It's starting to feel like lacrosse, pals and gal pals.
Inside Lacrosse released the initial media poll today and Denver, a national semifinalist in 2014 and the preseason favorite in the USILA coaches poll, led the way with 14 of 26 first-place votes. Notre Dame, the national runner-up last season, tucked in behind the Pioneers with four first-place votes while Duke rounded out the top three with eight first-place tallies. Here's the full poll:
Also receiving votes: Princeton, Ohio State, Towson, Fairfield, Massachusetts, Colgate, Brown, Villanova, Navy, UMBC, Air Force.
The conference breakdown was as follows: ACC (five); Ivy League (four); Patriot League, Big Ten (three); CAA (two); and Big East, America East, and Northeast (one). The ACC -- the most dominant conference in college lacrosse -- put all five of its members in the top nine of this poll. The average ranking position of an ACC team is just a shade under fifth.