Denver Tops USILA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll
Defending NCAA Division I men's lacrosse champion Denver is the top-ranked team in the USILA/Nike Division I Coaches Preseason Poll that was released Monday.
The Pioneers received 14 of 22 first-place votes. Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20, earned six first-place votes as the No. 2 team in the coaches poll. No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Maryland split the remaining two first-place votes, with Johns Hopkins rounding out the top five.
Denver competed Sunday against the U.S. men's national team at Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla. Missing three of their starters — faceoff ace Trevor Baptiste, attackman Zach Miller and midfielder Tyler Pace — the Pioneers lost 22-6 at IMG Academy. All told, 11 players did not make the trip from Denver to Florida due to illness, academic reasons or injuries, coach Bill Tierney said.
The Pioneers will scrimmage Johns Hopkins on Jan. 30 before opening their NCAA title defense Feb. 13 at Air Force.
"All will be ready to go," Tierney said.
The USILA also released its Division II Preseason Poll. Two-time defending NCAA champion Limestone was the unanimous No. 1 with 19 first-place votes.
USILA Division I Preseason Poll
1. Denver (14 first-place votes)
2. Notre Dame (6)
3. Duke (1)
4. Maryland (1)
5. Johns Hopkins
6. North Carolina
11. Ohio State
20. Stony Brook
Also receiving votes: Marquette, Colgate, Princeton, Penn State, Army Penn, Fairfield, High Point, Hofstra, Bucknell, Boston University, Richmond, UMass, Marist
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