Massachusetts Tops the Atlantic 10 Preseason Lacrosse Poll

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-The Atlantic 10 announced Friday that Massachusetts women's lacrosse was picked to finish first in the 2013 season. The Minutewomen were chosen first in the annual poll, conducted by the league's eight head coaches.

The Minutewomen, who won their fourth straight Atlantic 10 title last April, garnered five first place votes for a point total of 61. UMass defeated Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Championship and then defeated Canisius in the NCAA play-in game to advance to the NCAA First Round. Massachusetts finished the season with a narrow 15-12 loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 19-2. The Minutewomen were a perfect 7-0 in A-10 play and won their fifth league title overall.

Richmond, the 2012 championship runner-up, was picked to finish second this season with 57 points. The Spiders, who finished 5-2 and tied for second last year, picked up three first place votes in the 2013 polling. Overall Richmond was 10-8 in 2013.

Duquesne, which tied Richmond at 5-2 in conference play last year and finished 12-5 overall was picked to finish third with 46 points. Temple was chosen fourth with 36 points after finishing 10-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play 2012.

George Washington was picked fifth with 34 points and La Salle sixth with 25 points. Saint Joseph's and St. Bonaventure rounded out the poll.

Massachusetts travels to California Friday to face No. 2 Northwestern to open the 2013 season. The 2013 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship will be played at UMass' Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium April 26-28. The Championship final will air live on CBS Sports Network.

2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Lacrosse Poll
                                     2012 Records
Rk. Team Pts (1st) Overall A-10

1. Massachusetts 61 (5) 19-2 7-0
2. Richmond 57 (3) 10-8 5-2
3. Duquesne 46 12-6 5-2
4. Temple 36 9-8 3-4
5. George Washington 34 10-7 4-3
6. La Salle 25 10-6 3-4
7. Saint Joseph's 18 5-11 1-6
8. St. Bonaventure 11 3-9 0-7


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