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Tars Receive Votes on Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Men's Preseason Poll

2017 Men's Lacrosse Team Huddle | Photo by Jim Hogue
2017 Men's Lacrosse Team Huddle | Photo by Jim Hogue

Rollins One of Five SSC Teams Represented on 2018 Preseason Top 20 Rankings


SPARKS, Md. (January 11, 2018) – With the start of their 2018 season just around the corner, the Rollins men's lacrosse team steps into the new season with big expectations.  Helping the Tars set their sights on another historical run are votes to be on the 2018 Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Men's Preseason Top 20, announced by organization officials on Thursday.

The Tars receive votes on the Nike/US Lacrosse DII Men's Preseason Top 20 Poll after a 2017 season that saw Rollins climb to as high as No. 15 in the rankings, earning the nod in week eight which was announced on April 10, 2017.  After a successful 2017 season that saw the Tars fall short of a Conference Tournament run due to a three-way tie, Rollins closed out the season receiving votes in the US Lacrosse rankings.

Rollins concluded its 2017 campaign having taken on its toughest schedule in program history. The Tars finished with a record of 7-7 and 2-3 in SSC action, and were ranked as high as 18th on the USILA Division II Poll, and 15th on the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20 poll. With every game proving to be a challenge, Rollins squared up against eight teams that were either ranked on the USILA Poll or had received votes at the time of competition. Seven of their 14 games were decided by one-goal differentials, four of which were thrilling victories that often saw the Tars fight from behind to earn the win.

The 2018 season will prove to be just as challenging.  The Tars square up against 13 opponents, with seven home games and six away contests.  Rollins is set to take on seven teams that either received votes or were ranked on this season's Preseason Top 20, with the Tars facing current No. 9 Belmont Abbey, No. 15 Lake Erie, No. 16 Colorado Mesa, and No. 7 Tampa, as well as Florida Tech, Saint Leo, and Florida Southern who all received votes.

Out of the eight Sunshine State Conference institutions sponsoring men's lacrosse, a total of five have been recognized on the Preseason Top 20, led by Tampa at No. 7, while Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, and Saint Leo all earned votes.

The Tars will square up against a full slate of South Region opponents this season, and are set to kick off their campaign on Saturday, February 3, with a matchup against No. 9 Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C.  Last time out against the Crusaders, the Tars fell by a final score of 13-10 on Thursday, March 10, 2016.  In the all-time series against the Crusaders, the Tars trail, 1-5.  The Tars' lone victory over their South Region opponent was back on February 16, 2014, when the Tars took down the Crusaders by a final score of 9-8 in double overtime in Charlotte, N.C.

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NIKE/US LACROSSE DIVISION II MEN'S PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Limestone
2. Merrimack 
3. Le Moyne
4. Adelphi
5. Pace
6. NYIT
7. Tampa
8. Lenoir-Rhyne
9. Belmont Abbey
10. Seton Hill
11. Wingate
12. Mount Olive
13. Mercyhurst
14. Mercy
15. Lake Erie
16. Colorado Mesa
17. Saint Anselm
18. Queens (N.C.)
19. Lindenwood (Mo.)
20. LIU Post

Also considered (alphabetical order)Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Indianapolis, Rollins, Southern New Hampshire, St. Leo, Tusculum

 


2017 Rollins Men's Lacrosse Rankings Summary

Lacrosse Magazine:

Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20 Poll

Preseason | Jan. 27:

NR

Week 1 | Feb 20:

NR

Week 2 | Feb 27:

RV

Week 3 | Mar 6:

No. 18

Week 4 | Mar 13:

RV

Week 5 | Mar 20:

RV

Week 6 | Mar 27:

RV

Week 7 | Apr 3:

No. 17

Week 8 | Apr 10:

No. 15

Week 9 | Apr 17:

No. 20

Week 10 | Apr 24:

RV

Week 11 | May 1

RV

Week 12 | May 9

RV

Final: June 2

RV

 

USILA/NIKE Division II Coaches Poll: Rollins Men's Lacrosse

Preseason:

No. 20

Week 1 – Feb. 20:

RV

Week 2 – Feb 27:

RV

Week 3 – March 6:

No. 18

Week 4 – March 13:

No. 20

Week 5 – March 20:

RV

Week 6 – March 27:

RV

Week 7 – April 3:

RV

Week 8 – April 10:

RV

Week 9 – April 17:

RV

Week 10 – April 24:

RV

Week 11 – May 1:

NR

Week 12 (FINAL): May 8

RV