Women's Lacrosse Picked to Finish Fourth in GLIAC

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BAY CITY, Mich. – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its annual Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll Friday (Jan. 30).

The Storm was voted to finish fourth in the conference.  Last season, the Storm went 7-1 in regular season conference play before falling in the conference semifinals.

Two-time defending GLIAC champion Grand Valley State University was voted to finish first in the conference receiving 49 total points and all but one first-place vote.  Tiffin University, who made it to the finals last year, was voted to finish second after receiving 42 points and one first-place vote. The University of Findlay was voted to finish third, receiving 38 points.  After the Storm, GLIAC newcomer McKendree University, Walsh University, Alderson-Broaddus University and Ursuline College round out the poll.

School

Rank

Total Points

First Place Votes

Grand Valley

1

49

7

Tiffin

2

42

1

Findlay

3

38

0

Lake Erie

4

29

0

McKendree

5

25

0

Walsh

6

20

0

Alderson-Broaddus

7

13

0

Ursuline

8

8

0

 

The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team eyes a GLIAC Championship game after falling in the conference semifinals the previous two seasons.  This season, the Storm is led by first-year Head Coach Mallory Ferrandiz, who joins the Storm after serving as an assistant at Belmont Abbey College for two years.  Leading the way for the Storm this year will be Hana Abu-Kwiek.  The two-time All-GLIAC selection led the Storm in points (69), goals (49), assists (20), groundballs (51), draw controls (69) and caused turnovers (48).  She will be joined by Samantha Gryba, who also earned All-GLIAC honors last season.  Gryba accounted for 34 points, 31 goals and three assists.  Mallory Quiggle returns after a solid freshman campaign in which she scored 19 goals and had 14 assists.  Classmate Emma Miller was fourth on the team in goals last year with 23 in addition to her seven assists.  Kayla Bohn, Deianira Smith and Breana Moser all saw significant time as freshmen last season. 

Katie Holden returns to the cage for the Storm after earning All-GLIAC honors last season.  Holden made 140 saves last season, picking up eight wins.

The Storm welcomes seven newcomers this season- Anastasia Crawford, Haley Andersen, Haley Abraham, Cecilla Spin, Taylor Izzo, Taylor Mathis and Emma Manning.

The season kicks-off for the Storm Feb. 25 when they travel to Greensburg, Pa. to face Seton Hill University.

-LEC-