Mountain Hawks Picked Sixth; Keefe Named Preseason All-Patriot League

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – With the season opener just eight days away, the Patriot League announced its preseason women’s soccer poll on Thursday, as the Mountain Hawks were picked to finish sixth with graduate student Erin Keefe garnering preseason All-League honors. Lehigh is coming off a fifth-place finish last season, and Patriot League Tournament appearance.

Navy came in first in the preseason poll with 145 points and seven first-place votes. Tight voting at the top saw Bucknell in second with 144 points (five first-place votes) and Boston University in third with 141 points (six first-place votes). Those three were followed by Loyola (116 points, two first-place votes), Army West Point (92) and Lehigh (71), all picked to advantage to the postseason. Behind the Mountain Hawks was Colgate (71), Lafayette (47), American (38) and Holy Cross (21).

Keefe is a two-time All-Patriot League honoree, being named to the second team as a junior and first team as a senior. She has been an anchor at center back for the Mountain Hawks’ defense, which has consistently been among the Patriot League’s best. Keefe’s sophomore year, Lehigh finished second in the league in goals against average (0.89) and shutouts (8). Her junior year, Lehigh posted a stellar 0.60 goals against average, as Keefe was also named a United Soccer Coaches third team All-Region honoree.

The Mountain Hawks open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 as they host Monmouth at 7 pm on ESPN+.

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2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Rylee Donaldson, Bucknell, Sr., F
2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Midfielder of the Year: Teresa Deda, Bucknell, So., M
2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Jenna Oldham, Boston University, Gr., D
2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year: Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland, Sr., GK

2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason All-League Team

Abby McNulty, Boston University, Jr., F
Rylee Donaldson, Bucknell, Sr., F
Alexa Riddle, Navy, So., F
Lauren Drysdale, Army West Point, Sr., M
Teresa Deda, Bucknell, So., M
Katie Herrmann, Navy, Jr., M
Asia Horne, American, Gr., D
Emma Richey, Army West Point, Sr., D
Jenna Oldham, Boston University, Gr., D
Erin Keefe, Lehigh, Gr., D
Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland, Sr., GK

2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

Navy – 145 (7 first place votes)
Bucknell-144 (5)
Boston University – 141 (6)
Loyola Maryland – 116 (2)
Army West Point – 92
Lehigh-72
Colgate-71
Lafayette-47
American-38
Holy Cross – 21

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