Women's fall countdown: No. 24 LSU
Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 24 LSU:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season.
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Preseason rank: 24
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 18
2013-14 in review: An up-and-down fall led to a more consistent end of the season for LSU. There were six top 5s, including a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championship, but LSU was a disappointing 20th at the NCAA Central Regional.
Notable departure: Ali Lucas, Lindsay Gahm
Key returnees: Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Nistrup
Newcomers of note: Sydney Cavin, Claudia De Antonio
Circled on fall calendar: Mason Rudolph
Fall outlook: In Nistrup and Sagstrom, LSU has a strong one-two punch. Expect Carly Ray Goldstein, a sophomore from Coral Springs, Fla., to contribute this season, too, after a strong summer during which she advanced to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Head coach Karen Bahnsen also adds a pair of international freshmen to this year’s lineup. LSU will play a very quality schedule and will have to work for its successes, but the fight is there.