Hampden-Sydney Picked 4th In ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll | Tigers Open Against Mary Washington Saturday

John Burke
John Burke

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College has been picked to finish fourth in the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll.  The Tigers, who finished 13-5 overall and 8-1 in the ODAC for second-place during the regular season last year, garnered 73 points for fourth among the 12 schools.

Washington and Lee University was picked first with 96 points, including seven first-place votes, ahead of the University of Lynchburg (91, three first-place votes), Roanoke College (86, one first-place vote) and H-SC.  Randolph-Macon College (64) rounded out the top five.  The Tigers advanced to the semifinals of last year's ODAC Tournament.

Hampden-Sydney returns 31 lettermen, including three starters, while adding 29 newcomers to the team this season.  Captains to open the campaign are senior attack John Burke/Richmond and junior goalkeeper Nick Arcuri/Apex, N.C.  Burke, a 2018 All-ODAC Third Team selection, started all 18 matches and posted 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points a year ago, third on the team and tops among returners, adding 14 ground balls.  Arcuri played in 11 matches totaling 120 minutes while yielding 17 goals (8.47) with 21 saves (55.3%).  He started the last six matches (5-1) in 2017, playing in 12 matches overall, totaling 300 minutes while yielding 55 goals (11.01) with 63 saves (53.4%), helping the team to the ODAC Tournament Championship (named to All-Tournament Team) and advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament.  Arcuri is expected to open the season as the starting goalie.

The other returning starters are sophomore attack Jared Medwar/Apex, N.C. and sophomore defender Canevin Wallace/Annapolis, Md., while sophomore midfielder Jake Brummett/Glen Rock, Pa. is back as the squad's top returning face-off specialist.  Medwar started all 18 matches and posted 27 goals and six assists for 33 points a year ago, fifth on the team and second among returners, adding 28 ground balls.  Wallace started all 18 matches and posted 26 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, the latter best on the team last season.  He was an All-ODAC Third Team choice in 2018, as well.  Brummett played in all 18 matches, while 91-149 (61.1%) at the X with 54 ground balls.

Other top returners include senior defenders John Kline/New Cumberland, Pa. and Anton Kheirani/Alexandria, junior attack Jack Hayden/Apex, N.C., junior midfielder Garrett Patnesky/Raleigh, N.C. sophomore midfielders Charlie Doetzer/Holly Springs, N.C., Reilly French/Frederick, Md. and Davis Hatch/Mechanicsville, along with sophomore attack Jake O'Brien/Scituate, Mass.  Kline is a two-sport lettermen at H-SC, earning All-ODAC First Team honors in football this past fall as a defensive lineman, ranking third in the league in sacks (6.5), second in sack yardage (41) and third in fumble recoveries (2).  He recorded 34.0 tackles, 21 solo, and had one forced fumble.  Kheirani played in nine matches a year ago with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.  Hayden played in all 18 matches with 15 goals and five assists for 20 points, adding 13 ground balls.  Marshall played in 11 matches with five goals and one assist for six points, adding three ground balls.  Patnesky played in all 18 matches with four goals and one assist for five points, adding 18 ground balls and five caused turnovers.  Doetzer played in all 18 matches with three goals and eight assists for 11 points, adding 24 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.  French played in 10 matches with four goals for four points, adding four ground balls.  Hatch played in eight matches with four goals and two assists for six points.  O'Brien started two of 16 matches with eight goals and two assists for 10 points, adding 11 ground balls.

The Tigers return two additional goalkeepers with experience, including senior Nick Steen/Purcellville and sophomore William Schlager/Washington, D.C.  Steen played in three matches a year ago, totaling 12 minutes while yielding one goal (4.86) with one save (50.0%).  Schlager played in eight matches, totaling 88 minutes while yielding 17 goals (11.63) with 18 saves (51.4%).

Hampden-Sydney will open the 2019 campaign with a non-conference contest at home against the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. at Fulton Field at the Lewis C. Everett Stadium.

The complete ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll, including picks six through 11, is below.  The official ODAC release can be found online.

2019 ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Washington and Lee University (7)

96 pts.

2. University of Lynchburg (3)

91 pts.

3. Roanoke College (1)

86 pts.

4. Hampden-Sydney College

73 pts.

5. Randolph-Macon College

64 pts.

6. Bridgewater College

49 pts.

7. Shenandoah University

46 pts.

8. Guilford College

42 pts.

9. Virginia Wesleyan University

28 pts.

10. Ferrum College

16 pts.

11. Randolph College

14 pts.