Dec. 23, 2013
Preseason Top 20 | 2014 Preseason All-Americans | Preseason Patriot League Poll | Most Underrated Teams
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Inside Lacrosse magazine recently previewed the Patriot League in its 2014 Face-Off Yearbook that has hit shelves this month. The publication also released its preseason top 20, its All-Americans, the coaches' predicted order of finish for the teams and a staff debate among magazine writers of the most underrated teams.
The top-ranked League team in the preseason top 20 was Bucknell at No. 15, followed by League newcomer Loyola Maryland at 19th.The poll was conducted by the magazine's staff.
Loyola senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone League student-athlete to earn first-team preseason All-America honors from IL. Army junior John Glesener and Loyola senior Justin Ward were second-team selections up front, while Lehigh senior Ty Souders was named to the second team on defense. Four players were third-team picks, including Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan, Colgate senior defender Bobby Lawrence, Bucknell senior defenseman Jackson Place and Lehigh junior goalkeeper Matt Poillon. Honorable mention honors went to Bucknell junior David Dickson and Colgate junior Ryan Walsh at attack, and Loyola senior Pat Laconi at midfield.
The Greyhounds topped the magazine's preseason League poll, which was conducted with the nine head coaches. They also chose a preseason All-League team, both of which can be found here. The League will conduct its own preseason poll and All-League balloting that will also include the League's nine men's lacrosse sports information contacts. That will be released on January 29 during the annual preseason media teleconference hosted by the League office.
Finally, the Patriot League is represented in the IL staff's debate of underrated teams
. Both Loyola and Bucknell are specifically highlighted as potentially underrated squads, while Holy Cross is mentioned as a team lower in the rankings that could surprise.