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MCLA Preseason Poll Press Releases

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UF #8, FSU #14 in D1

ATLANTA – Virginia Tech came up just short of the national championship last spring, but the Hokies are the favorite to snare their first title according to the 2024 New Balance MCLA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released Wednesday.

Virginia Tech (17-3), which rolled to the Atlantic Lacrosse Conference (ALC) title, gobbled up 25 of the 27 first-place votes to leave the Hokies comfortably clear of the field.

ALC rival Liberty (15-4), who advanced to the national semifinals last spring, sits in the second chair, helped by the remaining pair of first-place votes. Chapman (17-4), another semifinalist and the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) champ, is slotted third.

Georgia Tech (15-4) and Georgia (13-3), a pair of SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) rivals, round out the top five, respectively.

2024 New Balance MCLA Preseason Division I Coaches Poll

1.Virginia Tech66925
4.Georgia Tech601
6.Utah Valley539
7.Brigham Young524
9.Boston College446
10.Simon Fraser404
12.South Carolina397
13.UC Santa Barbara345
14.Florida State285
16.San Diego State263
17.Cal Poly249
18.Arizona State244
23.Southern Methodist63
24.Boise State62

Others receiving votes: Michigan State (33), Colorado State (30), Grand Canyon (25), Minnesota (7), Santa Clara (7), USC (6), LSU (2), Utah (2), Missouri (2), Clemson (1), NC State (1), Connecticut (1), West Virginia (1).


FGCU #13, FAU #14, Miami #26 in D2

ATLANTA – After capturing its second title last spring, Dayton has been installed as the unanimous favorite to take home a third according to the 2024 New Balance MCLA Division II Coaches Poll, which was released on Wednesday.

The Flyers (13-5) hardly looked like championship contenders last year, stumbling to a 2-3 start, but Joe Venturella’s troops figured it out mid-year. Dayton won 11 of its last 13 contests to grab the hardware. The Flyers amassed all 27 first-place votes.

Checking in at No. 2 is St. Thomas (14-3). The Tommies handed Dayton two of its five losses during the season – including the UMLC championship contest – but fell to the Flyers in the national championship game, 6-5.

The remaining semifinalists from ’23 start in a tie for third in the New Balance poll. Air Force (16-2) and Cal State San Marcos (12-2) are knotted up in the third chair.

Grand Valley State (9-4) rounds out the top five, narrowly edging out Rhode Island (15-2) by eight points.

Led by Dayton, the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) posted six teams in the Top 25 while the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) had four representatives. The Atlantic Lacrosse Conference (ALC), the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC), the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) and the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) all had three apiece.

2024 New Balance MCLA Preseason Division II Coaches Poll

2.St. Thomas633
3t.Air Force Academy603
3t.Cal State San Marcos603
5.Grand Valley State535
6.Rhode Island527
8.Montana State496
10.Missouri State404
11.UC San Diego402
12.Kennesaw State361
13.Florida Gulf Coast335
14.Florida Atlantic329
16.North Dakota State261
17.Utah State231
18.Wake Forest224
19.Western Washington179
20.Coastal Carolina115
21.Northern Arizona104
22t.St. John’s103
22t.College of Idaho103
24.Northwest Nazarene91
25.UC Davis64

Others receiving votes
: Miami (50), Maine (15), San Diego (11), Arizona DII (8), Denver (7), Texas A&M DII (7), Georgia Southern (4), Tulane (3), Loyola Marymount (2), Bridgewater State (2), MSU Denver (2), Virginia Tech DII (2), Saint Mary’s (1).


2024 SELC Division I Preseason Coaches Poll

ATLANTA – After rolling to the conference championship last spring, Georgia Tech has been voted to repeat the accomplishment this spring in the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC), according to the preseason coaches poll.

The Yellow Jackets (15-4), which fell in the quarterfinals of the 2023 MCLA National Championships presented by New Balance to eventual champ Concordia, were awarded five of the 10 first-place votes cast.

After spending three weeks as the No. 1 team in the country last spring, Florida (12-3) checks in at No. 2 in the preseason poll. The Gators, which have made two straight trips to nationals, grabbed a first-place vote.

Georgia (13-3) snapped its seven-year nationals drought, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2023. The Bulldogs garnered a pair of top votes to place them third in the poll.

Fourth-ranked South Carolina (8-10) and fifth-ranked Florida State (10-5) also grabbed a first-place vote.

2024 SELC Division I Preseason Coaches Poll

1.Georgia Tech145
4.South Carolina291
5.Florida State371
7.South Florida55
10.Central Florida70


2024 SELC Division II Preseason Coaches Poll

ATLANTA – Two-time defending conference champion Kennesaw State has been installed as the favorite to win a third straight Division II SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) crown, according to the preseason coaches poll.

The Owls (10-4), which has made four consecutive trips to the MCLA National Championships presented by New Balance, were awarded half of the first-place votes in the eight-team conference.

Florida Atlantic (5-7), which fell to Kennesaw State in the SELC semifinals last spring, grab the second chair heading into 2024. The Owls snagged three of the first-place votes two leave them just two points behind KSU.

In a bit of a surprise, Miami (5-6) jumped into the third spot. The Hurricanes were three points ahead of No. 4 Florida Gulf Coast (10-2), which has finished as the runner-up to Kennesaw the past two season, losing by a goal in both finals.

The Eagles, who grabbed the final first-place vote, have earned a bid to nationals the past two seasons.

2024 SELC Division II Preseason Coaches Poll

1.Kennesaw State84
2.Florida Atlantic103
4.Florida Gulf Coast231
5.Georgia Southern29
6.North Florida31
8.Middle Tennessee State53