Bryant, Robert Morris Men's Lacrosse Earn Votes In USILA Coaches' Poll
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Somerset, NJ -- Both Bryant and Robert Morris are off to fast starts to the men's lacrosse season, and as such, are gaining notice nationally. Both programs received votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches' Poll that was announced on Monday. The Colonials have been listed in the poll three times this season, while the Bulldogs make their second appearance in the poll.
Bryant is 3-2 on the year, having taken back-to-back home wins over Vermont, 15-8, and most recently Drexel in comeback fashion, 7-6. Two teams Bryant has lost to in close games this season are also ranked in the top 20 (#13 Fairfield and #17 Colgate). Future 2012 opponent Yale is also receiving votes.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they travel to Albany, N.Y., to take on the Great Danes in non-conference action.
Fresh off its upset victory at nationally-ranked Ohio State, Robert Morris (4-2) also earned votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
RMU's triumph over Ohio State was its second straight over the Buckeyes and also its second win over a nationally-ranked opponent in its last eight games against non-conference foes.
With its contest against Ohio State, each of Robert Morris' first six contests have now come against opponents which have been ranked or received votes nationally at some point during the season. Furthermore, the Colonials' schedule has been made more challenging due to the fact that the squad has had to play five of its first half-dozen outings away from home.
The road ahead continues to feature some formidable competition for the Colonials as it will face a trio of squads--Bucknell, Mount St. Mary's and Bryant--that have already gained mention in national polls this season.
RMU will continue its second three-game roadtrip of the season this weekend. The Colonials will play at Hobart for the first time in school history Saturday, March 17. The opening faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m.