NEILA Division III Preseason Poll

Tufts Unanimously Picked First in NEILA Preseason Poll

BEVERLY, Mass. — Tufts University received all ten first-place votes and was unanimously selected as the top team in New England in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s (NEILA) 2013 Preseason Poll.

The Jumbos, who also ranked #4 in the USILA Preseason Poll, are coming off of an 18-3 season where they reached the NCAA Semi-final game before falling to Cortland State, 12-10.

Western New England, reigning champions of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) were ranked second, followed by Pilgrim League champions Springfield College. The Golden Bears of WNE reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, while Springfield was nipped in the first round by Stevens.

Six schools from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) were represented on the preseason poll, while #9 Endicott joined Western New England as the only CCC representatives.

Eastern Connecticut State, champions of the Little East Conference (LEC) earned the #8 spot, four spots below Trinity, who eliminated them from last year’s NCAA tournament with a 13-9 victory.

The NEILA poll is voted on by a committee of coaches from across the 53 schools that make up NEILA’s Division III. The poll can be found below or in the attached release.

2013 NEILA Poll #1 (Preseason)

February 15, 2013

#             School (#1 votes)               Pts.

1             Tufts (10)                             100

2             W. New England                80

3             Springfield                           75

4             Trinity                                    72

5             Bowdoin                               63

6             Conn. College                      46

7             Amherst                                37

8             Eastern Conn.                     26

9             Endicott                                17

10          Colby                                     11

Also receiving votes: Keene State, Roger Williams, Babson, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Bates