CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following a top-25 ranking from the 2019 IWLCA preseason coaches poll, Denison women's lacrosse was voted on by the North Coast Athletic Conference as the preseason favorites to win the conference in 2019.
The Big Red received eight of nine first-place votes for a total of 79 points. The Fighting Scots of Wooster followed in second with 65 points, and Oberlin landed in third with 56 points and one first-place vote.
Denison will look to garner their fourth-straight NCAC regular title this season after a record-breaking 2018 campaign that saw the Big Red go 17-3 and advance to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
For the fifth-straight season, Denison was named the champion of the NCAC Tournament, defeating Wooster in the title game, 17-10. The Big Red took a 16-2 record into the NCAA Division III Tournament, where they toppled Calvin in the second round before falling to Salisbury in the Sweet 16. The Big Red carries a 29-game North Coast Athletic Conference winning streak into the 2019 season.
All-American defender Jane Goodspeed returns for her senior season following a junior campaign where she led the Big Red in ground balls (70), draw controls (95), and caused turnovers (38).
Junior Kiely Noonan looks to build on her 2018 season where she led the Big Red with 74 goals (the second-most in a season in program history), 28 assists, and 102 points, which finished in a tie for a program record with Cheryl Connolly (1994).
The 2019 women's lacrosse season begins this Saturday, February 23, when the Big Red host the College at Brockport at 12 p.m.