January 26, 2012

Limestone Women Tops CC Preseason Poll

from press release

– In what has become an annual rite of spring for the Limestone women's lacrosse team, Conference Carolinas has announced the Saints as the league's preseason favorite for the sixth consecutive year. The announcement was made on Thursday, January 26 as the league released its annual coaches' preseason poll.

The Saints earned the top spot with 36 points and six first place votes while 2011 Conference Carolinas runner-up Pfeiffer was second with 29 points. Queens rounded out the top three with 27 points and the other first place vote.

After coming within one win of a national championship last season, Limestone women's lacrosse has high expectations this year and those are shared by the league's other six head coaches as the Saints have been picked to win Conference Carolinas, as voted on by their peers. They have earned that honor in six of the seven years that the league has sponsored women's lacrosse.

In 2011, Limestone won its first 17 games and entered the NCAA Division II Tournament with the No. 2 overall seed. The Saints defeated northern rival No. 6 West Chester by a 10-9 score in the national semifinals before falling to eventual three-time champion Adelphi, a squad which included double-figure NCAA Division I transfers, in the national championship game. It was the first such appearance in program history after five previous trips to the NCAA Tournament.

The Saints finished the season with an 18-2 overall record, tying the program mark for most wins in a season, set the year before, and return three of their four IWLCA Second-Team All-Americans. Among those are senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) who scored a near season record 60 goals and finished with 67 points and junior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) who posted a 7.28 goals against average.

Junior midfielder Chelsea Treat, the 2011 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, rounds out that group. As a unit, Limestone returns 26 of the 30 players that were a part of last season's national runner-up squad as well as seven promising newcomers.

Entering this season, Lacrosse Magazine has the Saints ranked No. 5 in the country but Limestone is expected to be ranked higher in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason poll which will be released shortly before the start of the season.

The Saints kick off their 16th season of competition on Friday, February 17 when they host Conference Carolinas opponent Lees-McRae. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Saints Field.

2012 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Limestone (6) 36
2. Pfeiffer 29
3. Queens (1) 27
4. Belmont Abbey 22
5. Lees-McRae 14
6. Converse 12
7. Erskine 7

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