Two-Time Defending Champion Morrisville State College Sits Atop 2017 NEAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Two-Time Defending Champion Morrisville State College Sits Atop 2017 NEAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – As two-time defending champions, Morrisville State College received eight first-place votes to earn the top spot in the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men’s lacrosse preseason poll.  

Morrisville State enters the upcoming season as the league favorite with 64 points. The Mustangs return seven starters and 24 players overall, including the reigning NEAC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-Conference attacker, Nick Geswaldo (LaFayette, N.Y.). In 16 games, Geswaldo tallied 30 goals and 14 assists with 24 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. He will be joined by classmate Logan Peters (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) on the front lines who also contributed 44 points to the offensive efforts last season. Head coach Jason Longo, who was named the 2016 NEAC Coach of the Year, returns to the sidelines for his eighth season.  

Keuka College placed second in this year’s poll with 54 points. The Wolves will turn to a strong defensive unit to overcome the loss of six all-conference selections from 2016. First Team All-Conference defender Dustin Springer (Liverpool, N.Y.) returns after scooping up 55 groundballs and racking up 34 caused turnovers as a junior. Second Team All-Conference selections Dillon Springer (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Cody Nitzke (Cicero, N.Y.) also expect to be key contributors on a defense that held its opponents to 6.53 goals per game in 2016.

Senior-laden Cazenovia College received one first-place vote to land right behind Keuka with 52 points in third place. The Wildcats return 17 players and nine starters, including six 2016 all-conference selections. The offense will be led by Brandon Maxon (Homer, N.Y.) and Eric Hanover (Gilford, N.H.), both three-time all-NEAC honorees that combined for 116 points last season. Three all-conference selections in Chris Hoover (Hamburg, N.Y.), Casey Dailey (Cortland, N.Y.), and Brady Mitchell-Lazore (Akwesasne, Ontario) will be expected to hold down the defense as the Wildcats work towards a return to the conference postseason.  

With 44 points, Bryn Athyn College was ranked fourth by the league’s coaches. First Team All-Conference players Ryan Landels (Coldstream, British Columbia) and Nolan Frame (Coldstream, British Columbia) return to lead the Lions after scoring 56 points apiece in 2016. Hilbert College was slotted fifth with 33 points, while SUNY Polytechnic (28), SUNY Cobleskill (24), Wells College (16), and Medaille College (9) round out the nine-time league. 

The full men’s lacrosse preseason rankings can be found below:

 

Rank Institution (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1 Morrisville State College (8) 64
2 Keuka College 54
3 Cazenovia College (1) 52
4 Bryn Athyn College 44
5 Hilbert College 33
6 SUNY Polytechnic  28
7 SUNY Cobleskill 24
8 Wells College 16
9 Medaille College 9

 

The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC men’s lacrosse coaches, with each coach ranking all teams but their own using a staggered points system (eight points for a first-place vote, seven points for second, etc.). The 2017 NEAC men’s lacrosse season will officially begin on Saturday, Feb. 25, with the full season schedule being available on the NEAC website here.  

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.