LANCASTER, Pa. – Two-time defending champion Gettysburg was unanimously selected as the favorite to three-peat in the 2020 Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll. The Bullets compiled 81 points all nine possible first-place votes to land atop the voting among conference head coaches.
Franklin & Marshall finished second in the voting with 72 points and the other first-place vote. Haverford (61), Dickinson (56) and Washington College (54) ranked third through fifth, respectively, as projected playoff teams.
Swarthmore secured sixth in the preseason poll with 39 points, followed by Muhlenberg (33), McDaniel (24), Ursinus (21) and Bryn Mawr (9).
The 2020 season commences on Wednesday, Feb. 19 with a pair of CC squads in action, while all 10 CC teams will open their seasons by the end of February. Conference competition begins on Saturday, March 21. The five-team CC Tournament is slated for late April into early May, with the opening round on Wednesday, Apr. 29 and the semifinals and championship on May 2 and May 3, respectively.
Perennial powers Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall once again displayed their prowess at both the conference and national levels last spring, as the two sides battled for conference supremacy and each advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. After dropping the regular season matchup to the Diplomats by a score of 9-6, the Bullets got revenge in the CC Championship with a 16-6 triumph in Lancaster, claiming their second-straight and 12th overall CC crown. The 2019 title showdown marked the seventh straight year and 16th time in the 19-year history of the Centennial Tournament that Gettysburg and F&M met in the championship.
Both the Bullets and Diplomats made runs to the NCAA quarterfinals before bowing out of the national tournament. The Bullets' two-year reign atop Division III came to an end with a 10-7 loss to Wesleyan (Conn.), while F&M was knocked out by eventual national champion Middlebury, 16-4.
A plethora of talent returns to the Centennial this spring, with a total of 27 players who have earned all-conference distinction back in action. F&M leads the way with seven returning all-stars, including reigning CC Defensive Player of the Year Maggie Hanzsche (Sr., D), 2019 Rookie of the Year Ally Marino (So., A), Megan Jackson (Jr., A), Emily Kitchin (So., GK), Tabitha Rodriguez (So., M), Anya Chopoorian (Jr., D), and Jane Cote (Jr., A).
Dickinson welcomes back five players who have earned All-CC honors throughout their careers - Laurie Travaglini (So., M), Clare Janzer (Jr., D), Mack Maurer (Jr., A), Erika Bloes (Jr., A), and Mindy Corney (Sr., D). Gettysburg and Haverford each return a quartet of all-stars, with 2019 Attacker of the Year Liza Barr (Sr., A) and 2019 Midfielder of the Year Courtney Patterson (Sr., M) highlighting the list for the Bullets, along with Claire Macatee (Sr., D) and Kerry McKeever (Jr., A). Returning All-CC performers for the Fords include Anna Mayers (Sr., D), Julia Manetta (Sr., A), Maeve Gaffney (Sr., M) and Emily Krupnick (Sr., D).
Other returning All-CC players include Washington College's Lauren Brenner (Sr., A), Aubrey Robinson (Sr., M) and Catherine Keirn (Jr., D), Swarthmore's Sadie Camilliere (Sr., D) and Betsy Cohen (Jr., GK), Muhlenberg's Gabriella Crivelli (Sr., M) and McDaniel's Kealey Allison (So., M).
Gettysburg (4) and F&M (7) are each ranked among the top teams in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Preseason Poll.
2019 Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
|Rank | Institution (First-Place Votes)||Points|
|1. Gettysburg (9)||81|
|2. Franklin & Marshall (1)||72|
|5. Washington College||54|
|10. Bryn Mawr||9|