BOSTON – The Vermont Catamounts jumped three spots from last year’s conference poll as they were picked to finish third in the 2016 America East Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Reigning America East Champion Albany was the favorite this season, ranking first in the poll with 35 points total and five first-place votes. Stony Brook claimed two first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 32 points. Vermont earned 25 points for third and Hartford (21) took fourth, while Binghamton (15), UMBC (12) and UMass Lowell (7) rounded out the poll.
UVM (6-10, 4-2) saw a successful 2015 season as five athletes earned spots on America East All-Conference teams. Head coach Ryan Curtis became the first coach in program history to be awarded America East Coach of the Year after his ninth season at the helm of the program. Curtis guided UVM to a program-best four conference victories last season as the team secured its best-ever seed in the America East playoffs.
Junior Ian MacKay was named to the All-Conference First Team for the first time in his career last season and was tabbed a 2016 Inside Lacrosse All-American. Cam Milligan and Justin Rosenberg were each named to the All-Conference Second Team and James Leary was the lone Catamount selected to the conference’s All-Rookie team. Senior and two-time captain Bryan Capone earned America East All-Academic honors.
Vermont returns eight of its top 10 scorers from 2015, including Milligan (70), who ranks fourth all-time at UVM for most points in a single season, MacKay (59), and senior James Barlow (46). Rosenberg returns in net for his final season after finishing 2015 ranked third in America East in save percentage (.514) and fourth in saves per game (8.54). UVM has added 16 freshmen to help bolster its roster for 2016.
The Catamounts begin the new campaign with a road contest at Jacksonville University on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. The following weekend, Vermont hosts NJIT on Saturday, Feb. 13 in its home opener at 3 p.m.