Columbia Picked to Win 2017 Women's Lacrosse Title

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Columbia College is the team to beat for the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) women's lacrosse championship, according to the preseason coaches' poll.

Columbia (16-5 overall in 2016) won the AAC Tournament last year with an 8-5 victory over regular-season champion Tennessee Wesleyan University (12-7 overall in 2016). Both Columbia and Tennessee Wesleyan advanced to the NAIA Invitational Tournament.

Receiving five first-place votes, Columbia garnered 75 total voting points. Tennessee Wesleyan picked up three first-place votes and 67 voting points to land second. Reinhardt University landed third with 63 voting points, while Point University got the remaining first-place vote as part of its 61 voting points to check in fourth in the poll.

Making up the rest of the are University of the Cumberlands (44 points) in fifth, Asbury University (41 points) in sixth, Truett McConnell University (24 points) in seventh, St. Andrews University (19 points) in eighth, and Montreat College (11 points) in ninth.

Teams will begin the regular season on Feb. 4 with the first conference matches starting on Feb. 11. The 2017 AAC Tournament is set for April 20-22 at Reinhardt in Waleska, Ga.

 

2017 AAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE COACHES' POLL

School (1st Place Votes)

Total Voting Points

1. Columbia (5)

75

2. Tennessee Wesleyan (3)

67

3. Reinhardt

63

4. Point (1)

61

5. Cumberlands

44

6. Asbury

41

7. Truett McConnell

24

8. St. Andrews

19

9. Montreat

11