January 27, 2016
Grand Canyon's Ron Hamwey faces off against Colorado in the 2015 MCLA Division I championship game last May. (Dirk Dewachter)
Grand Canyon's Ron Hamwey faces off against Colorado in the 2015 MCLA Division I championship game last May. (Dirk Dewachter)

Grand Canyon, Dayton Top MCLA Preseason Polls

from press releases

With the start of the season just two days away, the MCLA released Wednesday its Under Armour Top 25 preseason polls for Division I and Division II, with defending champions Grand Canyon and Dayton ranking No. 1 in the respective polls.

The Lopes defeated Colorado in last year's MCLA Division I championship game, 9-8, and the Buffaloes are slotted one spot behind GCU in the preseason poll. Virginia Tech, Chapman (Calif.) and Arizona State round out the Top 5.

The Flyers beat Concordia (Calif.) in last year's MCLA Division II championship game, 12-11, and the Eagles are slotted one spot behind Dayton in the preseason poll. Three Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) squads – St. Thomas, North Dakota State and St. John's – round out the Top 5.

The MCLA season commences Friday night when Miami (Fla.) hosts Auburn in the Division I opener and Texas A&M at Corpus Christi hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the Division II opener.

2016 Under Armour MCLA Division I Preseason Poll

1. Grand Canyon - 466 points (19 first-place votes)
2. Colorado - 452 (1)
3. Virginia Tech - 415
4. Chapman - 398
5. Arizona State - 397
6. Georgia Tech - 363
7. Cal Poly - 358
8. Brigham Young - 357
9. San Diego State - 281
10. Colorado State - 280
11. Arizona - 269
12. Oregon State - 258
13. Stanford - 249
14. Boston College - 243
15. Sonoma State - 193
16. Liberty - 189
17. Michigan State - 165
18. Texas State - 164
19. Florida State - 139
20. Simon Fraser - 115
21. Davenport - 81
22. Dominican - 60
23. Minnesota - 51
24. Cal - 36
25. UC Santa Barbara - 34

Also receiving votes: Oregon (25), Boise State (21), Northeastern (17), UNLV (14), Southern California (13), UConn (11), Southern Methodist (10), UCLA (10), Indiana (7), Purdue (6), New Hampshire (5), South Carolina (5), Buffalo (4), Pittsburgh (4), Texas A&M (3), Miami-Fla. (2), Texas (2), LSU (1). 

Ryan Green and Dayton start off 2016 where they ended 2015 — No. 1 in MCLA Division II. (MCLA)

2016 Under Armour MCLA Division II Preseason Poll

1. Dayton - 543 points (22 first-place votes)
2. Concordia (Calif.) - 514 (3)
3. St. Thomas - 501
4. North Dakota State - 478
5. St. John's - 425
6. Western Washington - 405
7. Grand Valley State - 395
8. Missouri Valley - 387
9. Siena Heights - 373
10. Grove City - 357
11. Florida Gulf Coast - 327
12. Cal State Fullerton - 288
13. Sierra Nevada - 277
14. Kennesaw State - 251
15. Minnesota-Duluth - 250
16. Palm Beach Atlantic - 231
17. Reinhardt - 185
18. Indiana Tech - 157
19. Western Oregon - 125
20. St. Andrews - 105
21. Cal State San Marcos - 91
22. Portland - 86
23. Bridgewater State - 60
24. Metro State - 45
25. San Diego - 41

Also receiving votes: SCAD (40), Missouri Baptist (24), UC San Diego (18), Montana State (18), Fort Lewis (16), Stonehill (15), Washington-St. Louis (13), Lindenwood-Belleville (12), Lourdes (9), Emory (8), Oklahoma State (8), College of Idaho (8), UC Santa Cruz (8), Sam Houston State (7), Southern Oregon (7), Georgia Southern (6), MSU-Mankato (6), New Haven (5), Winona (5), UC Davis (3), La.-Lafayette (2), Florida Atlantic (2), St. Gregory's (2), Northern Colorado (1), Northern Arizona (1), UT-San Antonio (1), Wake Forest (1). 


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