ELON, N.C. – With the 2017 women’s lacrosse season complete, Elon University closed the year ranked among the nation’s best in multiple national polls. It marks the first time in four seasons of competition Elon has been ranked at season’s end.
In the IWLCA Coaches poll, the Phoenix placed No. 19 while checking in at No. 20 in both the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll and the Nike/US Lacrosse poll. Earlier this year, Elon cracked the Top 20 for the first time in program history with a No. 16 ranking in the Cascade poll on March 6. It climbed as high as No. 14 in the poll throughout the final two months of the season.
Elon’s historic 2017 season was also highlighted by its first-ever conference tournament win – a 10-9 victory in overtime against second-seeded Towson in Maryland to reach the CAA title game – and its first trip to the NCAA
Tournament. Stephanie Asher set new program records for goals (58), points (69) and free position goals (13), Sloane Kessler broke her own record for most assists in a season with 24 on the year and Rachel Ramirez added new single-season records for ground balls (69) and caused turnovers (36) while falling three saves (151) short of tying her own team record.