What calls for special attention is that the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released the Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll and Awards on Thursday. The coaches picked Westminster to place fifth in the eight-team conference.
Westminster received 22 points in the poll to earn the No. 5 position. The Griffins are a first-year member of the conference. Last season, the Griffins went 8-3 overall and 4-3 against NCAA Division II teams. They defeated RMAC foe Adams State and twice lost to Colorado Mesa.
Undoubtedly, Lindenwood is the preseason pick to win the RMAC. The Lions came away with 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. Last season, Lindenwood won the RMAC regular season and tournament title, while also earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Teams received seven points for a first-place vote, six points for a second-place vote, continuing in descending order. Coaches could not vote for their own team.
Also, the RMAC announced the preseason awards, and Lindenwood led the way, collecting four major awards. Jordyn Constance was the Preseason Player of the Year, when Sophie Buelow was named Preseason Midfielder of the Year. Lindenwood teammate Rachel Ortell was tabbed Preseason Goalie of the Year, while Molly Beckham was Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Regis’ Katie Coleman was the other Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
The major awards, and the Preseason All-RMAC squad, were selected by the league’s coaches. They could not vote for their own players. There were no players from Westminster named to the preseason all-conference team.
More importantly, the Griffins begin the 2016 season on Feb. 20, at Whittier College. The home opener is scheduled for March 22, against Colorado State – Pueblo. Season and individual game tickets for the women’s lacrosse season go on sale Feb. 8.