FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College women's lacrosse team was tabbed to finish eighth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) according to the preseason coaches' poll released Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Calvin picked up seven first-place votes and finished with 63 points to lead the way. First-place votes are worth eight points, second-place votes are seven points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Only five votes separate the second through fourth place teams, with Hope in second with 52 points and one first-place vote, Saint Mary's in third with 49 points and the remaining first-place votes, and Albion in fourth with 47 points. Kalamazoo was next with 37 points, followed by Trine (27) and Alma (21). The Bulldogs finished one point behind Alma with 20 points and ahead of Olivet, rounding out the poll with eight points.
There are a lot of new faces around the program this year, with 13 freshmen as a part of 14 total new players, and a new coaching staff. Head Coach Brett Asher returns to his alma mater this year to take the helm of the Adrian College women's lacrosse team. Asher played basketball for the Bulldogs and graduated in 2019. He has spent the last two seasons serving as an assistant coach under his wife with the Concordia University-Ann Arbor women's lacrosse program. Joining Asher's staff is Assistant Coach Irene Okubo and Student Assistant Coach Hailey Scott.
Adrian's season starts on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Lourdes and the Bulldogs have their first home game of the season on Monday, March 4 against Ohio Wesleyan.