Defending champs Yale Sit No. 1 in USILA D-I Coaches Preseason Poll

PHOTO BY RICH BARNES

Jack Tigh returns to Yale after scoring 35 goals and making the All-Ivy League First Team.


The Yale Bulldogs, fresh off winning the 2018 national title over Duke, take the top spot in the USILA Division I Men's Coaches Poll, released today.

The Bulldogs, also ranked No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men's Preseason Top 20, lose Tewaaraton winner Ben Reeves, but welcome back plenty of talent. Jackson Morrill will help run the offense alongside Matt Gaudet, sophomore Chris Fake will anchor the defense and Albany star transfer TD Ierlan will line up for faceoffs.

Duke and Maryland lurk behind Yale, after both advanced to the final four last season. Tewaaraton candidate Pat Spencer leads a Loyola team that sits fourth in the Top 20.

Defending champs Merrimack (Division II) and Wesleyan (Division III) lead their respective preseason rankings released by the USILA.

IWLCA Division I Coaches
Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

Points (1st)

2018 Record

1 Yale 320 (16) 17-3
2 Duke 296 16-4
3 Maryland 274 14-4
4 Loyola 255 13-4
5 Cornell 239 13-5
6 Virginia 238 12-6
7 Johns Hopkins 225 12-5
8 Denver 218 13-4
9 Penn State 187 8-6
10 Notre Dame 168 9-6
11 Syracuse 167 8-7
12 Rutgers 119 9-6
13 Lehigh 107 10-7
14 North Carolina 107 7-7
15 Ohio State 86 8-7
16 Albany 83 16-3
17 Princeton 56 8-5
18 Georgetown 50 12-5
19 UMass 35 12-5
20 Marquette 26 6-8






IWLCA Division II Coaches
Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

2018 Record

1 Merrimack 18-1
2 Le Moyne 15-2
3 Seton Hill 17-2
4 Lenoir-Rhyne 17-3
5 Adelphi 11-4
6 Tampa 15-5
7 NYIT 13-5
8 LIU Post 10-5
9 Saint Leo 16-3
10 Belmont Abbey 14-4
10 Colorado Mesa 17-3
12 Mercyhurst 11-5
13 Saint Anselm 11-5
14 Limestone 11-8
15 Mount Olive 11-5
16 Mercy 10-5
17 Wingate 11-5
18 Pace 7-7
19 Lake Erie 10-4
20 Indianapolis 10-5

IWLCA Division III Coaches
Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

2018 Record

1 Wesleyan 19-3
2 Salisbury 20-4
3 RIT 21-1
4 Tufts 18-2
5 Amherst 15-4
6 Gettysburg 19-3
7 York 19-3
8 Cabrini 17-3
9 Denison 16-4
10 Dickinson 17-4
11 Ohio Wesleyan 17-4
12 Washington & Lee 15-5
13 Christopher Newport 15-5
14 Stevens 18-3
15 Roanoke 14-6
16 Ithaca 16-4
17 Franklin & Marshall 12-4
18 Stevenson 12-7
19 Cortland 12-7
20 Lynchburg 12-9

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