Harvard will begin the year ranked 11th in the USILA Coaches Poll (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team has been ranked No. 11 in 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced Monday.
Harvard returns 29 letterwinners from last year's team which was ranked 11th in the final USILA Coaches Poll and 15th in the final Warrior Media Top 20 after capturing a share of the Ivy League championship and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson posted a 10-7 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Ivy League, earning a share of its first Ancient Eight title in 24 years. By virtue of its regular season title, the squad earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament at Harvard Stadium, where it advanced to the tournament final for the second time in program history.
The Crimson is one of six Ivy League programs represented in the poll, matching the ACC for the highest number of schools to receive recognition. Other Ivies appearing in the poll include Cornell (10th), Penn (13th), Yale (15th), Princeton (RV), and Brown (RV).
Harvard will open its 2015 season on Saturday, Feb. 21 at home versus UMass. In addition to its Ancient Eight foes, the Crimson will face off against five other opponents ranked in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll; Duke (3rd), North Carolina (6th), Albany (12th), Penn State (14th) and UMass (RV).