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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Top-Ranked In MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll Followed By Denver, USC, Oregon, Cal And San Diego State


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Stanford collected 78 points and seven first-place votes in taking the top spot in the 2014 Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive year. The eight-time and defending conference champion returns 11 of 12 starters, and 96 % of its scoring (260 of 272 goals) from last year’s second-round NCAA Tournament Team.

MPSF 2014 Preseason Poll

All-MPSF midfielders Anna Kim, Hannah Farr, Nina Swanson, and Lucy Dikeou return for the Cardinal, as does Rachel Ozer on attack.  Denver, another second-round NCAA Tournament participant, placed second in this year’s poll with 74 points and two first-place votes. The Pioneers put together a 15-game win streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp and Hannah Hook return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).

Stanford and Denver rank 14th and 16th respectively in the preseason IWLCA coaches’ poll. Taking third is USC with 66 points and one first-place vote. The Trojans come off five MPSF wins in their inaugural year of 2013, and reached the MPSF Semifinals. Every starter returns, including MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johanson (MPSF record 100 draw controls), along with all-conference honorees Courtney Tarleton and Caroline de Lyra.

Oregon is fourth with 53 points, returning 10 starters, three of which picked up a second-team All-MPSF award last year (Shannon Propst, Carly O’Connell, and GK Caroline Federighi). California (47) and San Diego State (45) finished close together in the poll, and with six teams headed to this year’s MPSF Tournament, the coaches’ project both to be amongst the field.

UC Davis (34), Colorado (23), St. Mary’s (16) and Fresno State (14) rounded out this year’s preseason conference poll. The Buffalos will be in their inaugural year of competition. The 2014 season begins Feb. 9 when Oregon visits Stetson, while the first conference game is on Feb. 19 when Colorado makes its conference debut at Denver. The MPSF Championship Tournament is May 1-4 at Denver, with the champion receiving an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid.

“Lacrosse Magazine February 2014” Issue Released Featuring Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Preseason Players Of The Year And College Season Preview


Lacrosse Magazine February 2014

COVER STORY – Lacrosse Magazine 2014 College Preview
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for teams across the country to prepare for the road that culminates in May with the elusive NCAA tournament. Lacrosse Magazine takes an in-depth look at teams across the spectrum of men’s and women’s lacrosse with scouting reports, analysis and more.
Lacrosse Magazine #LMRanks Online Previews
Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Players of the Year
Men’s DI: Lyle Thompson – Albany
Women’s DI: Alyssa Murray – Syracuse
Men’s DII: Andrew Wagner – Mercyhurst
Women’s DII: Jackie Sileo – LIU Post
Men’s DIII: Corey Elmer – Cabrini
Women’s DIII: Ashton Wheatley
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Women’s Game Has Momentum
His Space: The Denver Experiment
Her Space: My Post-Lacrosse Life
Boyle Point: Climb Out of the Chaos
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
Denver Broncos VP Mac Freeman credits his short-lived lacrosse career for where he is now as one of the top team officials in Denver and President of the Denver Outlaws MLL franchise.
The Scoop
Two-time World Cup gold medal winner Devon Wills attempts to make her way into the MLL after earning a shot with the Long Island Lizards; Philadelphia’s Wings reconstruct radically but keep core of American talent; Erin Smith’s 10 years at US Lacrosse help education programs build for betterment.
Your Edge
Pass Interference
Boston Cannons defender and Triology Lacrosse rep Mitch Belisle demonstrates how to cut off skip planes after defending on ball.
The Sweet Spot
Princeton’s Erin McMunn – the Ivy League Attacker of the Year – is good in close quarters. How can you emulate her success?
Give and Go
Brittany Coppa is an All-ACC senior midfielder, but that doesn’t mean she won’t pull the odd prank on certain North Carolina assistant coaches.

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Finish Second In MPSF Coaches Poll


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Poll, the MPSF announced Friday.

The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Poll, the MPSF announced Friday.

The Pioneers, who were ranked No. 15 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll in the preseason, received 74 points and two first-place votes in the MPSF poll, just four points behind Stanford.

mpsf-08-mast-leftDenver put together a 15-game winning streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) and Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).

Stanford collected 78 points and seven first-place votes in taking the top spot in the 2014 Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive year. The eight-time and defending conference champion returns 11 of 12 starters, and percent of its scoring (260 of 272 goals) from last year’s second-round NCAA Tournament Team. All-MPSF midfielders Anna Kim, Hannah Farr, Nina Swanson, and Lucy Dikeou return for the Cardinal, as does Rachel Ozer on attack.

Taking third is USC with 66 points and one first-place vote. The Trojans come off five MPSF wins in their inaugural year of 2013 and reached the MPSF Semifinals. Every starter returns, including MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johanson (MPSF record 100 draw controls), along with all-conference honorees Courtney Tarleton and Caroline de Lyra. Oregon is fourth with 53 points, returning 10 starters, three of which picked up a second-team All-MPSF award last year (Shannon Propst, Carly O’Connell, and GK Caroline Federighi).

California (47) and San Diego State (45) finished close together in the poll, and with six teams headed to this year’s MPSF Tournament, the coaches’ project both to be amongst the field. UC Davis (34), Colorado (23), St. Mary’s (16) and Fresno State (14) rounded out this year’s preseason conference poll. The Buffalos will be in their inaugural year of competition.

DU finished the 2013 season with an 18-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Denver went undefeated at home and had a perfect 8-0 record in the regular season against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams.

The Crimson and Gold opens its 2014 schedule against Colorado at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Additionally, Denver will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament from May 1-3 with the champion receiving an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid.

Rank Team Points (First-Place), 2013 Record/Conference Finish

1 Stanford, 78 (7), 14-6 Overall; 6-2 MPSF/#2T (MPSF Champion)

2 Denver, 74 (2), 18-3 Overall; 8-0 MPSF/#1 (MPSF Final)

3 USC, 66 (1), 8-10 Overall; 5-3 MPSF/#4 (MPSF Semifinal)

4 Oregon, 53, 8-9 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

5 California, 47, 9-7 Overall; 6-2 MPSF/#2T (MPSF Semifinal)

6 San Diego State, 45, 8-8 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

7 UC Davis, 34, 6-9 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

8 Colorado, 23, First Year

9 St. Mary’s, 16, 4-9 Overall; 2-6 MPSF/#8

10 Fresno State, 14, 2-13 Overall; 0-8 MPSF/#9

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