February 19, 2009

Defending Champ Drew Picked in Landmark

from press release

MADISON, N.J. — The Drew University men’s lacrosse team won the inaugural Landmark Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and is now picked to repeat as champions as voted in the Landmark Preseason Men’s Lacrosse Poll. The head men’s lacrosse coaches and sports information directors at each institution that sponsors the sport were polled for the preseason ballot.

The defending champions captured every first-place vote to finish with 48 points in the balloting. The University of Scranton and Goucher College had a tight battle for the next two spots with Scranton placing second with 41 points and Goucher just three points back with 38. The United States Merchant Marine Academy rounded out the top-4 with 34 points in the voting.

Drew los just a pair of starters from the team that went 5-1 in Landmark play and 11-7 overall before winning the Landmark Championship. Four All-Conference performers return for the Rangers, including three first team choices and Landmark Player of the Year Michael DeGiovanni who was also an Honorable Mention All-America.

A young Scranton team set a program record with 12 victories in 2008 as the team went 12-5 and 4-2 in the conference. Rookie of the Year Kyle Frank is one of three returning All-Conference players for the Royals who lost a pair of starting defensemen but welcome back their top-13 scorers from a year ago.

Goucher reached the Landmark Championship match last season and finished with an overall record of 11-5 which marked the second-most wins in program history. The Gophers have six of their eight All-Conference players returning led by leading scorer Sam Fitzpatrick and goalkeeper Austin Main.

USMMA was the fourth seed for the Landmark postseason after a 4-2 conference season an 8-9 record overall. Six players reached double figures in goals a year ago, and five of them come back led by first-team All-Conference performer Brennan Dougherty.

The Catholic University of America holds the fifth spot with 25 points in the voting after going 7-9 in 2008 and finishing fifth in the conference with a record of 2-4. The Cardinals lost an All-Conference goalkeeper, but return nearly the entire rest of its starting lineup including second-team All-Conference attacker Kyle Brant.

Moravian College comes in sixth in the poll after collecting 13 points. The team welcomes back nearly its entire starting lineup including midfielder Robert Devine who earned All-Conference laurels as a freshman. Moravian was 4-12 a year ago while the team did not pick up a Landmark win.

Susquehanna University holds the seventh spot in the voting with 11 points. The team will try and bounce back from a 3-12 campaign a year ago. Twelve seniors are gone from last year’s team, but back in the fold is the Crusaders lone All-Conference representative, senior defender Collin Fadrowski (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill), who led the team in ground balls.

Scranton has already kicked off the 2009 season as the Royals took on defending national champions Salisbury University on Feb. 15. Landmark play begins on March 21 as Drew hosts Moravian, USMMA travels to Goucher and Scranton welcomes Susquehanna.

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