January 20, 2010

Limestone Picked No. 1 in Conference Carolinas

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Limestone College was chosen by league head coaches as the preseason favorite in Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse. The Saints are coming off a 2009 season that included a 10-4, (4-1 conference) record and an NCAA Division II semifinal appearance. The 2010 Saints are eager to defend their conference tournament championship title and return to the NCAA tournament for the 11th consecutive year.

As usual, expectations are high for Limestone as the squad is ranked No. 5 in the Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division II national preseason poll and No. 6 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division II national preseason poll.

The Saints will have a strong team on the field, anchored by four preseason All-Americans: defender Spencer Wims, attackman Thomas Langan, midfielder Mike Poerstel, and midfielder Teddy Prager.

Queen's University of Charlotte men's lacrosse team has been ranked second in the preseason poll as voted on by conference coaches. For the fourth consecutive year Queens' men's lacrosse has been selected in the top three of the coaches' preseason poll and the selection is a good sign for Head Coach Jim Fritz. "This continued recognition by the members of the conference shows our effort to build a strong, consistent program here at Queens."

The 2009 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Co-Champions lost some of their key players, including 2009 Player of the Year Steph LeBlanc. The group of returning players is experienced and will make significant contributions while the newest Royals bring depth and talent to the squad.

Belmont Abbey College finished third in the coaches pre-season poll. The Abbey men's lacrosse team enters the 2010 season with momentum on its side after finishing the year winning four of its last five games and advancing to the Conference Carolinas tournament semifinal for the second-straight season.

The Crusaders return four of their top six scorers from last season, and five of the seven all-conference selections, including Freshman of the Year Austin Whitesell. Senior Dave DiLuigi returns as one of the top scorers and face-off men in the league. DiLuigi racked up 29 points and won 60 percent of his face-offs.

Rounding out the men's lacrosse preseason poll 4-6 was: Pfeiffer & Lees-McRae and St. Andrews (tied).

Conference Carolinas Pre-Season Coaches' Poll
1. Limestone College (5) 25
2. Queens University of Charlotte (1) 21
3. Belmont Abbey College 15
4. Pfeiffer University 13
5t. Lees-McRae College 8
5t. St. Andrews Presbyterian College 8

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