CMU Tabbed Slight Favorite to Repeat as WILA Champ

ALAMOSA, Colo.- After winning the 2012 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title on tiebreaking procedures, Colorado Mesa has been tabbed as a slight favorite to repeat in what is shaping up to be a very competitive 2013 season, according to the league's first-ever preseason coaches' poll, announced Friday (Jan. 25).

The Mavericks, who finished the 2012 season with a 9-4 overall record while finishing with a 6-2 association mark, received two first place votes and finished atop the poll with four points. The Dominican University of California Penguins, who also went 6-2 in league play in 2012, received one first place vote and placed second in the poll with five points. Adams State University also received a first place vote and finished third overall in the poll with six points.

Meanwhile, inaugural WILA Champion (2011) Notre Dame de Namur University finished fourth in the poll with nine points.

The poll, the first in the WILA's brief history, called for each of the association's four head coaches to rank the teams 1-3 while excluding his own squad.

In conjunction with the poll, the coaches also selected a Preseason All-WILA team, also a new award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

All four WILA squads were represented on the 13-member squad, selected by position, that included two defensive midfielder/faceoff specialists due to a tie in the voting.

CMU, which won the 2012 WILA title over Dominican on the association's former second tiebreaking procedure (see revised procedures on page 2 of this release) of fewest goals allowed (43) in WILA play, had five selections in midfielder Kade Robinson, defender Johnny Nitti, goalie Brad Brandenburg, long stick midfielder Zach Bullet, and defensive midfielder/faceoff specialist Jeremy Best.

Dominican, which allowed 61 goals in WILA play last season, had three Preseason All-WILA selections in attack Jake Fritz, midfielder Jake Bernstein and defender Dane Farguson.

The Adams State Grizzlies had four such selections in attack Bryden Pelletier, midfielder Josh Peterman, defender Jordan Stillwagon and defensive midfielder/faceoff specialist Johnny Neal.

NDNU was represented by attack Kevin Nguyen.

All four WILA teams will play scrimmages and exhibitions in the coming weeks leading into the first regular season game on Feb. 22 between Adams State and Pace (N.Y.), a day before Dominican will visit Notre Dame de Namur in the first WILA game of the campaign.

A complete listing of the 2013 Preseason All-WILA team can be found on page 2 at this link (PDF file).

2013-01-25



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