Women’s Lacrosse: Pre Season Poll

  1. Maryland
  2. Syracuse
  3. North Carolina
  4. Northwestern
  5. Stony Brook
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Boston College
  8. Penn State
  9. Princeton
  10. Florida
  11. Duke
  12. Johns Hopkins
  13. Virginia
  14. Stanford
  15. Louisville
  16. Penn
  17. Ohio State
  18. Loyola
  19. USC
  20. James Madison

Analysis

Top Three: These three are by far the favorites to go deep into the post season. Maryland is led by attack Taylor Cummings, likely the best player in the country. North Carolina may be the biggest threat to the Terps after being their only real contender for the past few seasons. Syracuse is led by Tewaaraton candidate for best player in the country Kayla Treanor and should be there on championship weekend.

Middle Teams: Stony Brook is the best team in the America East conference by far. Northwestern is led by Canadian Selena Lasota who is one of the only women in the country with box lacrosse experience. Stanford is the favorite to win the MPSF despite the rise of USC. Princeton, led by the Ivy League coach of the year of 2015, are the favorites in their conference as well. Penn State is ranked ninth but in the Big Ten, the toughest conference in the country, have to deal with Maryland and Northwestern.

Bottom Teams: After being upset last season, James Madison is a team that is looking for revenge and should have a bounceback season. USC made noise in just its third season and should contend for the post season once again. Loyola lost a lot to graduation this season and could see their spot slip.

Early Game to Watch

Loyola @ Florida: This is a tough test early for the Greyhounds who play their first game without nine of their starters. Meanwhile, Florida looks to take control of the Big East.

Author: Marisa Ingemi

Marisa covers sports (mostly baseball, hockey, and lacrosse) for ESPN New Hampshire, In Lacrosse We Trust, BU News Service, Inside Hockey, the Patriot League Network, and a wide range of other places.

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