Lacrosse tabbed sixth in BIG EAST

Jan. 26, 2018

Vanderbilt has been picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST in a preseason poll from the league’s coaches.

Head coach Cathy Swezey enters her 21st season at the helm for the Commodores coming off a 6-9 campaign in 2017. The Dores return seven starters from last year’s club with 22 letterwinners back, including All-BIG EAST midfielder Julie Blaze.

Blaze led VU with 33 goals during her sophomore campaign and enters her junior season as a preseason All-BIG EAST selection by the league’s coaches.

The Commodores open the season Feb. 11 at Kennesaw State and home the team’s seven-game home schedule against Furman on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Florida (9)
2. Denver (1)
3. Georgetown
4. Temple
5. Connecticut
6. Vanderbilt
8. Villanova
9. Cincinnati
10. Butler

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, Jr., A

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST^
Julie Blaze, Vanderbilt, Jr., M
Katie Comerford, Villanova, So., A
Cassie Ekstrom, Connecticut, Sr., D
Julia Feiss, Denver, Jr., A
Grace Gabriel, Marquette, Jr., M*
Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GK*
Kendra Lanuza, Denver, Jr., A*
Nicole Latgis, Temple, Sr., D*
Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Sr., A*
Allie Pavinelli, Florida, Sr., M
Shayna Pirreca, Florida, Sr., A
Sydney Pirreca, Florida, Jr., M*
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, Jr., A*
Morgan Ryan, Georgetown, Jr., A
Cara Trombetta, Florida, So., D
Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, Jr., M*

*unanimous selection
^extra player added due to a tie in voting