By Sam Armstrong
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Capital Athletic Conference recently released the 2018 Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll, with Southern Virginia predicted to finish sixth in the conference.
The Knights have qualified for the CAC Tournament for the past two years by placing sixth in the league. After finishing with a 6-9 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the CAC, the Knights will be looking to return to the conference tournament as well as finish above .500 for the first time in program history.
Sophomore attacker Shawn Lamb returns to the team after earning CAC Rookie of the Year honors last year by placing fifth in the conference in points with 77. Attacker Anthony Good also returns for his senior season after scoring an impressive 24 goals in just 10 games in 2017. Midfielders Brady Cook and Isaac DeGarlais will also look to make an impact on both ends of the field.
On the back line, senior Colin Maxfield and sophomore Kyle Fujikawa were second and third on the team last year in caused turnovers and will be looking for more of the same this season. Southern Virginia will also return Ian Arave and Derek Lamb in goal.
Along with 13 returning players from last year are a lot of fresh faces who are hungry to get some action on the field.
Two-time defending national champion Salisbury was the near-unanimous choice to repeat as CAC champions with eight first-place votes, while York (Pa.) was picked second with one first-place vote. Salisbury is ranked first in the USILA Division III Preseason Coaches' Poll, while York is fifth.
Southern Virginia opens up the season against Ferrum College on Feb. 14 at Knights Stadium. The game is slated for 3:30 p.m.
2018 CAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Salisbury (8 first place votes) – 64 points
2. York (1 first-place vote) – 57 points
3. Christopher Newport – 47 points
4. Frostburg State – 43 points
5. Mary Washington – 39 points
6. Southern Virginia – 28 points
7. St. Mary's – 22 points
8. Marymount – 16 points
9. Wesley – 8 points