Defending NCAA Champs Sweep USILA Preseason Polls

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North Carolina's Chris Cloutier returns after a record-setting performance in the NCAA tournament.


Reigning NCAA champions North Carolina, Le Moyne and Salisbury are the No. 1 picks in the USILA/Nike preseason coaches polls for their respective divisions.

The Division I poll was released Jan. 9. The Tar Heels earned eight of 18 first-place votes to edge No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 Denver.

The Divisions II and III polls came out Monday. The Dolphins and Sea Gulls were unanimous at No. 1 in their respective divisions.

USILA/Nike Division I Preseason Poll

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1. North Carolina - 341 points (8 first-place votes)
2. Maryland - 331 (4)
3. Denver - 320 (6)
4. Notre Dame - 298
5. Syracuse - 256
6. Loyola - 253
7. Duke - 242
T-8. Johns Hopkins - 210
T-8. Yale - 210
10. Navy - 190
11. Brown - 170
12. Towson - 145
13. Albany - 132
14. Virginia - 128
15. Penn State - 104
16. Rutgers - 76
17. Ohio State - 52
18. Marquette - 49
19. Air Force - 45
20. Fairfield - 42

Also receiving votes: Villanova, Penn, Army, Richmond, Cornell, Stony Brook, Georgetown, Bucknell, Harvard, Boston U, Quinnipiac, Hobart, Vermont, Colgate, St. Joseph’s

USILA/Nike Division II Preseason Poll

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1. Le Moyne - 360 points (18 first-place votes)
2. Limestone - 337
3. Merrimack - 322
4. Tampa - 297
5. NYIT - 275
6. Mercyhurst - 266
7. LIU Post - 234
8. Adelphi - 229
9. Seton Hill - 216
T-10. Belmont Abbey - 147
T-10. Mount Olive - 147
12. Lake Erie - 139
13. Mercy - 114
14. Lenoir Rhyne - 101
15. Indianapolis - 78
16. Pace - 75
17. Lindenwood - 66
18. Molloy - 46
19. Colorado Mesa - 39
20. Rollins - 36

Also receiving votes: Florida Southern, Chestnut Hill, Lynn, St. Anselm, Queens, Wingate, Saint Leo, Southern New Hampshire, Bentley, Wheeling Jesuit

USILA/Nike Division III Preseason Poll

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1. Salisbury - 280 points (14 first-place votes)
2. Tufts - 249
3. RIT - 243
4. Ithaca - 235
5. Gettysburg - 205
6. St. Lawrence - 202
7. York - 191
8. Cabrini - 189
9. Amherst - 141
10. Denison - 137
11. Bowdoin - 130
12. Stevenson - 112
13. Ohio Wesleyan - 98
14. RPI - 96
15. Middlebury - 90
16. Bates - 87
17. Ursinus - 53
18. Cortland - 40
19. Wesleyan - 34
20. Washington and Lee - 24

Also receiving votes: Stevens Institute, Roanoke, Western New England, Lynchburg, Dickinson, Nazareth, Springfield, Christopher Newport, Williams, Frostburg State, Montclair State, Keene State







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