US Lacrosse tabs men's lacrosse preseason No. 9

Lynchburg men's lacrosse huddles on the field before a game.

Sparks, Md. -- Lynchburg College's men's lacrosse team enters the season ranked No. 9 in the Division III Nike/US Lacrosse preseason top 20.

Wesleyan, a final four team a season ago, tops the poll, followed by a pair of programs the Hornets will face in the early part of the 2018 season: York and defending national champ Salisbury. All told, seven of Lynchburg's opponents, including Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Roanoke (No. 18), appear in the poll.

Two more ODAC programs, Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee, received honorable mention nods.

Lynchburg will chase its seventh-consecutive NCAA tournament bid in 2018. LC won two tournament games last season, reaching the Elite 8 for the third time in program history.


2018 Men's DIII Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Rankings

1. Wesleyan

2. York

3. Salisbury

4. Cortland

5. RIT

6. Denison

7. Cabrini

8. Tufts

9. Lynchburg

10. Dickinson

11. Ithaca

12. Gettysburg

13. Amherst

14. Bates

15. Franklin & Marshall

16. Stevenson

17. St. Lawrence

18. Roanoke

19. Stevens

20. Middlebury

Also considered: Hampden-Sydney, Washington and Lee