Sea Gulls Picked No. 1 in CAC Coaches Preseason Poll

YORK, Pa. The Capital Athletic Conference released its 2014 Women's Lacrosse Coaches Preseason poll, and Salisbury University is placed at the top of the list, the league announced Thursday.

The 13-time reigning conference champion Sea Gulls received eight first-place votes out of a possible nine (coaches may not vote for their own team) and 64 points to lead the CAC into the season as the unanimous No. 1 selection. Coming in at No. 2 and notching the final first-place vote is York College of Pennsylvania, who SU defeated in the 2013 conference championship, 13-5.

Newcomer Christopher Newport University makes its way into No. 3 with 52 points, as the Sea Gulls defeated the Captains twice last season. In their final meeting, in the NCAA tournament, Salisbury recorded a 17-5 victory to advance to the quarterfinals.

No. 4 University of Mary Washington and No. 5 St. Mary's College of Maryland round out the top five with 40 and 37 points, respectively. The remainder of the poll stands as No. 6 Marymount (Va.) University (31 points), No. 7 Frostburg State University (22 points), No. 8 Wesley College (16 points), and No. 9 Southern Virginia University (eight points).

The Sea Gulls start their national title defense on Sunday, as SU welcomes Roanoke College to Sea Gull Stadium. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.

2014 CAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Salisbury (8) 64
2. York (Pa.) (1) 54
3. Christopher Newport 52
4. Mary Washington 40
5. St. Mary's (Md.) 37
6. Marymount (Va.) 31
7. Frostburg State 22
8. Wesley 16
9. Southern Virginia 8

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YORK, Pa. Wesley College was picked to finish seventh in the CAC Preseason Poll, it was announced via webcast on Thursday afternoon. Picked to win the conference was Salisbury, followed by York (Pa.), Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, St. Mary's, Marymount (Va.) and Frostburg. Ranking just below the Wolverines is a CAC-newcomer Southern Virginia.

Aimee LeClair takes over as the Wesley College head coach in 2014 and inherits a squad that lost ten players from a year ago. Back in the fold for the Wolverines are senior Jorden Lutz, who was an All-Conference performer a year ago, as well as juniors Kaylee Miller and Rylee Gould.

Lutz was one of the Nation's leaders in caused turnovers in 2013 while Gould was second on the squad in assists as a sophomore. Miller has started in every game in her first two seasons on the Dover campus. Also back for Wesley is defender Elizabeth Groom, who sat out the 2013 season but was one of the top defenders on the team two years ago.

The Wolverines open the season on February 28 when they travel to Neumann University for a 4:00 pm start.

2014-02-14



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