Stanford Edges Denver as MPSF Favorite
from press release
DENVER – The University of Denver women's
lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Mountain Pacific
Sports Federation after collecting 31 points in the 2011 MPSF
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll, the MPSF announced
Stanford collected the maximum totals of 36 points with six first place votes to earn the top spot. The Cardinal has won the last six MPSF Championships, making NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2010.
2010 regular season conference winner and tournament runner-up Denver placed second in this year's poll with 31 points and one first place vote. Denver returns 17 student-athletes, including all-conference honorees Kara Secora (2010 MPSF Newcomer of the Year), Lauren Ciccomascolo, Tulley Stapp and goalkeeper Ashley Harman, from a squad that finished 13-5 overall in 2010 with a 6-0 sweep of the MPSF during the regular season.
California and Oregon tied for third place in the MPSF ranking, followed by UC Davis, Saint Mary's and Fresno State.
The Pioneers begin their season at Jacksonville on Feb. 18. Denver's home opener features St. Mary's on March 4.
Rank Team Pts (1st) 2010 Overall/MPSF Rcd.
1 Stanford 36 (6) 15-6, 5-1 (2)
2 Denver 31 (1) 13-5, 6-0 (1)
3t California 23 8-10, 3-3 (t3)
3t Oregon 23 7-11, 3-3 (t3)
5 UC Davis 17 11-6, 3-3 (t3)
6 Saint Mary's 11 4-12, 1-5 (6)
7 Fresno State 6 0-14, 0-6 (7)