The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its 2014 preseason polls for each division on Monday, and below are the local squads that earned spots.
Division 1: Boston College rounded out the Top-20 with the final spot. The Eagles received 41 votes. North Carolina, the reigning national championships, was picked number one and received 398 votes, including 360 first place votes.
According to the Eagles’ athletic website, they were projected to finish seventh in the ACC. They received 23 votes. The Tar Heels were picked to finish first.
Juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick were selected to the conference’s Preseason All-ACC Team.
The Eagles season begins next Saturday, February 15 when they travel to Notre Dame for a 1 p.m. start.
Division 2: Bentley University and Stonehill College each earned spots on the poll with the Skyhawks checking in the eighth spot, while the Falcons rounded out the Top-15. Merrimack College didn’t earn a spot on the poll, but was one of six teams that are also receiving votes.
Stonehill begins its campaign on Tuesday, March 11 at Rollins College, a squad that was picked fourth in the preseason poll, while Bentley travels to Le Moyne (fifth in the poll) on Saturday, March 1. Both squads will meet on Tuesday, April 8 in Waltham.
Kelsey Shannahan returns for her final season with the Skyhawks. She finished fourth on the team in points (58) last season. She netted 43 goals and recorded 15 helpers. Shannahan recorded at least one point (goal or assist) in each contest last season.
Bentley’s Taylor Bastien will also compete in her final season, too. Bastien led the Falcons in points (59) last year, as well as registered team-highs in goals (33) and assists (26).
Division 3: Amherst College was the only local squad, excluding a few teams from New England, which earned a spot on the poll. The Lord Jeffs checked in as the 13th best team in the country with 152 votes.
Amherst will kickoff its 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 when they travel to Maine to face Bates before returning home to host Babson (Wed. March 5) and Bowdoin (Sat. March 8). The Polar Bears also earned a spot on the poll, checking in five spots ahead of the Lord Jeffs.
Priscilla Tyler, who led the unit in points (29) and goals (27), returns for her third season.