LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 1/10/12
From Press Releases
The three-time defending National Champions Adelphi women’s lacrosse team has been ranked second in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason poll.
It sits behind Northeast-10 foe, Le Moyne, while cross town rivals C.W. Post and Dowling College rank third and fourth, respectively, with national runner up Limestone rounding out the top-five. Senior Erica Devito (Shoreham-Wading River) was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
The Panthers are coming off their third consecutive National Championship and are riding a 25-game win streak extending back to the 2010 season. Last year, Adelphi had four NCAA Statistical Champions and six IWLCA All-Americans along with a slew of other post season accolades en route to a perfect 20-0 season.
The Adelphi women’s lacrosse team has not been ranked #1 heading into the season since the 2009 season when they were picked third in the preseason poll.
Devito had a stellar 2010, earning numerous honors including IWLCA First-Team All-America and All-Region status, First-Team All-NE-10 and was named the NE-10 Tournament MVP. She compiled a team leading 77 goals to compliment her 29 assists for 106 points on the year.
C.W. Post returns to the field under the direction of fifth-year head coach Meghan McNamara. C.W. Post completed the 2010 season with 13-4 overall record and 7-1 slate in the ECC.
The Pioneers return three IWLCA All-Americans including seniors Chelsea Donaldson (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Lauren Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y.), and sophomore Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y.), along with 2010 All-American Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.), a Tewaarton Trophy nominee who missed last season due to injury. The Pioneers return a total of seven All-East Coast Conference players along with four All-Region selections to the field in 2011.
McNamara and the Pioneers kick off their season March 2 at 4 p.m. as they host St. Anselm in their season opener.
Dowling will begin their defense of its ECC women’s lacrosse championship on Mar. 3 against Saint Anslem College at Golden Lions Field.
Lacrosse magazine NCAA Division II Women’s Preseason Rankings
1. Le Moyne
3. C.W. Post
6. West Chester
7. Lock Haven
10. New Haven
Preseason Player of the Year: Erica Devito, Adelphi