The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team was chosen third in the Landmark Conference preseason poll of head coaches, according to a release by the conference this morning.
The Royals received a pair of first-place votes and finished with 38 votes. Catholic was chosen first with two first-place votes and 46 points while Elizabethtown was second with two first-place votes and 41 points. Following Scranton is Drew in fourth with one first-place vote and 32 points, followed by Goucher (18 points), Susquehanna (14) and Moravian (7).
Scranton is in its first year under head coach Michael Hofmeister, who took over the program in the fall. He inherited a team that returns its top six point scorers from last season, including senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris), who led the team in assists (14) and points (29) while also scoring 15 goals despite missing six games with an illness.
Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led the team with 18 goals, but sat out five games with an injury. Senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) was second on the team with 16 goals and 25 points, and was named All-Landmark Conference First Team.
The Royals also welcome back one of the top faceoff specialists in the country in senior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham). He was named honorable mention All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and was a first-team all-conference selection last season after posting a .733 faceoff win percentage, the second-best percentage in NCAA Division III last season and the best-ever by a Royal.
Scranton will open its season on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when the Royals travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to take on Wilkes University at 4 p.m. The home opener is set for Saturday, Feb. 17, when Scranton hosts Marywood at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.