CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team was picked to finish sixth in the 2014 America East Preseason Coaches Poll. The poll was released by the league office on Wednesday.
Defending America East Champion Albany was picked to finish first in this year’s poll. The Great Danes received all five possible first-place votes (coaches could not vote for their own team) and earned 25 points total. Stony Brook finished a close second with 21 points and the other first-place vote, and UMBC rounded out the top three with 16 points. Binghamton was picked to finish fourth (12 points), while Hartford (11) and Vermont (5) rounded out the poll.
Head coach Ryan Curtis and the Catamounts return 54% of their scoring from a season ago. Graham Horvath comes back for his senior season after finishing second on the team in goals (31) and ninth in America East in goals per game (2.29) in 2013. Goalie Justin Rosenberg returns for his second season following an impressive freshman campaign in which he finished third in America East in goals against average (11.89) on his way to an all-rookie team selection. Senior Derek Braig is set to anchor the defensive side of the ball for the Catamounts after leading the squad in both ground balls (49) and caused turnovers (20) last season.
The Catamounts also welcome in a strong rookie class made up of 10 freshmen. Michael Clarke, Ben Cox, Jon Diamond, Hayden Jenkins, Jon Kaplan, Ian MacKay, Mark Phillips, Alex Stanko, Nick Tordone and Karl Weller all join the program for their first season with the Catamounts.
Vermont opens the 2014 season on February 15 when it travels to Colgate for a 1 p.m. contest. The Catamounts return to Burlington for the team’s home opener on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. against Providence. Live video of the game vs. Providence will be available for free in HD at CatamounTV.com.
2014 America East Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
Rank Team Points
1. Albany (5) 25
2. Stony Brook (1) 21
3. UMBC 16
4. Binghamton 12
5. Hartford 11
6. Vermont 5