CAPE COD, MA – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team has been picked third in the 2005 ECAC preseason poll, the league office announced today. The poll was conducted by a vote of league coaches.
Rutgers returns six starters in 2005, including junior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY), a second-team preseason All-America selection and two-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honoree. The Scarlet Knights also feature senior attacker Leif Blomquist (Long Beach, NY), who had a team-best 38 points last spring, and sophomore attacker Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY), a two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week who notched 20 points last year.
In the midfield, the Scarlet Knights feature a pair of senior captains who bring experience and toughness – Jamie Lovejoy (Holbrook, NY) and John Flanagan (Smithtown, NY). Lovejoy and Flanagan combined for 19 goals and six assists last season. Other offensive midfielders expected to make contributions include senior Sean Battoni (Ringoes, NJ), junior John Manners (Springfield, PA) and sophomore Josh Ashcraft (Carthage, NY).
On defense, junior Dan Rauch (Broomall, PA) and senior Anthony Sicoli (Kinnelon, NJ) hope to solidify a group that gave up just 7.43 goals per game last spring.
Defending conference champion Georgetown was picked first in the poll with 37 points. Massachusetts was second, followed by Rutgers, Loyola (Md.), Penn State, Hobart and St. John’s.
The Scarlet Knights open their season on Saturday, March 5 when they travel to Newark, DE, to face Delaware. Rutgers finished its 2004 season 8-6 overall and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Scarlet Knights played five ranked opponents and were ranked in the Top 15 of the USILA coach’s poll every week of the regular season.
2005 ECAC Preseason Poll
(voted on by league coaches)
1. Georgetown 37 points
2. Massachusetts 32 points
3. Rutgers 24 points
4. Loyola (Md.) 21 points
5. Penn State 15 points
6. Hobart 13 points
7. St. John’s 7 points