The Hope College men’s lacrosse team has finished fourth in the preseason Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association coaches poll.
Coach Michael Schanhals’ Flying Dutchmen received 21 points for fourth place in the seven-team poll. Reigning MIAA champion Adrian College topped the poll with six points and all possible six first-place votes.
Hope is coming off its first varsity season. In 2012, the Flying Dutchmen placed fourth in the MIAA regular-season standings and qualified for the league tournament. They lost to Adrian in the tournament semifinals.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Adrian (6) 6 pts
2. Albion (1) 11
3. Trine 17
4. Hope 21
5. Olivet 26
T6. Alma 33
T6. Calvin 33
Hope starts the season on Friday, March 7, when it plays at Denison.
The home opener for the Flying Dutchmen is Wednesday, March 12, when it hosts Calvin at Van Andel Stadium.