Coaches Vote Queens as SAC Lacrosse Preseason Favorite

ROCK HILL, S.C. Queens University of Charlotte has been voted by the SAC's head coaches as the preseason favorite to win the conference's inaugural women's lacrosse title, it was announced on Wednesday.

Queens which received five first-place votes in the poll is one of seven SAC schools that will sponsor women's lacrosse in 2014. Lenoir-Rhyne is second in the poll and earned the other two first-place votes. The Bears are followed by Catawba and Newberry in a tie for third, Wingate at No. 5, Coker at No. 6 and Brevard at No. 7.

The Royals completed the 2013 season with a 10-10 overall record after their season came to an end in the 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship game. The Royals advanced to the title game after upsetting Pfeiffer University, ranked sixth in the nation at the time, in the quarterfinal round, 12-11. The appearance in the conference championship game was the first for the Royals in program history.

Queens advanced to the tournament after finishing the regular season at 5-2 in league action. After defeating Mount Olive College, 16-7, at home in the quarterfinal round the Royals moved on to face the Falcons. With the game knotted at 10-10 with 11:08 to play, it would be Jena Ready and Brittany Barnwell who put back-to-back balls in the net for the win.

The first women's lacrosse preseason All-SAC Team in conference history was also released on Wednesday with eight Royals making the cut.

Attacker Jena Ready and midfielders Brittany Barnwell and Arika Zimmerman were all named to the first team. Ready led Queens' scoring efforts last season with 72 points after notching 53 goals and 19 assists. Barnwell added 46 goals and 9 assists for 55 points, while also totaling 66 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers. Both were named to Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team. Zimmerman was also a scoring threat recording 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points.

Akasha Kasper and Bridgette Larranaga were also recognized on the first team after combining for 50 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers on the defensive end.

Attacker Maggie Masters totaled 47 points last season with 34 goals and 13 assists to earn a place on the second team. Sydney Dishman notched 31 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers on defense to make an appearance on the team as well.

Goalkeeper Danielle Horoschak completed Queens' eight on the list after registering 1,068 minutes in the cage last season. Horoschak totaled 155 saves, 35 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

The inaugural SAC women's lacrosse season will culminate April 17-19 at the 2014 Food Lion SAC Lacrosse Championship, hosted by Queens.

2014 SAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Queens 35 (5)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 32 (2)
3t. Catawba 22
3t. Newberry 22
5. Wingate 15
6. Coker 14
7. Brevard 7

2014 SAC Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team Attacker
Jena Ready, QU
Lauren Donovan, L-R
Kerri Ann Barlage, NEW
Meredith Jones, CAT

First Team Midfielder
Brittany Barnwell, QU
Arika Zimmerman, QU
Claire Wach, L-R
Ebony Mills, CAT

First Team Defender
Akasha Kasper, QU
Bridgette Larranaga, QU
Kelsey Perusse, CAT
Rachel Hall, L-R

First Team Goalkeeper
Bethany Davis, CAT

Second Team Attacker
Maggie Masters, QU
Hayley Ferone, COK
Mackenzie Baker, COK

Second Team Midfielder
Carly Marksberry, NEW
Haley Beattie, L-R
Victoria Thomas, NEW
Alyssa Corace, CAT

Second Team Defender
Chelsea Sorensen, CAT
Sydney Dishman, QU
Tricia Powell, NEW
Victoria Velton, L-R

Second Team Goalkeeper
Danielle Horoschak, QU


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