Oct. 24, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lafayette was selected second behind Patriot League newcomer Boston University in the conference's annual Preseason Poll, it was announced Thursday morning at Patriot League men's basketball media day at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
The Terriers return the Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year, senior guard D.J. Irving, and were a unanimous pick to win the League as they collected 18 first-place votes and 162 points in the poll. The Leopards followed with the final two first-place votes and 130 points, while Army (115 points) was picked third. Defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell (113) finished fourth in the voting done by the League's head coaches and sports information directions, while Loyola Maryland (109) was projected fifth. Lehigh (93), Holy Cross (70), Colgate (49), American (36), and Navy (23) rounded out the preseason poll.
The Leopards are coming off a 19-15 season in which the team reached the Patriot League Championship game and finished as the conference's second seed following a 10-4 League campaign. Second-Team All-Patriot League selection Seth Hinrichs and All-Rookie Team member Bryce Scott return for the Leopards in 2013-14, while junior Dan Trist, who was third on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game last season, comes back as the Leopards' starting forward. Sharpshooter Joey Ptasinski also comes back for his junior year after averaging better than nine points per game in 2012-13.
Along with Boston's Irving, Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier, Holy Cross senior forward Dave Dudzinski and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight were recognized on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
The Maroon and White open the season on the road on Nov. 8 against Villanova. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports 2.