FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Capital Athletic Conference released the 2019 Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll today, with Southern Virginia predicted to place seventh.
Southern Virginia looks to continue to improve after even further this year, after earning three more wins their last season (2018) than the year prior (2017). They ended their 2018 season 6-11 overall, 0-8 in conference, and offensively scored the most goals in program history with 165 (9.71 per game).
Southern Virginia will return with almost their entire offense, including all four leading scorers. Last season, Hannah King led the Knights with 27 goals, closely followed by fellow midfielder Natalie Rice scoring 25. Megan Barfuss led the team in points with 35 followed by Lauren Thatcher with 33.
Defensively, the Knights lost a number of starters and they will lean on returning defender Holly Cuhna and goalkeeper Madilyn Krauss Pedroza.
Salisbury was selected the preseason favorite almost unanimously with six first place votes, the seventh vote in favor of Mary Washington.
The Knights kick off the season Wednesday, Feb. 20 on the road at Guilford at 4:00 p.m.
2019 CAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Salisbury - 36 (6 first place votes)
2. York - 30
3. Mary Washington - 27 (1 first place votes)
4. Christopher Newport - 21
5. St. Mary's - 16
6. Frostburg State - 11
7. Southern Virginia – 7