New York, N.Y. - The Skyline Conference's eight head women's lacrosse coaches recently voted on their 2016 preseason coaches poll and Farmingdale State was selected to finish second.
Defending Champion St. Joseph's-L.I. finished atop the poll receiving 47 points, including five first-place votes. Farmingdale State received two first-place votes in the tally and checks in at second place with 44 points, while Mount Saint Mary College (38 pts.) received one first-place vote en route to a third-place spot in the poll. Rounding out the fourth-through-eighth positions are: Purchase College (31); SUNY Old Westbury (25); The Sage Colleges (16); College of Mount Saint Vincent (13); and SUNY Maritime College (10).
The Rams finished 10-7 last season (6-1 Skyline) and fell, 7-5, in the Conference Championship at St. Joseph's-L.I. Farmingdale State returns three All-Conference players from last year. Senior captain Sara Rivadeneyra* (Ridge, N.Y.), who was a First Team All-Skyline selection in 2015, will be in charge of leading the defense. Junior goalkeeper Krista Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y.) is a two-time All-Conference and All-Region player and last year allowed only 9.01 goals per game and held a .522 save percentage. Senior midfielder Kristen Ranaldo (Commack, N.Y.), who earned Second Team All-Conference honors in '15, will be influential on draw controls this season.
The women's lacrosse team opens play on Saturday, March 5th at Scranton at 1:00 p.m. and will play their first home game on Thursday, March 10th against Ramapo at 3:30 p.m.
2016 Skyline Conference Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
1. St. Joseph's-Long Island (14-5 / 7-0), 47 (5)
2. Farmingdale State (10-7 / 6-1), 44 (2)
3. Mount Saint Mary (7-10 / 5-2), 38 (1)
4. Purchase (11-4 / 4-3), 31
5. Old Westbury (6-9 / 3-4), 25
6. Sage (2-11 / 2-5), 16
7. Mount Saint Vincent (2-10 / 1-6), 13
8. Maritime (3-7 / 0-7), 10
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
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