Mass. College Lax: Preseason Conference & Team Previews (LINKS)
Even though a majority of the men’s and women’s Division II and III seasons won’t start until roughly the first or second week of March, a majority of the schools and conferences have released previews, which we have linked below:
* The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) unveiled its preseason predictions on Tuesday for the men’s division and projected that Mount Ida College will finish first. The Mustangs received eight first place votes and 98 total points.
* The GNAC also unveiled its preseason predictions for the women’s division on Tuesday too and Norwich University was selected to finish in first place. Three Massachusetts schools were picked to finish under the Cadets and they were Lasell College (2), Emerson College (3) and Simmons College (4).
* Amherst College’s men’s lacrosse team selected their captains for the upcoming season and the following players earned this honor: Danny Gold, Ramsey Bates and Devin Acton
* Earlier today, Babson College unveiled its season preview for the men’s lacrosse team. The Beavers are coming off their third-straight 10-win season and look to carry that momentum into the spring.
* Wheaton College’s women’s team, which lost to Springfield College in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) semifinals last spring will look to build off that setback this season. The Lyons, though, did capture their first ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) crown by defeating Framingham State in the semifinals and Smith College in the finals.
* Harvard University’s men’s team is set to take the field this Saturday when they host back-to-back contests against Massachusetts (Saturday, Feb. 23) and Holy Cross (2/24).
* Harvard’s women’s team will commence their season with a trip out west to face-off against Stanford University.
* The Little East Conference unveiled its women’s preseason predictions and Plymouth State is predicted to finish first. UMass Dartmouth is the only local squad in the conference and is projected to conclude their year in sixth place.
* Last week, Regis College unveiled its men’s season preview and the Pride are focused on building off their previous campaign.