LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/10/12
Led by two-time first team all-conference selection Max Weisenberg (Long Beach), the Bryant University men’s lacrosse team was chosen to finish second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll after receiving two first-place votes, the league announced Thursday.
After claiming the conference championship last season on its home turf, Mount St. Mary’s is predicted to do it again in the 2012 campaign, earning four first-place votes in the six-team poll. Robert Morris was picked to finish third, while 2011 conference runner-up Quinnipiac was slated fourth. Sacred Heart and Wagner rounded out the poll, respectively.
Despite starting last season 3-6, the Bulldogs rattled off four-straight victories and won five of its last seven regular-season contests — including a 9-8 double-overtime win over eventual regular-season and tournament champ Mount St. Mary’s on the road — to finish fourth in the league and qualify for the program’s first Division I postseason berth. Bryant fell in the first round of the NEC Tournament in a rematch with the Mount for an 8-9 overall record.
Weisenberg, who finished second on the team with 34 points on the strength of 21 goals and 13 assists, is one of two returning first team picks from a year ago and one of seven NEC postseason honorees back in 2012.
Bryant, which is receiving votes in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll, begins its second season with full NCAA eligibility on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the team travels to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate (1 p.m.). The Bulldogs will host their first home game on Feb. 18 against St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m.