Women's Lacrosse News & Highlights
February 26, 2013
Eagles Selected Second in Freedom Poll
ANNVILE, Pa.- The Middle Atlantic Conference office today released preseason polls for Women's Lacrosse. Freedom coaches picked Eastern second in this year's poll. Eastern fell in last year's Freedom Championship game at FDU-Florham.
The Eagles lose significant firepower from last year's squad, but Head Coach Camrin Azzarano is confident that several newcomers will step into scoring roles and other returners will help carry the offensive burden. Sophomores Shannon Wilcox and Sara Blaylock each showed moments of brilliance around the fan last spring. Blaylock was among the team-leaders in goals before going down with injury in her freshman campaign.
Senior Julia Furniss will play a critical role in midfield transition. She moved into the midfield from the back row last year and proved to be very effective in the clearing game. Eastern will rely on several newcomers in the midfield as well.
Lauren Solazzo will be charged with organizing the Eastern defense in her sophomore season. Despite missing significant time in her rookie campaign, she was third on the team in caused turnovers last spring.
First year goalie Cortney Andes and senior Lindsey Corbitt will likely both see time in the cage for the Eagles. Corbitt, a former field hockey midfielder, could also see time in the midfield in some games.
The Eagles open regular season play with a home game against Swarthmore this Saturday. Freedom Conference play begins on April 6 with a home game against Wilkes.
Though there will be a championship tournament, the teams in the Freedom Conference are all competing for a Pool B bid to the NCAA Tournament. In order to immediately pick up an Automatic Qualifier for a sport, a league must have seven teams and consist of schools that are in the conference for all other sports. Conferences that are constructed specifically for a sport (which describes the Freedom Conference, since Arcadia is only a member of the league for lacrosse.), must serve a two-year probationary period before getting automatic access to the NCAA Tournament for its Champion. When the MAC split last year, the Commonwealth Conference had nine schools that are in the Conference for all sports, so it received an AQ.
FDU-Florham was picked to win with 35 points and five first place votes. Eastern had 31 with one first place vote. Manhattanville was picked third with 23 and King's was fourth with 22. Arcadia was picked fifth by league coaches (with an anomalous first place vote), and was followed by Misericordia and Wilkes.
The Freedom Conference Championship Tournament begins on May 1.
Updated: Friday, 01 March 2013