NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team has been picked to finish seventh in the Little East Conference in 2014 following the release of the annual preseason coaches’ poll. The Beacons collected a total of 18 points overall.
Reigning LEC Tournament champs Eastern Connecticut State University was chosen to repeat in 2014 having earned 62 total points and six of the eight first place votes. Keene State College was picked to finish second having earned two first place votes and 57 points.
UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State University finished tied for third with 40 points, while Western Connecticut State University earned 37 points to earn a fifth place ranking. Salem State University grabbed sixth with 20 points, and the University of Southern Maine closed out this year’s preseason poll in eighth with 13 points.
This season head coach Tyler Low will look to build off of a successful 2013 campaign and will welcome back a solid core of veteran players. Led by junior midfielder Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) the Beacons welcome back their six top scorers from last season. Delpha led UMass Boston with 29 goals, 23 assists, and 52 points. He also had two game-winners, 11 man-up goals and finished third on the team with 38 ground balls.
Behind him was senior Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) who finished third in goals scored with 22 and assists with 13 for a combined 34 points overall. Another dangerous attackman, McGoff fired off a pair of game winning goals and had five man-up scores in 17 games played.
Lacrosse will begin its new season on March 1 when they travel to Johnson and Wales University for a 1 p.m. non-conference game. The Beacons first Little East Conference game will be against Salem State University on March 29 at Salem State.
2014 Little East Conference Preseaon Coaches' Poll
|1.||Eastern Connecticut State University||62 pts. (6)|
|2.||Keene State College||57 pts. (2)|
|3.||UMass Dartmouth||40 pts.|
|Plymouth State University||40 pts.|
|5.||Western Connecticut State University||37 pts.|
|6.||Salem State University||20 pts.|
|7.||UMass Boston||18 pts.|
|8.||University of Southern Maine||13 pts.|
( )-First Place Votes