-America laurels, and all four players were All-South Region picks.
Junior midfielder Kevin Rogers (Leesburg, Va.) was a second-team All-ODAC selection in 2018, while senior attackman Logan Adams (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), junior defender Tyler Gallagher (Palmyra, Pa.), and senior face-off man Craig Koester (Wildwood, Mo.) were third-teamers.
Koudelka took the league's coach of the year honor for the fifth time in his career.
Lynchburg opens the season Saturday, Feb. 9 against second-ranked Salisbury at 1 p.m. on the Hornets' home, Shellenberger Field.
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