LANCASTER, Pa. – The Marymount University women's soccer team will enter the 2019 season voted No. 6 in the Atlantic East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced on Wednesday.
The Saints garnered 14 points in the poll, following a first-round Atlantic East tournament berth last season.
Cabrini University (33 points and three first-place votes) and Marywood University (32 points and three first-place votes) led a close race at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Wesley College came in just behind at No. 3 with 27 points and one first-place vote.
The women's soccer team is primed to make a splash this season under the leadership of Head Coach Manya Puppione, in her first season with the program.
Puppione brings experience from various levels of coaching and playing to a roster that returns its top-five scorers from last season, as well as its top defenders.
Senior Karen Reyes set career highs in 2018 with 10 goals, six assists, and 26 points to lead the way, while classmate Gabby Cabrales tallied five goals and two assists for 12 points. Reyes was named to the All-Atlantic East first team for her season.
The Saints defense also returns a strong core, with senior Courtney Stephens and sophomore Mia Londregan, who both played in all 18 games, last season in central defense. Londregan was named to the All-Atlantic East second team, as well.
Sophomore Madison Foltz will man the goal for the Saints, after making three starts last season. She made 19 saves on the season in six games of action.
The Saints travel to Eastern Mennonite University on Friday, August 30 to get their season started, with the opening kick set for 4 p.m. They will take on Hood College on Wednesday, September 4 at Long Bridge Park for the home opener, set for 6 p.m.
Marymount opens conference play at home on Wednesday, October 9 against Immaculata University in a 7 p.m., contest.
To view the full Atlantic East poll, click here.