FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Huntingdon men's lacrosse team is the preseason favorite in the USA South Athletic Conference preseason poll released on Wednesday.
This is the second season the USA South has sponsored men's lacrosse. Huntingdon won the inaugural USA South Conference championship last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Hawks were unbeaten in conference play in 2018.
Huntingdon received seven first-place votes in the preseason poll and totaled 49 points. Piedmont was second with one first-place vote and 40 points and Greensboro was third with 35 points.
Rounding out the poll, Pfeiffer was fourth (30 points), Methodist was fifth (25 points), William Peace was sixth (20 points), Brevard was seventh (18 points) and Averett was eighth (seven points).
Huntingdon opens the season on Saturday at Southwestern (Texas) at 3 p.m. The Hawks will play their home opener on Feb. 17 against the University of Dallas at 1 p.m.
The complete poll is listed below.
USA South Preseason Men's Lacrosse Poll
1. Huntingdon (7 first-place votes), 49 points
2. Piedmont (1), 40 points
3. Greensboro, 35 points
4. Pfeiffer, 30 points
5. Methodist, 25 points
6. William Peace, 20 points
7. Brevard, 18 points
8. Averett, 7 points