Husson Ties for Third in 2020 NAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Husson Ties for Third in 2020 NAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

WATERVILLE, Maine - Husson University shares the third-place slot with Maine Maritime Academy in the 2020 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Lacrosse preseason coaches' poll as both teams were voted 31 points apiece.

SUNY Canton collected six first-place votes and 48 points to earn the top spot in the 2020 NAC Men's Lacrosse preseason coaches' poll. SUNY Delhi claimed the remaining first-place vote and 43 points to land in second place.

Northern Vermont-Lyndon landed in fifth place with 19 points, while Thomas College and NAC-newcomer MCLA share sixth place with 12 points each.

This year marks the second Men's Lacrosse championship alliance with the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The top-two regular season finishers from each conference will face off (#1 NAC vs. #2 NECC and #1 NECC vs. #2 NAC) in semifinal games for the right to compete for the NAC Championship title. The top-two seeds are determined by regular season standings in each conference.

In 2019, SUNY Canton and SUNY Delhi earned the #1 and #2 seeds in the NAC and competed against NECC teams Dean College and New England College, respectively, in the semifinals. New England College prevailed in the alliance championship with a 17-8 victory over SUNY Canton. Husson men's lacrosse finished the 2019 season as the #3 seed. 

Early season games are underway, and conference games begin on March 14. Click HERE to view the 2020 NAC Men's Lacrosse composite schedule.



2020 Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

1. SUNY Canton - 48 points (6 first-place votes)

The 2019 NAC Coach of the Year, Pat Harrington, enters his 11th season at the helm of the Roos men's lacrosse program. The team (10-7 overall, 6-0 NAC) appeared in the 2019 NAC Championship game as the top seed in the tournament, defeating Dean College 15-11 in the semifinal before eventually falling to New England College in the championship after the teams were tied 6-6 at intermission. The Roos lose their top scorer from a season ago in Josh Yelvington but return their next 11 top scorers from the 2019 season headlined by Hunter Olsen (Webster, N.Y./31 goals, 26 assists), Noah Robinson (Mississauga, Ont./37 goals, 19 assists), Jacob Facey (Canton, N.Y./36 goals, 12 assists), Andrew Garrett (Newark, N.Y./ 20 goals, 15 assists) and Dante Coco (Bristol, Conn./20 goals, 3 assists). SUNY Canton welcomes a strong recruiting class with nine first-years, three sophomores, and one senior new to the roster. Coach Harrington is expecting contributions from attack Cullen Krug (South Glens Falls, N.Y.), midfielders Kyle Fingar (Chili, N.Y.), Zack LaFave (Gansevoort, N.Y.), Trent Dow (Brasher Falls, N.Y.), Carter Vashaw (Oswego, N.Y.) and defender Sam Martin (Canton, N.Y.) who will also play some attack.

2. SUNY Delhi - 43 points (1 first-place vote)

The SUNY Delhi men's lacrosse team returns for their second season in the North Atlantic Conference after a successful (11-6, 5-1 NAC) season in 2019, finishing second in the league and reaching the NAC Championship semifinals. Despite several key departures, fourth-year head coach Sam Miller has a notable group of returners that feature five All-NAC selections, including three First Team honorees. Sophomore attacker Brandon McGrath (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) returns after leading the team with 31 assists and ranking third with 45 points on 14 goals. The defense also returns strong, including sophomore and First Team All-NAC goalie Travis Anderson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), who garnered 169 total saves with a 54.5 save percentage while playing every minute in goal in 2019. Defender and Second Team honoree Antonio Russo (Oneonta, N.Y.) is back for his senior season, as well as fellow defenders and All-Conference choices in juniors Sean Tillman (Phelps, N.Y.) and Ryan Cumisky (East Quogue, N.Y.). Sophomore faceoff man Nick Dower (Oneonta, N.Y.) earned First Team league honors as a rookie, going 235-for-371 in the midfield battle, and was also an All-Tournament selection in 2019.


T3. Maine Maritime Academy - 31 points

Brandon Melville will lead the Mariners in his first season as Head Coach. After losing only two players to graduation, Maine Maritime (3-7, 3-3 NAC) looks to improve on their 2019 season. The Mariners return First Team All-NAC selection Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) on defense for his senior season, junior Zeke Tocci (Naples, Maine), a 2019 Second Team All-NAC attack, as well as 2019 Second Team All-NAC selection, sophomore Alex Snowman (Sarasota, Fla.) on faceoff. The Mariners also welcome a talented group of first-year student athletes who will make an immediate impact on both sides of the field.

T3. Husson University - 31 points

Head coach Mike Craig returns for his fifth season at the helm for the Eagles (4-7, 3-3 NAC) in 2020. Husson will be led by Gunner McAllister (Albion, Maine) on attack, an All-NAC Second Team selection in 2019. Jaden Wells (Saco, Maine) will return for his junior season to lead the midfield, while sophomore Gus Eisenmann (Dover, N.H.) is expected to anchor the defense. The Eagles welcome fifteen newcomers to their roster as they set their sights on a NAC tournament appearance. All-NAC Second Team goalie Matt Martin (Litchfield, Maine) will return to the sidelines as a student assistant coach for the 2020 season.
5. NVU-Lyndon - 19 points

Hilmar Smith takes over the NVU-Lyndon program after previously having served as an assistant coach at St. Joseph's College of Maine. The Hornets are coming off a 2019 campaign which saw them finish 4-8 overall and 3-3 in NAC play. Senior captains Connor Brennan (Southington, Conn.) and Jet Magri (Lincolnville, Maine) are expected to lead the Hornets on and off the field. Sophomore Luc Parrett (Eden Mills, Vt.) will be counted on to anchor the defense. First-year faceoff man Gino Bonaventura (Peabody, Mass.), heads up the newcomers. NVU-Lyndon expects to be a gritty, hard-working team that will grow over the course of the season and give every team on its schedule a good fight.

T6. Thomas - 12 points

Marsh Gray enters his fourth year on the sideline for the Terriers (1-9, 1-5 NAC). He returns a strong veteran core highlighted by midfielder Johnathan Wilcox (Palmyra, Maine), attackman Daniel MacWhinnie (Lanesborough, Mass.), and defenders Christian Descoteaux (Waterboro, Maine) and Tyler Bartlett (Wells, Maine). Newcomers include Matthew Crisco (North Haven, Conn.) and William Heywood (Yarmouth, Maine) at attack, Dominic DeSimone (Millersville, Md.) at midfield, and Patrick Buxton (Portland, Maine) in goal. The Terriers will take aim at returning to the playoffs and qualifying for the NAC Championship.


T6. MCLA - 12 points

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) starts their innaugural men's lacrosse season with veteran head coach Kevin Pezanowski at the helm. Pezanowski is no stranger to the league, having coached previously at NVU-Lyndon. He has been building the program for a year, and begins play in the NAC with eight first-years and four sophomores joining several upperclassmen on the roster. The Trailblazers will make school history with their first game on February 22nd against Mt. St. Vincent.