Retrievers, Seawolves Share Top Spot in Men's Lacrosse Preseason America East Poll; Kresse, Pierce Added as Team Captains

UMBC and Stony Brook University, which shared the America East men's lacrosse regular-season title and met in the championship game a year ago, have been selected co-favorites to capture the 2010 crown, according to the preseason coaches poll, which was announced Tuesday. Both teams received a total of 22 points with the Retrievers, the two-time defending league champion, garnering three first-place votes, and the Seawolves receiving two. University at Albany, the 2007 champion, followed closely behind with 19 points and one first-place tally (coaches could not vote for their own team). University of Hartford was chosen fourth with 12 points, while University of Vermont followed in fifth with nine points andBinghamton University rounded out the six-team poll with six points.

 The top four teams in the conference will qualify for the America East Championship, which takes place May 5-8 at the higher seed, with the winner of the tournament receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship.

Team (1st-place votes) Total

1T. UMBC (3) 22; 1T. Stony Brook (2) 22; 3. Albany (1) 19; 4. Hartford 12; 5. Vermont 9; 6. Binghamton 6

UMBC Head Coach Don Zimmerman announced today that senior defenseman Matt Kresse (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and senior short-stick midfielder Jordan Pierce (Glen Burnie,Md./Mount St. Joseph) have been added as team captains for the 2010 squad.
The duo joins senior defender Bobby Atwell (Dunkirk, Md./Southern), senior long-stick midfielders Mike Camardo (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) and Sam Eitel (Ocean City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and senior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) as team captains.
Kresse has started 29 of 32 games at close defense over the past two seasons and earned Second-Team All-Conference honors last spring. Pierce was named to the 2009 America East First-Team All-Conference squad and was also selected to Inside Lacrosse's 2010 preseason America East All-Conference squad.


Don Zimmerman In Press Box Online