LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's lacrosse team is ranked fifth in two preseason polls. The Diplomats rank fifth in both the Lacrosse Magazine preseason poll and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) preseason poll.
Defending national champions, Salisbury, was ranked first by both polls while Centennial Conference (CC) rival Gettysburg was picked one spot behind F&M at sixth.
F&M returns 18 members, including eight starters, from last year's team that finished the season with a 16-5, 8-1 CC record and advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Playoffs.
The Diplomats will face five teams in the top-20, including two of the top four. No. 1 Salisbury, No. 3 Middlebury, No. 6 Gettysburg, No. 7 TCNJ, No. 11 York all appear on F&M's 2014 schedule.
F&M opens the season on Feb. 22 when the Diplomats host Brockport St. at 1:00 p.m.