MELBOURNE, Fla. – Sunshine State Conference women’s lacrosse coaches vote the University of Tampa as the league’s top squad heading into the 2020 season. With 48 points and six first-place votes in the poll, the Spartans are expected to repeat as regular-season champions.
Rollins College and Florida Southern College both received a first-place nod in the ranking. However, the Tars edged the Moccasins for second place, 41 to 40 points, respectively. Saint Leo University holds fourth place with 31 points, while Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sits in fifth place following 25 points from conference coaches. Florida Tech (15 points), Lynn University (14 points), and Palm Beach Atlantic University (9 points) rank 6-7-8 in this year’s poll.
Florida Southern, Rollins, and Tampa all finished 2019 with a 5-1 league record and a share of the 2019 SSC regular-season championship. Tampa went on to win the 2019 SSC tournament, a first in program history, besting Rollins in the semifinals and FSC in the championship final. All three teams earned a bid to the NCAA tournament, where Tampa fell to Queens University, and Rollins defeated FSC in the first round. The Tars season came to an end in the national semifinals following an overtime loss to Queens.
Rollins is slated to compete in the first contest of the season, January 31st, at the University of Montevallo. The SSC’s newest lacrosse program, Lynn, will take the field for the first time in program history on February 20th at home against Roberts Wesleyan University. Conference play starts on March 21st with Florida Tech hosting Florida Southern, and the SSC tournament is slated for April 23rd and April 26th at campus sites. The NCAA Division II postseason begins with regional play on May 7th at non-predetermined sites and concludes at the Spring Festival on May 16th at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium in Saint Charles, Missouri. The NCAA will announce championship selections and seeding on Sunday, May 3rd, here.
|2020 SSC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll|
|Rank||School (FPV)||Total Points|
|3||Florida Southern (1)||40|
|8||Palm Beach Atlantic||9|