Women's Lacrosse: Cadets Selected Fourth in GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Women's Lacrosse: Cadets Selected Fourth in GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

BOSTON, Mass.—The Norwich University women's lacrosse team has been selected to finish fourth in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office Tuesday evening.

The Cadets received 86 total points alongside one first-place vote. Norwich finished the 2013 season campaign with a 6-9 overall record and advanced to the semifinal of the GNAC postseason, where they were ousted by Simmons, 9-8.

Norwich returns their biggest offensive component from last season in senior midfielder Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine). Fitzpatrick led the team in almost every statistical category, including 56 goals and 12 assists for a team-best 68 points. She also led the Cadets in ground balls (61), draw controls (76), and caused turnovers (35). Fitpatrick was a GNAC All-Conference First Team selection as a junior.

Lasell College was selected to defend their championship title in 2014. The Lasers swept conference play a season ago, and return the two-time defending GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in senior Britney Wuorio. Lasell received 115 points and eight of the 11 possible first-place votes.

Picked to finish second was Simmons College. The Sharks totaled 106 points and two first-place votes, while the Monks of Saint Joseph's College of Maine edged the Cadets by one vote to slide into third place. Emmanuel College rounds out the top-five with 84 points.

Rivier (75), Mount Ida (49), University of Saint Joseph (CT) (46), Johnson & Wales (32), and Anna Maria College (27), and Albertus Magnus (19) round out the poll. Both Johnson & Wales and Albertus Magnus embark on inaugural seasons in 2014.

The Cadets will kick off the 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 with a 1:00 p.m. GNAC game against Rivier University. Norwich will then play three non-conference games, including a Tuesday, March 4th home meeting with Colby-Sawyer.

2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

Institution

First Place

Total Points

1

Lasell College

8

115

2

Simmons College

2

106

3

Saint Joseph's College (ME)

 

87

4

Norwich University

1

86

5

Emmanuel College

 

84

6

Rivier University

 

75

7

Mount Ida College

 

49

8

University of Saint Joseph (CT)

 

46

9

Johnson & Wales University

 

32

10

Anna Maria College

 

27

11

Albertus Magnus College

 

19