GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Claiming its third national championship in 2014, the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team is right back where it ended last season, entering the 2015 season as the top team in the country, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association announced.
The Sea Gulls have made quite a mark in Division III women's lacrosse, reaching the final weekend of the season 10 times since 2000, winning the program's first three titles, including in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.
Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year and senior midfielder Bethany Baer is joined by a slew of offensive experience, while returning All-American and senior defender Laura Maskell holds down the backfield alongside seniors Anna Sparr and Hayden Hutzell and sophomores Kieran Kelleher and Gabbi Nieves.
Salisbury received 397 points, including 340 first-place points of the 400 possible, to take the top spot in the ranking. Trinity (Conn.) College comes in at No. 2, while Middlebury College, the State University of New York at Cortland and Amherst College round out the top five, in that order.
Joining the Gulls in the top 20 from the Capital Athletic Conference is York College of Pennsylvania, falling in at No. 13 with 138 points. The University of Mary Washington sits just outside of the top 20, currently receiving votes.
The women take the field on Saturday, February 21 for a top-20 matchup for their season-opening game, as Salisbury welcomes No. 18 Stevenson University to Sea Gull Stadium. First draw is set for 3 p.m.
To view the complete IWLCA ranking, click here.