The St. Lawrence University women's soccer team is ranked in the top-25 in the country for the first time since 2008, as the National Soccer Coaches Association poll was released on Tuesday. Fresh off back-to-back wins over SUNY Cortland and Wellesley, the Saints are ranked No. 21 in the polls, the highest since 2000.
St. Lawrence, which entered the pre-season unranked, quickly garnered attention with its 2-1 upset over then-No.18 Cortland on Saturday. The Saints then posted a convincing 4-0 win over Wellesley to claim the North Country Classic title and kick-off its 2013 with a perfect 2-0 start.
"While we are pleased with the outcome of this past weekend, to learn about the national ranking was quite a surprise," admitted St. Lawrence head women's soccer coach Franco Bari. "The team worked extremely hard and was certainly rewarded for their efforts with two very positive results. We will be keeping things in perspective, as it's only the beginning of what appears to be a very challenging season."
Sophomore forward Emily DePoy was named the Liberty League's Offensive Performer of the Week for her efforts against SUNY Cortland and Wellesley. The Clifton Park, NY native scored both game-winning goals, including the tiebreaker in the final minutes against the Red Dragons.
St. Lawrence, which is the highest-ranking Liberty League team in the NSCAA poll, will look to continue their hot start on Friday afternoon when the team travels to SUNY Plattsburgh for a 4:00pm contest.