Providence, R.I. - The 18th-ranked Brown men's lacrosse team, who finished a goal away from an NCAA Tournament berth a year ago, has been picked fourth by the prognosticators in the Ivy League pre-season men's lacrosse poll.
Yale (98 points) was chosen first, receiving all 14 first place votes, followed by Princeton (70), Penn (64), Brown (54), Cornell (49), Harvard (43) and Dartmouth (15).
Coach Mike Daly's team posted a 10-6 record a year ago and lost to Yale in the Ivy League Tournament championship game. While the superstar names have graduated from the Brown roster, Daly has put together a young, strong and resilient squad, who grew as a team as it learned a new system of play.
Brown returns five of his top six scorers from a year ago and Daly expects the attackman trio of Luke McCaleb '20 (27 goals), Jack Kniffin '20 (22 goals) and Jackson Newsome '19 (19 goals) to keep pace after a stellar 2017 season. With middies Stephen Hudak '18 (34 goals), an All New England and All-Ivy selection, and Michael Panepinto '19 (25 goals) having breakout seasons, coach Daly will look to supplement the engine that makes the Bears go.
Phil Goss '20 led the nation in saves (12.75 saves per game) in his rookie campaign and started all 16 games, playing 900 out of a possible 967:31 minutes. JJ Ntshaykolo '18, an All-Ivy selection, Max Gustafson '18, Alex Santangelo '19 and LSM Jake Miller '18 return in the defensive half of the field.
Brown also features one of the elite face-off men in the nation with the return of All-Ivy Ted Ottens '18, who captured 270-of-452 face-offs (.597) and scored seven goals off the face-off.
IVY LEAGUE MEN'S LACROSSE
First place votes in parentheses:
Yale (14) 98