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Keiser: Men’s Lacrosse Rises To #8 In NAIA Coaches Poll

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
via press release – photo via Keiser web site   Keiser University claims the No. 8 ranking in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Seahawks were ranked tenth in the first poll of the season, before moving up two-spots this week.
Missouri Valley remains atop the poll with six first-place votes and 82 points. Lourdes is second with one first-place vote and 76 points, and Reinhardt is third with 73 points. Keiser in the eighth spot, earned 47 points. The Seahawks opened their season with a 29-10 victory over Point University at home and followed that up with a 22-1 road win at Montreat College. This afternoon, Keiser cruised to a 17-8 home win versus SUNY-Delhi. This week, Keiser moved to 4-0 after St. Andrews forfeited the contest. Craig Marentette paces the offense with 15 goals, eight assists, and 23 points which are all tops for the Seahawks. Chad Strauss leads the way with 23 groundballs while going 36-64 in the faceoff circle. On defense, Justin Stone and Jordan Rivard have caused ten turnovers, and Jake Padden has made 26 saves in goal. Keiser is tops in the NAIA in goals per game with 22.6, and is second in shots on goal with 34.3, and assists per game with 13. The Seahawks are third in totals assists with 39, total points with 107, and total goals with 68. Justin Flint is second in the country in goals per game with six and Marenttette in shots on goal with eight per game. Head Coach Patrick Johnston said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized as a top eight team. We’re humbled to be rated among the top teams in the country, and we know that if we want to continue to be recognized we need to take care of our business as students, athletes, and most importantly men of honor and integrity. Right now, we’re focused on Tennessee Wesleyan and honoring our first senior and team captain in Seahawks lacrosse history, Brandon Shouvely, and the contribution he has had on all of us.” The Seahawks return to the field on Saturday for senior day against Tennessee Wesleyan. The first faceoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.