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Virginia Lacrosse Ranked No. 3 in All Major Preseason Polls

Max Pomper, courtesy UVa Media RelationsThe Virginia men's lacrosse team is ranked No. 3 in all four of the major preseason polls, entering the 2010 season.  The Cavaliers grace the No. 3 spot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse, Face-Off Yearbook, Lacrosse Magazine and USILA coaches poll.  The Wahoos have each of the Top 7 teams slated on this year's schedule.

Head coach Dom Starsia's squad features 28 returning lettermen, including six starters, from last year's team that posted a 15-3 record. The Cavaliers advanced to the national semifinals for the second consecutive season before falling to Cornell, the national runner-up.

UVa opens its season on Feb. 20 against Drexel at Vidas Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

A composite grid of the preseason rankings is below. Virginia's 2010 opponents are in bold.

Face-Off Year Book Nike/Inside Lacrosse USILA Lacrosse Magazine Avg. Rank
1. Syracuse 2 1 1 2 1.5
2. Duke 1 2 2 1 1.5
3. Virginia 3 3 3 3 3.0
4. North Carolina 4 4 4 4 4.0
5. Johns Hopkins 6 5 5 5 5.3
6. Cornell 5 6 6 6 5.8
T7. Maryland 7 8 7 8 7.5
T7.
Princeton 8 7 8 7 7.5
9. Notre Dame 9 9 9 10 9.3
10. Hofstra 10 10 10 9 9.8
T11. Harvard 11 12 14 11 12.0
T11. Navy 12 11 12 13 12.0
13. UMBC 14 14 11 12 12.8
14. Georgetown 13 13 13 14 13.3
15. Brown 15 15 16 15 15.3
16. Loyola 16 16 15 16 15.8
17. UMass 18 17 17 17 17.3
18. Denver 17 18 NR 19 18.8
19. Bucknell 19 19 19 20 19.3
20. Albany 20 20 18 NR 19.8