EMU Field Hockey Tabbed For No. 5

After a busy week of preseason practices, the EMU field hockey team is ready to open their season on Aug. 29.

The way the ODAC coaches see it, EMU's field hockey team will finish right where they did last year.  After finishing in the middle of the pack at 4-4 in 2013, Eastern Mennonite has been tabbed for No. 5 in the ODAC Preseason Poll.

The Royals garnered 33 points in the vote of league coaches putting them comfortably between Shenandoah with 44 points and a trio of teams in sixth with 25 points.  Lynchburg was a unanimous choice as the preseason favorite, while Randolph-Macon got LC's top vote and was second in the poll.

EMU returns three All-ODAC players and all of them are seniors.  Defender Mandy Stowers (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) broke a program record with 10 defensive saves last year and was named All-ODAC First Team and VaSID All-State Second Team.  Bethany Hench (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) was also honored by the conference as a defender, earning All-ODAC Second Team for the second straight year.  She had two defensives.  Attacker Jenessa Derstine (Harleysville, Pa./Christopher Dock) was All-ODAC Third Team for the third consecutive season, leading EMU with seven goals, four assists and 18 total points.

The Royals open their season with home games against Gettysburg this Friday and Ursinus on Saturday.

Click here to see the entire 2014 EMU field hockey schedule.

For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter.

2014 ODAC FIELD HOCKEY PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes

1. Lynchburg (8)

64 pts.

2. Randolph-Macon (1)

55 pts.

3. Bridgewater

45 pts.

4. Shenandoah

44 pts.

5. Eastern Mennonite

33 pts.

6. Roanoke

25 pts.

6. Virginia Wesleyan

25 pts.

6. Washington and Lee

25 pts.

9. Sweet Briar

8 pts.