Women's Lacrosse

W&J women tabbed ORLC preseason favorites

W&J Women's Lacrosse
W&J Women's Lacrosse

GREENVILLE, Pa. (ohioriverlax.org) – Washington & Jefferson College was selected as this year's favorite in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) women's preseason coaches' poll, which was voted on by the league's head coaches. The results of the preseason coaches' poll were unveiled along with the league's players to watch list Friday.

The Presidents, led by fifth-year head coach Alison Valerio, received six of a possible 12 first-place votes and 137 total points. W&J has claimed the last two ORLC Championship Tournament titles.

W&J's Alison Valerio discusses ORLC preseason coaches' poll

Transylvania University and fourth-year head coach Lauren Bickford were second in this year's preseason coaches' poll, totaling five first-place votes and 134 points. Saint Vincent College and seventh-year head coach Jym Walters, runners-up in the last two ORLC Championship Tournaments, netted the final first-place vote and 125 points to finish third.

Hanover College was picked fourth (101) and was followed by Mount St. Joseph University in fifth (86), Franklin College in sixth (85), Thiel College in seventh (62), Thomas More College in eighth (57), Westminster College in ninth (54), Chatham University in 10th (44), Waynesburg University in 11th (28) and Earlham College in 12th (23).

New to the ORLC this season are Chatham, led by first-year head coach Alyssa Batty, and Earlham, led by second-year head coach Molly Macdonald

Last spring, top-seeded W&J earned its second-straight ORLC title and claimed the league's first-ever automatic qualifying bid into the Division III Championship field with a 15-8 victory over third-seeded Saint Vincent at Alexandre Stadium in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Division III Championship appearance was the first in program history for the Presidents.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced the creation of the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences on June 3, 2014 and kicked off their inaugural seasons in 2015.

Seven PAC member schools and five HCAC member schools will compete in the women's conference this season. The men's and women's leagues will both complete full round-robin schedules with championship tournaments to follow the conclusion of their regular seasons.

This year's ORLC Women's Championship Tournament will feature a four-team field, with the top seed hosting all three tournament matches. On Friday, May 4 the number one seed will take on the number four seed, followed by the match between the number two and three seeds. The tournament's title match will be played on Saturday, May 5.

For only the second time since the creation of the ORLC, the winner of the women's championship tournament will receive one of 29 automatic qualifying bids to this year's Division III Championship. The 42-team championship bracket is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, May 6 with first round matches scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

2018 ORLC Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll results 

School (first-place votes) Points 2017 records
1. Washington & Jefferson College (6) 137 13-5 (9-0 ORLC)
2. Transylvania University (5) 134 14-3 (8-1 ORLC) 
3. Saint Vincent College (1) 125 12-5 (7-2 ORLC) 
4. Hanover College 101 9-8 (6-3 ORLC) 
5. Mount St. Joseph University 86 5-9 (5-4 ORLC) 
6. Franklin College 85 6-7 (4-5 ORLC) 
7. Thiel College 62 2-12 (2-7 ORLC) 
8. Thomas More College 57 4-9 (3-6 ORLC) 
9. Westminster College 54 1-9 (1-8 ORLC) 
10. Chatham University 44 First-year program
11. Waynesburg University 28 0-14 (0-9 ORLC) 
12. Earlham College 23 First-year program


ORLC Women's Players to Watch in 2018

Chatham University
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Sydney Collins FY MID Wake Forest, N.C. | Northwood School
Maria Cefola FY GK Murrysville, Pa. | Franklin Regional
Kendra McBroom FY ATT Ligonier, Pa. | Shadyside Academy


Earlham College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Jordan Blackburne Fr. GK Indianapolis, Ind. | Culver Academy
Olivia Wallace Sr. MID Portland, Ore. | Wilson



Franklin College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Haley Lowe Sr. DEF Lawrenceburg, Ind. | Lawrenceburg
Jess Silva Sr. MID Greenwood, Ind. | Center Grove
Abby Stayer Sr. MID Dayton, Ohio | Chaminade Julienne


Hanover College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Emma Boomershine So. ATT Louisville, Ky. | Kentucky Country Day
Mallory Fogus Sr. ATT Grosse Ile, Mich. | Herbert Henry Dow
Amanda Mousa Sr. GK Springboro, Ohio | Springboro
Abby Shroyer Sr. DEF Zionsville, Ind. | Zionsville



Mount St. Joseph University
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Courtney Gleason Sr. MID Cincinnati, Ohio | Seton
Gabriella Halfhill Fr. DEF Liberty Township, Ohio | Lakota West
Kat Mapes Sr. GK Cincinnati, Ohio | Cincinnati Country Day
Maria Sams Sr. DEF Cincinnati, Ohio | Oak Hills


Saint Vincent College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Rachel Belles So. MID Pittsburgh, Pa. | Vincentian Academy
Claire Kenna So. DEF Chantilly, Va. | Seton School
Maggie Nelson Sr. MID Jefferson, Md. | Saint John's Catholic Prep
Alex Piampiano Sr. DEF Webster, N.Y. | Webster Thomas
Thiel College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Kyra Farrell Sr. GK Pittsburgh, Pa. | Oakland Catholic
Paige Scherer Jr. MID Cranberry, Pa. | Seneca Valley
Mackenzie Quinn So. MID Carnegie, Pa. | Chartiers Valley


Thomas More College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Jeni Hall Jr. ATT Lebanon, Ky. | Marion County
Sarah LaCombe Sr. DEF Loveland, Ohio | Loveland
Sydney Polster Sr. DEF Cincinnati, Ohio | Anderson


Transylvania University
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Rachel Johnston Fr. MID Franklin, Tenn. | Franklin
Emma Oliver Jr. MID Louisville, Ky. | Ballard
Julia Ward Sr. ATT Dayton, Ohio | Chaminade Julienne
Shelby Wuest Fr. ATT Louisville, Ky. | Assumption
Washington & Jefferson College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Caroline Kallos  Sr.  MID  Reading, Pa. | Governor Mifflin 
Rae LaRochelle  So.  ATT  East Sandwich, Mass. | Sandwich 
Sara Maute So. GK Pottstown, Pa. | Owen J. Roberts
Allison Onslow Jr. DEF Erie, Pa. | Villa Maria Academy
Waynesburg University
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Christina Bauer  So.  GK  Harrison City, Pa. | Penn-Trafford 
Westminster College
Name Year Pos. Hometown | High School
Bria Braddock So.  MID  Beaver Falls, Pa. | Blackhawk 
Emily D'Amico  Jr.  MID  Moon Township, Pa. | Moon