#LMRanks Salisbury No. 1 in Preseason WDIII Top 20
|NCAA finalists Salisbury and Trinity open 2014 ranked No. 1 and No 3, respectively, in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason Top 20. (Scott McCall)|
BALTIMORE – After avenging a loss in the 2012 NCAA title game with a 12-5 win over Trinity last May to capture its second NCAA championship, the Salisbury University Sea Gulls open 2014 as Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 1 for NCAA Division III women's lacrosse.
Salisbury, which went a perfect 23-0 a year ago, returns first-team All-America selections Ashton Wheatley (G) and Bethany Baer (M) along with second-team honoree Meghan Toomey (D) and several other key players under reigning IWLCA Division III Coach of the Year Jim Nestor.
Cortland, led by IWLCA Defender of the Year Jessica Lavelle, comes in at No. 2 this spring after making the NCAA semifinals in 2013. Trinity, which eliminated the Red Dragons in the semifinals before falling to Salisbury in the title game, is No. 3.
Middlebury and Franklin & Marshall are ranked Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, both having been eliminated deep in the NCAA tournament by the Sea Gulls a year ago.
The rankings were compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultation with college coaches.
Lacrosse Magazine will continue its 2014 college lacrosse preview throughout January and into February, with team-by-team breakdowns of the top teams in NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's lacrosse. Follow the countdown at LaxMagazine.com/LMRanks and on twitter at #LMRanks
Lacrosse Magazine NCAA DIII Women's Preseason Top 20
5. Franklin & Marshall
16. Christopher Newport