Dec. 18, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Voted by league coaches, the Loyola men's lacrosse team has been picked third in the preseason ECAC poll released today. The Greyhounds, who garnered 35 points in the poll, are three points behind UMass and tied with Penn State, while Georgetown is the preseason favorite to win the league.
The Greyhounds went 5-2 in the conference last season and are 10-4 in the league under Head Coach Charley Toomey. Last year, Loyola was the only ECAC recipient of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown won the league and took the automatic bid.
In this year's preseason poll, the Hoyas have seven of eight first-place votes. Penn State, which is tied for Loyola at No. 3, was the other school to receive a first-place vote.
The ECAC also has three teams represented in the Inside Lacrosse Magazine Face-Off Yearbook Top 25 poll. League favorite Georgetown is ranked fourth nationally in the poll, while Loyola is No. 16 and UMass is ranked No. 20.
Established in 1999, the ECAC Lacrosse League is a Division I men's lacrosse league. Charter members Georgetown, Massachusetts, Penn State, and Rutgers added Hobart College, Loyola College (Md.) and St. John's University in 2005. Fairfield University joined the league in 2006.
Preseason ECAC Poll1. Georgetown (7) - 49 pts2. Massachusetts - 38 pts3. Loyola - 35 pts3. Penn State (1) - 35 pts5. Rutgers - 28 pts6. St. John's - 17 pts7. Fairfield - 12 pts8. Hobart - 10 pts