Virginia Ranked in the Top-10 of all Four Major Preseason Polls

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Rob Emery

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Rob Emery
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 27, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's lacrosse team is ranked in the Top-10 in all four major preseason polls, entering the 2014 season. The USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls were released today. The Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll was previously released this winter and Lacrosse Magazine's preseason poll in its entirety was posted earlier this month.

The USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls will conduct a weekly poll through the season, starting with the week of Feb. 17.

Head coach Dom Starsia's squad features 28 returning lettermen from 2013, including seven starters, from last year's squad. The Cavaliers went 7-8, reached the ACC Championship final and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in Starsia’s 21 years at the helm of the lacrosse program.

UVa opens its season on Feb. 6 against No. 12 Loyola. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.

A composite grid of the preseason rankings is below. Virginia's 2014 opponents are in bold.

Rank School Face-Off Year Book Warrior/Inside Lacrosse USILA Lacrosse Magazine AVG Rank
1 Duke 1 1 3 1 1.50
2 Syracuse 2 2 1 2 1.75
3 North Carolina 3 3 2 3 2.75
4 Denver 5 4 4 4 4.25
5 Notre Dame 4 5 5 5 4.75
6 Maryland 6 6 6 7 6.25
7 Penn State 8 7 9 8 8.00
8 Virginia 9 8 7 9 8.25
9 Princeton 13 10 8 6 9.25
10 Albany 12 11 10 10 10.75
11 Ohio State 7 9 14 15 11.25
12 Yale 10 12 13 12 11.75
13 Johns Hopkins 14 13 11 13 12.75
14 Loyola 19 16 12 11 14.50
Bucknell 15 14 15 14 14.50
16 Penn 11 15 18 17 15.25
17 Cornell 17 18 16 18 17.25
18 Lehigh NR 19 17 16 17.33
19 St. Johns 16 17 19 19 17.75
20 Villanova 18 20 20 20 19.50