Blue Demons Picked Ninth in C-USA Preseason Poll
Sitch, a midfielder, set DePaul's records during her freshman campaign with 21 points on eight goals and five assists. She is just the second Blue Demon to be recognized with C-USA preseason honors joining goalkeeper Kelly Kaiser in 1999. Charlotte's Courtney Crandell was named the preseason Player of the Year after setting C-USA records with 21 goals and 50 points.
In addition to her conference honors, Sitch was also recently named to the W-League's All-Conference team. As a member of the Chicago Cobras, she was one of 33 players from the 26-team league to be recognized. The Cobras will be in Virginia Beach, Va., this weekend playing in the W-League semifinals. Chicago will be joined by Hampton Roads, Ottawa and Seattle. The two semifinal winners will play on Sunday at 5 p.m. in a match televised live on Fox Sports World. Entering this weekend, Sitch is tied for the team lead with 14 points on five goals and four assists.
The W-League is the first national soccer league for women. It provides the most complete women's player pool in the world and is recognized as North America's best women's development organization. The W-League also gives the nation's best college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility.
2003 Conference USA Preseason Poll (as selected by C-USA coaches)
4. Saint Louis
5. East Carolina
10. South Florida
13. Southern Miss
2003 Preseason All-Conference USA Team
Courtney Crandell, So., F, Charlotte*
Kim Moore, Sr., D, Charlotte
Tasha Wagner, Sr., MF, Cincinnati
Julianne Sitch, So, MF/F, DePaul
Penny Perrott, Sr., D, East Carolina
Nikki Hawkins, Jr., MF, Houston
Alison Sinclair, Sr., D, Houston
Kristen Jensen, Sr., MF, Marquette
Anne Ioder, Sr., MF, Marquette
Christie Cigno, So., F/MF, Saint Louis
Jamie Perry, Jr., F, Saint Louis
Tara Kidwell, Jr., F, UAB
Breck Bankester, Jr., GK, South Florida
* Preseason Player of the Year