BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its annual Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll Tuesday (Feb. 2).
The Storm was slated to finish fourth in the conference.
Three-time defending GLIAC Champion Grand Valley State University was selected to repeat as champions, receiving 36 points in the poll including six first-place votes. Tiffin University finished second in the poll, receiving 28 votes and the remaining first-place vote. The University of Findlay also received 28 votes to finish in third. The Storm and McKendree University both received 19 points to finish in a tie for fourth. First-year program University of Indianapolis received 10 votes to finish sixth. Walsh University rounded out the poll with seven points.
The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team looks to improve upon their 2015 campaign this year. The Storm finished last season with a 7-8 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the GLIAC, falling in the conference semifinals to McKendree. Taylor Mathis (Corning, N.Y./Corning) was named the 2015 GLIAC Freshman of the Year. In her rookie season, Mathis scored 43 goals and assisted on nine more while picking up 62 draw controls and 29 groundballs. Also returning is All-GLIAC player Anastasia Crawford (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post East), who led the Storm with 47 goals last year. The Storm also welcomes back Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) who missed the 2015 campaign.
Defensively, goalie Katie Holden (Whitby, Ont./Anderson C.V.I.) returns for her senior year. Katie allowed 11.99 goals per game last year, making 130 saves. She will be joined on defense by Emma Manning (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker/Onondaga CC), who was named an All-GLIAC Defender last year.
The Storm welcomes seven new players this season. This marks the second season for the Storm under the tutelage of Head Coach Mallory Ferrandiz, who will be joined on the sideline by first-year Graduate Assistant Coach Malory Brunett.