Cardinals selected atop Landmark Conference preseason poll

WASHINGTON – Five-time defending conference champion CUA has been selected atop the 2013 Landmark Conference preseason poll, announced on Wednesday. The Cardinals, who are nationally ranked in two preseason polls, went 16-6 a season ago, including a perfect 4-0 march through the conference regular season, and advanced to their third NCAA Regional Final in the last five seasons.

Two All-Landmark Conference selections return for CUA in 2013, including the reigning Rookie of the Year Lindsay Brophy, and Tricia Pehnke.

The Cardinals also bring back a seasoned group of veterans, particularly on defense.

CUA is ranked 11th by the IWLCA and 13th in the Lacrosse Magazine poll. The Cards will face a challenging schedule, which includes seven teams who are nationally ranked in preseason polls, led by defending national champion Trinity (Conn.).

CUA garnered 37 points and three first place votes in the preseason poll, while second place Susquehanna earned 34 points. Scranton (24), Drew (17) and Goucher (8) round things out.

CUA is currently hard at work in practice, with an eye towards its season opener on Tuesday, February 26 when the Cardinals welcome Frostburg State to town. Start time is set for 6 p.m.

2013 Landmark Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
School, Points (# first place votes)

1. Catholic, 37 (3)
2. Susquehanna, 34 (2)
3. Scranton, 24
4. Drew, 17
5. Goucher, 8

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