Women's Lacrosse Tabbed Second In CAA Preseason Poll
March 11, 2003
RICHMOND, VA - CAA Coach of the Year, Sue Stahl, and her women's lacrosse squad was tabbed second in the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse preseason poll according to a vote of the conference's eight head coaches. James Madison was selected as the favorite to capture title.
JMU received three of eight first-place votes in the poll for a total of 45 points. Old Dominion was close behind with 43 points and received four first-place votes. Hofstra captured the other first-place vote to finish third with 35 points, while George Mason followed with 32.5 points. The final four spots were occupied by William & Mary with 24.5, Delaware with 22, Towson with 15, and Drexel with seven.
The Dukes, winners of three of the last six CAA titles, went 8-10 in 2002 playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. The 2003 season will be no different as 10 of JMU's 16 opponents were ranked in the preseason Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coach's Association poll. James Madison was 15th in the poll. Staedt, a midfielder, returns for her senior season after ranking third in the CAA in scoring (4.22 points per game), fourth in goals (3.00 gpg), fifth in assists (1.22 apg), and fifth in draw controls (2.28 dcpg). In addition, junior second team All-CAA junior Gail Decker ranked 10th in goals (2.28 gpg) and eighth in draw controls (1.89 dcpg) while sophomore goalkeeper Amy Altig was third in goals allowed average as a freshman and had a .492 save percentage.
Old Dominion, last year's CAA runner-up, ranked 17th in the preseason national poll. The Lady Monarchs went 13-5 last season, 6-2 in the CAA. The conference's leading scorer, midfielder Suzanne Wosczyna, returns for ODU after averaging 5.72 points per game. She ranked third in goals (3.11 gpg), first in assists (2.61 apg), first in ground balls (3.44 gbpg), and ninth in caused turnovers (1.33 ctpg). Back also is the fifth leading scorer in the CAA, Danielle Hensil, who averaged 3.67 points per game. The Lady Monarchs must replace goalkeeper Beth O'Leary, who ranked second in the CAA with a 9.06 goals allowed average.
Hofstra looks to make a charge in the standings after a 9-8 season in 2002 and a 3-5 mark in the CAA. The Pride return first team All-CAA senior Kathleen Mikowski who ranked seventh in scoring at 3.47 points per game. She was also ninth in goals (2.47 gpg), tenth in assists (1.00 apg), and second in draw controls (2.53 dcpg).
George Mason, which ranked 20th in the national preseason poll, was 9-9 in 2002 and 4-4 in the CAA. The Patriots return two members of the All-CAA first team in seniors Paula Priest and Jill Toomey. Priest led the conference with 2.50 caused turnovers per contest and ranked fifth with 2.72 ground balls per game. Toomey was the fourth-leading scorer in the CAA with 4.00 points per game. She was also second with 3.28 goals per game. GMU sophomore goalkeeper Meg Dentler returns after winning CAA Rookie of the Year honors with a 10.01 goals against average and a CAA-second best .578 save percentage.
The 2003 CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship will be held April 26 and 27 and will be hosted by highest seed.
2003 CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL
1. James Madison (3) 45 2. Old Dominion (4) 43 3. Hofstra (1) 35 4. George Mason 32.5 5. William & Mary 24.5 6. Delaware 22 7. Towson 15 8. Drexel 7
(First-place votes are in parenthesis. Teams were awarded 7 points for a first-place vote, 6 points for second, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.)