MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its preseason poll for men's lacrosse, as two-time defending Morrisville State College received eight first place votes by league coaches to earn the overall top spot in the poll.
Morrisville State, who finished the 2016 season with a 13-3 overall record and posting their second straight undefeated conference slate at 8-0, was chosen as the league favorite after tallying 64 points in the voting.
Keuka College was selected second with 54 points after finishing as league runner-up a year ago, followed by Cazenovia College with 52, who received one first place vote.
Morrisville State returns seven starters to the lineup this season, and 24 overall players to the roster that won its second straight conference regular season and championship titles a year ago. The Mustangs also made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Longo, the 2016 NEAC Coach of the Year, has guided the Mustangs to five NEAC regular season titles, while amassing an overall 47-4 record among conference opponents.
A trio of All-Conference selections returns to the lineup this season for Morrisville State, including second team All-Conference selections Logan Peters (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Noah Greger (Danbury, Conn.), along with third team and reigning Rookie of the Year selection Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.).
Bryn Athyn College, a semifinalist last year, received 44 points in the voting to earn the fourth spot in the poll, followed by Hilbert College with 33.
Morrisville State hits the field for the first time in 2017 on Wednesday, March 1st, taking on SUNY Geneseo at 4 p.m. on Drake field for the season opener. They open conference play April 1st at home against Medaille College.
The complete poll can be found here.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.