ATLANTA – South Carolina put together the best season in program history last spring and now the Gamecocks are favored to win the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference Division I title in 2019 according to the preseason coaches poll released Wednesday.
South Carolina (18-2), which advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, grabbing four of the 17 first-place votes. This was the first time USC has been preseason favorites in the SELC.
The Gamecocks edged out Virginia Tech (13-5), which also had four first-place tickets, by three points.
Georgia Tech (10-6) was slotted third with one first-place vote even though both Liberty (9-6) and Clemson (14-3) – the fourth and fifth-ranked teams, respectively – each had a pair of first place votes.
The top eight teams in the poll each had at least one first-place vote.
The SELC also conducts “regional” polls that break down the favorites in the four divisions (below). The top two teams in each poll are the ones that advanced to last year’s SELC tournament in Johns Creek, Ga.2019 SELC Division I Preseason Coaches Poll
2019 Regional Preseason Coaches Polls