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Syracuse Lacrosse: Orange fifth in the USILA/Nike Coaches’ Poll

The Syracuse Orange earn the number five ranking in the preseason USILA/Nike Coaches’ Poll, a two spot bump from the Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings.

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The coaches love us! Welcome to the top five! The Syracuse Orange, and most of the ACC, got more love in the USILA/Nike Preseason Coaches’ Poll than the previously released Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings. IL had SU seventh in its poll while the coaches (or their interns) moved the Orange up to number five. Nevertheless, number five through seven are only separated by a mere 14 points, so don’t read too much into this.

There are some striking differences between the two polls such as Ohio State 17/NR, Richmond NR/15, and Johns Hopkins T8/12. In the end though, these are just preseason polls, so ya know, they’re really more for our entertainment than anything else.

USILA/Nike Preseason Coaches’ Poll (2017 opponents in bold)

1. North Carolina Tar Heels

2. Maryland Terrapins

3. Denver Pioneers

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

5. Syracuse Orange

6. Loyola Greyhounds

7. Duke Blue Devils

T8. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

T8. Yale Bulldogs

10. Navy Midshipmen

11. Brown Bears

12. Towson Tigers

13. Albany Great Danes

14. Virginia Cavaliers

15. Penn State Nittany Lions

16. Rutgers Scarlett Knights

17. Ohio State Buckeyes

18. Marquette Golden Eagles

19. Air Force Falcons

20. Fairfield Stags