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Women’s lacrosse: Holy Family picked to finish 2nd in CACC; Phila. University picked 4th

Friday, 25th February 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/25/11
From Press Releases

The Holy Family University women’s lacrosse team has been selected to finish second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) this season, as voted by the conference’s head coaches.

Holy Family finished tied for second place in the poll with Wilmington University. Both the Tigers and Wildcats received 36 points. Georgian Court University received six first-place votes for 48 points and is favored to win the conference regular season title this season. Holy Family received the other first place vote.

“I am happy that we gained that type of recognition last year, but I try not to invest too much in what the poll says,” said second year Holy Family head coach Sarah Lautenbach on the team’s ranking in the poll. “At the beginning of last year we were ranked at the bottom, this year we are closer to the top. Every team in our conference will be a challenge. I don’t care where they are ranked. I will be the last person to underestimate any team in our conference.”

Holy Family finished 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the CACC to earn the second seed in the CACC Tournament. The Tigers advanced to the CACC Championship game after defeating Wilmington, 12-9, in the semifinals last season.

Holy Family returns 11 players from last year’s squad including last year’s CACC Rookie of the Year and All-CACC second team selection, sophomore Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan). McNesby tallied 31 goals and eight assists in her first year of collegiate action in 2010. Also returning for the Tigers is All-CACC honorable mention selection, junior goalie Melissa Jenkins (Interboro) who recorded a goals against average of 11.57.

Holy Family also returns its top scorer from a year ago in senior Jennifer James (Little Flower). James scored a program-best 52 goals last season to go along with six assists for 58 points. Junior Gina Mansi is also back after scoring 46 goals and tallying eight assists for 54 points last year.

Holy Family opens the 2011 season on the road against Mercy College in a non-conference contest on Tuesday, March 8. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. The Tigers’ first home game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 against Queens College in a non-conference match up at 4 p.m.

School 2010 Records Points
1. Georgian Court (6) 17-2/12-0 CACC 48
T2. Holy Family (1) 10-7/8-4 36
T2. Wilmington 10-8/7-5 36
4. Philadelphia Univ. 7-11/6-6 30
5. Dominican 6-8/5-7 22
6. Chestnut Hill 6-11/4-8 16
7. Post 0-14/0-12 8
()-first place votes

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