Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/19/22
The Stevens Ducks were selected as the favorite in the 2022 conference preseason poll conducted among the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) men’s lacrosse coaches. The Spartans collected all eight first-place votes from opposing coaches for a total of 64 points.
Below is the complete 2022 MAC Freedom Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Preseason Poll.
2022 MAC Freedom Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Rank Team Points (1st Place Votes)
1 Stevens 64 (8)
2 Misericordia 53
3 DeSales 49
4 Arcadia 48
5 Delaware Valley 33
6 Wilkes 27
7 Lycoming 21
8 King’s 16
9 FDU-Florham 13
In 2021, Steven’s defeated Misericordia to claim the program’s first MAC Freedom Championship. This victory marked the Ducks’ 11th conference championship and the third under head coach, Gene Peluso.
The Ducks advanced to the NCAA tournament second round where they fell to No. 4 Lynchburg in a 14-8 defeat. Stevens completed their season with a 14-3 overall record, a perfect 8-0 in conference play, and ranked No. 19 nationally.
The Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Men’s Preseason Top 20 released on Dec. 30 ranks Stevens at No. 11. Nike/USA Lacrosse named Stevens’ Joe Crawley a Division III Men’s Preseason All-American.
The 2022 season is set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 19. Conference play will begin on Wednesday, March 3 with an eight-game five-week schedule.
The 2022 MAC Freedom Men’s Lacrosse Championship is set for May 3, 5, 7. The top-five seeds will battle for the conference title and the NCAA Division Championship automatic qualifier (AQ).