Feb. 6, 2014
IWLCA Preseason Poll | Brine Media Poll
CENTER VALLEY, Pa - Loyola University Maryland and Navy will begin the 2014 season ranked in each of the major Division I women's lacrosse polls.
The Greyhounds start in the top 10 of each ranking as they came in at No. 9 in the IWLCA poll on Monday after earning the No. 10 spot in the Brine Media Poll last week. Navy was ranked higher by the media at No. 12, with the Mids earning the No. 18 spots in the coaches poll.
Loyola has a long line of success that includes 10 conference tournament titles and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips in each of the last three years under sixth-year Head Coach Jen Adams. Marlee Paton was named Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after leading the team with 39 goals and 25 assists last season, and was joined on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team by
Annie Thomas (26 G, 27 A), Taryn VanThof (28 G, 18A), Hannah Schmitt (33 G, 6 A) and sophomore defender Maddy Lesher. Loyola advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and finished with an 11-9 record.
Navy won its fourth-straight Patriot League title and also earned the first NCAA Tournament win for a League squad last season. Navy faces the task of replacing three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Jasmine DePompeo, but has a pair of first-team All-League players back in Loren Generi (62 G, 13 A) and Annie Foky (7.13 GAA), who was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year last season and has the same honor in the preseason in 2014. Aimee Gennaro (64 G, 16 A) joins Generi on attack and is already 10th in League history with 169 career goals. The Mids have won 18 straight games against Patriot League opponents, a streak that began in the 2011 League Tournament.
North Carolina, Maryland and Syracuse took the top three spots in order in each ranking, with Northwestern at No. 4 and Florida at No. 5 in the IWLCA poll and their order flipped in the Brine rankings.
No. 12/18 Navy begins its season on Saturday at Longwood, while No. 9/10 Loyola has a big test right out of the gate when it visits No. 8/8 Virginia on Feb. 15.