Big South Announces 2014 Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

CHARLOTTE, N.C. High Point University has been voted the preseason favorite in the Big South Conference Women's Lacrosse preseason poll by the League's head coaches, it was announced today by the Conference office. The Panthers -- the defending Big South Tournament Champions -- are the preseason favorite for the second-straight year.

High Point was a near-unanimous selection to win the Big South Women's Lacrosse crown in 2014, as the Panthers received seven of the eight first-place votes and finished with 63 out of a possible 64 total points. Last season, HPU went 10-9 and was second in regular-season Big South play with a 6-1 mark. The Panthers won the inaugural Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament and was the League's automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship. High Point returns 10 starters and 24 letterwinners from last year's club.

Associate women's lacrosse member Davidson -- last year's regular-season Champion, was second in the preseason poll with 57 points and received the remaining first-place vote. The Wildcats were 11-7 a year ago and a perfect 7-0 in Big South contests. Longwood was picked third with 40 points, while Winthrop finished fourth in the voting with 39 points. Liberty landed in the fifth spot with 35 points, while Coastal Carolina was sixth with 30 points. Campbell garnered seventh-place (16 points), while Presbyterian College finished eighth with eight points.

The 2014 Big South women's lacrosse season begins Friday, Feb. 7 with Liberty at Richmond, while the first Conference meeting is set for Sunday, March 29 with Coastal Carolina hosting Campbell at 1:00 pm. The 2014 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament is slated for April 30-May 4, with quarterfinal games at the home sites of the top four seeds on April 30, followed by the Semifinals (May 2) and Finals (May 4) at the No. 1 seed. All eight teams will qualify for the tournament for the first time, with the champion receiving the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

2014 Big South Conference Preseason Poll

Rk  Team (1st)         1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   Pts.
1. High Point (7) 7 1 - - - - - - 63
2. Davidson (1) 1 7 - - - - - - 57
3. Longwood - - 3 3 1 1 - - 40
4. Winthrop - - 3 2 2 1 - - 39
5. Liberty - - 2 2 1 3 - - 35
6. Coastal Carolina - - - 1 4 3 - - 30
7. Campbell - - - - - - 8 - 16
8. Presbyterian - - - - - - - 8 8

2014-01-29



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