Cortland men’s lacrosse ranked nationally in preseason polls

The SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team is ranked nationally in two Division III preseason polls. The Red Dragons are ranked fourth by US Lacrosse Magazine and sixth by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).

Head coach Steve Beville enters his 12th season with the Red Dragons this spring. Last year, Cortland finished 17-3, won the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) regular-season title, and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III tournament. The Red Dragons won two playoff games to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals and tied for fifth nationally.

Cortland has played in the NCAA tournament each of the last 17 years. The Red Dragons won national titles in 2006 and 2009, finished second in 2007, 2008 and 2012, and lost in the semifinals in 2003, 2010 and 2013.

Cortland opens the season at the University of Scranton on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The Red Dragons will face four teams ranked in the preseason. Cortland will host #8/8 Tufts March 4 and will meet #15/15 Franklin & Marshall in Richmond, Va., on March 13, as well as play road games at #3/5 RIT, last year’s national runner-up, on April 4 and at #11/17 Ithaca on April 18.