Elis Picked No. 16 in Pre-Season Poll

Patrick Coleman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Patrick Coleman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs To Defend Ivy Title

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 2011 Yale men's lacrosse team has been picked No. 16 on Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook 2011 Pre-Season Poll.  

The Inside Lacrosse rankings are the result of a voting process that includes coaches and media. The Bulldogs were not ranked in the 2010 pre-season poll but finished in the top 20 in each poll after going 10-4 and grabbing a share of the Ancient Eight crown. Their highest ranking last spring was No. 9 heading into Yale's appearance in the inaugural Ivy League Post-Season Tournament last May at Ithaca, N.Y.

Captain Patrick Coleman, a senior defenseman, is one of 24 returning Yale lettermen. He and junior attackman Matt Gibson (26-18-44) have the Elis in position to challenge for another Ivy title.

Yale, led by eighth-year head coach Andy Shay, is one of four (Cornell, Princeton, Brown) Ivy League schools included on the top 20 list.


Inside Lacrosse 2011 Pre-Season Rankings


1.         Syracuse 

2.         Virginia 

3.         North Carolina 

4.         Cornell 

5.         Duke 

6.         Maryland 

7.         Notre Dame 

8.         Stony Brook 

9.         Hofstra 

10.       Princeton

11.       Johns Hopkins 

12.       Denver 

13.       Army 

14.       Loyola

15.       UMass

16.       Yale 

17.       Brown

18.       Georgetown 

19.       Drexel 

20.       Bucknell 


Other teams ranked by the media: Villanova, Harvard