RAMS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN ATLANTIC 10 PRESEASON FIELD HOCKEY POLL

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Coming off the third biggest turnaround in the country and the second-highest win total in school history (13), the VCU Field Hockey program has their eyes set on a third conference tournament appearance in the past four years.

The Rams have certainly caught the eye of the rest of the conference as VCU was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Field Hockey poll, released by the conference office on Thursday.

Defending A-10 champion UMass is the overwhelming favorite to repeat, receiving seven of the possible eight first-place votes. Richmond is a close second with just six fewer points than the Minutewomen. After the Rams, Lock Haven was picked fourth, followed by La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Saint Francis and Saint Louis.

The Rams return six starters from last year's squad that went 13-6. Leading the way is senior defender Stephanie DeMasi, who earned Atlantic 10 Second Team honors last fall after posting two goals and six assists from the backline.

VCU opens up play on Sunday, Sept. 1 with a 1 p.m. showdown at former CAA foe William & Mary.

2013 A-10 Field Hockey Preseason Poll

Team

Total

Massachusetts (7)

63

Richmond (1)

57

VCU

46

Lock Haven

35

La Salle

30

Saint Joseph's

28

Saint Francis

16

Saint Louis

13

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