Limestone #1 in Conference Carolinas Lacrosse Preseason Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. - A national runner-up finish, program record 20 wins and a ninth straight Conference Carolinas regular season championship and sixth consecutive tournament title, paired with one of the top returning classes in the country, has Limestone women's lacrosse at the head of the Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll for an eighth straight year as announced by the league on Thursday, January 30. The poll is voted on by the league's seven head coaches.

The Saints earned 36 points and six of the seven first place votes while Pfeiffer, nationally ranked and an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, is second in the poll with 31 points and the other first place vote. Belmont Abbey is in third with 25 points and second year Mount Olive is a close fourth with 22 points while Converse (14), Erskine (13) and Lees-McRae (6) round out the poll in spots 3-6.

"It's an honor to be at the top of the conference poll but what's important for the team to focus on is where we finish rather than where we start," said head coach Scott Tucker. "Sometimes holding onto the top is harder than getting there. We look at the conference schedule as a challenge and look forward to competing."

In 2013 the Saints delivered the best season in program history as they broke the team record for wins in a season with 20 and advanced to their second NCAA Division II National Championship Game in a span of three years.

Returning from a program that notched that 20th win with a double-overtime victory over No. 3 Rollins in the national semifinals, and pushed eventual two-time champion LIU-Post to the limit in the title game, are senior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada), senior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) and junior midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.).

This group combined for 147 goals, 93 assists, 247 points and 102 groundballs to lead Limestone last year and is expected to factor heavily into this year's success. Oor along last season delivered the greatest season in program history with 43 goals and single season records of 73 assists and 116 points and also broke the career record in both of the last two categories. With that type of production, she earned the first IWLCA All-American First-Team honor in her career.

McCarrick scored 53 goals for second place on last year's squad and added 12 assists for 65 points and 36 groundballs while Farrell erupted for a career-high 51 goals, more than doubling her previous career total. She also added eight assists and 30 groundballs for the No. 2 team in the country last season. With this core group of returnees and the largest, and one of the most talented, recruiting classes in program history, the Saints are poised once again for a run at a national title.

Limestone women's lacrosse opens its 18th season at home on Saturday, February 15 when they host second-year program Young Harris and former Saints All-American Katie Ilott. That game is set for 12:00 p.m. at Saints Practice Field adjacent to the Limestone Center.

2014 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Limestone (6) 36
2. Pfeiffer (1) 31
3. Belmont Abbey 25
4. Mount Olive 22
5. Converse 14
6. Erskine 13
7. Lees-McRae 6


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