Women's Lacrosse Patriot League Preseason Poll Announced
WORCESTER, MASS. – The Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team has been picked to finish seventh in the Patriot League Preseason Poll as voted on by coaches and media relations directors from around the league.
2016 Patriot League champion Loyola (Md.) was selected as the preseason favorite with 162 points and 18 first-place votes, while Navy was second with 141 points and two first-place votes. Lehigh (124 points) and Boston University (123 points) followed in third and fourth, respectively. Colgate (96 points) was fifth, Bucknell (81 points) was sixth, the Crusaders (48 points) were seventh, Lafayette (47 points) was eighth, Army West Point (33 points) was ninth and American (30 points) was 10th.
Allison LaBeau of Lehigh was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Bailey Mathis of Loyola was selected the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
The top six teams as determined by the regular season will qualify for the Patriot League postseason tournament with the top two seeds earning byes to the semifinals. The No. 3 seed will host No. 6 and No. 4 will host No. 5 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 2. The top seed will host the semifinals on Friday, May 5, and the championship on Sunday, May 7. The winner advances to the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid.
The Crusaders will kick off the season at home against #17 Boston College on Saturday, February 4 at 11:05 a.m.
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Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Loyola, 162 points (18 first-place votes)
2. Navy, 141 (2)
3. Lehigh, 124
4. Boston U., 123
5. Colgate, 96
6. Bucknell, 81
7. Holy Cross, 48
8. Lafayette, 47
9. Army West Point, 33
10. American, 30
Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Allison LaBeau, Lehigh (Sr., A)
Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Bailey Mathis, Loyola Md. (Sr., D)
Women's Lacrosse Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Attack: Isabel Kreitler, Colgate (Sr.)
Attack: Allison LaBeau, Lehigh (Sr.)
Attack: Hannah Powers, Loyola Md. (So.)
Attack: Kirsten Wilhelmsen, Lafayette (Sr.)
Midfield: Lauren Beausoleil, Lehigh (Sr.)
Midfield: Jenna Collins, Navy (Jr.)
Midfield: Haley O'Hanlon, Colgate (Jr.)
Midfield: Sabrina Tabasso, Loyola Md. (Jr.)
Defense: Julianne D’Orazio, Lehigh (Sr.)
Defense: Bailey Mathis, Loyola Md. (Jr.)
Defense: Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola Md. (So.)
Goalkeeper: Caroline Meegan, Boston U. (Sr.)