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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - North Carolina and Syracuse have been selected as the preseason favorites in the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll.
The Orange and the Tar Heels each received four first-place votes and 59 points in the balloting among the ACC’s eight head coaches. Two points separated the third, fourth and fifth place teams selected in the predicted order of finish as Duke was picked third (40), Virginia fourth (39) and Boston College (38) fifth. Notre Dame (29) was picked to finish sixth, ACC newcomer Louisville (16) seventh and Virginia Tech (8) eighth.
The Preseason All-ACC Team features six returning First- and-Second Team All-Americans as selected by the IWLCA. Seven of the eight ACC institutions were recognized on the Preseason All-ACC Team, led by Boston College and North Carolina each with three selections. Duke had two student-athletes named to the team, while Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia each had one student-athlete tabbed.
Returning IWLCA First Team All-Americans named to the Preseason All-ACC Team include Syracuse junior attacker Kayla Treanor, who was also the 2014 IWLCA Attacker of the Year, and Boston College senior midfielder Mikaela Rix. Duke junior attacker Kerrin Maurer, Boston College junior attacker Covie Stanwick, Louisville junior midfielder Kaylin Morrisette and Virginia junior defender Morgan Stephens IWLCA Second Team All-America honorees from a season ago.
Rounding out the Preseason All-ACC Team are Boston College junior midfielder Sarah Mannelly, Duke senior midfielder Taylor Trimble, North Carolina senior midfielder Brittany Coppa, senior defender Caileigh Sindall and sophomore goalie Caylee Waters, and Notre Dame senior defender Barbara Sullivan.
North Carolina kicked the 2015 season off with a 13-9 win over James Madison, while the remaining seven ACC teams will open their seasons this weekend. The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be played April 23, 24 & 26 on the campus of Virginia.
ACC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll (first place votes in parentheses)
1. North Carolina, 59 points (4)
1. Syracuse, 59 points (4)
3. Duke, 40 points
4. Virginia, 39 points
5. Boston College, 38 points
6. Notre Dame, 29 points
7. Louisville, 16 points
8. Virginia Tech, 8 points
Preseason All-ACC Team
Kerrin Maurer, Sr., Attack, Duke
Covie Stanwick, Sr., Attack, Boston College
Kayla Treanor, Jr., Attack, Syracuse
Brittany Coppa, Sr., Midfield, North Carolina
Sarah Mannelly, Jr., Midfield, Boston College
Kaylin Morrissette, Jr., Midfield, Louisville
Mikaela Rix, Sr., Midfield, Boston College
Taylor Trimble, Sr., Midfield, Duke
Caileigh Sindall, Sr., Defense, North Carolina
Morgan Stephens, Sr., Defense, Virginia
Barbara Sullivan, Sr., Defense, Notre Dame
Caylee Waters, So., Goalie, North Carolina