Men's Lacrosse Take #7 Spot in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

Men's Lacrosse Take #7 Spot in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2019 Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse preseason poll has been released. Belmont Abbey College enters the season as the favorite to win the Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Championship, according to Conference Carolinas coaches.

 Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders earned 65 points on four first-place votes from Conference coaches.

Belmont Abbey finished 2018 as the winner of the Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Championship after going 14-4 overall and 5-1 in league play. The Crusaders would share the regular season crown with both Limestone and Mount Olive.

The Abbey returns reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Year Liam Osborne and first team all-conference pick Anthony Cesario. The pair are two of the best returners in the league and the team is always competitive, so don't be surprised if the Crusaders collect back-to-back Conference titles.

Players to Watch:

  • *Anthony Cesario (Sr.) - Defense
  • Collin Grippo (Jr.) - Midfield
  • *Liam Osbourne (Sr.) - Attack


2. Limestone College: The Saints enter the season one point behind Belmont Abbey, earning 64 points and two first-place votes.

Limestone went 11-8 overall and 5-1 in league play last season, which earned them a share of the regular season crown with both Belmont Abbey and Mount Olive.

The Saints have five All-Conference Carolinas picks back in 2019, including one of the league's top FOGOs in Dakota Kirsh-Downs and LSMs in Jordan Stouros. The remaining trio of returners are Tyler PapaCody Solmosy and Clark Walter, which gives Limestone arguably the best midfield unit in the league.

With Limestone being the traditional power in Conference Carolinas, the team will no doubt be a tough matchup for anyone in the league.

Players to Watch:

  • *Tyler Papa (Jr.) - Attack
  • Larson Sundown (Jr.) - Attack
  • *Clark Walter (Jr.) - Midfield


3. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans enter this season narrowly ranked third with 63 points and two first-place votes.

Mount Olive ended last season 11-5 overall and 5-1 in Conference play, which earned them a share of the regular season title with both Belmont Abbey and Limestone.

The Trojans are the only other team to return five all-conference picks, with the group being made up of Thatcher ClarkBrady ElbinGunner ParsonAustin Peper and Jacob Williams.

Mount Olive's talent will make them a true contender for an outright Conference Carolinas title in 2019.

Players to Watch:

  • *Thatcher Clark (Sr.) - Midfield
  • *Brady Elbin (Jr.) - Midfield
  • *Austin Peper (Sr.) - Defense


4. North Greenville University: The Crusaders are ranked fourth with 52 points. North Greenville finished last season 3-3 in league play and 8-9 overall.

Ethan Landreth and Alex Proly are NGU's two all-conference returners and will be focal points in the Crusaders making a run for a league crown. 

Players to Watch:

  • Chris Carpenter (Sr.) - Attack
  • *Ethan Landreth (Sr.) - Attack


5. Chowan University: The Hawks tallied 45 points and are in fifth-place to open 2019. Chowan finished last season by going 8-8 overall and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas play.

Players to Watch:

  • Alex Clabaugh (So.) - Attack
  • Noah Holloway (Jr.) - Midfield


6. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats picked up 39 points from Conference coaches to be tabbed sixth. Lees-McRae went 2-7 overall in 2018 while posting a 1-5 conference mark.

Alec Molander, a 2018 all-conference selection, is a fun player to watch and should put on an offensive clinic for the Bobcats in 2019.

Players to Watch:

  • Cameron Castle (Sr.) - Goalkeeper
  • *Alec Molander (Sr.) - Attack
  • Luke Strong (Jr.) - Defense


7. Emmanuel College: The Lions make their preseason poll debut in seventh-place with 33 points from Conference coaches. Emmanuel went 0-15 overall and 0-6 in Conference Carolinas last season.

Players to Watch:


8. Barton College: The Bulldogs enter their inaugural season with 31 points and close out the preseason poll in eighth-place.

Players to Watch: N/A


*denotes 2018 All-Conference Carolinas selection


2019 Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes) Total
1. Belmont Abbey (4) 65
2. Limestone (2) 64
3. Mount Olive (2) 63
4. North Greenville 52
5. Chowan 45
6. Lees-McRae 39
7. Emmanuel 33 
8. Barton 31