BOSTON – The America East Conference on Tuesday revealed its 2017 preseason men’s lacrosse poll, projecting Vermont to finish third and return to the conference tournament after amassing 27 points.
With six first-place votes and a total of 36 points, Albany was the unanimous prediction to finish atop the conference as the league’s seven head coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team. Defending conference champion Hartford was second with 28 points in addition to one first place vote, while Stony Brook was fourth with 23. UMBC, UMass Lowell and Binghamton rounded out the poll at five through seven with 15, 11 and seven points, respectively.
A final look back at 2016 reveals a successful campaign for the Green and Gold, who reached the America East Championship Game for the first time in program history and captured nine wins for the first time since 2006. The squad was well-decorated as Ian MacKay was named America East Offensive Player of the Year, while three other Catamounts earned All-Conference and All-Rookie Team laurels. All four are back in Burlington this season.
In total, UVM returns 32 players and welcomes 17 newcomers to the roster for 2017, its first year under the tutelage of head coach Chris Feifs.
Vermont will host The Hill Academy (Ontario) at Virtue Field this Friday (Jan. 28) for a noon scrimmage, then begin the 2017 regular season on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Opening faceoff in that game is slated for 5 p.m.
America East has proven itself as one of the strongest men’s lacrosse conferences in the nation over the last decade as its teams have produced five NCAA wins, two NCAA at-large bids, 53 All-Americans and three Tewaaraton Award winners.
The 2017 men’s lacrosse season is presented by The Vermont National Guard.
2017 America East Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
First place votes in parentheses
- Albany, 36 (6)
- Hartford, 28 (1)
- Vermont, 27
- Stony Brook, 23
- UMBC, 15
- UMass Lowell, 11
- Binghamton, 7