GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Coming off its 15th Capital Athletic Conference championship and 16th NCAA tournament appearance, the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will enter the 2016 season as the No. 9 team in the country, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association announced Monday.
The Sea Gulls have been a perennial juggernaut in women's lacrosse for the past 16 years, making 10 appearances on the final weekend since 2000 and winning all three of its national titles during the span.
Salisbury brings back a strong core of returners to the field, led by senior Megan Wallenhorst, who was an IWLCA All-American in 2015, as well as a bevy of new talent.
The Gulls received 237 points for the ninth spot, while fellow CAC opponent York College of Pennsylvania earned eighth in the country, notching 242 points.
The 2015 National Champions, the State University of New York at Cortland, earned the unanimous No. 1 spot with all 20 first-place votes and a total of 400 points, while the runner-up from last season, Trinity (Conn.) College, took second with 369 points. Franklin and Marshall College was tabbed as the third team in the country, and Middlebury College and The College of New Jersey round out the top five at the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.
The women will take the field for the first time in the 2016 season on Sunday, February 14, when they host Roanoke College at Sea Gull Stadium. First draw is set for 1:30 p.m.
To view the complete IWLCA ranking, click here.