January 26, 2011

Stanford Edges Denver as MPSF Favorite

from press release

DENVER – The University of Denver women's lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after collecting 31 points in the 2011 MPSF Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll, the MPSF announced today.

Stanford collected the maximum totals of 36 points with six first place votes to earn the top spot. The Cardinal has won the last six MPSF Championships, making NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2010.

2010 regular season conference winner and tournament runner-up Denver placed second in this year's poll with 31 points and one first place vote. Denver returns 17 student-athletes, including all-conference honorees Kara Secora (2010 MPSF Newcomer of the Year), Lauren Ciccomascolo, Tulley Stapp and goalkeeper Ashley Harman, from a squad that finished 13-5 overall in 2010 with a 6-0 sweep of the MPSF during the regular season.

California and Oregon tied for third place in the MPSF ranking, followed by UC Davis, Saint Mary's and Fresno State.

The Pioneers begin their season at Jacksonville on Feb. 18. Denver's home opener features St. Mary's on March 4.

Rank   Team           Pts (1st)   2010 Overall/MPSF Rcd.
  1    Stanford        36 (6)         15-6, 5-1 (2)
  2    Denver          31 (1)         13-5, 6-0 (1)     
  3t   California      23             8-10, 3-3 (t3)   
  3t   Oregon          23             7-11, 3-3 (t3)   
  5    UC Davis        17             11-6, 3-3 (t3)   
  6    Saint Mary's    11             4-12, 1-5 (6)
  7    Fresno State     6             0-14, 0-6 (7)


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