Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/7/20
From Press Release
The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Ivy League’s Preseason Media Poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school’s media contingent. The poll was announced earlier today.
Yale was the choice to win the Ivies, garnering 11 of the 14 first-place votes and 94 voting points overall. The Quakers were picked second, with 82 voting points and two first-place votes, while Cornell was picked third with 76 points including the final first-place vote. Princeton was picked fourth, with 51 points, followed by Brown (40), Harvard (32) and Dartmouth (17).
Penn—which has also received lofty preseason national rankings from Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine—is coming off an historic 2019 season, tying the program record for wins in a season with 12 and achieving the highest national ranking in program history (No. 2). Penn also won the Ivy League regular-season and Tournament championships in the same season for the first time in program history.
After a 6-0 Ivy League regular season—the first undefeated conference season for the Quakers since 1984—the Quakers knocked off Brown and Yale to win the Ivy League Tournament in New York City and earn the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship field. The Quakers hosted and beat Army, 13-8, in the first round before falling to Yale in an epic overtime quarterfinal, 19-18. Along the way, all 12 of Penn’s wins came in a row, tying the program record for longest winning streak.
The Quakers open their 2020 season on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Maryland. The Red and Blue’s Ivy League opener takes place on Saturday, March 14 when they travel to Princeton.
2020 Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll
Yale, 94 points (11 first-place votes)
Penn, 82 (2)
Cornell, 76 (1)