UMBC Picked Fifth in America East Men's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll

UMBC Picked Fifth in America East Men's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll

BOSTON - For the fifth-straight season, the Albany Great Danes are the favorites in America East men's lacrosse according to the conference's 2017 preseason coaches' poll announced Tuesday. The Great Danes, ranked 13th in the USILA preseason poll, were a unanimous selection, receiving all six possible first-place votes and 36 points in a vote of the league's seven head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own team.

UMBC was picked in the fifth position in the seven-team conference.

"The America East is going to be formidable this year," said Retriever head coach Ryan Moran. "A number of teams are built to score, so we're focusing our efforts on being built to defend. We'll need to be stout and disciplined; get stops and either attack in transition or keep that ball away from those offenses."

Albany, which captured its fourth-consecutive America East regular-season title and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship last season, was followed in second by reigning conference champion Hartford, which earned the final first-place tally and 28 points. Vermont, which appeared in its first-ever America East title game last year, was a close third with 27 points. Hartford and Vermont are two of four America East programs with first-year head coaches in 2017 along with UMBC and Binghamton.

Here is the full poll:

2017 America East Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

Team (1st-place votes)

Points

1

Albany (6)

36

2

Hartford (1)

28

3

Vermont

27

4

Stony Brook 

23

5

UMBC

15

6

UMass Lowell

11

7

Binghamton

 7

 

The 2017 UMBC campaign begins on Feb. 4 as the Retrievers take on defending national champion North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The top four teams in the conference standings will qualify for the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship, which will be held at tournament's No. 1 seed for the third-straight year. The semifinals take place on May 4 and the championship tilt on May 6, a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

America East has proven itself as one of the strongest men's lacrosse conferences in the nation over the last decade as its teams have produced five NCAA wins, two NCAA at-large bids, 53 All-Americans and three Tewaaraton Award winners.