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Four Named to SAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Team


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( – Catawba was voted fourth of nine teams in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse preseason coaches pool.  It was announced by the league office on Tuesday along with the preseason all-conference teams.  Catawba placed four players on the preseason teams.

Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md./Parkside HS) heads Catawba’s preseason selections as the first team goalie.  The junior stood third in the SAC in saves last year and was 12th in NCAA II.  Her .473 saves percentage was second best in the conference.

Second team honors went to juniors Alyssa Corace (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and Meredith Jones (Barnesville, Md./St. John’s Catholic HS) at attack and sophomore Kourtney Jones (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS) at defender.  Corace led Catawba with 37 goals, which was eighth in the SAC, and added six assists.  Meredith Jones tallied 32 goals with a team-high 11 assists.  Kourtney Jones picked up eight goals and posted 25 caused turnovers.

Queens garnered the most votes in annual preseason poll as the preseason favorite.  The Royals picked up eight first-place votes from the panel and 72 points.

The 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse schedule is set to get under on Friday, Feb. 6.  Catawba begins the season with four road games, starting on Feb. 14 at Shorter, before its home opener against Newberry on Feb 28 at 11 a.m.

The 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship is slated for April 14, 17 and 18 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals at Queens University.

SAC Preseason Coaches Poll
1.     Queens (8), 72
2.     Lenoir-Rhyne (1), 65
3.     Newberry, 55
4.     Catawba, 53
5.     Wingate, 42
6.     Coker, 36
7.     Tusculum, 25
8.     Brevard, 24
9.     Lincoln Memorial, 23

All-SAC First Team
A- Jena Ready, Queens
A- Abigail Paulus, Queens
A- Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne
A- Noelle Allen, Newberry
MF- Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Kelly Dowd, Queens
MF- Brittany Larranaga, Queens
MF- Mackenzie Baker, Coker
D- Aarika Kaester, Queens
D- Bridgette Larranaga, Queens
D- Jamie Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker
GK- Bethany Davis, Catawba
All-SAC Second Team
A- Maggie Masters, Queens
A- Alyssa Corace, Catawba
A- Kelsie Swanson, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Meredith Jones, Catawba
MF- Logan Bounds, Wingate
MF- Kirsten Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Laura Swanson, Wingate
MF- Sarah Gioconda, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- Sydney Dishman, Queens
D- Kourtney Jones, Catawba
D – Katie Thompson, Newberry
GK- Danielle Horoschak, Queens

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