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.@LehighWLacrosse picked to finish 3rd, @LafayetteWLAX 5th in Patriot League

Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Rankings, Posted 2/7/18
From Press Release

Coming off a 12-6 season and second-straight trip to the Patriot League Semifinals, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team has been picked third in the preseason poll, as announced Tuesday.

The third-place preseason ranking is Lehigh’s highest since Loyola and Boston University joined the league in 2014. Also on Tuesday, graduate student Julianne D’Orazio (Merion Mercy) and senior Kierstyn Voiro (Moorestown-NJ) were named preseason All-League after each were named first team All-Patriot League following last season.

Defending champion Navy topped the preseason poll with 162 points and 18 first-place votes. The Mids were followed by Loyola (146 points), Lehigh (124), Boston University (120), Lafayette (86), Bucknell (78), Colgate (64), Army West Point (60), Holy Cross (38) and American (17).

D’Orazio returns to Lehigh for a fifth year, coming off a breakout offensive campaign. Last year, D’Orazio exploded for 36 goals (second on the Mountain Hawks) and 42 points (third), scoring multiple goals in 10 of her final 12 games. She also continued to make an strong impact defensively, tallying 51 groundballs, 37 draw controls and 35 caused turnovers (second in the Patriot League). D’Orazio is a two-time first team All-League honoree, while also garnering second team All-Region as a junior in 2016. She owns a school-record 94 career caused turnovers and has won three-career weekly awards (Defensive Player of the Week in 2016 and Midfielder of the Week twice in 2017).

Meanwhile, Voiro was a second team All-ECAC honoree last season, along with her first team All-League honor. The defensive standout finished the year with 32 groundballs (fourth on the team), 12 draw controls and 27 caused turnovers (second on the Mountain Hawks and seventh in the Patriot League). Voiro added two goals and four assists on the offensive end. Early last season, Voiro was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after a monster game vs. Wagner which saw her record a goal, assist, two groundballs, a draw control and career-high six caused turnovers.

D’Orazio and Voiro were both part of a defense which led the Patriot League in allowing just 9.67 goals per game last season. The Mountain Hawks have finished 6-3 in the league in each of their last two seasons, winning a Patriot League Tournament game in consecutive years for the first time in program history. Lehigh has gone 25-11 over the last two years, tied for the 22nd most wins in the nation since the beginning of 2016.

Lehigh will open its season this Saturday (Feb. 10) when it hosts St. Bonaventure at 1 p.m.

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Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
Navy, 162 points (18 first-place votes)
Loyola Maryland, 146 (2)
Lehigh, 124
Boston University, 120
Lafayette, 86
Bucknell, 78
Colgate, 64
Army West Point, 60
Holy Cross, 38
American, 17

Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Jenna Collins, Navy, Sr., M
Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola Maryland, Jr., D

Women’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Patriot League Team*
Attack: Kelly Larkin, Navy, So.
Attack: Hannah Powers, Loyola Maryland, Jr.
Attack: Kailey Conry, Boston University, So.
Attack: Jane Kirby, Lafayette, Jr.
Midfield: Jenna Collins, Navy, Sr.
Midfield: Haley O’Hanlon, Colgate, Sr.
Midfield: Taylor VanThof, Loyola Maryland, Jr.
Midfield: Julianne D’Orazio (Merion Mercy), Lehigh, GS
Defense: Kiersten Spencer, Army West Point, Sr.
Defense: Blake Smith, Navy, Sr.
Defense: Kierstyn Voiro (Moorestown), Lehigh, Sr.
Defense: Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola Maryland, Jr.
Goalkeeper: Kady Glynn, Loyola Maryland, Jr.
*13 members on the Preseason All-Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Team due to a tie in the voting

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