Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/10/16
Defending champion Holy Family University appeared in the top spot of the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara.
The Tigers, who claimed both the CACC regular season and tournament crowns in 2015, earned 95 points in the voting, including six of the 10 first-place votes. Georgian Court University, which appeared in the CACC finals a season ago, was tabbed second in the preseason poll with 88 points and three first-place nods. Philadelphia University, which claimed the 2014 conference title, was third in the voting with 81 points to round out the top-three of the poll.
Holy Family went 14-3 last year and returns three All-CACC performers from that squad, including first-team honoree midfielder Paige Settar, who led the league with 67 goals and ranking third with 79 points.
Erin Harmer, who earned second-team accolades at attack, returns after pumping in 30 goals and assisting on 12 others for 42 points (18th in the league in that category). The third All-CACC performer slated to return in 2016 is second-team defender Ursula Coyle, who scooped up 32 ground balls and caused eight turnovers to help spearhead one of the top defensive units in the league and Division II.
Georgian Court returns a pair of All-CACC First-Team honorees from last year’s team that went 11-6 and reached the conference final before coming up just short versus the Tigers.
Melissa Williams, who was named to the conference’s top squad at attack, poured in 55 goals, while assisting on a league-high 40 markers for 115 points (2nd highest total in the CACC). Williams’ marker total was the third-best mark in the league. Callie Brown earned first-team status at midfield after producing 37 goals and 13 assists for 50 points, as all three marks ranked among the top-12 in the conference.
Philadelphia will benefit from the return of two All-CACC performers from 2015, including first-team star Liz Mower and second-teamer Katie Parent, who also locked up the sport’s inaugural defensive player-of-the-year award following the regular season. The Rams went 10-8 last season and reached the CACC semifinals. Mower ranked second in points (85), while ranking fifth in goals (53) and third in assists (32). Parent was a defensive specialist in the midfield and ranked third in the CACC in both ground balls (63) and caused turnovers (31).
The remainder of the 2016 preseason poll includes Wilmington University (4th, 65 points), Chestnut Hill College (5th, 61 points, 1 1st-place vote), Dominican College (6th, 50 points), Caldwell University (7th, 35 points), Nyack College (8th, 32 points), Felician University (9th, 16 points) and Post University (10th, 13 points). Felician will be competing in its first season as a varsity sport in 2016.
The regular season will be a build up to the 2016 CACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship, which will begin with the first round on May 3, followed by the semifinals and finals on May 7-8. The final four will compete on the 7th and 8th at Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.
2016 CACC WOMEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Holy Family 95 (6)
2. Georgian Court 88 (3)
3. Philadelphia 81
4. Wilmington 65
5. Chestnut Hill 61 (1)
6. Dominican 50
7. Caldwell 35
8. Nyack 32
9. Felician 16
10. Post 13
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