Mass. — The UMBC men's lacrosse
program received one first-place vote and was tabbed to place
second (in a tie with Stony Brook) in a vote by the conference's
head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own team. The
preseason poll, which was announced Thursday afternoon, features
three schools that received first-place votes in Albany, UMBC and
reigning league champion Stony Brook.
The Great Danes, who reached the conference's championship game for the ninth time in 11 years last season, received three first-place votes and 22 points to earn favorite status. Stony Brook (two first-place votes) and UMBC (one first-place vote) are tied for second with 20 points apiece. University of Hartford is fourth (13 points), followed by Binghamton University (10) and University of Vermont (5).
UMBC (5-8, 3-2) returns eight starters and 27 letterwinners from last year's squad, which reached the America East Championship for the ninth-consecutive season. Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox), a first-team honoree last year, is back after leading UMBC and ranking second among league leaders with 36 goals. The Retrievers, who will face four ranked foes this season, including defending champion Loyola and runner up Maryland, open play against Robert Morris Feb. 16.
For more information on America East men's lacrosse including schedules, stats and record book log on to www.AmericaEast.com.
2013 Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. Albany (3) 22
T-2. Stony Brook (2) 20
UMBC (1) 20
4. Hartford 13
5. Binghamton 10
6. Vermont 5