Commonwealth Conference 2013 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Perennial league contender Messiah was the unanimous selection to win the league title, posting nine first-place votes. The Falcons enter the season ranked 10th in the IWLCA Division III Coaches' Poll.

Stevenson enters the season ranked second, while defending conference champion, Elizabethtown, was selected to finish third. Lebanon Valley, with 41 points, finished just ahead of fifth place Alvernia, which received 37 points. Widener generated 28 points, while Lycoming was predicted to finish seventh, with 19 points. Albright and Hood round out the poll.

Commonwealth Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Messiah, 64 pts. (9)
2. Stevenson, 54 pts.
3. Elizabethtown, 53 pts.
4. Lebanon Valley, 41 pts.
5. Alvernia, 37 pts.
6. Widener, 28 pts.
7. Lycoming, 19 pts.
8. Albright, 15 pts.
9. Hood, 13 pts.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. - A day before its season opener, Lebanon Valley has been picked to finish fourth in the Commonwealth Conference women's lacrosse preseason poll.

The Dutchmen, who start their season Wednesday by hosting Muhlenberg, are coming off a 9-8 campaign in 2012 that saw them qualify for both the CC and ECAC tournaments. They were chosen fourth behind defending champion Messiah - the unanimous top pick - and new member Stevenson and Elizabethtown, who were second and third, respectively. Alvernia, Widener, Lycoming, Albright, and new addition Hood round out the poll, in that order.

LVC returns every starter from last year's team, including national scoring leader and CC Player of the Year Hana Krechel (72 G, 43 A) on attack and all-region midfielder Bailey Benz (37 G, 14 A), along with two other all-CC picks: defender Anna Pagels (56 GB, 23 CT) and midfielder Mel Modrick (27 G, 6 A).

First-year head coach Jackie Dando has the benefit of an experienced leadership group and the program's first true senior class as LVC enters its fourth season of play, led by senior captains Allison McGinniss and Suzanne Sullivan and juniors Taylor Kruter and Modrick, who will mix in with a promising eight-member freshman class.

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Lycoming College was selected to finish seventh in the Commonwealth Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league office in Annville, Pa., announced Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The Warriors return 11 out of 12 starters from the 2012 campaign. Leading scorers senior Brooke Strausser (Myerstown, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area) (52 goals, three assists) and sophomore Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Egg Harbor Twp.) (33 goals, five assists) will look to build off their success from last season. The Warriors also return all 11 players who scored a goal last season.

The Warriors kick off their season on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when they travel to Union, N.J. for a 4:00 p.m. match-up against Kean.


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