Pioneers Ranked 8th in Preseason NEILA Poll; Tanzi Named Preseason All-New England

Feb. 22, 2008

The 2008 Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team was ranked 8th in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Preseason Coaches Poll released earlier this week. Senior captain Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY) earned a spot on the All-New England Preseason team as a midfielder.

The Pioneers, who were picked to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll, open on Saturday at home hosting Presbyterian. Tanzi will serve as team captain for the second-straight season. The senior midfielder is coming of a season where he scored 14 goals with three assists while picking-up 23 ground balls.

The poll was released on Tuesday and featured the #20 ranked UMass Minutemen at the top. Dartmouth College was picked second followed by Yale University in second, Harvard University in fourth, Brown University in fifth, Fairfield University in sixth, the University of Vermont in seventh and Sacred Heart University eighth. The poll was conducted by a a vote of the region's 12 Division I coaches.

The NEILA will release their weekly New England Top-8 poll every Monday along with the Player of the Week starting on February 25th.