Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Opens Preseason Polls at Number 5
The standard has been set for 2019. After being ranked fifth nationally in the NCAA pre-season polls, the Big Red now have to follow through and execute what is expected to be a championship-level season in Men’s Lacrosse.
A ranking that places the Big Red ahead of perennial powerhouses such us Duke, Johns Hopkins, Denver, and Albany will hopefully serve as a springboard for a team that should be confident following a 2018 Ivy League Championship. After two losing records in 2016 and 2017, a culture of winning has been reestablished underneath Head Coach Peter Milliman. A culture cannot develop from its coach alone. In an ideal world, captains are both extensions and examples of a coach’s attitude while also commanding respect through individual play. Luckily, this is certainly the case for this year’s Cornell team.
Announced this past October, the 2019 captains will be Clarke Petterson, Ryan Bray, Jake McCulloch, and Fleet Wallace. All of which are at least Honorable Mention All-Ivy selections, the four offer a wealth of experience and skill. Jeff Teat will continue to garner national attention as one of the most prolific points scorers in Cornell history. His role cannot be understated, for he was responsible for 42.5% of Cornell’s points last season.
With an experienced core leading through attitude and superior play, Men’s Lacrosse will look to turn a number five pre-season ranking into a number one post-season finish.