The 2014 men's lacrosse season is just around the corner and Inside Lacrosse has ranked the Big Red 15th in its annual Face-off Yearbook Division III preseason poll. This falls in line with Lacrosse Magazine, who also ranked Denison 15th in their preseason poll in October.
The Big Red returns eight starters from last year's North Coast Athletic Conference Championship squad. Last season Denison finished 13-3 and captured the NCAC regular season crown, but missed the NCAA postseason for the first time in eight years after a one goal loss in the conference tournament title game. With their sights set on a return to the postseason, DU returns 91 percent of its points scored from last season.
In addition to the Denison team being ranked by Inside Lacrosse, senior long stick midfielder Austin Campbell was named to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America, second-team. Campbell became the 109th USILA All-American from Denison in 2013 and became the first long stick midfielder in conference history to be named the Player of the Year. Campbell led the NCAC in caused turnovers with 30. He also paced the team with 59 ground balls.
Denison opens the 2014 season on Feb. 15 when they host Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m.