Towson, JMU Take Top Spots in CAA Preseason Lacrosse Poll

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University was picked to finish first in the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) poll voted on by the league's head coaches. Towson is coming off back-to-back CAA titles and three straight appearances in the CAA Championship game.

The Tigers, returning eight starters and 22 letter winners, will be looking to defend their 2013 CAA title. Towson received four first place votes and 24 points. James Madison was picked to finish second with one first place vote and 21 points. Hofstra, the 2013 CAA runner-up, rounded out the top three with one first place vote and 17 points.

Delaware was picked to finish fourth in the standings while Drexel and William & Mary rounded out the standings.

Towson returns a wealthy of experience for 2014. Redshirt senior Ashleigh Rohrback was the 2013 CAA Co-Player of the Year after leading the league in assists per game (2.46) and points per game (3.92). She will be joined on attack by redshirt junior Andi Raymond, who will be looking to recapture the magic of her 2012 season after missing all of 2013 due to injury. Also back for the Tigers are 2013 second team All-CAA members Paige Duncan, Michelle Dufault and Kelsea Donnelly.

The Tigers open their 2014 campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they host UMBC at 4:00 p.m.

The Preseason All-CAA team will be announced tomorrow.

2014 CAA Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Towson (4)
2. James Madison (1)
3. Hofstra (1)
4. Delaware
5. Drexel
6. William & Mary

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RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 4, 2014 James Madison was predicted to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association according to a preseason vote by the league's coaches released Tuesday.

The Dukes tallied 21 points in the poll with one first-place vote, just three points behind the predicted 2014 CAA champion Towson (24 points, four first-place votes). The Tigers tied the Dukes for the regular-season title in 2013 and won the conference tournament last season.

Hofstra rang in at the No. 3 position after receiving 17 points and one first-place vote with Delaware following in fourth place with 14 points. Drexel, which tallied eight points, and William & Mary, picking up six points, rounded out the order of finish in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

JMU went 6-1 in league action last year and 11-6 overall. After a second-place berth in the CAA tournament, the Dukes fell 6-4 to Hofstra in the semifinals.

In 2013, Madison led the league in points per game (14.82) and shot percentage (49.3%). The Dukes also led the CAA in save percentage (49.5%) thanks in large part to the play of All-CAA First Team goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.). Healy led the league in save percentage (48.6%), snagging 138 of 146 goal attempts, as well as saves per game (9.2).

Healy joins seven starters returning for the 2014 season, including All-CAA First Team honoree Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.), a senior attacker, and All-CAA Second Team honorees Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland), a junior midfielder, and Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty H.S.), a junior defender. Senior defender Leah Perrotta (Forest Hills, Md./Fallston), redshirt-junior midfielder Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) also return to the starting lineup for the purple and gold.

The Dukes open the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they host Virginia Tech at University Park in a 1:00 p.m. match-up.

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