YORK, Pa. – For the second-consecutive year, the Capital Athletic Conference released its preseason coaches' poll for women's lacrosse, and for the 2015 season, the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team is the unanimous decision for the top of the ranking.
With coaches prohibited to vote for their own team, the Sea Gulls received all eight first-place votes and 64 points to take the No. 1 spot.
SU has made quite a mark in the CAC, currently on a 78-game winning streak in the conference's regular season, marked as the all-time Division III record. Including postseason play, the Gulls have gone 103 games without dropping a contest, winning 12-consecutive league titles, sporting 14 total in program history.
Following Salisbury in the poll is York College of Pennsylvania, who has placed second in the league the past two seasons, while the University of Mary Washington came in at No. 3. Christopher Newport University landed at No. 4, receiving the last first-place vote and 44 points, and St. Mary's College of Maryland rounds out the top five with 36 points. The bottom four teams consist of Marymount (Va.) University, Frostburg State University, Wesley College, and Southern Virginia University, in that order.
Of the nine teams in the conference, two claimed a spot in the national preseason rankings released by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. The two-time defending national champion Salisbury enters the 2015 campaign as the top team in the country, while York comes in at No. 13. Also receiving votes in the poll is Mary Washington.
The Sea Gulls take the field for first action on Saturday, February 21, as No. 18 Stevenson University travels to Salisbury for a top-20 matchup. First draw is set for 3 p.m.
As part of the release of the coaches' poll, the league produced a season preview webcast featuring each of the coaches in the CAC. To view the coaches poll, click here, and for the preseason webcast, click here.