St. Mary's Men's Lacrosse Voted to Finish Sixth in CAC Preseason Poll

St. Mary's Men's Lacrosse Voted to Finish Sixth in CAC Preseason Poll

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

York, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team enter the new season picked to finish sixth according to the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll. With its new mantra of "Charlie Mike," St. Mary's is ready to get the job done.

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1. Salisbury (7 first-place votes)

63 points

2. York (2 first-place votes)

57 points

3. Frostburg State

48 points

4. Christopher Newport

45 points

5. Mary Washington

36 points

6. St. Mary's

28 points

7. Southern Virginia

22 points

8. Marymount

15 points

9. Wesley

10 points

Defending national champion, Salisbury University, was picked as the preseason favorite to capture the Capital Athletic Conference title in a vote among the conference head coaches. The Sea Gulls received seven first-place votes and 63 points to sit atop the 2017 CAC men's lacrosse preseason poll.

The other two first-place votes went to defending CAC champion, York College of Pennsylvania, which handed Salisbury its lone loss of the 2016 campaign. The conference crown was the first for the Spartans in program history, and marked just the fifth time in the 24-year history of CAC men's lacrosse that a team other than Salisbury secured the title.

Salisbury, York, Frostburg State University, and Christopher Newport University enter the year receiving preseason recognition. Salisbury enters the year not only as the preeminent favorite in the CAC, but nationally as well. The Sea Gulls are ranked No. 1 by both the USILA/Nike and Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook rankings. SU captured its 11th overall national title, 10th since joining the CAC, and first since 2012 with a dramatic victory over Tufts in last year's national title game.

York, which reached the national quarterfinals last season, is ranked No. 4 by Inside Lacrosse and No. 7 by the USILA, while Frostburg State and Christopher Newport are both among 12 teams receiving votes in the USILA poll, just outside the preseason top-20.

2017 Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Roster 

Overview
Second-year head coach Jason Childs is excited about the potential of the 2017 campaign as the Seahawks look to turnaround last season's 4-9 record and return to the conference playoffs.

This year's roster has a strong nucleus of 20 veterans plus an influx of 18 newcomers who will look to meld a depth of talent and experience into a cohesive unit. 

Attack
Team captains Brendan Steele (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Steve Jones (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) will run the offense for the Seahawks this season with added support from senior John Lockwood (Towson, Md./Towson) and sophomore Max Groen (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall). Steele was the team's second-leading goal scorer with 17 last season while Jones chipped in eight in four games before being sidelined with a season-ending injury.

Junior transfers Connor Quinn (Lusby, Md./Calverton) and Dan Long (Mechanicsville, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) are looking to provide additional firepower after coming in from a pair of Division III perennial lacrosse powers. Quinn comes to St. Mary's after spending time at Division I Drexel University and Washington College while Long played at Salisbury in 2015 before transferring to Stevenson University last season. 

Midfield
The midfield features valuable experience with the return of senior captains Luke Eshleman (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and Mike Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel). The duo combined for 17 goals and nine assists. Additional depth will come from the likes of senior Colin Tiffey (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), junior David Fritz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), and sophomores Ray LaPlaca (Owings, Md./Calverton) and Marshall Rhodes (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill). 

Defense
A senior-laden defensive unit will take the field this season behind the leadership of Jack Elliott (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle), Javier Flores (Hyde Park, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), and Jackson Patrican (Boxford, Mass./Pingree). Last season, Patrican and Flores paced the Seahawks with 37 and 34 ground balls, respectively, while Patrican and sophomore Benjamin Stevens (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) each collected a team-best nine caused turnovers. 

Goalkeepers
Senior captain Max Alderman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) started all 13 games in 2016 and scooped up 22 ground balls. Sophomore Ross Snodderly (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) saw action in two contests and will continue to push Alderman and provide depth.

2017 Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Schedule

This year's 16-contest schedule includes five teams receiving preseason recognition and four of them are in the CAC. In addition to Salisbury, York, Christopher Newport, and Frostburg State making the preseason polls, Dickinson College earned votes in the USILA/Nike poll.

St. Mary's kicks off the new campaign on February 18 with its annual neutral site game against Dickinson College at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, Maryland. Conference action opens up a month later at home with Southern Virginia University (Mar. 18).

The Seahawks will sponsor their annual Military Appreciation Day on March 18 while hosting Senior Day and Alumni Weekend on April 15 against Frostburg State.

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