Phillylacrosse.com, posted 2/7/11
From Press Releasesand Staff Reports
Delaware was picked to finish fifth and Drexel sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Coach’s Poll while senior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington) leads No. 1 James Madison.
Defending champion JMU was a unanimous choice to win the crown, receiving all seven possible first-place votes and 49 points overall. William & Mary claimed the second spot, picking up the remaining first-place vote and 37 total points.
Hofstra closely trailed the Tribe and was chosen third with 36 points, while Towson tallied 34 points to find themselves in fourth. Delaware totaled 29 points for fifth, while Drexel was selected sixth with 18 points. Rounding out the preseason poll were Old Dominion (11) and George Mason (10).
The Dukes, who open the year as the nation’s ninth-ranked team in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeers Preseason Media Poll, return eight starters from last season’s 17-3 squad that won both the CAA regular-season and championship titles en route to their quarterfinal run in the NCAA Tournament. The squad will be led by attack Lomady, who was tabbed a first team All-CAA selection after tallying a team-high 46 goals last season.
Lomady also was an IWLCA All-America Third Team pick, an All-South Second Team pick, an All-state (VaSID) First Team pick, a CAA All-Tournament Team pick and the womenslacrosse.com national Offensive Player of the Week for May 9 (2 goals vs. William and Mary, 3 goals, 1 assist vs. Hofstra). She was the team leader in goals and free-position goals (10), second in points and tied third in caused turnovers.
Looking to lock up its first conference title in program history, William & Mary welcomes back 10 starters to its roster this season. The Tribe feature three-year starter Emily Geary (Radnor) in goal and sophomore attack Kyrstin Mackrides, who had 22 goals as a freshman and made All-CAA Rookie honors.
Hofstra – coached by Abby Morgan (Great Valley alum) – opens 2011 play with four returning starters from last season’s 12-6 squad that ended the year ranked 15th nationally after falling to champion James Madison in the CAA title game. The Pride will look to senior defender Katie Hertsch to spark the team’s young squad. The first team All-CAA selection is the team’s leading returner in ground balls (34), draw controls (31) and caused turnovers (18). Sophomore Emily Corzel (Merion Mercy) was a starter as a freshman on defense.
The CAA placed a pair of teams in the NCAA Championships’ 16-team field last season for the first time since 2001. The conference also had three teams finish the year ranked in both the IWLCA/Under Armour Division I Coach Poll and Inside Lacrosse/deBeers Media Poll.
2011 CAA WOMEN’S LACROSSES PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. James Madison (7 first-place votes) 49 votes
2. William & Mary (1 first-place vote) 37
3. Hofstra 36
4. Towson 34
5. Delaware 29
6. Drexel 18
7. Old Dominion 11
8. George Mason 10