Jan. 27, 2016
The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference by the league's coaches in the 2016 preseason poll released Tuesday. Additionally, seniors Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) and Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) were selected as a part of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Bandos earned her first conference preseason honor after being named First Team All-BIG EAST a season ago. She is honored as a unanimous selection after appearing in all 17 games, including 11 starts. She led the team in goals with 29 and posted two assists for 31 points to rank third on the squad. The midfielder ranked third on the team in caused turnovers with 12 and fourth in draw controls with 18.In April, Bandos earned consecutive league honors as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week (4/21) and with an appearance on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (4/28), the first of her career.
Last season, Etchison was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree after starting in all 17 games. She tallied 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points to rank fourth on the team in scoring. The attacker was fourth on the squad in ground balls with 20 and went 2-for-4 on free position shots. Already this season, Etchison was selected as a 2016 team captain.
This is her second Preseason All-BIG EAST selection.
Georgetown earned 36 points from the league's eight head coaches to sit third behind reigning BIG EAST women's lacrosse champion Florida with 46 points and six first-place votes. The University of Connecticut was selected second with 44 points and two-first place votes. Entering its second season in the league, Vanderbilt placed fourth with 31 points, followed by Villanova in fifth (26), Temple in sixth (20), Marquette in seventh (13) and Cincinnati eighth (eight).
Georgetown completed the 2015 season with a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title following a 6-1 finish to league play. In total, the Hoyas return eight starters and 21 letterwinners from the 2015 team which went 7-10 overall. Georgetown missed out on the national postseason last year after back-to-back appearances at the NCAAs, and will aim to earn its 15th NCAA bid overall in 2016.
Georgetown will start off 2016 at home, hosting the University of Delaware Blue Hens at Cooper Field on Feb. 14. The opening draw is at 1 p.m.