Wildcats Picked 8th in BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Jan. 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Villanova women's lacrosse team was chosen to finish eighth in the league in the BIG EAST preseason poll, released on Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. The Wildcats received 13 votes while 2012 NCAA Finalist Syracuse was unanimously picked first in the preseason standings. The Orange garnered eight first place votes and 64 points with the season set to begin in just under a month.
Loyola was chosen to finish second in the standings and notched one first place vote and 57 points. Rounding out the top five were Notre Dame, Georgetown and Rutgers.
Syracuse's Michelle Tumolo was unanimously chosen as the Preseason Offense Player of the Year while teammate Becca Block was also unanimously picked as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Head Coach Julie Young and the Wildcats are set to begin the 2013 season when they take on Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are looking to improve on their 4-12 overall record in 2012 with the addition of 16 newcomers and plenty of upperclassmen experience.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Syracuse (8) 64 2. Loyola (1) 57 3. Notre Dame 48 4. Georgetown 44 5. Rutgers 36 6. Connecticut 26 Louisville 26 8. Villanova 13 9. Cincinnati 10 First-place votes in parentheses
2013 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
2013 BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
2013 BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST Team