The Central Connecticut women's lacrosse team has been picked to finish seventh in the annual preseason poll of the Northeast Conference's coaches. The Blue Devils, who finished last season in eighth place, begin 2012 under new head coach Kelly Nangle.
The Blue Devils finished last season second in the NEC for goals scored with 12.54 per game. The 2012 Central squad will also feature two players who finished among the top-three in points per game last season. Now juniors, Betsy Vendel (3.75) and Meaghan McCurry (3.44) finished first and third, respectively, in points per game last season. Classmate Mackenzy Ryan (2.31) was fourth in the NEC in goals per game and led the conference with four game winning goals.
"These kids have put in the work during the fall and preseason, as a team we are excited to be closing in on the start of the season," Nangle said. "I believe we will continue to head in a positive direction throughout the spring."
Nangle, a first year head coach, played her collegiate lacrosse at Mount St. Mary's before beginning her coaching career at her alma mater. Her most recent coaching position prior to Central was as the defensive coordinator at Rutgers. Under her guidance, the Scarlet Knights became one of the best defensive teams in the nation.
The Blue Devils were picked seventh in the poll just behind Bryant. Quinnipiac, the 2011 NEC Lacrosse Champion, was picked as the favorite heading into 2012. The Bobcats received six of the 10 first place votes from the league's coaches. Robert Morris, Mount St. Mary's, Monmouth and Sacred Heart rounded out the top-five. Mount received a pair of first place votes, with Monmouth and Sacred Heart grabbing the final two first place votes.
St. Francis (PA) was picked to finish eighth and Wagner and LIU Brooklyn took the final two spots in the poll.
NEC Preseason Poll Release
The Blue Devils will open the 2011 season on February 19, at Stony Brook. NEC play will open the following week when the Blue Devils host Bryant at Arute Field. The 2012 season will feature a full slate of NEC games and trip to California to play Fresno State, U.C. Davis and St. Mary's.
For the 2012 season all home lacrosse games can be seen live on CCSUBlueDevils.tv, with the exception of the game against Bryant.
August 21, 2012 Lax Earns IWLCA Academic Honor
July 16, 2012 Davis Added to Lacrosse Staff
May 24, 2012 Six Student-Athletes in Lax Class of 2016
April 26, 2012 DeLancey, Vendel, Nangle Earn NEC Honors
April 22, 2012 McCurry Scores Four, But Lax Falls
April 20, 2012 Lacrosse Falls to Quinnipiac, 14-11
April 18, 2012 Women's Lax Drops First Home Game
April 16, 2012 Perkoski Earns Second NEC Honor
April 15, 2012 Lacrosse Improves to 6-0 at Home
April 13, 2012 Perkoski Scores Five Goals in Lax Victory
April 7, 2012 Lax Drops OT Thriller at the Mount, 8-7
April 5, 2012 Lacrosse Falls at Monmouth, 12-7
April 2, 2012 DeLancey Earns Third NEC Honor
April 1, 2012 Lacrosse Tops Wagner, 3-0 in NEC Play
March 30, 2012 Lax Rolls Blackbirds, 18-6
March 24, 2012 Lacrosse Edges St. Mary's, 10-8
March 24, 2012 Lax Wraps West Coast Trip at St. Mary's
March 22, 2012 Lacrosse Falls to Fresno State, 18-8
March 19, 2012 Lacrosse Falls to UC Davis, 18-6
March 12, 2012 DeLancey Earns Second NEC Weekly Honor
March 7, 2012 Lacrosse Wins 11-5, Now 2-0 at Home
March 4, 2012 Women's Lax Falls at Iona on Sunday
February 27, 2012 Senior Pair Earns NEC Honors
February 26, 2012 Lax Home Opener Moved to Sunday
February 26, 2012 Lax Wins NEC Opener Against Bryant
February 19, 2012 Lacrosse Drops Opener at Stony Brook
February 19, 2012 Lax Opens Season at Stony Brook
February 8, 2012 Lax Picked Seventh in NEC Poll
October 13, 2011 Lacrosse Announces 2012 Schedule
September 13, 2011 Karger Added to Lacrosse Coaching Staff
August 8, 2011 Kelly Nangle Tabbed as Central’s New Lacrosse Coach