The Capital Athletic Conference basketball coaches have spoken.

The St. Mary's men and the Christopher Newport women have been selected to win the CAC titles in 2013-2014.

The York College men, meanwhile, were picked to finish tied for seventh in the 10-team league, while the York College women were picked to come in fourth.

St. Mary's is the defending CAC men's champion and is ranked among the top 10 in NCAA Division III in several polls, including one poll that has the Seahawks ranked No. 2 in the nation. SMC has won four of the last six CAC men's basketball titles and played in the NCAA Tournament in five of the last six seasons. The 2012-13 Seahawks compiled a 27-4 overall record and advanced to the Division III Elite Eight.

The Seahawks compiled a perfect score of 81 points to top CAC newcomer Christopher Newport (71) and CAC runner-up Wesley (61) for the top spot in the preseason poll. CNU won the 2013 conference championship in its last season as a member of the USA South Athletic Conference. Wesley has appeared in the CAC title game in four of the last five years, winning its only crown in 2009.

Mary Washington (57) placed fourth in the preseason poll, just four points behind Wesley, while Salisbury earned fifth place in the voting with 55 points. Marymount was sixth at 29 points, followed by Frostburg State and York tied with 27 each, CAC newcomer Penn State Harrisburg with 22 points and newcomer Southern Virginia with 20 points.


York was 7-19 overall last season under first-year head coach Matt Hunter.

On the women's side, newcomer Christopher Newport edged Marymount in a close vote.

CNU, one of three new members in the CAC this year, won the USA South Athletic Conference crown in 2012-13 on the way to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight -- after defeating Marymount in the national championship tournament second round. CNU, which won the USA South title four of the last five years, is ranked No. 3 in the country by

Marymount is the defending CAC champion. The Saints are ranked among the top 25 in every preseason national Division III poll.

Mary Washington, meanwhile, went down to the wire with MU last year in the battle for the regular-season CAC title, and has played in the conference championship game two-straight years, winning the crown in 2012. York has also traditionally been a top challenger, won the title in 2011 and has a veteran squad that was the backbone of the program's NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.

Those teams emerged as the top four in the preseason voting, with CNU gaining six of a possible nine first-place votes and leading the way with 78 points.

Marymount secured three first place votes and finished second in the preseason poll with 70 points.

Mary Washington, which received the final first-place vote, totaled 66 points to edge York (61) for third place in the preseason poll, in which the coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Salisbury compiled 49 points in the voting, followed by St. Mary's (33), CAC-newcomer Penn State Harrisburg (29), Frostburg State (23), Southern Virginia (21) and Wesley (18).

York, under Head Coach Betsy Witman, finished 20-7 overall a season ago.