Flagler Women’s Lacrosse Picked as the Favorite in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Flagler College women’s lacrosse program was picked as the unanimous favorite to win the Gulf South Conference according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll that was released this afternoon.
“We could not be more excited for year two here at Flagler,” said head coach Grant Kelam. “Our student-athletes have high expectations for this program, and we (the coaches) will continue to put in the work to assist in achieving the goals our players have set for this team.”
Flagler received all the possible first place votes (6) for 36 points. Lander University (28 pts.) follows in second while The University of Alabama in Huntsville grabbed the other first place vote and tallied 27 points. Lee University (23), Young Harris College (14), the University of Montevallo (13) and Shorter University (6) round out the field. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
The Saints posted an 11-8 overall record and a 4-2 league mark in its inaugural season. Flagler advanced to the GSC Tournament championship game where they lost to Alabama Huntsville, 15-12.
Key returnees for the Saints are junior attacker Madison Daziel, sophomore defender Amanda Fernandez and sophomore midfielder Carly LaFerriere. Daziel led the team with 33 goals and added six assists for 39 points. Fernandez finished the season with 17 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. LaFerriere scored 16 goals and had five assists for 21 points.
Top newcomers for Flagler include a pair of NCAA Division I transfers – Lexie Morton (University of Florida) and Jenn Seebach (Stony Brook University). Morton scored two goals and tallied three assists in two seasons for the Gators. Seebach played one game for the Seawolves last year, but helped lead Eastport South Manor High to the New York State championship in 2019. Freshman midfielder Ella Pinder from Millington, Maryland was a USA Lacrosse All-American last year at Queen Anne’s County High School.
2023 Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Flagler (6) – 36 pts
2. Lander – 28
3. Alabama Huntsville (1) – 27
4. Lee – 23
5. Young Harris – 14
6. Montevallo – 13
7. Shorter – 6
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