Calvin Picked to Finish Fifth in MIAA Preseason Women’s Lacrosse Poll
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Defending champion Adrian has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s lacrosse championship while Calvin has been picked to finish fifth.
A year ago, Calvin finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings at 2-4 in conference play but missed the four-team MIAA Tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker rule. Calvin finished 4-12 overall.
The Bulldogs of Adrian, who won the inaugural MIAA title last spring with a perfect 6-0 league record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, received seven out of a possible nine first-place votes in the poll of the league’s coaches. Alma, which received the other two first-place votes, is picked to finish second.
A year ago, the MIAA featured a seven-team race but will now a full compliment of nine varsity teams competing this spring as Kalamazoo and Saint Mary’s will be competing as varsity teams for the first time.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Adrian (7) 9 pts. 2. Alma (2) 15. 3. Hope 22. 4. Albion 34. T5. Calvin 38. T5. Kalamazoo 38. 7. Trine 49. 8. Olivet 56. 9. Saint Mary’s 63.