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BALTIMORE, Md. Although the start of the season is still over a month away, Inside Lacrosse has been releasing portions of its annual Face Off Yearbook over the past few weeks in anticipation of another action packed season in 2018. A fixture on the national scene over the past several seasons, the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team found itself among the nation’s top teams once again, checking in at No. 12 in the preseason rankings released by the media outlet.

The Bombers are one of three Liberty League programs to appear in the rankings release. RIT was the highest ranked program of the trio, entering the year as Inside Lacrosse’s No. 5 team. North Country rival, St. Lawrence, also appeared in the article, registering at No. 16 in the poll.

Ithaca has three opponents on its 2018 schedule that were ranked in the poll. In addition to Liberty League matchups against RIT and St. Lawrence, the Bombers will also face rival SUNY Cortland. The Red Dragons are sixth in the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Top 25. Two of IC’s three ranked matchups will take place at Higgins Stadium, as it welcomes RIT for a mid week battle on Wednesday, April 11, and SUNY Cortland one week later on Wednesday, April 18. Ithaca’s contest against St.

The Bombers are coming off a 2017 season in which the team went 13 4, but narrowly missed a berth to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament and third appearance in four seasons. Entering the year as a unanimous Top 5 team by all major ranking outlets, Ithaca scored ranked victories over RPI and Bowdoin during a hot start to the season, before coming up just short down the stretch. Of the team’s four losses, three came in overtime, while the lone regulation defeat came at the hands of fourth ranked RIT in a 16 14 thriller.

Although the squad loses several significant offensive talents from a season ago in graduated seniors Jack Shumway and John Januszkiewicz, as well as both primary goaltenders in Jack Deragon and Justin Isaacs, the Bombers still boast a bevy of returning talent. Leading assister Jake Cotton, as well as breakout scorers Josh Della Puca and Will Witter headline an impressive arsenal of weapons in the attacking zone. The group of longsticks also returns mostly intact, as last year’s starting backline of rising seniors Keith Morrissey and Winston Wenham, as well as sophomore Aaron McCartney headline the group.
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