Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/17
From Press Release
Five-time defending Colonial States Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse champion Cabrini University has been picked to repeat in 2017 in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches. The Cavaliers, coached by Jackie Neary, garnered eight of a possible 10 first-place votes, and 98 points total, to finish six points ahead of second-place Neumann University, which received the other two first-place votes and 92 points total.
“We are honored to be recognized by the CSAC coaches. Our student-athletes have been working extremely hard to prepare for what will certainly be an extremely tough conference schedule,” said Neary. “We are looking forward to getting our season underway and excited for what is to come during the 2017 season.”
Following Cabrini and Neumann, Marywood University was tabbed third, receiving 79 points, with Immaculata University close behind in fourth (71) and Gwynedd Mercy University was fifth (54). Centenary University was sixth with 50 points, followed by Keystone College with 40 points. Notre Dame of Maryland University finished eighth (32 points), while Rosemont College was ninth (20) and Cedar Crest College was tenth (14).
The Cavaliers made a perfect run through their 2016 CSAC slate for the fourth straight year, posting a 9-0 mark in league games and finishing with a 14-6 overall record. Top-seeded Cabrini bested fourth-seeded Immaculata, 21-5 in the semifinals, and second-seeded Neumann, 18-10, in the championship game, to earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Cabrini defeated Meredith in the first-round of the NCAA tournament 12-11, before falling to nationally-ranked Salisbury in the second-round by a score of 15-1.
Cabrini and Rosemont open the CSAC slate with a game on March 14, while the rest of the conference jumps into play on Saturday, March 18. The first round matchups of the 2017 CSAC tournament are slated for Saturday, April 29. Semifinal contests will take place on Wednesday, May 3 and the CSAC championship will be decided on Saturday, May 6.
School 2016 Record 2016 CSAC Record Points (1st Place)
1. Cabrini University 14-5 9-0 98 (8)
2. Neumann University 13-5 8-1 92 (2)
3. Marywood University 8-10 7-2 79
4. Immaculata University 8-11 5-3 71
5. Gwynedd Mercy University 4-12 4-5 54
6. Centenary University 5-11 4-5 50
7. Keystone College 4-7 3-6 40
8. Notre Dame of Maryland University 3-10 2-7 32
9. Rosemont College 3-12 2-7 20
10. Cedar Crest College 0-14 0-9 14