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Women’s lacrosse: West Chester picked as No. 1 team in PSAC

Monday, 13th February 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Rankings, Posted 2/13/17
From Press Release

West Chester topped the PSAC Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the league announced Friday afternoon.

The Golden Rams claimed eight first-place votes after posting a 17-3 mark in 2016 and appearing the NCAA DII Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. WCU returns All-PSAC First-Team representative Ashley Pyle. Pyle led the league in points with 98 (60 goals and 38 assists). Sami Barnett and Sarah Gebre earned second-team all-conference accolades. Gebre spearheaded a defense that allowed the second fewest goals (149) in the league.

Mercyhurst landed second in the poll and grabbed three first-place votes. The Lakers won their first PSAC Women’s Lacrosse title last season with a 17-14 win against WCU. Kevin Cooke enters his first season at the helm for Mercyhurst and welcomes back two all-conference players. Junior midfielder Kristin Anderson earned first-team accolades after scoring 50 goals and averaging 5.71 shots per game. Senior midfielder Carly Zimmerman finished sixth in the conference with 5.75 shots per game.

IUP was picked third and received a first-place vote after posting 10 PSAC wins in 2016. The Crimson Hawks return PSAC Freshman of the Year Ally Burrows. Burrows led the offense with 49 goals while two-time all-conference honoree Angela Lontoc finished third in the league in goals allowed (135) and goals against average (8.28).

Lock Haven earned the final first-place vote while claiming the No. 4 slot. The Bald Eagles return a pair of first-team all-conference members. Midfielder Rachel Engler posted 61 goals and averaged 5.74 shots per contest. Teammate Alex O’Herrick led the league in draw controls (120) and draw controls per game (7.06). Senior Shannon Bissnette earned third-team accolades after dishing out 46 assists.

East Stroudsburg claimed fifth following a solid defensive year. The Warriors allowed the fewest goals in the league (130) and was the only PSAC school to post a shutout.

Seton Hill, Millersville, Slippery Rock, Bloomsburg and Gannon rounded-out the top 10, respectively.

Edinboro, Kutztown and Shippensburg complete the poll.

Seton Hill visits Millersville to open league play March 5.

The PSAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament begins May 2 and concludes May 7.

PSAC Preseason Poll (First Place Votes)
1. West Chester (8)

2. Mercyhurst (3)
3. IUP (1)
4. Lock Haven (1)
5. East Stroudsburg
6. Seton Hill
7. Millersville
8. Slippery Rock
9. Bloomsburg
10. Gannon
11. Edinboro
12. Kutztown
13. Shippensburg

2016 Champion: Mercyhurst
2015 Champion: Lock Haven
2014 Champion: Lock Haven
2013 Champion: West Chester
2012 Champion: Bloomsburg
2011 Champion: Lock Haven
2010 Champion: Lock Haven
2009 Champion: Lock Haven
2008 Champion: West Chester
2007 Champion: West Chester
2006 Champion: West Chester
2005 Champion: West Chester
2004 Champion: West Chester
2003 Champion: Bloomsburg
2002 Champion: West Chester
2001 Champion: West Chester
2000 Champion: Bloomsburg
1999 Champion: West Chester
1998 Champion: West Chester
1997 Champion: West Chester
1996 Champion: West Chester
1995 Champion: West Chester
1994 Champion: West Chester
1993 Champion: West Chester
1992 Champion: West Chester
1991 Champion: Bloomsburg
1990 Champion: Millersville
1989 Champion: Millersville
1988 Champion: Millersville
1987 Champion: West Chester
1986 Champion: West Chester
1985 Champion: West Chester
1984 Champion: West Chester
1983 Champion: West Chester
1982 Champion: Kutztown
1981 Champion: Lock Haven
1980 Champion: Lock Haven
1979 Champion: Lock Haven



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