Lynchburg plays key role in new Inside Lacrosse/IMLCA poll

Lacrosse players playing in a game

Baltimore, Md. -- University of Lynchburg's men's lacrosse team checked in at No. 16 in the debut Inside Lacrosse/Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association media poll, IL announced this week.

Lynchburg athletics is playing a key role in the new poll, designed to take a more comprehensive look at Division III men's lacrosse with a more geographically balanced and better-informed voter base than any of the existing top 20 rankings.

Lynchburg director of digital media Joe Hutzler serves as one of the 14 voters in the poll, and Hutzler and sports information director Mark Robertson were instrumental in putting the voting cohort together.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me personally and professionally," Hutzler said. "The passion I have for this sport will only be magnified as I do my part to represent a terrific area of college lacrosse!"

RELATED: 2019 Inside Lacrosse/IMLCA Men's Division III Preseason Media Poll

Along with the top 20 poll, Inside Lacrosse will publish spotlights on certain teams in each week's ballot and feature a Division III game of the week.

The poll will debut each Wednesday morning throughout the regular season.

Defending national champion Wesleyan (Conn.) took 12 of the 14 top votes and claimed the No. 1 spot. Wesleyan is one of eight ranked opponents to appear on the Hornets' 2019 schedule; No. 2 Salisbury, No. 7 York (Pa.), No. 8 Cabrini, No. 10 Washington and Lee, No. 15 Stevenson, No. 18 Roanoke, and No. 19 Franklin & Marshall are all on Lynchburg's slate this coming season.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg men's lacrosse schedule

Lynchburg enters 2019 fresh off the program's seventh ODAC championship and 12th NCAA tournament appearance, including a bid each year since 2012.

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2019 Inside Lacrosse/IMLCA Media Poll Voters

Alan Babbitt, Hope

Tim Brennan, Salisbury

Jamie Chagnon, King's (Pa.)

Josh Davey, Inside Lacrosse

Dan DeCaira, Ithaca

Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse

Joe Hutzler, Lynchburg

Craig Kaufman, Amherst

Matt Kinnear, Inside Lacrosse

Charles O'Brien, Stevens

Joe Seil, Nazareth

Ken Stockmann, Inside Lacrosse

Chuck Tidmore, Piedmont

James Wagner, Colonial States Athletic Conference

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7 No. 17 Lynchburg
4 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sun May 12
Final
2 No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Fri May 17
Final
2 No. 18 Emory
7 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 1
Sat May 18
Final
9 No. 18 Emory
5 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 2
Sat May 18
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10 No. 18 Emory
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Roanoke
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Maryville (Tenn.)
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@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
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