[ACC: Women]North Carolina, which returns eight starters from its 2012 NCAA championship team, is the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC women's title
Coach Anson Dorrance’s Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes in balloting among the ACC’s 14 head coaches. Defending regular-season conference champion Florida State received the other first-place vote.
North Carolina’s long list of returnees includes Soccer America Player of the Year Crystal Dunn, and 2012 Women’s College Cup’s Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players Kealia Ohai and Satara Murray.
FSU, which reached the 2012 NCAA College Cup semifinals, and 2012 ACC champion Virginia were selected second and third, respectively.
Florida State’s returning cast includes first-team ACC goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and defender Kassey Kallman, and Virginia welcomes back ACC Championship MVP Morgan Brian, who received her first national team call-up in the offseason.
Duke (153 points), new ACC member Notre Dame (143) and Wake Forest (140) were selected to finish fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
A record nine ACC teams competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
ACC Preseason Poll:
1. North Carolina (194 points, 13 first place votes)
2. Florida State (171, 1 first place vote)
3. Virginia (161)
4. Duke (153)
5. Notre Dame (143)
6. Wake Forest (140)
7. Maryland (110)
8. Boston College (102)
9. Virginia Tech (85)
T10. Clemson (56)
T10. Miami (56)
12. Syracuse (45)
13. NC State (36)
14. Pittsburgh (18)