By Gloria Nantulya, Athletic Communications Assistant

Photo by Bob Cornell

(Hamilton, NY – May 29, 2012) The Colgate men’s lacrosse team finished the season with its highest ranking in program history with the No. 8 spot in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the 2012 season that was released today.

The Raiders were the highest ranked team in the Patriot League ahead of 2012 PL Tournament Champion Lehigh, which was ranked ninth. Loyola (Md.) claimed the top spot as the 2012 NCAA Tournament Champion.

Colgate is coming off its best season in program history with a 14-4 overall record and its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The team also set a total of 26 records including 10 program records, 15 league records and one NCAA Single-Season record, while also achieving its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and its first Tewaaraton Award Finalist with junior Peter Baum.

After completing the regular season as the Patriot League Regular-Season Champions with a 5-1 league mark and a 13-3 overall record, the Raiders entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament with their highest ranking ever at No. 9/9 in both national polls. The team then went on to defeat No. 1 UMass in the NCAA First Round before falling to No. 3 Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals, earning it the No. 8 ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

Nike/IL Media Poll: May 29, Final poll

1. Loyola (380, 19 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (359)
3. Notre Dame (341)
4. Duke (326)
5. Virginia (293)
6. Denver (269)
7. Johns Hopkins (258)
8. Colgate (244)
9. Lehigh (230)
10. Umass (215)
11. North Carolina (211)
12. Yale (167)
13. Princeton (149)
14. Syracuse (135)
15. Penn State (110)
16. Cornell (100)
17. Fairfield (72)
18. Ohio State (34)
19. Bryant (27)
20. St. John’s (23)

Also receiving votes: Villanova, Drexel, Bucknell, Robert Morris, Georgetown, Stony Brook, Canisius

 

 

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