Women's Lacrosse Selected Fourth in Pre-Season BIG EAST; McHarg and Stone Named to Pre-Season Team

Jan. 15, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team was selected fourth, tied with Rutgers, in the BIG EAST Pre-Season coaches poll. Georgetown, the six-time defending BIG EAST champion, was been picked to win the 2007 BIG EAST women's lacrosse regular season title as selected by the league's head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Georgetown received four first-place votes in this year's preseason poll. Notre Dame was picked second and earned 21 points, including one first-place vote in the poll. Syracuse was picked third and totaled 18 points, including one first-place vote in the preseason poll. Loyola and Rutgers were tied for fourth as each squad garnered 11 points. Connecticut was picked to finish sixth with five points.

The Greyhounds had two players on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, as senior midfielder Kate McHarg and junior defender Kristen Stone each earned the honor. McHarg totaled 69 points, including 60 goals and nine assists, while Stone started all 15 games for Loyola, had seven ground balls and anchored the defense. The Greyhounds went 7-8 last season, including a 3-2 mark in BIG EAST play. Loyola returns sixstarters and 17 letterwinners, and opens the season on Feb. 24 against Hofstra.

Below is a complete list of the pre-season all-BIG EAST team, including the Pre-Season Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

BIG EAST Lacrosse Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Coco Stanwick, Sr., A, Georgetown

BIG EAST Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Maggie Koch, Sr., GK, Georgetown

Preseason All-BIG EAST Lacrosse Team
Chloe Asselin, Sr., D, Georgetown
Katie Batiuk, Sr., M, Rutgers
Shannon Burke, Sr., M, Connecticut
Jillian Byers*, So., M/A, Notre Dame
Laura Cipro, Sr., D, Georgetown
Meaghan Fitzpatrick, Sr., D, Notre Dame
Gaddy Fortune*, Sr., M, Syracuse
Maggie Koch*, Sr., GK, Georgetown
Caitlin McKinney*, Jr., M/A, Notre Dame
Kate McHarg*, Sr., M, Loyola
Katie Rowan, So., A, Syracuse
Coco Stanwick*, Sr., A, Georgetown
Kristen Stone, Jr., D, Loyola
* unanimous selection
^ Due to a tie in voting, an extra member has been added to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

2007 Preseason BIG EAST Lacrosse Poll
1. Georgetown (4)
2. Notre Dame (1)
3. Syracuse (1)
4. Loyola
4. Rutgers
6. Connecticut