CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC women's lacrosse earned 14 votes and was picked to tie for third place with New Hampshire in the annual America East Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
The defending America East champion Stony Brook was picked to repeat as league champions, receiving four of six first place votes and notching 24 points. The Seawolves come into the 2014 season No. 12 in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason rankings and No. 14 in the ILWomen.com preseason poll. Albany was close behind with the remaining two first-place votes and 22 points overall after finishing with a 5-1 league record and falling in the conference title game.
The Retrievers and New Hampshire each received 14 votes to round out the predicted tournament field for 2014. UMBC missed out on the America East Championships in 2013 for the first time since 2009 by posting a 2-4 league mark under first-year co-head coaches Tony Giro and Amy Appelt, but the Retrievers look to improve on last year's 8-8 record after returning 17 letterwinners and nine starters from a year ago.
Midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) comes back for her senior season after earning America East First Team recognition last season. Bilney led the Retrievers in ground balls (26) and caused turnovers (14), while also finishing the season with a career-best 38 points. Junior midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) earned All-League Second Team honors in her first season with the Retrievers, leading UMBC in scoring with 32 goals and 12 assists for a team-best 44 points.
The Wildcats are set to embark on their second season under head coach Sarah Albrecht after posting a 3-3 league record and returning to the America East Tournament after a one season hiatus. Vermont and Binghamton rounded out the poll receiving 11 and five votes, respectively.
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