The Atlantic Sun will exist only as a flare -- the league is giving its lacrosse concern to the Southern Conference next season -- but Jacksonville, late of the MAAC, is the preseason favorite to take home the league's first and only championship trophy.Here's how the conference's coaches see things as of rightthisverysecond:
The voting shook out in expected tiers: Jacksonville stands alone as the unquestioned favorite; High Point and Mercer slot behind as comparable peers; VMI is in its own atmosphere above the two neophyte programs in the league; and Richmond and Furman are expected to bring up the rear in a similar fashion.
As for preseason all-league honors, Dan Lomas (High Point) and Chris Baxa (Mercer) were honored by the coaches as the Atlantic Sun's preseason co-offensive players of the year. Jacksonville's steady force in the crease -- Peter DeLuca -- was named the conference's preseason defensive player of the year. Interestingly, in the league's Facebook fan voting, Lomas earned top preseason offensive honors and Tyler Prasnicki -- a defenseman from VMI -- was voted the conference's preseason defensive player of the year. Here's the full preseason All-Altantic Sun team:
|D||Garrett Swaim||High Point||Sr.|
|MF||Mitchell Dupere||High Point||So.|
|A||Dan Lomas||High Point||So.|