Maryland Voted Unanimous Preseason Favorite in Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse
Jan. 29, 2018


Rosemont, Ill. – Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship in 2018. The Terrapins were followed in the preseason poll by Penn State in second and Northwestern in third. Johns Hopkins followed at fourth and Rutgers was tabbed at No. 5. Michigan and Ohio State rounded out the poll, tying for No. 6. All seven head coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own teams to a preseason honors list. 

Maryland claimed the 2017 National Championship and its third Big Ten title a season ago, and is ranked No. 1 in the NIKE/US Lacrosse women’s preseason poll. The Terrapins defeated Boston College, 16-13, in the NCAA National Championship game for its 14th national title in 2017.

The Preseason to Watch List features 21 standouts from all seven schools, including the 2017 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Maryland’s Megan Taylor. Seven 2017 All-Big honorees were selected to the Preseason list.

Big Ten women's lacrosse features teams that have won 26 national championships and 22 of the 36 NCAA Championships, including 11 of the last 13. Maryland claimed seven straight titles from 1995 to 2001, while Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

The 2018 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be hosted by Michigan on May 4 and 6. The tournament will be a four-team field, with two semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Sunday.

The preseason poll and complete Players to Watch list can be found below.

2018 BIG TEN WOMEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL

1. MARYLAND
2. Penn State
3. Northwestern
4. Johns Hopkins
5. Rutgers
T6. Michigan
T6. Ohio State 

Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS
 

2018 Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Honors List
 

JOHNS HOPKINS
Emily Kenul, Sr., A
Shannon Fitzgerald, Sr., M
Nicole DeMase, Jr., M/A

MARYLAND
Megan Whittle, Sr., A
Megan Taylor, Jr., G
Jen Giles, Jr., M
 

MICHIGAN
Bianca Brueckner, Sr., A
Adriana Pendino, Jr., A
Molly Garrett, So., M

NORTHWESTERN
Shelby Fredericks, Sr., A
Danita Stroup, Sr., A
Selena Lasota, Jr., A

OHIO STATE
Liza Hernandez, So., M
Jillian Rizzo, So., G
Molly Wood, Sr., A

PENN STATE
Madison Carter, Jr., A/M
Katie O'Donnell, Sr., M
Maria Auth, So., A
 

RUTGERS
Amanda Casten, Sr., D
Samantha Budd, So., M
Kerri Puckhaber, Sr., A