January 25, 2016
Photo by Kevin P. Tucker
Photo by Kevin P. Tucker

Defending Champ Tufts Tops Nike/USILA DIII Poll

from staff reports

Defending national champion Tufts was a unanimous No. 1 selection in the Nike/USILA Division III preseason coaches poll. Tufts received all 18 first place votes to earn top honors with 360 points while last year's runner-up, Lynchburg, checked in at No. 2 with 336 points. Rounding out the top five were RIT, Amherst and Salisbury.

Tufts also checked in at No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine poll, which was released earlier this month.

The complete Nike/USILA poll follows:

1 Tufts 360
2 Lynchburg 336
3 RIT 318
4 Amherst 300
5 Salisbury 291
6 Gettysburg 257
7 Stevenson 224
8 Cortland 218
9 Middlebury 216
10 Bates 202
11 Ohio Wesleyan 187
12 Union 139
13 Ursinus 126
14 Roanoke 123
15 Cabrini 99
16 Ithaca 82
17 Denison 77
18 Nazareth 76
19 Endicott 61
20 Montclair 13

Also receiving votes:  RPI, Washington College, Springfield, W. New England, Eastern, Plattsburgh, Colorado College, York, Albion, Wesleyan, Frostburg, Williams, Sewanee


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