Tiebreaker gives Dayton edge over La Salle

[ATLANTIC-10: Women] For the fifth straight year, Dayton has been chosen as the Atlantic-10 women's preseason favorite in a vote conducted by the league’s 13 head coaches, sharing the top spot on points with La Salle and getting the nod on the tiebreaker, first-place votes.

The Flyers, who will seek a record ninth A-10 Championship title and fourth in the last five years, return eight starters, including 2012 All-Conference selections Juliana Libertin and Ashley Campbell.

Defending A-10 champion La Salle has not lost a regular-season conference match in two seasons under two-time A-10 Coach of the Year Paul Royal. La Salle made its second consecutive NCAA appearance in 2012 after a thrilling overtime victory over VCU in the A-10 Championship final.

With the exception of goalie Gabrielle Pakhtigian, the Explorers championship team remains largely intact with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Courtney Niemiec and Renee Washington back.

Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll:
1. Dayton (14-4-2; 7-1-1)
2. La Salle (17-5-1; 8-0-1)
3. VCU (12-5-5; 6-2-1)
4. Richmond (8-9-1; 4-4-1)
5. Massachusetts (9-10-1; 4-4-1)
6. George Mason (7-11-1; 3-6-1/CAA)
7. Saint Joseph's (9-7-4; 4-2-3)
8. Saint Louis (5-9-4; 3-4-2)
9. Fordham (8-11; 4-5)
10. Rhode Island (11-8-1; 4-5)
11. George Washington (5-12-1; 1-8)
12. Duquesne (6-11-2; 2-6-1)
13. St. Bonaventure (8-11-1; 5-4)

Preseason Atlantic-10 All-Conference Team:
Ashley Campbell, Dayton, Forward
Kelsey Haycook, La Salle, Forward
Becca Wann, Richmond, Forward
Courtney Conrad, VCU, Forward
Juliana Libertin, Dayton, Midfield
Renee Washington, La Salle, Midfield
Mo Hawkins, Saint Joseph's, Midfield
Sarah Senoyuit, Dayton, Defender
Courtney Niemiec, La Salle, Defender
Ashley Riefner, Richmond, Defender
Devon Tabata, Duquesne, Goalie

Preseason Atlantic-10 All-Newcomer Team:
Meghan Blank, Dayton
Libby Leedom, Dayton
Erin O'Malley, Dayton
Diarra Simmons, Dayton
Ashley Nater, Duquesne
Olivia Roberson, Duquesne
Alyssa Fratarcangeli, Massachusetts
Frida Lindblom, Massachusetts
Kaleigh Kurtz, Richmond
Cristina Rodriguez, Saint Louis
Alex Wong, VCU
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