Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III Preseason Top 20

BALTIMORE After winning its second title in four seasons with a 12-5 victory over Trinity (Conn.) in the 2013 NCAA national championship, Salisbury opens the 2014 schedule as No. 1 in the Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III Women's Preseason Top 20 poll.

SU carries a 23-game winning streak into the season after holding a perfect 23-0 record through 2013. Led by two-time IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year and All-American Ashton Wheatley, and All-America selections Bethany Baer and Meghan Toomey, the Gulls work toward another successful year on the field.

The top five also includes No. 2 Cortland, who fell to No. 3 Trinity in the semifinals last season. Following in at No. 4 and 5 are Middlebury and Franklin & Marshall, respectively, after both being eliminated late in the NCAA tournament in 2013 by Salisbury.

The Sea Gulls head into a 2014 schedule that accumulates eight teams posted in the top-20 poll, including No. 2 Cortland, No. 3 Trinity, No. 5 Franklin & Marshall, No. 7 College of New Jersey, No. 8 Colby, No. 12 York, No. 16 Christopher Newport, and No. 20 Stevenson.

Salisbury begins its title defense on Feb. 16, as the Gulls take on Roanoke College at Sea Gull Stadium. The match is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20
1. Salisbury
2. Cortland
3. Trinity
4. Middlebury
5. Franklin & Marshall
6. Gettysburg
8. Colby
9. Bowdoin
10. Geneseo
11. RPI
12. York
13. Amherst
14. Susquehanna
15. Hamilton
16. Christopher Newport
17. Ithaca
18. Brockport
19. Fredonia
20. Stevenson


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