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Men's Lacrosse Ranked No. 17 In Preseason Poll

Feb. 19, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will begin the 2005 season ranked No. 17 in the Face-Off/Inside Lacrosse coaches' poll. The Greyhounds, with 418 poll points, are one of five ECAC schools ranked in the Top-25.

Johns Hopkins holds the No. 1spot with 35 first-place votes while defending national champion Syracuse is ranked No. 2 while Princeton, Navy and Maryland round out the Top 5.

Loyola returns eight starters and 28 lettermen from last year's team that finished with a disappointing 4-8 overall record. Playing mostly underclassmen in 2004, the Greyhounds will still be young in 2005, but much more experienced. The schedule won't be easy, with games versus No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 2 Syracuse, along with a very tough ECAC slate.

The season begins Saturday, February 26 against No. 11 Towson. Other Top-25 opponents include No. 6 Georgetown, No. 12 Rutgers, No. 13 Duke, No. 15 Massachusetts, No. 18 Pennsylvania and No. 21 Penn State.

Inside Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
1 Johns Hopkins (35)1370
2 Syracuse (19) 1309
3 Princeton1207
4 Navy (2)1195
5 Maryland1177
6 Georgetown1066
7 North Carolina 1011
8 Virginia1007
9 Cornell818
10 Notre Dame746
11 Towson714
12 Rutgers634
13 Duke622
14 Ohio State604
15 Massachusetts530
16 Army425
17 Loyola418
18 Pennsylvania387
19 Brown348
20 Hobart267
21Penn State- 238
22Villanova- 229
23Dartmouth- 216
24 Denver- 209
25 Hofstra-173