UIndy and Grand Valley head the 2019 GLIAC Women's Lacrosse Pre-Season Coaches Poll
The University of Indianapolis is ranked 12th in the IWLCA pre-season national polls and was picked by league coaches to win the 2019 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.
UIndy totaled 64 points and received eight first-place votes to head the 2019 GLIAC Women’s Lacrosse Pre-Season Coaches Poll. Grand Valley State, ranked 17th nationally, came in second with 57 points and one first-place vote. In 2018, GVSU won the regular-season title with a 11-1-0 mark, finishing one game ahead of the Greyhounds. UIndy claimed the GLIAC Tournament title with a 21-13 victory over McKendree.
McKendree finished third in 2019 pre-season voting with 50 points, followed by Concordia-St. Paul and Davenport. Northern Michigan finished sixth, Maryville seventh, Lewis eighth and Ashland ninth. Maryville and Ashland are both first-year programs in women’s lacrosse.
The Hounds return 11 of 12 starters from a season ago, including GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Lauryn Hardoy, and GLIAC Defender of the Year, Riley McClure. The duo, along with Delaney Davidson and Abigail Lagos, were named to the All-Midwest squads, with McClure becoming the first UIndy women’s lacrosse player to earn All-America honors.
GVSU, which has won seven straight GLIAC regular-season titles, will be led by first-year head coach MacKenzie Lawler. The Lakers lost 11 seniors following the 2018 season, but return 46-goal scorer Carly Shisler and 34-goal scorer Abbi O’Neal.
Other names to watch include All-GLIAC First-Team returnees Elizabeth Yeomans, a junior defender from GVSU, and Hannah Sugarman, a senior midfielder from McKendree.