NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team has been predicted to finish third in the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season standings, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches and announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks finished third (7-2 A-10) in league standings last spring and made their third consecutive postseason appearance under the direction of head coach Alex Kahoe, reaching the semi-finals.
Richmond, who knocked off formerly nine-time defending A-10 champion UMass for the A-10 title last year, took the top spot with 95 total votes and five first-place votes, followed immediately by UMass with 94 total votes and five first-place votes. Saint Joseph's earned 73 votes, followed by Davidson (63) and George Mason (62) to round out the top five. VCU, George Washington, La Salle, Duquesne, and St. Bonaventure went sixth through 10th, respectively.
Saint Joseph’s will open conference play the weekend of March 22, facing both St. Bonaventure (Mar. 22) and Duquesne (Mar. 24) on the road. The Hawks will return home to host VCU (Mar. 29) before playing their third road game in 10 days at UMass (Mar. 31).
"The A-10 portion of our season is sure to be competitive," said Kahoe back on October 29. "These games are always exciting and sure to be a battle. We are looking forward to opening the conference schedule with three out of four on the road. This will be a good test for us as we come together to stay focused and play St. Joe's lacrosse."
The Hawks' full home weekend comes the first weekend of April, when the Crimson and Gray host George Washington (Apr. 5) and Davidson (Apr. 7) on Sweeney Field. The following weekend will see SJU travel down to George Mason (Apr. 12) before returning home for the regular-season home finale, against La Salle (Apr. 14), that Sunday.
The Hawks will close the 2019 regular-season slate against defending A-10 champion Richmond (Apr. 19).
The 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va. from April 25-28. Following the expansion of the postseason field prior to the start of the 2016 season, six teams will qualify for the 2019 A-10 postseason. The Hawks have reached the semifinals in each of their last three seasons.
Saint Joseph’s returns 24 Hawks from a squad that is coming off of a program-record, 12-win season, including 2018 A-10 First Team attacker Rebecca Lane, Second Team midfielder Bridget Cerciello, and Rookie Team attackers Stephanie Kelly and Sam McGee, and has added 12 true freshmen to the roster in preparation for the 2019 spring season.
2018 ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
1. Richmond - 95 (5 first-place votes)
2. Massachusetts - 94 (5 first-place vote)
3. Saint Joseph's - 73
4. Davidson - 63
5. George Mason - 62
6. VCU - 55
7. George Washington - 34
8. La Salle - 31
9. Duquesne - 28
10. St. Bonaventure - 15
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