Yale Ranked No. 1 in Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20


Led by All-American defenseman Chris Fake (pictured), defending NCAA champion Yale debuts at No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men's Top 20.

Defending NCAA champion Yale is the top-ranked team in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20, as published in the January edition of US Lacrosse Magazine.

Despite graduating a transformative senior class that included Tewaaraton Award winner Ben Reeves and five other players drafted by Major League Lacrosse teams, the Bulldogs reloaded, most notably landing All-American faceoff ace TD Ierlan as a transfer from Albany.

Duke, which lost to Yale in the 2018 NCAA championship game, starts 2019 in the No. 2 spot. Maryland, which has advanced to the final four in seven of the last eight seasons, is No. 3. Cornell and Virginia, both coming off big-time bounce-back campaigns, round out the top five.

Rankings are compiled by US Lacrosse Magazine staff and contributors, with input from college coaches. The full list of teams appears below.

Check back to uslaxmagazine.com as we roll out the our preseason rankings and players of the year for Division I, II and III men’s and women’s lacrosse and look for an extensive NCAA preview in the February edition of US Lacrosse Magazine — an exclusive benefit for US Lacrosse members. Join today to start your subscription.


Nike/US Lacrosse Rankings
Division I Men | Division I Women
Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women




1 Yale 0-0 N/A 2/16 vs. Villanova
2 Duke 0-0 N/A 2/2 at Furman
3 Maryland 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. Bucknell
4 Cornell 0-0 N/A 2/22 at Hobart
5 Virginia 0-0 N/A 2/9 at No. 6 Loyola
6 Loyola 0/0 N/A 2/9 vs. No. 5 Virginia
7 Johns Hopkins 0-0 N/A 2/9 at Towson
8 Notre Dame 0-0 N/A 2/16 vs. Detroit Mercy
Denver 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. Air Force
10 Syracuse 0-0 N/A 2/8 vs. Colgate
11 Penn State 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. Villanova
12 North Carolina 0-0 N/A 2/2 at Mercer
13 Lehigh 0-0 N/A 2/2 at NJIT
14 Rutgers 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. Lafayette
15 Ohio State 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. Cleveland State
16 UMass 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. Army
17 Albany 0-0 N/A 2/16 at No. 10 Syracuse
18 Georgetown 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. Sacred Heart
19 Princeton 0-0 N/A 2/17 at Monmouth
20 Marquette 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. Bellarmine
Also considered (alphabetical order): Army, Brown, Bucknell, Boston University, Navy, Penn, Robert Morris, Towson, Villanova

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