The Maryland men’s lacrosse team, coming off an appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament semifinals, leads the Baltimore-area schools in the 2019 preseason Inside Lacrosse media poll revealed Monday.

But Loyola Maryland is just barely behind.


The Terps — who went 14-4 last spring, captured the Big Ten regular-season championship, and fell to Duke, 13-8, in the semifinals — rank third in the poll, trailing reigning national champion Yale at No. 1 and runner-up Duke at No. 2.

The Greyhounds — who compiled a 13-4 record, collected their third straight Patriot League title and lost to Yale, 8-7, in the NCAA quarterfinals — rank fourth.

George Mason women’s lacrosse coach Jessica Morgan, a former star at McDonogh and Virginia, is part of a nine-member class to be inducted Saturday night into the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Cornell is fifth, Virginia is sixth, and Johns Hopkins is seventh. The Blue Jays finished with a 12-5 mark, captured their second Big Ten tournament crown in four years and lost to Duke, 14-9, in the quarterfinals.

Denver at No. 8, Penn State at No. 9 and Syracuse at No. 10 round out the top 10.

Towson, Navy and UMBC were among 12 teams that received votes.

In the preseason women’s media poll, 2018 national runner-up Boston College is No. 1, receiving 15 of 20 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 James Madison, the reigning national champion. Stony Brook is No. 5.

The Terps and Dukes were the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Loyola Maryland is No. 9, Towson is No. 14 and Navy is No. 15.

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