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Men's Lacrosse Voted Fourth in SAC Preseason Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba took the fourth spot in the 2020 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll as released by the conference on Tuesday. Senior goalie Kevin Geiger and sophomore defender Payton Leonard was selected to the preseason All-SAC first team.

Wingate was picked as the preseason favorite, garnering six first place votes. Queens had two top votes and was second in the poll, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne, who collected one first place vote.

Geiger stopped nearly 55% of shot against him last season. He posted 178 saves in 850 minutes in the pipes and recorded a 10.38 goal against average. In addition, he caused 11 turnovers, grabbed 35 ground balls and assisted on a goal. Leonard led Catawba with 35 caused turnovers on the year. He was second on the squad with 66 ground balls and chipped in with five goals and an assist.
The 2020 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse schedule is set to get under on Saturday, Feb. 1.  Catawba opens its year on Feb. 8 at Belmont Abbey. The 2020 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championships are scheduled for April 21, 24 and 26 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
2020 SAC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (6), 70
2. Queens (2), 64
3. Lenoir-Rhyne  (1), 60
4. Catawba, 49
5. Lincoln Memorial, 38
6. Tusculum, 36
7. Coker, 32
8. Newberry, 28
9. Mars Hill, 19
2020 SAC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
A – Bobby Padden, Wingate
A – Kealan Pilon, Queens
A – Ian Cook, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Ethan Irizarry, Coker
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial
D – Payton Leonard, Catawba
D – Tyler Bane, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – James Houston, Wingate
LP – Reese Orman, Wingate
Spec. – Drew Flack, Queens
GK – Kevin Geiger, Catawba

All-SAC Second Team
A – Quinn Tallant, Queens
A – Joe Venazio, Coker
A – Liam Mcdonald, Tusculum
MF – Kevin Barry, Queens
MF – Zac Carrigan, Mars Hill
MF – David Byrne, Queens
D – Quinn McKitrick, Tusculum
D – Connor Stanley, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Jordan Sullivan, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Joel Edgar, Tusculum
Spec. – Justin Messersmith, Newberry
GK – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne

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