St. Thomas Voted No. 1 in MCLA D-II Preseason Poll

ATLANTA — After finishing runner-up last season, St. Thomas has been tabbed the unanimous No. 1 selection in the 2018 Under Armour MCLA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll.

Cal-State Fullerton, which lost 10-9 in the first round of the MCLA national tournament last season, was voted No. 8. The Titans open their season Friday at home vs. Marymount College (6 p.m.).

San Diego at No. 17 and Cal-State San Marcos at No. 24 were the only other Southern California teams ranked in the poll.

The Tommies, who have the most MCLA Division II titles (5), swept all 19 first place votes and were nearly 30 points clear of No. 2 Grand Valley State.

St. Thomas and GVSU are both part of the new UMLC-II, which placed all six of its members in the Top 7 of the poll. The Tommies and Lakers are joined by No. 3 North Dakota State, No. 4 Dayton, No. 6 St. John’s and No. 7 Minn.-Duluth.

No. 5 Sierra Nevada is the only non-UMLC outfit in the Top 7. Fullerton, Florida Gulf Coast and Bridgewater State fill out the Top 10.

2018 Under Armour MCLA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank  Team                Points    First-place votes
1.    St. Thomas           475          19
2.    Grand Valley State   447    
3.    North Dakota State   427    
4.    Dayton               410    
5.    Sierra Nevada        397    
6.    St. John's           387    
7.    Minn.-Duluth         356    
8.    Cal-State Fullerton  330    
9.    Florida Gulf Coast   307    
10.   Bridgewater State    302    
11.   Kennesaw State       261    
12.   Montana              234    
13.   Montana State        232    
14.   Northern Arizona     209    
15.   College of Idaho     208    
16.   MSU Denver           205    
17.   San Diego            162    
18.   Louisiana            144    
19.   Providence (Mont.)   119    
20.   Missouri State        99    
21.   UT-Dallas             75    
22.   UC Santa Cruz         73    
23.   Appalachian State     56    
24.   Cal-State San Marcos  38    
25.   Western Washington    34    

Also receiving votes: Baylor (33), Central Conn. State (29), Southern Oregon (24), UC Davis (16), Fort Lewis (16), North Florida (12), UNC-Charlotte (9), Oklahoma State (8), Western Oregon (6), Colorado Denver (5), Gonzaga (4), Portland (4), Columbus State (3), Colorado Mines (2), Wake Forest (2), Stonehill (2).

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