Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/4/13
From Press Release
The Trinity (Conn.) women earned the top spot in Lacrosse Magazine’s 2013 NCAA Division III preseason rankings, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Cortland’s Maria Di Fato as its preseason player of the year for Division III.
The No. 1 Bantams edged Salisbury, 8-7, to win the program’s first NCAA championship and punctuate a 21-1 season. Trinity, which lost just four seniors from that team, held NCAA semifinalist Cortland and the Sea Gulls to five and seven goals, respectively, in their final-four matchups last May — each entered averaging 15 goals per game. The Bantams won a second straight NESCAC title and made the NCAA tournament for the third time in a row and fifth time in six seasons. Runner-up Salisbury enters 2013 ranked second.
Thank in part to Di Fato, the Red Dragons have reached the NCAA final four in each of the past two seasons, losing by two goals to the eventual champion both times. Last season, Di Fato was an All-American and ranked 15th in the nation with 76 goals. The senior midfielder enters 2013 seventh on Cortland’s career scoring list (183 goals), sixth in assists (68) and fifth in points (251).
Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division III women’s preseason rankings as follows:
NCAA Division III Women
1. Trinity (Conn.)
12. Franklin & Marshall
15. Mary Washington
17. Washington & Lee
18. St. John Fisher
Preseason Player of Year: Maria Di Fato, Cortland, Sr. M