PERRY, N.Y. – Florida Southern received its first-ever preseason ranking in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Top 15 poll, released on Monday.
The Moccasins enter 2015 in a tie for 10th place with Queens (N.C.) with 40 points in the preseason edition of the poll.
Last season, the Mocs cracked the USILA Top 15 for the first time in program history. They debuted at No. 14 in Week 6 of the poll after defeating Colorado Mesa, 15-6, on March 28, 2014. FSC reached as a high as ninth in Week 9 and finished the season at No. 12.
The Scarlet & White ranked No. 11 in both the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine and the Inside Lacrosse 2015 Face-Off Edition preseason polls.
Limestone, the defending NCAA Division II National Champion, sits atop the USILA rankings with eight of nine first-place votes and 132 points. LeMoyne is second with 114 points and LIU Post came in at No. 3 with 111 points.
Sunshine State Conference rival Tampa received the other first-place vote, and with 106 points, finds itself at No. 4. Adelphi rounded out the top five.
The Mocs are scheduled to take on five of the top-15 teams this season, beginning with road contests at No. 1 Limestone and No. 15 Lenoir-Rhyne only three days apart on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. They host No. 4 Tampa the following weekend on March 7. Eighth-ranked Mercyhurst visits Lakeland on March 12. Tied at No. 10 in the preseason poll, FSC and Queens square off on March 28 in Charlotte, N.C.
Marty Ward, entering his fifth season as head coach of the Moccasin men's lacrosse program, led the Mocs to a program-record 11 wins as part of a record-breaking campaign in 2014. Senior captain Dane Sorensen (Victoria, B.C.), an Inside Lacrosse Preseason Third-Team All-American attackman, highlights the group of returning letterwinners after leading all of Division II with 4.20 goals per game and setting team records for points (76) and goals (63) in a single season.
Florida Southern opens the 2015 season at home on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. against Pfeiffer at Bryant Stadium.