The Hope College women’s lacrosse team is picked sixth in the 2015 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll.
Two-time defending champion Adrian topped the poll with seven of eight possible first-place votes and 10 total points. Coaches could not vote for their own teams. Hope totaled 44 points.
MIAA Preseason Poll
1. Adrian (7) 10 points
2. Albion (1) 19
3. Alma (1) 20
4. Calvin 26
5. Kalamazoo 39
6. Hope 44
7. Olivet 46
T8. Saint Mary’s and Trine 60
The Flying Dutch began a new era of women’s lacrosse this spring as Kim Vincent has taken over as head coach.
Vincent replaced Tracy Benjamin, who coached Hope for two seasons and oversaw her alma mater’s transition to varsity from a club program.
The Flying Dutch return junior midfielder Molly Greenfield of Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown HS). Greenfield finished second on the team in scoring during the 2014 season with 31 points. She had 22 goals and nine assists last season.
Senior midfielder Makenzie Bortell of Montague, Michigan (Montague HS), is the only other upperclassmen returning for the Flying Dutch.
Hope will look to develop new offensive threats as four of its top five goalscorers from last season will not return.
The Flying Dutch start their season on Friday, March 6, when they play at Otterbein (Ohio).