TOWSON, Md. - The Catholic University field hockey team was picked to finish first in the Landmark Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released on Wednesday.
The Cardinals received 68 points, including six first-place votes from fellow conference head coaches. Scranton was picked to finish second with 47 points while just one point separated the second, third and fourth-place teams as Juniata and Elizabethtown were tied for third with 46 points.
Catholic, who ranked at No. 17 in Tuesday's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Preseason Coaches Poll, finished 15-3 last season, including a perfect 7-0 in conference play. The team looks to return to the Landmark Conference championship game for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The Cardinals return All-Landmark Conference Second Team selection, junior Katie Anderson, as well as senior Hannah Schied, both of whom finished in the top three on the team in scoring last season.
Head Coach Heidi Lewis returns 14 players that saw time in all 18 games last season while welcoming eight freshmen. The Cardinals open Landmark Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Scranton.
2018 Preseason Poll
1. CATHOLIC - 68 points (6)
2. Scranton - 47 points (1)
t3. Juniata - 46 points (1)
t3. Elizabethtown - 46 points (1)
5. Susquehanna - 26 points
6. Goucher - 19 points
7. Moravian - 12 points
8. Drew - 8 points
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