NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Northeast Conference (NEC) unveiled its 2020 Men’s Lacrosse preseason poll Wednesday afternoon with the two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Warriors slotted in a tie for fourth in the East division.
Hobart was selected as the unanimous first place team in the East division, while defending league champion Robert Morris earned six of 10 first place votes in the West division. Saint Joseph’s and Mount St. Mary’s also received first place votes in the West division.
Head Coach Mike Morgan returns for his 13th season on the Warrior sideline and brings a resume to Division I that includes three straight national championship game appearances, two straight NCAA titles and a 164-41 overall record. Merrimack is led by the high scoring trio of Charlie Bertrand, Sean Black and Christian Thomas. Black topped the Warriors last spring with his 107 points, while Bertrand was a force with his 78 goals. Peter Brown returns with the most experience in net, as he made six starts and appeared in 11 games last season.
The Warriors begin their first NCAA Division I season Saturday afternoon at 1 at Duane Stadium when Holy Cross pays a visit. Admission to all lacrosse games is free and a home schedule giveaway will take place prior to the game.
2020 NEC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
First-place votes in ()
1. Hobart (10)
3. Sacred Heart
4. (tie) Merrimack and Wagner
1. Robert Morris (6)
2. Saint Joseph’s (3)
3. Mount St. Mary’s (1)