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CMS Picked as 2017 SCIAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Favorite

CMS Picked as 2017 SCIAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Favorite

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse has been selected as the 2017 preseason favorite in a poll conducted by the league's head coaches. The Athenas, coached by Lauren Uhr, garnered four of a possible six first-place votes, and 31 points total, to finish just two points ahead of second-place Pomona-Pitzer, which received the other two first-place votes and 29 points total. 

"We are honored to be recognized by the league's coaches," said Uhr. "We look forward to competing for the SCIAC Championship as our student-athletes have worked very hard in the offseason and are looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2017 season."

Following CMS and Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman was tabbed third, receiving 27 points, with Redlands in fourth with 19 points.  Rounding out the poll were Occidental (14) and Whittier (6).

Claremont finished the 2016 season with an 8-3 record after falling 10-7 to Chapman in the semifinals of the SCIAC championship tournament. Chapman would advance to the finals and drop a tightly contested game 10-9 to Pomona-Pitzer. 

Despite not having a conference automatic qualifier the SCIAC saw two teams make the NCAA tournament as Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman were invited to the dance. The two teams squared-off for the fourth time that season in the NCAA second round. Pomona-Pitzer would advance to the NCAA quarterfinals with a 12-7 victory over the Panthers.  The Sagehens traveled to Cortland, NY to take on the No. 1 ranked and defending National Championships, SUNY Cortland. Pomona-Pitzer would fall 21-7 and end the season with a 16-4 record.

CMS will look to the 2016 Newcomer of the Year Corie Hack to lead the Athenas to a SCIAC Championship after posting 35 goals last season with 27 coming in conference.  CMS also returns first-team All-SCIAC attacker Mikaela Connell who had 19 goals and 10 assists in conference last season.  Pomona-Pitzer will hope to challenge for another SCIAC Championship behind first team All-SCIAC Rebecca Long at attack and Lauren English at defense.  Long had 46 goals (23 SCIAC) and 17 assists (14 SCIAC) a season ago.  Chapman returns a trio of All-SCIAC first teamers in Stacey Zuppa, Dillan Watts and Tara Sonnemaker.  Zuppa was second on the team with 60 points (37G/23A).  Redlands will look to challenge the top three teams from a year ago behind All-SCIAC first teamer Dulce Moll who racked up 54 points last year behind 27 goals and 27 assists. 

Chapman and Pomona-Pitzer kick off the SCIAC slate on Saturday, February 18. The semifinal matchups of the 2017 SCIAC post-season tournament are slated for Saturday April 29 with the finals taking place on Saturday, May 6.

 

Institution

Points (first-place votes)

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

31 (4)

2. Pomona-Pitzer

29 (2)

3. Chapman

27

4. Redlands

19

5. Occidental

14

6. Whittier

6