BRIDGEPORT — Frostburg State is the narrow favorite to win the 2020 Mountain East Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship, the league announced today after a vote of the league coaches.
Frostburg State finished with 13 points, including a pair of first-place votes. The Bobcats, under the direction of new coach Madelyn Manzoni, begin their first season in NCAA Division II. Frostburg State will be led by sophomore Summer Cavey who had 21 goals, 12 assists and 72 draw controls.
Davis & Elkins, Charleston and Notre Dame all finished in a tie for second in the poll with 11 points. D&E had two first-place votes, while Charleston had the other. The Senators went 11-6 last year and finished fifth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Angelina Horan, whose 71 goals last year ranked 14th in the country, returns to lead D&E on offense. The Senators will also get back a pair of players who missed 2019 with injuries in Gabby Fagan and Samantha Cozzolino.
Charleston, fresh off back-to-back trips to the MEC Tournament, will be under the direction of first-year coach Akasha Kasper. The Golden Eagles will rely on All-MEC first-team selection Alexis Stuck (48 groundballs, 18 caused turnovers) and second-team honoree Emma Renda (43 goals). Kyra Tye is back between the pipes for UC after making 217 saves a season ago.
Notre Dame will also have a new face on the sideline in Coach Ben Morhac. The Falcons have two key players returning from last year in Danyelle Hardy and Victoria Eiland. Hardy had 65 points on 49 goals and 16 assists, and Eiland had 20 caused turnovers, 35 groundballs and 23 draw controls.
West Virginia Wesleyan came in fifth in the poll with four points. The Bobcats graduated their top two scorers from last season but welcome back Madeline Gorzka and her 20 goals and 15 assists.
2020 Mountain East Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Frostburg State -- 13 (2)
2. Davis & Elkins -- 11 (2)
Charleston -- 11 (1)
Notre Dame -- 11
5. West Virginia Wesleyan -- 4