Greyhounds Earn Pair Of Preseason Top-10 National Rankings

Feb. 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse program has earned a pair of top-10 preseason rankings from the deBeer Women's Poll and the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Greyhounds, coming off their first-ever BIG EAST Championship, have been picked by both polls to start the season ranked seventh nationally.

Loyola comes in as the top-ranked team from the BIG EAST in both polls. Four conference schools are ranked in the top-20 of the IWLCA poll, with Syracuse coming in second at No. 12, while Georgetown is 15th and Notre Dame rounds out the poll at No. 20. In the deBeer Media Poll, Syracuse was picked 12th, with the Hoyas one spot behind at 13th.

Northwestern - the reigning national champions - have been picked first in both polls, following by Maryland. North Carolina has been picked third by the coaches, while Florida was tabbed third in the media poll.

Loyola returns 17 letterwinners, including seven starters, from a squad that went 17-3 a year ago, tying a school record for wins in a season. The Greyhounds also posted their best-ever BIG EAST record in program history (6-2) and climbed to as high as No. 3 in the national rankings.

In addition, Loyola led the nation in caused turnovers per game last year and returns preseason All-American Ana Heneberry - the BIG EAST Preseason Defender of the Year - to the backline.

The Greyhounds will open their 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Virginia. The Cavaliers have been picked 10th in the coaches poll and 11th in the media poll.

IWLCA Coaches Poll deBeer Media Poll 
Rank  Team            Rank  Team
1  Northwestern 1  Northwestern
2  Maryland 2  Maryland
3  North Carolina 3  Florida
4  Florida 4  Duke
5  Duke 5  North Carolina
6  Stanford 6  Princeton
7  Loyola t7   Loyola
8  Princeton t7  Pennsylvania
9  James Madison 9  Dartmouth
10  Virginia 10  Boston College
11  Pennsylvania 11  Virginia
12  Syracuse 12  Syracuse
13  Boston College 13  Georgetown
14  Dartmouth 14  James Madison
15  Georgetown 15  Harvard
16  Albany 16  Albany
17  Penn State 17  Stanford
18  Ohio State 18  Penn State
19  Vanderbilt 19  UMass-Amherst
20  Notre Dame 20  Ohio State