ATLANTA – Fresh off its first title at the 2018 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, North Dakota State has been installed as the top team in the 2019 Under Armour MCLA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Bison grabbed 14 first place votes to push it clear of No. 2 St. Thomas, which had two first place votes. NDSU and the Tommies met for the title last May with the Bison walking away winners in double overtime.
As has become the case of late, the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) dominates the charts. UMLC power programs Minn.-Duluth, Grand Valley State and St. John’s round out the Top 5.
No. 9 Dayton gives the UMLC six teams in the Top 10.
2019 MCLA Division II Under Armour Preseason Coaches Poll
|1.||North Dakota State||396||14|
|4.||Grand Valley State||346|
|7.||Florida Gulf Coast||302|
|10.||Cal State San Marcos||247|
|15.||College of Idaho||193|
|16.||Central Conn. State||161|
|18.||UC San Diego||110|
|21.||UC Santa Cruz||76|
Others receiving votes: Providence (12), New Haven (12), Gonzaga (12), Appalachian State (11), Baylor (10), Utah State (9), Louisiana (8), Florida Atlantic (7), Louisiana Tech (6), UNC-Charlotte (4), Western Washington (4), Western Oregon (4), Portland (3), Loyola Marymount (3), Saint Mary’s (2), Charleston (2), Fort Lewis (1).