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NCAA Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll Released

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Duke tops the tally.

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It's starting to feel like lacrosse, pals and gal pals.

Inside Lacrosse released the intitial media poll today and Duke, the 2013 national champion, led the way with 15 of 19 first-place votes. Syracuse, the national runner-up last season, tucked in behind the Blue Devils with four first-place votes and 346 total points. Here's the full poll:

2014 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST-PLACE VOTES
1. Duke 374 15
2. Syracuse 346 4
3. North Carolina 337 0
4. Denver 319 0
5. Notre Dame 302 0
6. Maryland 262 0
7. Penn State 247 0
8. Virginia 225 0
9. Ohio State 219 0
10. Princeton 212 0
11. Albany 192 0
12. Yale 179 0
13. Johns Hopkins 151 0
14. Bucknell 119 0
15. Pennsylvania 114 0
16. Loyola 110 0
17. St. John's 74 0
18. Cornell 62 0
19. Lehigh 49 0
20. Villanova 39 0

Also receiving votes: Towson (33); Bryant (8); Drexel (7); Stony Brook (4); Harvard (3); Massachusetts (2); Georgetown (1)

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 eight of this poll; only the existence of Denver -- ranked fourth -- and Penn State -- ranked seventh -- kept the ACC from sweeping the top of the tally.