Softball Tabbed Second in Ivy League Preseason Poll

The Crimson opens its 2018 campaign next Friday, Feb. 23 (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson opens its 2018 campaign next Friday, Feb. 23 (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson opens its 2018 campaign next Friday, Feb. 23 (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard softball team was chosen to finish second in the Ivy League preseason poll, as announced by the conference on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15. This was the first year the Ivy League conducted a preseason ranking, soliciting votes from media members from each institution, sports information directors, and the national media. 

Defending Ivy champion Princeton was chosen to repeat as conference champions, receiving a total of 122 points, including 10 first-place votes. Harvard, who fell to the Tigers in the championship series last spring, garnered 114 votes and five first-place votes.

Penn, who finished the 2017 season with a 12-8 Ivy mark, was picked third, receiving a total of 85 points, and one vote for first place. After finishing tied for second in the north division last season, Yale and Dartmouth were chosen to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Led by NFCA All-Region selections Rhianna Rich and Maddy Kaplan, the Crimson returns all seven of its All-Ivy honorees, while welcoming a class of three in 2018. Harvard opens up its spring slate of games next Friday, Feb. 23 against Purdue in the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.

 

2018 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
(First place votes in parenthesis)

No. School Points
1. Princeton (10) 122 points
2. Harvard (5) 114 points
3. Penn (1) 85 points
4. Yale 76 points
5. Dartmouth 62 points
6. Columbia 58 points
7. Brown 32 points
8. Cornell 27 points