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.@GoGriffsLax picked to finish 5th in ECC Preseason Coaches Poll

Saturday, 6th February 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Rankings, Posted 2/6/16
From Press Release

Collecting a first-place vote and 48 total points, Chestnut Hill College ranked fifth in the East Coast Conference (ECC) Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll, announced this week by commissioner Dr. Robert Dranoff.

Back-to-back league champions, LUI Post, garnered the top spot in the forecasted standings with six first-place votes and 78 total points. They also offered the ECC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in senior attack Matty Beccaris (North Babylon, N.Y.) while ECC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors went to New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) senior defenseman Jon Lynott (Massapequa, N.Y).

LIU Post’s opponent in the 2015 ECC Championship, NYIT, ranked second in the preseason prediction with 73 total points and two first-place votes. They were followed by Mercy College (58 points), Dowling College (50), Chestnut Hill College (48, 1 First-Place Vote), Molloy College (43), Roberts Wesleyan College (27), the University of the District of Columbia (17), and Dominican College (11).

The Pioneers ranked third in the recently released United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Preseason Poll and return five All-ECC performers, including Beccaris and fellow First Team selections senior attack Ryan Slane (North Babylon, N.Y.) and ECC Goalkeeper of the Year, junior Adam Winne (Ridgefield, Conn.). A three-time All-ECC selection, Beccaris tallied 44 goals and 20 assists (64 points) in 17 games, ranking him second in the conference in scoring and sixth in total points. The standout campaign earned him a spot on the USILA All-America Second Team; the third All-American selection of his career. Slane totaled 50 points on 28 goals and 22 assists while Winne made 153 saves on an 8.19 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .537 save percentage.

NYIT returns six All-ECC performers to a squad that bid farewell to the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year (Luke Miller) and Defensive Player of the Year (Ed Torriero). Still, they ranked sixth in the USILA Preseason Poll and offered Lynott as the league’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Lynott totaled 44 ground balls and a conference-leading 30 caused turnovers en route to an All-ECC Second Team selection.

Led by senior captain Derick Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.), Chestnut Hill College awaits the start of the 2016 season with unwavering optimism. Darnulc is one of 10 returning starters for the Griffins, who finished the 2015 campaign at 6-7 overall and 4-4 in ECC play. He maintained his foothold as one of the ECC’s top defenseman, collecting his third straight all-league honor (honorable mention), and ranking second on the team in caused turnovers (10) and third in ground balls (29), while adding a pair of goals in 13 starts. He will be complimented on the offensive side of the field by fellow captain junior attack Alec Dambach (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore attack Dylan Klusaritz (Slatington, Pa.). Dambach continued to serve as a potent point man for the offense, tying Klusaritz for the team lead in assists (13) while offering 14 goals for a 27-point season. Klusaritz totaled a team-high 33 points (20 goals and 13 assists) in his rookie season.

To catch all the action in 2016, be sure to join us at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s Football Stadium for the men’s lacrosse home slate, which begins on Saturday, February 20, with a 1:00 p.m. contest versus Seton Hill University. The complete results of the 2016 ECC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll are provided below;

2016 East Coast Conference (ECC)
Menʹs Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll

School Points (First-Place Votes) Last Yearʹs Record
1. LIU Post 78 (6) 14‐3, 8‐0 ECC
2. New York Inst. Of Tech. (NYIT) 73 (2) 12‐4, 7‐1
3. Mercy College 58 10‐7, 5‐3
4. Dowling College 50 5‐8, 4‐4
5. Chestnut Hill College 48 (1) 6‐7, 4‐4
6. Molloy College 43 11‐4, 5‐3
7. Roberts Wesleyan College 27 4‐11, 2‐6
8. Univ. of the District of Columbia 17 2‐9, 1‐7
9. Dominican College 11 1‐12, 0‐8

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Matty Beccaris, Sr., A., LIU
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Jon Lynott, Sr., D, NYIT



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