NAU Checks in at No. 11 in D-II Preseason Poll

ATLANTA – After raising its sixth national championship trophy last May – tied for most titles in history – has been tabbed the favorite in the 2020 New Balance Division II Preseason , which was released on Wednesday.

The Tommies (11-4) snagged 21 of the 23 first-place votes, keeping them well ahead of second-ranked Dayton (12-4). The Flyers lost to in last year’s championship game. Minn.-Duluth (12-2) – the top-ranked squad heading into the 2019 postseason – sits in the third chair while North Dakota State (7-8) follows in fourth. College of Idaho (14-1), which broke through to the semifinals last year, rounds out the top five.

The Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) continues its domination of the polls, with six league teams filling out six of the top seven spots in the poll.

No. 6 Grand Valley State (8-3) and No. 7 St. John’s (6-6) follow the College of Idaho. The SELC also has a strong showing in the poll, placing five teams in the Top 25, led by No. 8 Kennesaw State (10-4) and No. 9 North Florida (13-2). 2020 New Balance MCLA Division II Preseason Poll

RankSchoolPoints1st Place Votes
1St.Thomas57221
2Dayton5452
3Minn.-Duluth5110
4North Dakota State5080
5College of Idaho4910
6Grand Valley State4500
7St. John’s 4190
8Kennesaw State4000
9North Florida3960
10Montana3220
11Northern Arizona3170
12UC Davis3090
13 State2870
14Montana State2680
15Florida Gulf Coast2620
16Bridgewater State1860
17UC San Diego1750
181650
19Missouri State1630
20UNC-Charlotte1330
21San Diego1090
22Rhode Island930
23Central890
24Wake Forest580
25Western Oregon390

Also receiving votes: Sierra Nevada (34), Rice (27), Cal State San Marcos (26), Baylor (14), Claremont (13), MSU (12), Oklahoma State (12), Stonehill (12), Central Washington (10), Florida Atlantic (9), Appalachian State (8), Colorado (8), UT-San Antonio (7), Saint Mary’s (6), UC Irvine (5), Louisiana (2), Western Washington (2), San Jose State (1).