CAC Preseason Poll Release Indicates Start of Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Season

CAC Preseason Poll Release Indicates Start of Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Season

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Fredericksburg, Va. – St. Mary's College of Maryland was selected to finish seventh in the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll as published by Assistant Commissioner Tim Mowrer on Wednesday.

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Two-time defending national champion Salisbury University was a unanimous choice atop the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll, receiving eight first-place votes and 64 points in a vote among the conference head coaches.

York College of Pennsylvania ranked second in the poll with 57 points and received the other first-place vote, followed by Christopher Newport University (47), Frostburg State University (43) and University of Mary Washington (39) in third through fifth, respectively. Southern Virginia University rounded out the projected playoff teams in sixth place with 28 points.

St. Mary's, who opens up the 2018 campaign this Saturday against Ferrum College, received 22 points to finish seventh in the poll, followed by Marymount (Va.) University (16) and Wesley (8).

The 2018 season kicked off this past Sunday as Salisbury defeated Hampden-Sydney College in non-conference action. The majority of CAC teams open up the year in mid-February, with CAC play set to hit full swing in late March.

The CAC Tournament will once again feature six teams this spring, beginning with the first round on Saturday, Apr. 28 and culminating with the championship game on Saturday, May 5.

2018 CAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Salisbury (8 first-place votes)

64 points

2. York (1 first-place vote)

57 points

3. Christopher Newport

47 points

4. Frostburg State

43 points

5. Mary Washington

39 points

6. Southern Virginia

28 points

7. St. Mary's

22 points

8. Marymount

16 points

9. Wesley

8 points

St. Mary's will look to bounce back after a rocky 2017 campaign, which saw the team post a 1-14 (1-7 CAC). The 2018 Seahawks will be captained by seniors Dave Fritz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Conner Campbell (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and junior attackman Steve Jones (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield).

Seniors Dan Long (Mechanicsville, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and Connor Quinn (Lusby, Md./Calverton) will look to lead the offense while junior defenseman Benjamin Stevens (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) will be the lone returner on defense. Junior Ross Snodderly (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) will look to help bolster the defense by stepping in between the pipes this year. The Seahawks will face three opponents in 2018 that are ranked in the preseason Top 20.

Top Returners

  • Michael Bucci (Jr., M, 5-9, 180, Davidsonville, Md./Severn School) – Ranked seventh in the conference with 148 face-off wins and a team-best 71 ground balls … Added two goals and five assists
  • Conner Campbell (Sr., LSM, 5-11, 170, Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) – Finished seventh in the league with 24 caused turnovers … Second for the Seahawks with 60 ground balls … Tallied three goals and two assists
  • Max Groen (Jr., A, 5-8, 165, New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) – Led the team in scoring with team-bests of 25 goals, 16 assists, and 41 points

Top Newcomers

  • Ben Claffee (Fy., A, 6-0, 175, Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) – Part of two Maryland state championship teams (2014 and 2016) … Three-time All-Harford County, including First Team honors in 2016 and 2017 … Notched 210 career points on 152 goals and 58 assists
  • Jeremiah Clemmer (Fy., M, 6-0, 140, Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) – First Team All-Washington County … First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League
  • Dominic Venanzi (Fy., M, 6-1, 170, Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) – Two-time All-Harford County, including a First Team selection in 2017 … Scored 109 goals … Finished with 150 points … Two-year team captain

Key Losses

  • Max Alderman '17 (GK) – Two-year starter in goal … Second in the conference with 192 saves
  • Javier Flores '17 (D) – Third for the Seahawks with 30 ground balls and nine caused turnovers
  • Brendan Steele '17 (A) – Led the Seahawks with six man-up goals … Tied for fourth on the team with 12 goals … Fifth with 17 points

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