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Lacrosse Magazine Names WCLA Preseason Top 20

December 17, 2012    4840 Views

BALTIMORE, Dec. 17, 2012 — Colorado State and North Carolina Club earned the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason rankings for the 2013 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Divisions I and II, respectively, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Colorado State midfielder Hayley Bernstein and Oakland midfielder Desiree Messina as its preseason players of the year for Divisions I and II, respectively.

The Rams reached the WCLA championship game for the third consecutive season in 2012, thanks in part to Bernstein, who earned WCLA first-team All-American honors with 38 goals and nine assists. Colorado State won the 2010 and 2011 WCLA national championships. Defending champion UC Davis Club earned the No. 2 spot in the preseason rankings.

The Tar Heels won the WCLA Division II championship last year with a 9-8 victory over Towson Club in the final.

Messina scored 77 goals and added 33 assists to carry Oakland to a fourth straight Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League title and a third straight bid to the WCLA tournament (sixth-place finish). She was named Division II’s midfielder of the year in 2011.

Lacrosse Magazine’s complete rankings as follows:

WCLA Division I Preseason Top 20
1. Colorado State
2. UC Davis Club
3. Florida Club
4. UC Santa Barbara
5. Michigan Club
6. Santa Clara
7. Colorado Club
8. Brigham Young
9. Georgia
10. Texas
11. UCLA
12. Central Florida
13. Pittsburgh
14. Cal Poly
15. Penn State Club
16. Maryland Club
17. Virginia Club
18. Connecticut Club
19. Minnesota
20. Miami (Ohio)

Preseason Player of the Year
Hayley Bernstein, Colorado State, Sr. M

WCLA Division II Preseason Top 20
1. North Carolina Club
2. Utah
3. James Madison Club
4. Loyola Club
5. Southern Methodist
6. Oakland
7. Minnesota-Duluth
8. UNLV
9. UC Santa Cruz
10. Dayton
11. Texas State
12. Wisconsin-River Falls
13. Gonzaga
14. William & Mary Club
15. Duke Club
16. Hope Club
17. Cornell Club
18. Grand Valley State
19. St. Benedict
20. Stanford Club

Preseason Player of the Year
Desiree Messina, Oakland, Sr. M

Lacrosse Magazine is the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body. Lacrosse Magazine will release its preseason rankings for the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Tuesday. For more, visit LaxMagazine.com and follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter.



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