Middle Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll

In the women's lacrosse preseason poll, the coaches selected Elizabethtown College to repeat as champions. Elizabethtown is coming off its best season in school history, one in which the Blue Jays won their first Middle Atlantic Conference title and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Head coach Mike Faith, now in his seventh season at the helm, expects big things from this year's squad as well.

On offense, the Blue Jays return senior captain Sarah Cullinan, their top goal scorer from a season ago. Cullinan, who scored 51 goals and dished out 25 assists last year, enters her final season as the program's leader in career caused turnovers (118) and eighth in career goals (82). In 2010, she was an All-Middle Atlantic Conference honorable mention pick and earned First Team All-Metro Region honors.

The Blue Jays also return a trio of 20-goal scorers in Meg Cassels, Becky Porter and Samantha Redles. Cassels, who is one of the team's captains this season, was a second team all-conference selection in 2010. Porter will move up to the front line and play attack after playing midfield as a freshman.

With most of the defense still intact from last year, Faith anticipates the back line will once again be the strength of his squad. Captains Sarah Behounek and Alexis Morris are back, alongside Anna Meerbach.

In goal, E-town returns Rachael Waldman, who went 14-5 during her rookie campaign. She backstopped a defense that allowed a conference low 8.11 goals per game.

On February 26 the Blue Jays open their season against Salisbury, the topped ranked team in the country. The Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament begins May 3 with quarterfinal games, followed by semifinal games May 5, and the championship game on May 7. All tournament games are at the campus of the higher seed.

2011 MAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

1. Elizabethtown 141 (9)
2. Messiah 134 (4)
3. FDU-Florham 123
4. Eastern 107
5. Widener 97
6. Alvernia 88
7. Lycoming 75
8. Manhattanville 70
9. Lebanon Valley 54
10. Misericordia 50
11. Arcadia 32
12. Wilkes 26
13. King's 17


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