Nittany Lion Men's Lacrosse Team Maintains Lofty Ranking in Latest Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
State College, Pa. - February 14, 2006 - The Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team, under the guidance of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, maintained its No. 13 national ranking in the latest Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Penn State is one of four ECAC Lacrosse League squads listed among the top 20 and one of seven of the eight league teams either ranked or receiving votes. Georgetown is No. 7, Massachusetts is No. 10, Penn State is No. 13 and Fairfield is No. 19. Rutgers, Loyola and Hobart are all receiving votes.
Duke is anchored in the No. 1 spot with 454 points and 19 of the 23 first place votes. Defending national champion Johns Hopkins is No. 2 with 432 points and the other four first place votes. The top ten is rounded out by Maryland (3), Virginia (4), Syracuse (5), Navy (6), Georgetown (7), Cornell (8), Princeton (9) and Massachusetts (10). Towson (11), Notre Dame (12), Penn State (13), Army (14) and North Carolina (15) follow with Delaware (16), Dartmouth (17), Hofstra (18), Fairfield (19) and Denver (20) rounding out the top 20.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a solid exhibition season that saw them go 2-0-1. The Nittany Lions tied No. 2 Johns Hopkins 9-9, beat Robert Morris 13-6 and downed Lehigh 15-6.
Penn State will open up the 2006 regular season at No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. The Lions play their first four games on the road before the home opener against Stony Brook on March 18.