Big East 2013 Preseason Coaches' Poll and All-Big East Team

Rutgers (9-7, 4-4 Big East) was picked fifth and will look to senior Stephanie Anderson to lead the team. A preseason All-Big East selection, Anderson had 41 goals and five assists last season.

Connecticut and Louisville were tied for sixth with 26 points, while Villanova and Cincinnati round out the poll. Louisville junior Nikki Boltja also was named to the preseason All-Big East team.

The 2013 Big East women's lacrosse season began on Jan. 13 as Syracuse won at Jacksonville 21-8 in the earliest regular season game in NCAA history. The season resumes on Feb. 9 as Rutgers hosts Manhattan. The Big East championship is set for Thursday, May 2, with the title game set for Saturday, May 4. The championship will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

2013 Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Syracuse (8) 64
2. Loyola (1) 57
3. Notre Dame 48
4. Georgetown 44
5. Rutgers 36
6. Connecticut 26
6. Louisville 26
8. Villanova 13
9. Cincinnati 10

2013 Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
*Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, Senior, Attack

2013 Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
*Becca Block, Syracuse, Senior, Defense

2013 Big East Preseason All-Big East Team
Stephanie Anderson, Rutgers, Senior, Midfield
*Becca Block, Syracuse, Senior, Defense
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Junior, Midfield
Kelsi Bozel, Georgetown, Senior, Midfield
Alyssa Costantino, Syracuse, Junior, Goalkeeper
Ashley Hunter, Georgetown, Senior, Defense
*Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Junior, Attack
*Marlee Paton, Loyola, Junior, Midfield
Lindsey Powell, Notre Dame, Junior, Attack
*Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, Junior, Defense
*Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame, Sophomore, Defense
*Annie Thomas, Loyola, Sophomore, Attack
*Sophia Thomas, Georgetown, Senior, Midfield
*Sydney Thomas, Loyola, Sophomore, Midfield
*Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, Senior, Attack
Katie Webster, Syracuse, Junior, Midfield

*unanimous selection

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