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Plakorus will be the first to admit that his team has underperformed. He believes the past two rosters have had the talent to bring a third and fourth consecutive title to Missoula, but he couldn't get his team to maximize its potential.
"We've had some success, but I also think we've fallen short," Plakorus said. "We've been good the last couple of years, we've been a tough team to play, but I don't think we've reached our potential, and for me, that's the most frustrating part of being a coach."
the 2017 squad returns 13 letterwinners and eight starters, but also welcomes 14 newcomers....Six players return who made at least 15 starts in 2016. Many of the upperclassmen have been playing since they were freshmen.
the newcomers, thirteen freshmen and a Pac-12 transfer(RSFr). Despite their youth, Plakorus expects them to contend for spots right away, and for many of them to play.
Overall, UM returns 95.7 percent of its goals scored, 78.3 percent of its assists and 88.4 percent of its overall points from 2016.
The Norman graduation leaves the biggest question mark.The biggest area of turnover comes on defense, where UM lost a 2 time all-conference defender(Tess Brenneman) and the conference's goalkeeper of the year(Kailey Norman).
"We'll feel their loss, but there's also players who have been watching them and learning from them. I think the mark of a good program is that you're sad to see the impact players go, but the new players are ready for the opportunity and excited to be the next one up. I have no doubt that we have those girls who are ready to step into those shoes."
Griz picked 3rd
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Eastern Washington, which won the Big Sky tournament as a No. 5 seed in 2016, is the preseason favorite, earning 95 points and eight of the 11 first-place votes. Northern Arizona is predicted to finish second, receiving 80 points and one first-place vote; EWU beat NAU in last year's championship game.
Idaho, the 2016 regular-season champion and last year's preseason favorite, is just behind UM with 75 points and one first-place vote. Northern Colorado is the other school to earn a first place vote, receiving one and 68 total points, for fifth place.
Sacramento State (60), Weber State (51), Idaho State (33), Portland State (32), Southern Utah (20) and North Dakota (15) round out the rest of the preseason standings.
Here's the roster and games started/played and minutes per game in '16.The Griz will face the top four other teams in four consecutive games in October, with three of the four matchups coming on the road. The grueling stretch begins with a home match vs. Northern Arizona on Sunday, Oct. 8, followed by road matches at Idaho (Oct. 13), Eastern Washington (Oct. 15) and Northern Colorado (Oct. 20).
8 RJr F/M Hallie Widner 16/16g 69m
14 Jr F Ellie Otteson 12/18g 41m
3 Sr F Allie Lucas 7/18g 42m
7 Jr F Jacey Delaney 0/5g 15m
4 RSo F Dani Morris 0/0
13 RFr F Kennedy Yost na
23 Fr F/M Rita Lang na
33 Fr F Mikee Furrow na
91 Fr F Morgan Meatovich na
15 Sr M/D Kait Crowell 17/18g 74m
27 Jr F/M MKz Warren 14/17g 49m
5 RJr M/F Madi Adams 11/16g 26m
30 Sr M Charlene Burger 0/16g 33m
19 Sr M/D Natalie Hein 0/12g 14m
10 RJr M Maddy Emerick 0/0
2 Fr M Raye Burton na
6 Fr F/M Alexa Coyle na
9 Fr M Ally Shelton na
11 Sr D Chan Pederson 18/18g 80m
28 Sr D/F Ash Pederson 16/18g 74m
22 Jr D/M Jane Fowler 18/18g 74m
18 Jr D/M Raquel Watts 5/18g 52m
20 Jr D Taryn Miller 1/14g 46m
25 Jr F/D Lily Obrigewitch 0/7g 14m
12 Fr D Taylor Hansen na
16 Fr D Claire Steffe na
17 Fr D Emily Peters na
21 Fr D Caitlin Rogers na
29 Fr D Avery Adams na
31 Fr D Catie Buck na
77 Fr D Gabbi DeMarce na
35 Sr G Maddie Vincent 2/2g 100m
00 RFr G Claire Howard 0/0