CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – After making great strides during the 2016 season, the Queens College women's lacrosse team was picked seventh in the East Coast Conference (ECC) Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll late last week. The Knights garnered 26 points in the nine-team poll, as voted upon by the league's head coaches.
Two-time defending conference champion LIU Post landed atop the poll with seven first-place votes and 78 points. First-year program NYIT was tabbed second, while Mercy was picked third. Molloy was fourth, St. Thomas Aquinas was fifth, and Roberts Welseyan was sixth. Bridgeport and District of Columbia were picked behind Queens to round out the poll.
The Knights posted their best season since 2013 with an 8-8 record last season. It was drastic improvement for Queens after combining for just four wins over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Knights will be under new guidance in 2017, as Meaghan Smith takes over the reins for her first season at the helm. Smith previously served as an assistant coach for the lacrosse and women's soccer teams at Norwich University.
Queens returns four of its top five scorers from a season ago. Sophomore Patriece Ausili is set to return after leading the team with 52 points on 40 goals and 12 assists as a freshman last season. Junior Mary Pat Gibble will also be back this season after registering 43 points on 25 goals and 18 assists in 2016.
The Knights will open their 2017 schedule at American International College on Saturday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. Queens will begin its ECC slate on March 25 against Mercy College.