February 26, 2013

New England College Picked to Defend Men's Lacrosse Title

New England College has been chosen to defend its North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse tournament title in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. The Pilgrims garnered 78 total points and seven first-place votes. Castleton, which had won back-to-back titles prior to last season finished second in the poll, earning the final two first-place votes and 74 total points.

New England College returns a number of key components from last year's championship squad, including preseason All-American Brian Gillis. A NAC All-Conference First Team honoree last season, Gillis ranked second in the league in scoring with 73 points while his 48 goals and 25 assists were good enough for third and fourth best amongst his conference peers. A trio of All-Conference Second Team returners joins Gillis in James Putney, Pat Miles and Matt Hebert.

Castleton will look to the leadership of seven returning starters from last year's squad, which finished runner-up to NEC. Reigning NAC Rookie of the Year and All-Conference First Teamer Zach Davidson returns to lead the Spartan attack. Davidson led the conference in points (87), assists (37) and ranked second in goals (50). Also returning to the fray are former All-Conference honorees Alex Green, Nohea King and goalie Eric Horsfield.

Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy and Johnson State College rounded out the top-five in this year's poll.

The league champion will be crowned on May 4 at the culmination of the six-team North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Conference play kicks off on March 23 with eight of nine teams competing.

2013 NAC Men's Lacrosse Coaches Poll

1.

New England Col.

78 (7)

2.

Castleton

74 (2)

3.

Husson

60

4.

Maine Maritime

57

5.

Johnson St.

34

6.

Thomas

33

7.

Lyndon

26

8.

Me.-Farmington

25

9.

Green Mountain

11

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