FOREST, Va. --- The Old Dominion Athletics Conference released 2012 Field Hockey Preseason Poll and the Vixens are tabbed ninth among ODAC schools.
Sweet Briar head coach Jess Lamina welcomes back seven returning players this season including Academic All-State performer Loralei Whittaker (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch). Lamina has also added ten newcomers to squad in 2012. She looks for first year athletes Katie Torretti (Lemon Grove, Calif./Bishops School), Emily Dallas (Allentown, N.J./Peddie School) and Hannah Oybkhan (Wilmington, Del./Caravel Academy) to make an immediate impact.
"We are excited to get started playing some games," notes Lamina "The team has had a great preseason and they have worked hard and really come together. I can't wait to see us on the field this weekend."
The Vixens open the 2012 campaign this weekend, hosting the Thayer Classic. Bryn Mawr, Cedar Crest and Rivier will travel to campus to participate in the tournament that kicks off at 11am on September 1. Sweet Briar is then off until September 14 when they host Sewanee College. From there, the Vixens leap into conference play with a weekday matchup with Virginia Wesleyan on September 19.