Softball Picked to Return to A-10 Championship
Colonials slated sixth in preseason poll
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The George Washington softball team has been picked to return to the Atlantic 10 Championship, the league announced in the 2017 Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Colonials were picked to finish sixth out of 10 squads and qualify for the A-10 Championship under the direction of first-year head coach James DeFeo.
"It's an honor for GW to be picked in preseason to go to the A-10 tournament again this year," said DeFeo. "This is a testament to the hard work the upperclassmen have put in. We are looking forward to working even harder this season and focusing on the process of getting better as a team everyday."
Reigning A-10 champion Fordham is the favorite to claim its fifth consecutive title, receiving nine first-place votes. Dayton is predicted to finish second, followed by Saint Joseph's with one first-place vote. Massachusetts (4th) and Saint Louis (5th) precede the Colonials, while George Mason (7th), La Salle (T-8th), St. Bonaventure (T-8th), and Rhode Island (10th) round out the predicted order of finish.
In 2016, GW earned a berth to the conference tournament for the first time since 2013 and closed the season with a 23-29 overall record and a 10-13 mark in A-10 play.
The Buff and Blue return 11 letterwinners from last year's squad, including 2016 Second Team All-Conference honoree Monica Macchiarulo and All-Academic Team selection Megan Linn; both return to the diamond for their senior seasons. Seven newcomers join the squad for 2017.
The Colonials open the season on Friday, Feb. 17, at the D9 Orange Blossom Invitational in Orlando, Florida.
The 2017 A-10 Championship will be held at George Mason from May 10-13, in Fairfax, Virginia.
2017 Softball Predicted Order of Finish
(Number of first place votes in parenthesis)
1. Fordham (9) 99
2. Dayton 87
3. Saint Joseph’s (1) 77
4. Massachusetts 71
5. Saint Louis 61
6. George Washington 49
7. George Mason 39
T8. La Salle 25
T8. St. Bonaventure 25
10. Rhode Island 17
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