Feb. 8, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team will enter the season with the No. 12 ranking in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Preseason Poll, improving two spots over last season's preseason rankings.
"It's nice to see that we have that kind of respect in the lacrosse world," said Head Coach Jen Adams. "There are so many strong teams out there, to place anywhere in the preseason Top 20 is an honor. It's important for us as a program to get out there now and back it up."
The Greyhounds tied for 12th in the poll with 72 points, sharing the spot with Dartmouth.
Loyola will face eight opponents ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll, including playing the first three games against ranked foes. The Greyhounds square off against No. 7 Virginia (February 19), No. 15 Towson (March 5), No. 16 Penn State (March 8), No. 9 James Madison (March 19), No. 20 Denver (March 27), No. 10 Notre Dame (April 3), No. 6 Georgetown (April 19) and No. 5 Syracuse (April 29) in 2011.
"We have lofty goals to establish ourselves as one of the top programs in the country and to do that we need to play a consistent high level of lacrosse against every opposition we face," Adams said. "We're excited about all of the potential that this 2011 lacrosse season holds for the Greyhounds."
Maryland leads the poll with 158 and six first place votes and Northwestern follows in second place with 154 points and two first place votes.
North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse round out the poll's top five, in that order.
Loyola begins the season at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, February 19 against Virginia at 12 p.m.
Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Preseason Poll
3. North Carolina
9. James Madison*
10. Notre Dame*
16. Penn State*
17. Boston College
19. Johns Hopkins
* - denotes 2011 opponent