Men's Lacrosse Ranked No. 9 in Three of Four Major Preseason Polls

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Chris LaPierre
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Chris LaPierre
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 31, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's lacrosse team is ranked No. 9 in three of the four major preseason polls, entering the 2013 season. The USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls were released earlier this week. The Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll was previously released this winter and Lacrosse Magazine's preseason poll in its entirety was posted today after the publication released each spot over a 20-day period.

The USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls will conduct a weekly poll through the season.

Head coach Dom Starsia's squad features 24 returning lettermen from 2012, including five starters, from last year's NCAA quarterfinal team. The Cavaliers went 12-4 and failed to reach the NCAA semifinal round for the first time since the 2007 season.

UVa opens its season on Feb. 16 at Drexel. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

A composite grid of the preseason rankings is below. Virginia's 2013 opponents are in bold.

Rank School Face-Off Year Book Nike/Inside Lacrosse USILA Lacrosse Magazine Average Rank
1 Loyola (Md.) 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Maryland 2 2 2 2 2.0
3 Notre Dame 3 3 3 4 3.25
4 Duke 4 4 6 3 4.25
5 Johns Hopkins 6 5 4 5 5.0
6 North Carolina 5 7 4 8 6
7 Cornell 7 6 8 7 7.0
8 Denver 10 8 9 6 8.25
9 Virginia 9 9 7 9 8.5
10 Lehigh 8 10 11 10 9.75
11 Colgate 11 11 10 11 10.75
12 Umass 12 13 12 13 12.5
13 Syracuse 14 12 13 12 12.75
14 Princeton 13 15 14 15 14.25
15 Penn State 15 14 15 14 14.5
16 Fairfield 16 16 16 18 16.5
17 Yale 20 19 17 16 18.0
18 Hofstra 17 17 20 19 18.25
19 Bucknell 18 18 18 NR 18.75
20 Villanova NR NR NR 17 20