AMHERST, Mass. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team was tied for seventh in the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Week 1 (Preseason) Poll, as announced by the committee earlier this week. Defending NCAA National Champion Yale topped the poll with all five first place votes.
The Pioneers are off to a 1-2 start in 2019, with the one victory being a dominant 18-11 victory over Furman on Saturday. That 18-goal outburst marked the highest single-game total for SHU since defeating Vermont, 21-17, back on March 14, 2015 (61 games ago). The two Pioneer defeats came at the hands of nationally-ranked Georgetown (13-10) and a 3-1 Boston University team armed with one of the top players in the country in Chris Gray.
SHU was picked to finish third in the 2019 Northeast Conference Preseason Poll, as announced in late January, which stands as the highest preseason ranking the Pioneers have ever garnered since the league's founding in 2010. Owning a mark of 3-3 in the NEC last season, the Pioneers earned a spot in the NEC Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time and fourth time overall. The seven-win season also tied for the third-most wins for the Pioneers since SHU joined the Division I level in 2000.
The Pioneers renew a series against literal crosstown foe Fairfield on Saturday afternoon with play set to begin at 1 PM. SHU is 2-1 all-time against the Stags but these two sides haven't faced one another since the 2005 season.
NEILA WEEK 1 (PRESEASON POLL)
1. Yale (5 first place votes)
3. Boston Univ.
T7. Sacred Heart