Beavers Selected to Finish Fourth

Beavers Selected to Finish Fourth

Farmington, Maine - UMaine-Farmington women's lacrosse team has been selected to finish fourth in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preason coaches poll. 

4. UMaine-Farmington - 21

Beth Lebel returns for her third season leading the UMaine-Farmington (6-10, 3-4 NAC) women's lacrosse program. Senior Samantha Cross (Bennington, Vt.) enters her senior campaign anchoring a veteran defense with classmates Nicole Mercier (Shapleigh, Maine) and Meghan Foye (Chelsea, Maine). The offensive charge will be led by junior Keilly Lynch (Lyman, Maine) and sophomore Isabella Monbouquette (Bath, Maine). Senior Nikki Schofield (Troy, Maine) will continue to be the Beavers' most versatile player, and senior goalkeeper Heather Boland (Griswold, Conn.) will be a force between the pipes. The Beavers will pursue a playoff run this year with key returners and eager new players.

SUNY Canton women's lacrosse storms into the NAC with the top spot in the preseason coaches poll, garnering five first-place votes and 34 points. Husson received the remaining first-place vote, and with 30 points, is predicted to finish second. Maine Maritime Academy (23) and UMaine-Farmington (21) finished third and fourth, respectively. Thomas and NVU-Lyndon round out the poll with 11 and 7 points each, respectively. North Atlantic Conference head women's lacrosse coaches vote in the preseason poll.

Husson, UMaine-Farmington, and Maine Maritime competed in the 2018 NAC championship tournament. Fourth-seed Husson advanced to the semifinal round after beating No. 5 Maine Maritime, while No. 6 UMF fell to No. 3 New England College in the quarterfinal round. No. 1 Castleton advanced to the championship game with a victory over Husson, and No. 2 Colby-Sawyer advanced with a win over New England College. Castleton prevailed in the championship game, beating Colby-Sawyer by a two-point margin (12-10). Castleton went on to the  NCAA women's lacrosse national tournament, where they were dispatched by Babson in a first-round game at Middlebury College.

The top four teams in the 2019 regular season will compete in semifinal games on Saturday, April 27, with matchups occurring at the higher-seeded institution. The championship game will take place on Saturday, May 4 at the home of the highest remaining seed. The NAC champion will earn the automatic qualification bid, and advance to the 2019 NCAA women's lacrosse national tournament.

Early season games are underway, and conference games begin March 16. View the 2019 women's lacrosse composite schedule here.

2019 Women's Lacrosse Season Preview

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1. SUNY Canton - 34 (5 first-place votes)

Head Coach Adam Todd returns for his fourth season at the helm in 2019, and his sixth year overall with the program, following a 10-7 mark last season. The Roos return their top two scorers in MaryClare Bowes (Irondequoit, N.Y.) and Molly Denny (Adams, N.Y.), who both totaled 53 points a season ago. Logan Bush (Watertown, N.Y.) and Devin Kelly (Massena, N.Y.) totaled 31 and 21 points, respectively last season. Mia Jermano (Massena, N.Y.) returns to lead the defense, after she finished with 48 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers a season ago. Talented sophomore transfer attacker Erin Parks (Watertown, N.Y.) is expected to make an immediate impact for the Roos. Other newcomers expected to contribute for SUNY Canton include attack Stephanie Thayer (West Henrietta, N.Y.) and goalie Madison Leary (Carthage, N.Y.).


2. Husson - 30 (1 first-place vote)

Husson (6-8, 4-3 NAC) will be under the leadership of second-year head coach Dorian Gilmartin-Dzitko for the 2019 season. Garnering 2018 NAC First-Team honors, Amanda Deshaies will return to the turf as an assistant coach for the Eagles. Husson will be led in the midfield by 2018 Second-Team All-NAC selection Cali Newton (Rochester, N.H.) and fellow junior midfielder Jordyn Labrie (Winslow, Maine). Also returning to the turf is sophomore goalkeeper Mallory Burchill (Kennebunk, Maine), who set the Husson school record for most saves in a single game (24) last year, and fellow classmate Maddy Olsen (Bath, Maine). The Eagles expect strong performances from their eight newcomers as well.

3. Maine Maritime - 23

Maine Maritime Academy (6-6, 4-3 NAC) head coach Amy Blanchard returns for her second season. The Mariners expect to build on the most successful season in program history and return to the NAC Tournament for the third-straight season. The Mariners return four of their leading scorers from last season, including junior Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.), who led the team in draw controls and caused turnovers, while also scoring 31 goals


5. Thomas - 11

Head coach Peri West will lead the Terriers in her third season on the Thomas (1-12, 0-7 NAC) sideline. Alexis Felch (Laconia, N.H.) will be a key component returning on the attacking end, along with Meredith Wheeler (Westbrook, Maine) on defense. Thomas adds two newcomers in Arianna Cannistraro (Waltham, Mass.) and Addyson Bond (Corinna, Maine) between the pipes, along with Mackenzie Driscoll (North Andover, Mass.) on attack. The Terriers expect to improve on their record from a season ago.

6. NVU-Lyndon - 7

NVU-Lyndon (5-7, 1-6 NAC) will be guided by second-year head coach Emily Stearns. The Hornets will be a gritty, athletic team that will feature several new faces. Top returnees include captains Michaela Columbia (Orleans, Vt.) and Tori McCormack (East Lyne, Conn.) on defense, and fellow captain Bayla Stewart (Newport, Vt.) leading the attack. Senior attacker Felisha Olmstead (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) is also expected to be a major contributor.