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More conference preseason polls
August 20th, 2009 5PM



WOMEN'S NEWS ... There's one day to go before the start of the 2009 women's season. Here are the remainder of favorites in women's conference preseason polls:

America East Boston Univ. (unanimous selection of conference coaches)
Atlantic Sun Kennesaw State (Owl Maylee Attin-Johnson is Preseason POY)
Atlantic-10 Dayton (Flyers are led by Mandi Baeck, three-time All-Atlantic-10 pick)
Big South Radford (Highlander keeper Lisa Lubke is Preseason POY)
Big Sky Weber State (Wildcats edged defending champion Northern Arizona)
Big West UC Santa Barbara (defending champs return eight starters)
CAA James Madison (Dukes received 10 of 11 first-place votes)
Horizon Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Sophomore Sarah Hagen will lead Panthers)
Ivy no poll.
MAAC Fairfield (Nicole Cavallaro repeats as Preseason POY)
Mid-American Toledo (Midnight Blue seeks fourth MAC title in a row)
Missouri Valley Illinois State (Redbirds face five '08 NCAA Tournament teams)
Mountain West BYU (all-MWC picks Lauren Anderson and Andrea Willis return)
Northeast Central Conn. State (Leah Blayney and Clio Tregear anchor midfield)
Ohio Valley Murray State (Racers return OVC's top goalie, Tara Isbell)
Patriot Navy (Middie Shelly Moeller is again Preseason Defensive POY)
Southern UNC Greensboro (Spartans return three all-conference selections)
Southland Texas State (Bobcats led by conference tournament MVP Lauren Lewis)
Summit Oakland (South Dakota State and IUPUI follow in tight poll)
Sun Belt Denver (Pioneers Lizzy Carlson, Mariah Johnston and Jessie Rogers on preseason team)
SWAC Mississippi Valley State (Eastern) and Grambling State (Western)
WAC Utah State (Aggies return eight of their top 10 goal scorers)

* No. 5 Notre Dame will open Friday against Wisconsin at old home Alumni Field while construction is completed on the state-of-the-art Alumni Stadium. The Irish will host Loyola (Ill.) a week later at Alumni Field before opening at its new facility on Sept. 4 against No. 1 North Carolina in a rematch of last year's NCAA national championship game. The game will be part of the 2009 Inn at Saint Mary's Classic.

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