March 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team has been picked to finish sixth in this year's Little East Conference pre-season poll.
The Corsairs, who finished fifth last year, received 26 points, six points behind fifth place Salem State.
Defending champion Keene State was picked to finish first, with six of the eight first place votes, and 62 points. Eastern Connecticut State was picked second with one first place vote and 56 points, Western Connecticut State was picked third with 41 points and Plymouth State fourth with 39 points. Salem State received the other first place vote.
UMass Dartmouth was followed by Southern Maine, with 23 points, and UMass Boston, with nine.
"The Little East is a very competitive league, and for the last three years, it has come out to the last week of the season to figure out who finishes third, fourth, fifth and sixth," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. " Eastern Connecticut and Keene State have been the traditional powers in the conference and are again favored to dominate the Little East. The other teams are putting in the effort to be competitive and try to win the Little East. As a team we are disappointed to be picked sixth in the league, but in reality what have we won to be deserved to be picked any higher."
Mahoney said that he hopes to prove the poll wrong. "Our seniors and our team are working hard to be more competitive, and we obviously have something to prove to the Little East and the New England lacrosse community and to show our true colors."
The Corsairs will return to action when they host Massachusetts Maritime Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE
2011 Little East Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll Institution 1st (8) Total Points Keene State College 6 62 Eastern Connecticut State University 1 56 Western Connecticut State University 41 Plymouth State University 39 Salem State University 1 32 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 26 University of Southern Maine 23 University of Massachusetts Boston 9