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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Open 2014 Season Hosting Marist Feb 28; First Six Games At Home Before Trip To UMass On March 22

The USC women’s lacrosse program is in year two of existence, but time and tide don’t matter for the Women of Troy who are focused on improving each and every time they take the field. The team’s biggest mission during its first year was improvement and it was apparent by the close of the season that it had accomplished at least that much.

“Looking at our first game and then at our last game, we really improved and that was our mission. It was really important to us,” said head coach Lindsey Munday.

The Trojans battled their way to a 5-3 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and claimed the final spot in the league’s postseason tournament. Despite the team’s overall 8-10 record, USC reached marked milestones on its journey into postseason play and is poised to take the next step as 2014 opens.

As a precursor to the season, Munday asked her Trojans to set aside goals. Instead, she hopes her team focuses on the process.

“In sports, it’s really easy to write down a goal,” said Munday. “But as a team, what’s most important is how we’re going to achieve goals. We’re going to focus on living out what it means to be a USC lacrosse player every single day, focusing on the process and not the outcome and controlling our efforts and attitudes.”

Several players return to the 2014 squad who were key to USC’s success in year one. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen set MPSF records for draw controls in a single game (13 vs. Fresno State) and in a single season (100) on her way to IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region First Team and All-MPSF first-team honors. Johansen was also chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned Rookie of the Week honors three times with 5.56 draw controls per contest.

On defense, the Trojans are led by All-MPSF first-team selection Courtney Tarleton. Tarleton was also a first-team All-MPSF selection and ranked second in the conference for caused turnovers (1.78 ctpg) and ground balls (2.22 gbpg). On the attack, sophomore Caroline de Lyra brings back some serious firepower as an All-MPSF second team choice. She led the team and was the MPSF’s second-leading scorer with 5.17 goals per game. In year one, de Lyra turned heads as she put up a team-high 93 points with 51 goals and 42 points.

In the net, sophomore Liz Shaeffer returns. Shaeffer was solid for the Trojans as she ranked fifth in the MPSF in save percentage (.393) and sixth in goals against average (7.39 gaa).

This year, the Trojans field a team of 37 players, including 13 true freshmen. USC played without a senior on the squad in its inaugural season and has just two on the roster in 2014. With the veteran leadership from last year’s team returning, the Trojans look to meld youth with experience as the top-10 ranked freshman class arrives on campus.

“It’s definitely exciting for us,” Munday said, “because we have some older girls, even sophomores, who are older now, as leaders. We’re trusting in our returning players to bring our newcomers along and to help them, and to grow as a unit together. It has been fun to see a mix of old and new.”

Despite the prevailing youth on the team, the Trojan staff knows that it can rely on the contributions of several key newcomers, as the season gets under way.

“We really have a strong group of freshman, this year,” Munday said. “On the defensive end Nina Kelty has been coming on really strong. In the midfield Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Alex Moore, and Gabby McMahon are going to be the bulk of our midfield. In the front, we have Annie Ruland, Cynthia Del Core, and Shannon Nugent on attack. Across the board, we are going to have some newcomers come in and make statements right away.”

The Women of Troy take McAlister Field to open the book on 2014 with a Feb. 28 matchup against Marist. USC will play its first MPSF conference game as host to UC Davis on March 14. The Trojans upended the Aggies, 12-7, in last year’s meeting in Northern California. In other non-league action, USC hosts Boston College (March 6), LIU Brooklyn (March 9), Columbia (March 17), and Princeton (March 19).

USC plays its first road game on March 22, but must travel clear across the country to Amherst, Mass., for a noon game against Massachusetts. While the Trojans return home to play San Diego State on March 26, USC will brave a midseason trek that spans five conference road games. USC plays at Fresno State, Saint Mary’s College, and California, and then will make the trip out to the mountains for games against first-year program Colorado on April 11, and Denver (April 13). The Trojans and the Buffaloes will meet in a live Pac-12 Networks regional broadcast.

The Trojans close the home schedule with games against Oregon (April 18) and defending conference champion Stanford (April 20). USC and the Cardinal will tangle at the Coliseum in front of a live national television audience on the Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans will then close the year on the road with a history-making game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where perennial power Northwestern hosts the first-ever lacrosse game at the Friendly Confines. USC and the Wildcats will meet on the Big Ten Networks for the Trojans’ third televised game of the season. USC’s regular season closes with a contest at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. (April 27).

NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Pacific University Of Oregon Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview

Pacific Univ Oregon 2014

For the Pacific women’s lacrosse program, the trend always seems to be onward and upward, whether it is in the win/loss column, the caliber of play or in the quality of their opponents.
In 2013, Pacific took what was perhaps the most experienced team in the nine-year history of the program to a 9-4 overall record. Once again, the Boxers swept their rival programs from Northwest Conference schools and were ultra competitive against a number of high-caliber Division III programs from the Midwest and east coast. Of their four losses, three were decided by three goals or less.
The nine wins gave Pacific their fourth straight winning season, but making it a fifth will require some new players to step up and assume leadership roles. The Boxers lost seven seniors from the 2013 season, including four of the team’s six top scorers.

But Head Coach Wynne Lobel has no doubt that the new look Boxers are ready to go.  “Our new group of players have come in with a great amount of experience,” she said.  “I am psyched to see our first-year players come in, improve beyond the field and develop their game.  We’re a different team this year and it’s so exciting.”

Much of the emphasis on the field will be to continue to play a fast-paced style of lacrosse, which has benefited the Boxers well in the scoring column.  Pacific scored 185 goals in 2013 and the team’s average of 14.23 goals per game ranked 39th among all NCAA Division III teams.

“I am liking a lot of things.  I like how we are playing attack and I like how smart we are on the field,” Lobel said.  “I like how coachable we are, how we are communicating and how we play.  This is a fun team to watch and coach.”

And when Lobel says everyone is playing, she means it.  The Boxers have 17 players on the roster, the smallest team the Boxers have had in the last three years.  That means that everyone will be a critical piece of the Boxers’ winning formula.

“It’s more collaborative this year,” Lobel said.  “We are relying on experience, whether it is a first-year player of a fourth-year player.  I think everyone is working together and are super-motivated to work with whomever is next to them, no matter what year they are.”

The Boxers will need good collaboration to play against what Lobel feels is Pacific’s toughest schedule yet.  The ledger includes matchups with tough western programs from Pomona-Pitzer, Colorado College and Chapman and matchups with established Midwestern programs from Alma, Kenyon and Hope.

With the departure of four-year starter Brittney Hartmann, the Boxers have quite a hole to fill in front of the cage.  Thankfully, Lobel has recruited an experienced goalkeeper in Adrienne Salzwadel (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) that is ready to step in.

Salzwadel was a three-time All-Metro League selection as a goalie and earned first team honors as a junior.  In her last two years, Salzwadel shared the cage with another player and is excited about the opportunity to hold the position down on her own.

“Adrienne has worked rally hard,” Lobel said.  “She loves playing lacrosse.  She loves playing goalie, communicating and learning new things.  With not competing with anyone for spot, she is flourishing.  She players better when she’s breathing and loose.  We’re stoked to have her in goal.”

DEFENDERSWhen it comes to the defense, Pacific is incredible deep.  Two returners anchor a group of six at the position, paired with more experience at the defensive midfield positions.  The Boxers had one of the best defenses in the west in 2013.  The Boxers were 50th among Division III teams in scoring defense, allowing 9.23 goals per game, and was ninth nationally with 12.08 caused turnovers per game.

Mahea Wong (So., Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Julie Mayhugh (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) return after solid defensive performances in 2013.  Wong started 12 of the team’s 13 games and finished third for the Boxers with 19 caused turnovers.  Mayhugh, who spent the fall studying abroad in Ireland, is expected to see an enhanced role after playing in eight games in her sophomore campaign.

“Mahea is spirited, love the play and came into the season quite fit,” Lobel said.  “Julie is tough, smart and leady to lead us defensively.”

Claire Carpenter (Jr., Escondido, Calif.) showed great growth in her first season playing the game and will also see an enhanced role.  Carpenter played in nine games with three starts and is helped with her lanky 5-foot-9 height.

Jenelle Taylor (Jr., Pendleton, Ore.) stands to see a lot of playing time thanks in part to her 6-foot-1 frame.  A newcomer to the sport, Taylor is returning to athletics after not playing any sport in two years at Blue Mountain CC.  She was a three-sport athlete in high school in soccer, bowling and track and field.

“Jenelle is still learning the game but she is showing great promise,” Lobel said.  “I am hoping that she will play the field quite a bit.”

Meg Chapman (Fr., Woodinville, Wash.) brings a great level of experience as a newcomer to the program.  Chapman earned all-state honors in her final three prep seasons, was named an All-American in 2013 as a senior and played two times on Washington state select squads.

“Meg is super skilled and a smart player,” Lobel said.  “She has a lot of lacrosse wisdom on the field and thinks quickly.  She is fun to watch.”

Malynda Taylor (Fr., Portland, Ore.) returns to the game after two years away, but brings some athletic skill that will be beneficial for the Boxers.   “She is a pleasant surprise,” Lobel said.  “She confident, has a good head on her shoulders and is a calming presence.”

Brittany Bardin (Fr., Albany, Ore.) is also a newcomer to the sport, but will be expected to see playing time at defender.  Lobel characterizes Bardin as a scrappy, athletic player who has learned the game quickly.

MIDFIELDERSMuch of Pacific’s experience returns in the midfield positions where four players have at least one year of collegiate experience.  Amy Mayhugh (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) is the top returning scorer for the Boxers after she finished second for the team with 33 goals.  The versatile attacking midfielder finished with a team-high 13 free-position goals.

“Amy is an incredibly hard worker,” Lobel said.  “She changes the pace of the game for us.  She likes to play the game faster.”

Melanie Niehus (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished fifth for the Boxers with 19 goals.  As talented defensively as she is offensively, Niehus was second for the team with 20 caused turnovers and third with 32 ground balls.  “Melanie is smart and makes things happen,” Lobel said.  “She is a great leader for us in that she is quiet, hard working and gets the job done.  She works hard for the benefit of the team.”

Kacey Killingbeck (Sr., Nampa, Idaho) will once again be a depended upon member of the defensive midfield.  She played in 10 games last year and had six caused turnovers.  Nicki Leeming (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) will also see an enhanced role after playing in all 13 games at midfield with 12 ground balls.

Paisley Hiefield (Fr., Portland, Ore.) brings a solid level of experience for the Boxers as the lone newcomer in the midfield.  Hiefield played two seasons of high school lacrosse and will use her small 5-foot-4 frame to her advantage.

Pacific lost its most experience at attack, but fills the void with some talented newcomers that should provide steady scoring.

Kara Smouse (So., Portland, Ore.) is the Boxers’ only returner at attack and stands ready to step in at low attack.  Smouse played in all 13 games and started five, finishing the year with eight goals.  “She is very good with her stick and is constantly observing,” Lobel said.

Abby Talboy (Fr., Boise, Idaho) joins the program for the first time following the basketball season.  Lobel said she will benefit the Boxers with her ability to move quickly off the ball and her prowess in gaining possessions.

Both April Lanz (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) and Sarah Steele (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) join the program with solid high school credentials.  Lanz was an all-state selection at Oregon City High School and was a four-sport athlete.  “April is extremely smart, extremely intelligent and likes the physicality of the game,” Lobel said.  “Who knows what kinds of things we will see on the field because she learns so quickly.”

Steele was a three-time all-league selection as a defender and finished her senior season as an All-American scholar through U.S. Lacrosse.  “She is like a Tasmanian devil,” Lobel said.  “She is fast and unpredictable, yet she is smart on and off the field.”


NCAA Lacrosse: UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2014 Season In Virginia Facing George Mason And Old Dominion On Feb 21,23

UC Davis Women's Lacrosse 2014

Aggies face George Mason (Friday) and Old Dominion (Sunday)
Sometime during the first week of February, Kate Henwood printed out a numeral 7 in approximately 500-point type, and tacked that piece of paper on her office wall.
That number represents UC Davis’ position in the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse preseason poll, and the second-year head coach decided to make it a prominent and daily reminder of what she plans on accomplishing this season, which begins this weekend with road games at George Mason (Friday) and Old Dominion (Sunday).
“I actually smiled when I saw the preseason rankings because I expected to be there,” said Henwood. “That’s exactly where we like to be. I like being the predator hiding in the bushes. That element of surprise can be a huge advantage.”
On paper, being chosen seventh of a 10-team conference is a fair assessment by the other coaches. UC Davis went 6-9 overall and 3-5 in MPSF play in 2013. The Aggies enjoyed some encouraging performances, particularly the season-ending overtime victory of then-No. 14 Stanford — a highlight worthy of Lacrosse Magazine’s “Best Upset of 2013” selection.
Furthermore, last year’s team graduated several of the program’s top individual performers in history. Elizabeth Datino and Hannah Mirza finished as the school’s No. 2 and No. 4 all-time scorers. Datino also set the UC Davis career record for assists while Mirza broke a six-year-old benchmark in draw controls. Anna Geissbuhler finished as one of the program’s career leaders in shooting percentage, Tess Alekna had been a two-year force on defense, and speedy Stephanie Guercio rated as one of the best north-to-south weapons in the conference during her last two seasons.
As talented as that crew was, Henwood recognizes the challenges thrust upon them in transitioning to a new coaching staff, and by extension, a new offense, defense and overall culture. This year’s veterans have now benefitted from a year-plus under Henwood and assistant coach Amanda Kammes, and it has already shown in the fall and preseason. “We had phenomenal athletes and great lacrosse players in last year’s senior class, but I feel we’re a better team this year,” said Henwood. “We have leadership who understands our expectations… they just get it.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Looks To Build On Record-Breaking 2013 Season

Denver Women's Lacrosse 2014

After a historic, record-breaking season in 2013, the University of Denver women’s lacrosse team is hopeful that the 2014 season will bring many more triumphs. After making their first NCAA appearance and win, the team is more than motivated and ready to take the necessary steps to put DU on the map, yet again.
Denver enters 2014 without some of its most successful athletes in program history. Graduating seniors Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) and Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) helped DU have its most successful season, finishing 18-3 with an undefeated conference record, including a 14-7 win over Jacksonville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Henrich led the nation in caused turnovers (70), caused turnover average (3.33) and ground balls (65). Henrich graduated with the 170 career caused turnovers, tied for third-best in NCAA history. Secora graduated as DU’s all-time leading scorer with 272 points off 166 goals and 106 assists.
The returning senior players are an intriguing group because the majority of them have played for DU since their freshmen year, which was an incredibly tough season finishing 7-11 overall. Their challenging beginnings at Denver no doubt prepared the Pioneers for any obstacle that might come their way. Despite a difficult first season, the ladies have proved to be strong players that can face any challenge.
“We built a solid foundation, a love of the game, and developed great leaders,” said head coach Liza Kelly.
Returning seniors are Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.), Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.), Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) and Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.).
Vinyard came to Denver in a roundabout way, starting her college career at Rocky Mountain Community College before transferring to DU. She finally had the opportunity to start for the Pioneers last year and proved to be a strong asset, recording 27 caused turnovers, which ranked 56th nationally. Additionally, Vinyard’s 30 ground balls was the second-most on the 2013 Pioneer squad.
“This is just the best success I’ve seen in a while,” said Kelly. “Sonorah has gone from a wild card to one of our strongest players. I couldn’t be more proud of what she has accomplished already.”

NCAA Lacrosse: #14 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2014 Season Hosting Ohio State On Feb 15

Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2014

Coming off a season in which Stanford advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time, the Cardinal opens the 2014 women’s lacrosse campaign on Saturday against visiting Ohio State at noon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford in 2014: Stanford, No. 14 in the IWLCA rankings, returns 11 of 12 starters from a team that won the MPSF tournament and beat Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the program’s first NCAA victory. The Cardinal (14-6 in 2013) earned its eighth MPSF tournament championship in nine seasons after now-junior Hannah Farr scored with four seconds left to enable the Cardinal to beat Denver, 7-6, in the MPSF final and was named MPSF tournament MVP. Returners Rachel Ozer (team-leading 48 goals, 28 assists) and Anna Kim were IWLCA All-Region second-team selections and lead a Cardinal attack that returns 260 of its 272 goals (96 percent) from last year.

Ohio State in 2014: The unranked Buckeyes opened with a pair of home victories last weekend, beating Detroit, 18-3, and Winthrop, 17-8, indoors at the Woody Hayes Center. Katie Chase, Mary Kate Facchina, and Jennifer Porretto are tied for the team lead with six goals apiece. Ten starters return from a team that went 8-10 and advanced to the semifinals of the American Lacrosse Conference tournament in 2013.

All-Time Series: Stanford leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 6-4. The Cardinal overcame snow flurries to beat No. 13 Ohio State, 12-10, in Columbus last year. The teams are 2-2 in games played at Stanford and the series has been played annually the past four years. Stanford’s most recent victory in the series at home was 11-10 in double overtime in 2010.

Season Openers: This is the fourth consecutive season that Stanford has opened at home. However, the Cardinal is hoping to break a two-game losing streak in openers, after losses to Notre Dame and Northwestern the past two seasons. Stanford’s most recent season-opening victory was a 13-12 triumph over Notre Dame.

A Look Ahead: Stanford opens with three consecutive home games  on consecutive weekends. After Ohio State, Harvard arrives on Feb. 22 (1 p.m.) and Vanderbilt plays on March 2 (noon).

NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2014 Season at Stetson On February 13

Colorado Women's Lacrosse 2014 Season

The University of Colorado women’s lacrosse team makes its Division I debut this weekend in Florida. First up, the Buffaloes face Stetson in DeLand, Fla. at 5 p.m. MT on Thursday, Feb. 13. Next up is a trip to Jacksonville. The Buffs take on the Dolphins on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. MT.

SCOUTING THE STETSON HATTERS: The Hatters went 2-14 in last year’s inaugural season, with both of their victories coming in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Stetson returns all 12 of last year’s starters, losing just two letterwinners, while welcoming 11 newcomers. The Hatters are 0-2 so far this season, falling to No. 3 Syracuse and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Oregon. The Hatters have been outscored 45-3, managing just eight shots to their opponents’ 82. Stetson’s two goaltenders have grabbed a combined 29 saves. Freshmen Jill Chiachetti and Julia Lozano and  sophomore Melanie Fredericks have each scored one goal.

SCOUTING THE JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS: In four seasons of DI lacrosse, head coach Mindy McCord has led the Dolphins to a 50-26 record, including a 13-6 mark in 2013. The Dolphins were a perfect 4-0 in A-Sun play last season and made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to then-No. 13 Denver. JU lost six of their starters, but have welcomed on 11 newcomers. Jacksonville has received votes in both the IWLCA Preseason and Week I Polls. The Dolphins fell 21-7 in their 2014 opener to Syracuse. Sophomore Kelsey Wiglesworth leads the squad with two goals off four shots. JU travels down the road to face Florida on Thursday before hosting the Buffs on Saturday.

CU LACROSSE: CU added women’s lacrosse as its 17th sport in February 2012. In February 2014, the team is ready to take the field for its inaugural season, highlighted by eight home games and nine conference match-ups. CU will have two games broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, at Stanford and at home against USC.

THE COACHES: Three Northwestern alumni lead the Buffs. In their time as student-athletes, head coach Ann Elliott and assistant Colleen Magarity each won three NCAA Championships, while assistant Hannah Nielsen won four. Elliott and Nielsen each have prior experience as assistant coaches: Elliott spent three years as an assistant at her alma mater; Nielsen worked as an assistant at Penn State and Towson University. Nielsen, an Australia native, is a highly decorated player, holding several NCAA records and winning one of each medal in the Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

COLORADO DEBUTS: Lacrosse is the newest Division I sport at Colorado. CU’s current sports, in which a win, loss or tie is applicable, have gone 3-2-1 in their debuts. The oldest program at CU, football, fell 20-0 at the Denver Athletic Club on November 15, 1890. Men’s basketball made its debut on January 10, 1902, defeating State Prep School 34-10. The Buffs had a big year in 1975. On January 17, the women’s basketball team debuted with a 57-54 overtime win over Weber State. On September 26, women’s tennis premiered with a 9-0 win over Colorado State. The volleyball team made its debut on September 4, 1986, falling 3-0 to Iowa State. Colorado’s second youngest sport, soccer, debuted on August 31, 1996, when the Buffs tied Cal State Bakersfield 1-1 in overtime. Additionally, the men’s cross country team claimed the top spot in their first ever event, the Wyoming Invitational in 1953.

YOUTH IN REVOLT: CU welcomes 23 players to the inaugural roster, which boasts 21 freshmen. In their senior seasons of high school, four players earned All-American status, three were Academic All-American selections and six received all-state honors.

SOPHOMORE LEADERSHIP: In part, the Buffs will look to their two sophomores for leadership on the team. Katie Carroll spent her freshman season at Fairfield University, where she played for National Lacrosse Hall of Famer Mike Waldvogel. In seven games with the Stags, Carroll scored four goals, ranking third amongst Fairfield’s freshmen. She took nine shots, seven of which were on goal. Sarah Lautman was a two-year starter with the CU club team, scoring 32 goals. In her two seasons, she helped the Buffs to a 20-17 record and a second place finish in the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League in 2012.

SEEING DOUBLE: Twins Amanda and Melissa Salvadore might have a few fans and opponents seeing double. No. 8 and No. 6, respectively, hail from Monroe Township, N.J. The 5-foot phenoms were both members of the Tri-State Lacrosse club program. Twins are common in the lacrosse team’s families.  Claire McCain and Marie Moore both have twin sisters, and Johnna Fusco’s two younger sisters are twins. Twins are also a common feature in Colorado athletics. The men’s golf team features freshmen twins Jeremy and Yannik Paul, while the women’s golf team has senior twins Jenny and Kristin Coleman. The women’s basketball team has boasted two pair of twins in recent years, 2013 grads Brenna and Meagan Malcolm-Peck and current seniors Ashley and Brittany Wilson. Sophomores Jeromy and Sean Irwin, triplets with a non-playing brother, also play football together at CU.

MPSF COACHES’ POLL: In their first season of play, the Buffs were picked to finish eighth in the 2014 Preseason Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll. Colorado received 23 points, seven more than its nearest opponent, St. Mary’s. For the fifth consecutive year, Stanford took the top spot, with Denver following closely behind.
1. Stanford
2. Denver
3. USC
4. Oregon
5. California
6. San Diego State
7. UC Davis
8. Colorado
9. St. Mary’s
10. Fresno State

STIFF COMPETITION: Three of the Buffs’ future opponents earned a spot in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Week 1 Poll. Massachusetts leads the group at No. 12, with Stanford close behind at No. 14. Denver rounds out the group at No. 17. Jacksonville also received votes in the first week’s poll.

NEXT UP: CU makes its in-state debut with a trip to Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. They open home play against Regis on Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon at Folsom Field.

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Ranked #4 In USILA Coaches 2014 Preseason Poll

Denver Men's Lacrosse 2014 Preseason Rankings

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 4 in both the USILA Coaches’ and the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Polls that were released on Monday.
Denver finished last season with a 14-5 overall record and its second trip to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in three seasons.
The Pioneers claimed 215 points in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, sitting behind Syracuse (240), North Carolina (236) and Duke (230). In the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, Denver has 319 points and sits behind Duke (374), Syracuse (346) and North Carolina (337).
Seven of the Pioneers’ 2014 opponents are ranked within the top-20 in both polls, while Air Force is receiving votes in the Coaches’ Poll and Georgetown is receiving votes in the Media Poll.
To view the USILA Coaches’ Poll, click here.
To view the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, click here.
Denver opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Air Force at 1 p.m. MT. The Pioneers then travel to take on defending national champions Duke on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Durham, N.C.