Lady Monarchs Picked to Finish 3rd in CAA; Ranked 10th in the Region

August 16, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 16, 2007

NORFOLK, VA -- The Colonial Athletic Association pre-season coaches poll was released today and the Lady Monarch program is picked to finish third behind William & Mary and James Madison University.

ODU, who earned their first ever conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season, will return nine starters including 2006 Scholar All-American Katie Watson and CAA Tournament MVP Shavon Knight.

ODU earned one first place vote among the coaches in the pre-season poll. Leading the rankings is William & Mary, who went 16-1-4 in 2006 including an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Dukse of James Madison are ranked second, returning seven starters from the CAA Championship runner-up squad from a year ago.

The Monarchs are also ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic region by SOCCER BUZZ magazine going into the start of the season. ODU will be led by the senior forward, Watson, as well as juniors Knight and Janna Pearson; the three were the top scores for the Lady Monarchs in 2006. Watson led the league in points with 33 and was second in the league in goals with 14.

ODU opens the season September 2, 2007 at the ODU Soccer Stadium as they face off against Loyola College (MD) at 1:00 pm. The Lady Monarchs will face a tougher non-conference schedule, including a game at N.C. State, as they try to repeat as CAA Champions.

2007 CAA Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1. William & Mary     (120)
2. James Madison     (100)
3. Old Dominion     (96)
4. UNC Wilmington    (90)
5. Hofstra     (84)
6. VCU     (77)
7. Northeastern     (62)
8. Delaware     (49)
   George Mason     (49)
10. Towson     (29)
11. Georgia State     (24)
12. Drexel     (12)

Teams received 11 points for a 1st place vote, 10 for a 2nd, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

SOCCER BUZZ Regional Top 15 Mid-Atlantic Region 1. Virginia 2. Penn State 3. Rutgers 4. West Virginia 5. Villanova 6. William & Mary 7. Navy 8. Princeton 9. Virginia Tech 10. Old Dominion 11. Maryland 12. James Madison 13. George Mason 14. Penn 15. Loyola College (Md)

Receiving votes: Monmouth, VCU