Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/16
From Press Release
Princeton was picked to claim its fifth-straight Ivy League title in the 2018 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll. The Tigers, who won the 2017 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, topped the preseason poll for the second-straight year with 122 points and 11-of-16 first-place votes.
Princeton got the nod over fellow 2017 Ivy League champions Penn, which finished second with 113 points and the remaining five first-place votes, and Cornell, which tallied 101 points to finish third. The Tigers, Quakers and Big Red have each represented the Ivy League in the past two NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
Harvard rounded out the projected 2018 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament field with 71 total points.
The bottom half of the poll featured Dartmouth in fifth with 57 points, Columbia in sixth with 50 points, Yale in seventh with 43 points and Brown in eighth with 19 points.
PROJECTED IVY LEAGUE WOMEN’S LACROSSE TOURNAMENT FIELD
2017 Record: 15-4 (6-1 Ivy)
Season Opener: at Temple, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
Princeton will have to contend with the loss of a pair of IWLCA First Team All-Americans in goalie Ellie DeGarmo and Tiger all-time leading scorer (282 points, 195 goals) attacker Olivia Hompe, but does return a pair of Second Team All-Ivy honorees in senior attacker Colby Chanenchuk and senior midfielder Ellie McNulty. Chanenchuk paced Princeton with 38 assists a year ago and finished second in points—behind 2017 Ivy League Attacker of the Year Hompe—with 52. McNulty added 31 points via 23 goals and eight assists. All-Ivy Honorable Mention sophomore midfielder Tess D’Orsi also returns after a 51-point freshman campaign via 38 goals—second-most in Tiger freshman history—and 13 assists.
2017 Record: 13-4 (6-1 Ivy)
Season Opener: vs. Delaware, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
Penn possesses the Ivy League’s only returning 2017 IWLCA All-Americans and 2018 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans in senior midfielder Alex Condon and junior defender Katy Junior (Radnor). Condon was the Ivy League Midfielder of the Year and a Second Team All-American in 2017, while Junior was a Third Team All-America honoree—both are Preseason Second Team All-Americans this season. Condon led the Quakers with 44 goals, while Junior paced the team with 42 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers. Penn also welcomes back its 2017 assist (26) and points (61) leader in senior attacker Emily Rogers-Healion, but will have to contend with the loss of Second Team All-Ivy goalie Brittany Brown.
2017 Record: 13-6 (6-1 Ivy)
Season Opener: vs. Villanova, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
The Big Red graduated three First Team All-Ivy recipients in attacker Amie Dickson, midfielder Kristy Gilbert and defender Catie Smith (Conestoga) — the 2017 Ivy League Defender of the Year and a 2017 IWLCA First Team All-American. Reigning Ivy League Coach of the Year Jenny Graap (West Chester East) does return two of her top five point-getters in junior attacker Sarah Phillips (50) and senior midfielder Taylor Reed (36), an All-Ivy Honorable Mention a year ago. Like it’s defending Ivy League champion counterparts Princeton and Penn, Cornell will be looking for a replacement in net following the graduation three-year starter and All-Ivy Honorable Mention goalie Renee Poullott.
2017 Record: 8-8 (4-3 Ivy)
Season Opener: vs. New Hampshire, Feb. 17, 12 p.m.
Harvard will look to punch its ticket to its fifth-straight Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament during the 2018 campaign. The Crimson have joined Cornell, Princeton and Penn in the four-team field during each of the past four seasons. All-Ivy Honorable Mention senior midfielder Julia Glynn and junior midfielder Keely MacAfee headline Harvard’s returners, following the graduation of First Team All-Ivy honorees attacker Marisa Romeo and defender Marina Burke. Romeo is No. 3 on the Crimson career ledger in points (229), goals (164) and assists (65). MacAfee finished second on the team in points (46), goals (37) and assists (9) a year ago, finishing behind Romeo in each category.
2018 IVY LEAGUE WOMEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Rank School Points
1. Princeton (11) 122
2. Penn (5) 113
3. Cornell 101
4. Harvard 71
5. Dartmouth 57
6. Columbia 50
7. Yale 43
8. Brown 19