BALTIMORE- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse team, which narrowly missed posting a major upset over top-ranked Loyola Saturday, earned votes in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
The Blue Hens (1-2), who fell to the defending national champion Greyhounds 9-8 on a goal with just four seconds left to play Saturday at Delaware Stadium after dropping a 9-8 verdict to then No. 18 Bucknell the previous week, will look to get back into the win column this Saturday, Feb. 23, when they head to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mt. St. Mary's at noon. Mt. St. Mary's (1-1), which also earned votes in the poll, is coming off a 12-11 win over Bucknell Saturday.
Delaware is led in scoring by Eric Smith (seven goals), Nick Diachenko (five goals), and Connor McRoy (four goals) while goalkeeper Chris Herbert (9.44 goals against average, .562 save percentage) leads the defense and Tyler Barbarich (64 percent) handles the faceoffs.
Despite earning votes for the first time this season in the Nike/IL poll this week, the Blue Hens did not receive votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches poll announced earlier this week. Delaware had received votes in the pre-season poll announced Feb. 4.
Loyola remained atop the Nike/IL poll with 483 points and 16 first place votes while Maryland earned 471 points and five first place votes and Notre Dame garnered 466 points and four first place votes. Johns Hopkins was fourth followed by Cornell, Virginia, Massachusetts, Lehigh, Penn State, Colgate, Denver, North Carolina, Duke, Princeton, Fairfield, Albany, Ohio State, Syracuse, Hofstra, and Yale. Among those also received votes were Delaware, Navy, St. John's, Bucknell, Lafayette, Penn, Drexel, Bryant, Marist, Mt. St. Mary's, Army, and Bellarmine.
Maryland took over the top spot in the USILA poll with 208 points and five first place votes, taking over for Loyola, which dropped to No. 2 despite the win over the Blue Hens. The Greyhounds earned 206 points and four first place votes. Notre Dame was third with 205 points and one first place vote while Johns Hopkins was fourth with 190 points and one first place votes. The rest of the poll included Massachusetts, Virginia, Cornell, Penn State, North Carolina, Colgate, Denver, Lehigh, Princeton, Duke, Fairfield, Albany, Yale, Syracuse, Ohio State, and Hofstra. Among those also receiving votes were Drexel, Bryant, Lafayette, Villanova, Bucknell, Harvard, Penn, Air Force, Navy, and Mt. St. Mary's.