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2015 College Lacrosse Preview: NCAA Preseason Media Poll Released

Denver leads the way in the preseason Inside Lacrosse media poll.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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:

2015 PRESEASON INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLL
RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST-PLACE VOTES
1. Denver 506 14
2. Notre Dame 485 4
3. Duke 467 8
4. Syracuse 436
5. North Carolina 404
6. Johns Hopkins 398
7. Loyola 348
8. Cornell 325
9. Virginia 313
10. Maryland 312
11. Albany 230
12. Harvard 216
13. Pennsylvania 174
14. Bryant 138
15. Yale 126
16. Lehigh 120
17. Penn State 91
18. Drexel 90
19. Hofstra 81
20. Army 68

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.