WINTER PARK, Fla. – Embarking into its first season in Sunshine State Conference action, the Saint Leo University men's lacrosse team has been picked to finish second in the preseason poll, league officials announced Thursday.
Six teams will take the field this spring for the inaugural season of men's lacrosse in the Sunshine State Conference, with the Tampa Spartans being chosen as the preseason favorite to win the first-ever SSC men's lacrosse regular-season title.
In a poll conducted among the SSC head men's lacrosse coaches, the Spartans tallied 25 points and received five of the six first-place votes. Saint Leo was selected second with 20 points and received the remaining first-place vote.
Florida Southern was picked third with 17 points. Florida Tech was tabbed fourth with 13 points. Rollins took the fifth slot with 10 points.
Lynn, who enters its first season in program history, rounded out the poll with five points.
The Lions are slated to kick off their ninth season on Friday, February 14, when they travel to Rome, Ga. to take on the Shorter University Hawks in a 7 p.m. matchup under the lights.
SSC action will be in full swing a month later, and will conclude on Tuesday, April 15.
The top four seeds will make it to the inaugural SSC Men's Lacrosse Championship, which will begin on Saturday, April 19 with the semifinal round. The championship game will take place the following Saturday, April 26 where the first SSC Men's Lacrosse Tournament Champion will be crowned.
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2014 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Men's Lacrosse Poll
Rank – Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1 – Tampa, 25 (5)
2 – Saint Leo, 20 (1)
3 – Florida Southern, 17
4 – Florida Tech, 13
5 – Rollins, 10
6 – Lynn, 5