Albion installed as MIAA MLAX favorite

Albion installed as MIAA MLAX favorite

Albion College is considered the favorite to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in men's lacrosse, according to a poll of the league coaches released Wednesday morning.

Albion, winners of the last three MIAA championships, received six of the eight first place votes.

Winners of a school-record 15 contests a year ago, Albion boasts a strong core of returning talent, including Kyle DeCamp, the MIAA's Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2016 and 2017, 2017 all-MIAA first team picks Dave Brown, Brandon Lebioda, Matt Lowes and Trevor McManus and 2017 all-MIAA second team selection Harrison Palmer.

"Our focus has been about trying to make the next play and trying to get better each shift," Head Coach Jake DeCola said. "I would describes the team this year as having a good energy, a real focused group."

Albion begins the schedule which DeCola describes as "one test after another" Feb. 18 with a contest against Augustana, Ill., College at Detroit Country Day School. The Britons return to Detroit Country Day Feb. 25 against the College of Wooster.

The highlight of the non-conference schedule is a March 7 trip to Granville, Ohio, for a matchup with the Denison University squad ranked fourth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III preseason poll.

Albion is scheduled to make its campus debut March 13 against John Carroll University.

Albion's home schedule includes the following dates: March 25 vs. Aurora University, March 31 vs. Elmhurst College, April 7 vs. Calvin College, April 18 vs. Olivet College, April 21 vs. Kalamazoo College and April 24 vs. Hope College.

The complete MIAA men's lacrosse preseason poll follows with first place votes listed in parenthesis. 1. Albion (6) 8 points, 2 (tie), Alma and Hope (1 each) 16 points, 4. Trine 25 points, 5. Olivet 37 points, 6. Calvin 38 points, 7. Adrian 39 points, 8. Kalamazoo 45 points.

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