Rollins Sits Five Votes Behind Preseason Favorite, Florida Southern
MELBOURNE, Fla. (January 30, 2018) – Entering into their 11th season of action, the Rollins women's lacrosse team has been tabbed to finish third on the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, league officials announced Tuesday. Voting is conducted by conference head coaches.
The 2017 SSC regular season and tournament champions, Florida Southern, were selected as the preseason favorites to win their fourth consecutive title. The Moccasins, who wrapped up their 2017 campaign as the NCAA Division II National Runners-Up, received 34 votes and five first place votes.
Florida Tech checks in at No. 2 with 31 total votes and one first place nod, while the Tars earned 29 total votes and one vote to finish at the top of the conference standings. The University of Tampa holds a three-vote edge over first year program Embry-Riddle, who earned 16 votes to sit fifth on the preseason standings. Saint Leo, who enters into their seventh season, has been selected to finish sixth, while first year squad Palm Beach Atlantic rounds out the preseason standings in seventh.
Winners of three consecutive SSC regular season championships and two straight SSC tournament titles, Florida Southern (21-3, 4-0) earned a hosting bid and first-round bye in the NCAA regional tournament. Florida Tech (14-4, 3-1) advanced to play FSC in the second round following a 17-10 win over East Stroudsburg University. The Moccasins captured the regional and advanced to the final four after defeating the Panthers 16-6. Florida Southern then defeated Lindenwood University 13-12 and earn a second straight berth to the national championship game. The Moccasins' 19-game win streak and repeat title hopes came to an end following a 6-4 loss to Adelphi University.
SSC women's lacrosse begins on February 9th with Florida Tech hosting Molloy College and league play gets underway the next day as Rollins to Tampa. The 2018 SSC Championship will take place on April 27th and April 29th and will be hosted by the top seed. The NCAA Division II postseason for women's lacrosse starts on Saturday, May 12th at non-predetermined sites and concludes Sunday, May 20th at Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex on the campus of the University of Tampa.
Below are the full results of the 2018 SSC preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams (votes: 7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).
2018 SSC WOMEN'S LACROSSE PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Florida Southern (5)
Florida Tech (1)
Palm Beach Atlantic