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)
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*
^extra player added due to a tie in voting