DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s lacrosse team will open the 2019 campaign ranked 24th in the country, as released by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in its Division I Preseason Poll Monday.
Boston College, the 2018 NCAA runners-up, took the top spot in the poll with 622 points and 22 first-place votes. Maryland and North Carolina (one first-place vote) were tied for second with 579 points, followed by reigning NCAA champion James Madison (536 points, two first-place votes) and Stony Brook (505 points).
Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad was one of seven ACC teams to begin the spring ranked top 25 nationally, with the Eagles and the Tar Heels both landing inside the top five, Virginia Tech at No. 14, Syracuse at No. 15, Virginia at No. 16, Notre Dame at No. 20 and Duke at No. 24.
Eight of the Blue Devils’ 2019 opponents were ranked in Monday’s preseason poll, including four inside the top 10.
Duke tied for 19th in the preseason Inside Lacrosse Women’s Division I Media Poll, also released Monday.
The Blue Devils kick off the season Saturday, Feb. 9, welcoming Villanova to Koskinen Stadium for a 1 p.m. contest on ACC Network Extra. For tickets, visit goduke.com/tickets.