FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse was selected to finish fifth in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced today (Jan. 31).
Sixteen-time defending champion Salisbury has earned the top spot in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference women's lacrosse Preseason Poll. The Sea Gulls compiled five first-place votes and 36 points, edging out York (30 points) as the preseason favorite in a vote among the conference head coaches.
Mary Washington, which fell to Salisbury in the CAC championship last season, took third in the poll with 27 points and the final first-place tally. Christopher Newport landed in fourth place with 21 points, followed by St. Mary's (16) and Frostburg State (11) in fifth and sixth, respectively. Southern Virginia rounded out the preseason poll with seven points.
The Seahawks look to improve off of their 8-10, 4-4 CAC record from last season. St. Mary's returns 14 players from last year and brings in 10 newcomers to the roster. The roster consists of two All-CAC and All-Region selections.
Caitlin Katchmar, a junior from Phoenix, Maryland, was a First Team All-CAC selection and Second Team All-Region choice last season. Katchmar was an integral member of the St. Mary's midfield last season. The 5-4 midfielder enjoyed a career-best campaign as she was second on the team with 39 goals and 47 draw controls. She was second as well with 12 free-position goals while being fourth with 43 points and fifth with 27 ground balls. Katchmar also added seven caused turnovers and four assists.
Ali Collie, a senior from Glen Arm, Maryland, was a Second Team All-CAC selection and Second Team All-Region choice. Collie had an excellent season last year at attack and put up career-best numbers as well, more than quadrupling her goal-scoring output from two years ago. She paced St. Mary's with 44 goals and 58 points while registering a second-best 14 assists. The 5-6 attacker ranked eighth in the CAC in goals, tied for ninth with 11 free-position goals, and 14th in points. She was also third on the team with 17 caused turnovers and fourth with 28 ground balls while contributing 12 draw controls.
The Seahawks will open up their season on Feb. 23 at the Jamie L. Roberts Turf Field against McDaniel. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
The CAC Tournament will once again feature six teams this spring, beginning with the first round on Saturday, Apr. 27 and culminating with the championship game on Saturday, May 4.
2019 CAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
Points (First-Place Votes)
|3.||Mary Washington||27 (1)|