2013 Colonial States (CSAC) Preseason Lacrosse Coaches' Poll

ASTON, Pa.: Defending CASC champion Cabrini has been picked to repeat in 2013 in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches. The Cavaliers, coached by Jackie Neary, garnered six of a possible nine first-place votes, and 78 points total, to finish ahead of second-place Marywood, which received three first-place votes and 70 points total.

"It's an honor to be considered one of the top teams in such a balanced league," said Neary, the 2012 CSAC Coach of the Year. "We are looking forward to another exciting year of CSAC women's lacrosse, and hope that at the end of the season, we are still worthy of the honor."

Following Cabrini and Marywood, Centenary was tabbed third, receiving 61 points, with Gwynedd-Mercy (53) and Neumann (51) close behind. Immaculata and Notre Dame (Md.) each received 32 points, tying for sixth, with Cedar Crest picking up 18 points and Rosemont 10.

The Cavaliers return the bulk of their lineup from a 2012 season in which they went 7-1 in CSAC play (10-9 overall), led by a trio of First Team All-CSAC selections in Lacie Doubet, Melissa Scanzano, and Erin McLaughlin. Doubet, also the 2012 CSAC Rookie of the Year, started all 19 games a season ago, leading the team with 70 points, on 51 goals and 19 assists, while also tallying 67 draw controls and 43 ground balls. Scanzano posted 42 points (38 goals, 4 assists), 71 draw controls, and 20 caused turnovers, while McLaughlin led Cabrini with 46 ground balls to go with 20 caused turnovers.

After going 16-5 overall (8-0 CSAC) and advancing to both the CSAC and ECAC championship games, Marywood enters its first season under new head coach Lindsey Hendricks. The Pacers return three of the CSAC's top nine scorers from a season ago, led by midfielder Kim Commisso, who was named the 2012 CSAC Player of the Year and second team IWLCA All-Region after posting 66 goals, nine assists, 74 ground balls, and 28 caused turnovers. Another First Team All-CSAC selection returns in midfielder Diana D'Achille, who led the CSAC in both points (101) and draw controls (148), while finishing second in goals (81) and third in assists (20). A third midfielder back for the Pacers is Sarah Caughy, who scored 70 points on 46 goals and 24 assists in 2012.

Centenary, under coach John McCloskey, went 10-5 overall (5-3 CSAC) last season, advancing to the league's semifinals. Midfielder Alysia Pinkerton looks to lead the Cyclone returnees, after scoring 38 goals and seven assists, while leading her team in ground balls (65), draw controls (91) and caused turnovers (25). The Cyclones, who led the CSAC with an average of 16.8 goals per game in 2012, also welcome back Allie Swartz, who saw time at both the attack and midfield position and totaled 33 goals, 15 assists, and 42 ground balls.

A March 14 match-up between Gwynedd-Mercy and Rosemont will kick off the 2013 CSAC schedule, with the remaining teams opening conference play a week later. Each team's eight-game conference slate is scheduled to wrap up on the weekend of April 19, with the six-team CSAC Championship Tournament beginning a week later. The 2013 CSAC championship match will take place on May 3.

2013 CSAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
                         2012
Rk. Team CSAC Rcd. Pts (1st)

1 Cabrini 7-1 78 (6)
2 Marywood 8-0 70 (3)
3 Centenary 5-3 61
4 Gwynedd-Mercy 5-3 53
5 Neumann 5-3 51
6 Immaculata 2-6 32
6 Notre Dame (Md.) 3-5 32
8 Cedar Crest 1-7 18
9 Rosemont 0-8 10

2013-02-26



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