Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/30/19
From Press Release
On Wednesday afternoon the BIG EAST Conference announced the 2019 women’s lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll along with the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Among six teams remaining in the conference, Villanova women’s lacrosse finds itself ranked fourth with 14 total points. Ahead of the Wildcats is BIG EAST Championship runner-up, Denver with 25 points and five first place votes, Georgetown with 21 points and one first place vote and Marquette with 16 points.
Rounding out the group is Old Dominion (8) in fifth and Butler (6) in sixth. Old Dominion is the newest member of the BIG EAST Conference for women’s lacrosse after Florida, Vanderbilt, UConn and Cincinnati joined the American Athletic Conference.
On top of being ranked fourth, Villanova also placed two on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. The two Wildcats listed among the 15 individuals on the preseason team were graduate student Devin Hassinger (Owen J. Roberts) and junior Katie Comerford, this will be Comerford’s second time being named to the preseason team.
Hassinger returns as a redshirt senior for the ‘Cats after setting the program record for draw controls in a single season with 83. Comerford also returns as a Villanova program record holder. She is placed second for points (65) in a single season, fourth for career assists with 49 in two years and second for points per game with 3.78 in 32 games.
The Wildcats will have an exciting year ahead with the strength they have in their returners as well as the fresh legs they will get from the incoming freshmen class. They will start off their season with a trip to Duke on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll
BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Grace Gabriel, Marquette, Sr., M
BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kennedy Milburn, Denver, Sr., D
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Maddie Baum, Denver, Sr., D
Julia Feiss, Denver, Sr., A*
Quintin Hoch-Bullen, Denver, So., A*
Molly Little, Denver, Jr., M
Kennedy Milburn, Denver, Sr., D*
Haelle Chomo, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Taylor Gebhardt, Georgetown, Sr., A*
Natalia Lynch, Georgetown, Jr., M*
Mollie Miller, Georgetown, So., D
Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, Sr., M*
Grace Gabriel, Marquette, Sr., M*
Jocelyn Miller, Marquette, So., D
Cate Soccadato, Marquette, Sr., A
Devin Hassinger (Owen J. Roberts), Villanova, R-Sr., M
Katie Comerford, Villanova, Jr., A*