ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson women's lacrosse team was picked to finish second in its inaugural season in the Commonwealth Conference in a vote of the league's coaches in the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll released on Tuesday.
The Mustangs received 54 points, one ahead of defending champion Elizabethtown who is currently ranked at No. 20 in the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll.
Messiah, who is ranked at No. 11 by the IWLCA, was picked to win the Commonwealth Conference championship this season after going undefeated a year ago. However, the Falcons lost in the conference title game to Elizabethtown 12-7, but still advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship as an at-large selection.
Stevenson has won at least 10 games in four of the last five seasons, totaling 52 wins during that time, including a school-record 12 in 2008. The team has also had 13 IWLCA All-Region honorees over that span.
The Mustangs are 22-4 all-time against the eight other members of the Commonwealth Conference, including 12-0 versus former CAC rival Hood. Other than the Blazers, Stevenson's last meeting against a team from the Commonwealth Conference was back on Apr. 28, 2011 when it lost to Elizabethtown at home, 9-4.
The Mustangs are undefeated in five career meetings against Messiah, but the two teams have not met since Mar. 5, 2002
Stevenson opens conference play on Thursday, March 28 when it travels to Lebanon Valley for a 4:00 p.m., face-off with the Dutchmen.
2013 Commonwealth Conference Preseason Poll
1. Messiah, 64 pts. (9)
2. STEVENSON, 54 pts.
3. Elizabethtown, 53 pts.
4. Lebanon Valley, 41 pts.
5. Alvernia, 37 pts.
6. Widener, 28 pts.
7. Lycoming, 19 pts.
8. Albright, 15 pts.
9. Hood, 13 pts.