CACC 2012 Preseason Coaches' Poll Announced

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Philadelphia University was voted first in the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) preseason coaches' poll that was released on Wednesday. The voting was conducted by the conference's seven head coaches.

The Lady Rams-who received four of the seven first place votes to have a total of 40 points-are coming off of an 11-7 season in 2011 that ended in the CACC championship tournament final.

Philadelphia returns seven starters from last season's squad, including the 2011 CACC player of the year midfielder Caribeth Shappell (sr. Lancaster, Pa./Cocalico). Shappell was second in the conference in assists per game (1.67) and ninth in points per game (3.28). She also scored 29 goals, which was fourth on the team.

The team also returns a pair of all-CACC attackers. Taylor Peltzer (sr. Holland, Pa./Archbishop Wood) garnered all-conference first team recognition in 2011 after ranking third in the CACC in assists per game (1.50), fourth in points per game (4.17) and seventh in goals per game (2.67). All-CACC second team-pick Emily Ray (so. Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) led the Lady Rams with 54 goals and was second on the team with 64 points.

Georgian Court, the back-to-back CACC champion, recorded two first-place votes and was just behind the Lady Rams in the poll with 38 points.

CACC Tournament semifinalists Holy Family and Dominican (N.Y.) both received 24 points to tie for third in the poll. Chestnut Hill and Wilmington (Del.) were deadlocked in fifth spot after getting 18 points each. Post rounded out the poll in seventh with six points.

Philadelphia opens the 2012 season against Adelphi, the three-time defending national champion, Saturday, Mar. 10 at noon on Ravenhill Field. The Lady Rams open CACC play the next day against visiting Post at noon.

CACC Preseason Poll

School (1st) Points
1. Philadelphia (4) 40
2. Georgian Court (2) 38
T3. Holy Family 24
T3. Dominican 24
T5. Chestnut Hill 18
T5. Wilmington 18
7. Post - 6


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