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Women's Lacrosse Picked Third in Initial SAC Preseason Poll

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ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba was voted third by the South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse head coaches in the initial preseason poll for that sport.  This will be the first year of women’s lacrosse as a championship sport in the SAC.   

Queens – which received five first-place votes in the poll – is the preseason favorite among the seven schools that will sponsor women’s lacrosse in 2014.  The Royals went 10-10 overall in 2013, finishing third in the Conference Carolinas standings at 5-2. 

Lenoir-Rhyne is second in the poll and earned the other two first-place votes.   The Bears are followed by Catawba and Newberry in a tie for third, Wingate at No. 5, Coker at No. 6 and Brevard at No. 7.

The first women’s lacrosse preseason All-SAC Team in conference history was also released on Wednesday.  Making up the First Team attackers are Queens’ Jena Ready, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lauren Donovan, Newberry’s Kerri Ann Barlage and Catawba’s Meredith Jones.

Queens’ Brittany Barnwell and Arika Zimmerman, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Claire Wach and Catawba’s Ebony Mills are the first-team midfielders, Queens’ Akasha Kasper and Bridgette Larranaga, Catawba’s Kelsey Perusse and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Rachel Hall are the first-team defenders, and Catawba’s Bethany Davis is the first-team goalkeeper. 

Jones set a Catawba record last year with 36 goals.  Mills tallied 30 goals and led the team with 60 draw controls and 39 ground balls.  Perusse scored six goals and caused 35 turnovers, while Davis recorded 169 saves, playing all 900 minutes last season.

Queens’ Maggie Masters and Coker’s Hayley Ferone and Mackenzie Baker make up the second-team attackers, while Newberry’s Carley Marksberry and Victoria Thomas, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Haley Beattie and Catawba’s Alyssa Corace are the second-team midfielders.

Rounding out the Second Team are Catawba’s Chelsea Sorensen, Queens’ Sydney Dishman, Newberry’s Tricia Powell and Lenoir-Rhyne Victoria Velton at defender, and Queens’ Danielle Horoschak at goalkeeper. 

Corace tallied 19 goals last season as a freshman.  Sorensen started 14 of 15 games, collecting 15 ground balls and causing 11 turnovers.

Catawba is set to open its season at home on Feb. 15 as the Lady Indians host Mount Olive.  The inaugural SAC women’s lacrosse season will culminate April 17-19 at the 2014 Food Lion SAC Lacrosse Championship, hosted by Queens in Charlotte, NC.

2014 SAC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Queens    (5)                       35
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (2)                32
3t. Catawba                          22
3t. Newberry                       22
5. Wingate                          15
6. Coker                               14
7. Brevard                           7


2014 SAC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team
A - Jena Ready, Queens
A - Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne
A - Kerri Ann Barlage, Newberry
A - Meredith Jones, Catawba
M - Brittany Barnwell, Queens
M - Arika Zimmerman, Queens
M - Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
M - Ebony Mills, Catawba
D - Akasha Kasper, Queens
D - Bridgette Larranaga, Queens
D - Kelsey Perusse, Catawba
D - Rachel Hall, Lenoir-Rhyne
G - Bethany Davis, Catawba

Second Team
A - Maggie Masters, Queens
A - Hayley Ferone, Coker
A - Mackenzie Baker, Coker
M - Carly Marksberry, Newberry
M - Haley Beattie, Lenoir-Rhyne
M - Victoria Thomas, Newberry
M - Alyssa Corace, Catawba
D - Chelsea Sorensen, Catawba
D - Sydney Dishman, Queens
D - Tricia Powell, Newberry
D - Victoria Velton, Lenoir-Rhyne
G - Danielle Horoschak, Queens

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