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Belles Voted Fourth in MIAA Preseason Poll

Emily Kraker stands in goal while an opposing player prepares to shoot.
FREELAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team was voted fourth in the annual Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason poll, as voted upon by league coaches.
 
Albion was in the top slot in the poll with 45 total points and five first-place votes. Hope (40 points) was second with two first-place votes, and Calvin took the third slot with 39 points and one first-place vote.
 
The Belles, who posted an 8-0 regular season record in 2019 en route to the regular season championship, return a solid core of players in 2020 as Saint Mary's looks to defend their title this spring. Headlining the squad are MIAA Offensive Player of the Year Erin Doyle and MIAA Defensive Player of the Year Emily Kraker. Rejoining Doyle and Kraker are 2019 All-MIAA honorees Kendra Osinski and Bridget Kane. Doyle, Osinski, and Kane accounted for more than 50 percent of the team's offense in 2019 while Kraker allowed a stifling 6.00 goals per game in league contests last season.
 
"Our program has a strong history of exceeding expectations of those outside of our program, including finishing higher than predicted in the preseason poll in each of our six seasons," said head coach Amy Long. "This season will be no different. We have an exceptionally talented group of returning players, including both the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and two additional All-MIAA honorees from last season. Combining that experience with our eager first-year class, our expectation is to push ourselves and our program to achieve a new level of success."
 
The Belles begin their MIAA slate of competition on Tuesday, March 31 when they host Alma at 6:00 p.m. at the Purcell Athletic Fields.
 
2020 MIAA Preseason Poll
1. Albion 45 (5 first-place votes)
2. Hope 40 (2 first-place votes)
3. Calvin 39 (1 first-place votes)
4. Saint Mary's 36
5. Kalamazoo 23
6. Adrian 18
7. Trine 15
8. Alma 8