NCAA Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll Released

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Syracuse tops the initial coaches tally.

The USILA released the intitial coaches poll today and Syracuse earned top billiing with four first-place votes and 240 total points. There was more dissention in the coaches poll compared to the preseason media poll, with three teams besides the Orange -- North Carolina (four); Duke (four); and Maryland (one) -- earning first-place ballots. Here's the full poll:

2014 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST-PLACE VOTES
1. Syracuse 240 4
2. North Carolina 236 4
3. Duke 230 4
4. Denver 215 0
5. Notre Dame 200 0
6. Maryland 185 1
7. Virginia 165 0
8. Princeton 162 0
9. Penn State 154 0
10. Albany 145 0
11. Johns Hopkins 136 0
12. Loyola 114 0
13. Yale 99 0
14. Ohio State 95 0
15. Bucknell 70 0
16. Cornell 67 0
17. Lehigh 55 0
18. Pennsylvania 48 0
19. St. John's 27 0
20. Villanova 26 0

Also receiving votes: Harvard; Fairfield; Towson; Drexel; Massachusetts; Bryant; Hofstra; Air Force; Stony Brook; Army; Navy

The conference breakdown was as follows: ACC (six); Ivy League (four); Patriot League, Big East (three); CAA, ECAC, America East, and Independent (one). The ACC put all six of its members in the top seven of this poll; only the existence of Denver -- ranked fourth -- kept the ACC from sweeping the top of the tally.

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