Women's Lacrosse


Denver Picked Second in BIG EAST Preseason Poll

Jan. 26, 2018

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The University of Denver women’s lacrosse program was picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference announced Friday morning. 

The Pioneers received one first-place vote and 73 points total, finishing behind the Florida Gators, which earned the remaining nine first-place votes for 81 total points. 

In just one year, the Crimson and Gold moved up two spots in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll and doubled the number of student-athletes on the preseason team. Last season, DU was selected to finish fourth in its inaugural season in the BIG EAST, garnering 55 points, and having one player named to the All-BIG EAST Team (Nicole Martindale).

The elevation in the preseason poll was rewarded after finishing runner-up in the BIG EAST Championship and third in the regular season with a 7-2 record in 2017.

Individually, junior attackers Kendra Lanuza (Littleton, Colo.) and Julia Feiss (Baltimore, Md.) were recognized on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, with Lanuza being a unanimous selection.

Lanuza earned BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week in the first week of the 2017 season (Feb. 14) and Attacker of the Week for the week of April 4, resulting in a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign. While appearing in all 18 games, starting in all but one, she led the team in total points and assists, with 70 and 37, respectively, and had the third-highest amount of goals with 33 on the year. Her assist total was the second-most in the BIG EAST. The Colorado native had a shot on goal percentage of .842 (48-57) and averaged 3.17 shots per game, 2.06 assists per game, 1.83 goals per game and 3.89 points per game.  

The selection for Feiss marks the first such honor for the junior. The Baltimore native started in seven of the 18 games she played in, and led the Pioneers with 50 goals, five game-winners and 12 free-position goals a season ago. Feiss’ five game-winning goals led the BIG EAST, her free-position goals total placed her second, and her 6.22 shots per game and 2.78 goals per game were both third amongst all conference players. She also had a .795 shots on goal percentage, taking a team-high 112 shots (89 of them on goal), and averaged 3.56 points per game.

The BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, major awards and all-conference selections are based on ballots cast by the league’s 10 head coaches, who cannot vote for their own teams or student-athletes.

DU opens up the season on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the Pioneers host the Stanford Cardinal at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium at 1 p.m.  Admission is free.

BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.   Florida (9)                     81
2.   Denver (1)                    73
3.   Georgetown                  62
4.   Temple                         56
5.   Connecticut                  49
6.   Vanderbilt                    37
      Marquette                    37
8.   Villanova                      27
9.   Cincinnati                     19
10. Butler                           9

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, Jr., A

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST^
Julia Blaze, Vanderbilt, Jr., M

Katie Comerford, Villanova, So., A

Cassie Ekstrom, Connecticut, Sr., D

Julia Feiss, Denver, Jr., A

Grace Gabriel, Marquette, Jr., M*

Haley Hicklen, Florida, Jr., GK*

Kendra Lanuza, Denver, Jr., A*

Nicole Latgis, Temple, Sr., D*

Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Sr., A*

Allie Pavinelli, Florida, Sr., M

Shayna Pirreca, Florida, Sr., A

Sydney Pirreca, Florida, Jr., M*

Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, Jr., A*

Morgan Ryan, Georgetown, Jr., A

Cara Trombetta, Florida, So., D

Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, Jr., M*

*unanimous selection
^extra player added due to a tie in voting




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