Feb. 15, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team has been picked fourth in the 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) preseason coaches' poll. Loyola, a first-year member of the ECAC, was picked ahead of Penn State, Hobart and St. John's and behind Georgetown, UMass and Rutgers in the seven-team conference.
The Hoyas, who have won the ECAC title in five of the last six seasons, tallied five first-place votes and is once again the coaches' favorite to win the league. Massachusetts, the 2002 ECAC League Champions, was chosen second and Rutgers was picked third in the poll.
The Greyhounds open the season on February 26 versus Towson and play their first ECAC game on March 5 at Penn State. Established in 1999, the ECAC Lacrosse League is a Division I men's lacrosse league. Charter members Georgetown, Massachusetts, Penn State, and Rutgers while expansion members Hobart College, Loyola and St. John's give the league seven teams. Fairfield University joins the conference in 2006.
2005 ECAC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Georgetown (5)
2. Massachusetts (2)
5. Penn State
7. St. John's