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.
Denver 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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