Jan 10, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Earlier this week, Lacrosse Magazine came out with its 2014 NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse preseason poll, and the Towson University Tigers made the cut at No. 15.
The Tigers, the two-time defending #CAAChamps, bring back a pair of All-CAA first-team performers in senior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle and redshirt senior Ashleigh Rohrback.
Coogle led the Tigers with 41 goals scored over 19 games in 2013, en route to becoming the first 40-goal scorer for the program since 2010. The Forest Hills, Md., native led the CAA with five game-winning tallies and twice scored six goals in one game (versus UD and ODO). Coogle also earned 2013 IWLCA All Mid-Atlantic Region second-team honors.
Rohrback, the 2013 CAA Co-Player of the Year, missed the first six games of last season, but still finished the year leading the CAA in points per game (3.92), while recording 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points. She was named to the IWLCA All Mid-Atlantic Region first-team on top of also leading the CAA in assist per game (2.46).
Towson also returns three juniors who were All-CAA second-team members in 2013. Defender Michelle Dufault (19 starts, 27 GB), goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly (19 starts, 8.45 GAA, .459 save per.) and attack Paige Duncan (19 starts, 38 draw controls, 19 G, 14 A) should help compliment 2013 CAA All-Rookie honoree Breanna Hamm, a defense/midfielder who appeared in all 19 games last season.
Three-time CAA Coach of the Year winner Sonia LaMonica once again plans to have the Tigers be battled tested with a monstrous non-conference slate. Highlighted opponents on the 2014 schedule include Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Loyola (Md.), Maryland and defending national champion, North Carolina.
#LMRanks NCAA D-I Preseason WLAX Top-20:
1. North Carolina
8. Penn State
11. Notre Dame
12. Stony Brook
20. Boston College
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