Thomasville, NC--The Limestone College women's lacrosse team tops the 2008 preseason coaches poll. The Saints take the poll but again the season will be a big test as Conference Carolinas shows their strength nationally with three teams ranked in the 'Lacrosse Magazine' DII Preseason Top Ten, with Limestone at No. 6, Pfeiffer at No. 7, and Queens at No. 9.
The Limestone College women's lacrosse team is eager to begin the 2008 season. The Lady Saints have high hopes of securing their fifth straight conference regular season title and make a run for the NCAA National Championship. Limestone, the defending conference Regular Season Champion, posted a 14-5 overall record and was 9-1 in league play last spring.
Head Coach Scott Tucker's 2008 lineup consists of 20 returning players, including three All-Americans, and six newcomers. The Lady Saints have a tough slate in 2008, facing five of the nation's top 10 teams. The team's top scorers are back from last season: All-Americans Lauryn Wise and Marissa Pesce. Limestone's defense will be anchored by All-American goalkeeper Erin Cavanaugh.
Pfeiffer University takes the second position in this year's poll. The Lady Falcons are coming off a 15-4 overall & 8-2 league record with a third Conference Tournament Championship in the past four years. Pfeiffer will look to reload as they lose seven starters which included first team All-American Jenny Deans, second team All-American Brenna Clark and All-Conference performers Audrey Barker and Jenn Gappert.
Twelve newcomers join the squad this season and will be expected to play a large role if this team expects to continue their success. The Lady Falcons return their leading scorer in Ashley Hill and the lone senior Elie Fenton will be looked for leadership at both ends of the field.
Queens University of Charlotte women's lacrosse enters the 2008 season with high hopes and great anticipation. Queens returns a talented group of attackers being led by senior Sarah Hannon and All-Tournament member sophomore Kelly Duffey. The Royals have strong senior leadership in the midfield with Mandy Mahle, Carolynn Loan and by defenders Lauren Bilski and 2007 honorable mention player Erin Schulz.
The Royals enter the program's fifth season under new leadership; assistant coach Meghan Dennehy was named Interim Head Coach when four-year head coach Kevin Cooke left the program for Edinboro University. The Queens team finished 2007 with an overall record of 10-7 and league record of 6-4 as they'll look to improve on that record this season.
Rounding out the women's lacrosse preseason poll 4-6 was: Belmont Abbey, St. Andrews, and Lees-McRae respectively.
Conference Carolinas Pre-Season Coaches Poll
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Limestone College (4) 24
2. Pfeiffer University (2) 22
3. Queens University of Charlotte 15
4. Belmont Abbey College 13
5. St. Andrews Presbyterian College 11
6. Lees-McRae College 5