BOSTON, Mass. - The UMBC women's lacrosse team was selected fifth in the annual America East Coaches' Preseason Poll, the conference announced Thursday.
The Retrievers, who finished 11-6 overall and 3-4 in conference play during the 2018 campaign just shy of an appearance in the America East Championships, garnered 28 votes from the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team.
Stony Brook was the unanimous favorite for the seventh year in a row, receiving 49 points and seven first-place votes. The Seawolves, who rank fifth in the preseason national poll, won their sixth-straight America East title season after defeating UAlbany, 22-14. The Great Danes were picked to finish second with 41 votes and one first-place vote.
After making the postseason for the first time in program history, Binghamton was selected to finish third with 33 votes, edging out New Hampshire in fourth by just one vote.
After UMBC, Vermont was selected to finished sixth with 20 votes, followed by UMass Lowell (14) and Hartford (seven) to round out the poll.
UMBC returns 15 letterwinners, including two-time All-Conference honoree Lauren McDonald (38g, 6a, 63 DC) and Payton Van Kirk (20g, 5a). Seniors Kayla Renehan, Jenna Baverman, and Catherine Sims return to the field after combining for 61 caused turnovers and 78 ground balls a season ago.
The Retrievers begin the 2019 season on Wednesday, Feb. 13 as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on American. The home slate opens on February 20, as UMBC welcomes Mount St. Mary's to UMBC Stadium at 5 p.m. America East play begins on Wednesday, March 13 as the Retrievers host the Seawolves in a 5 p.m contest.