HAMILTON, N.Y. (1/25/12) – The Colgate men’s lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the 2012 Patriot League Preseason Poll that was released today, while junior Peter Baum was selected as the PL Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

The poll consists of votes from the league’s seven coaches and sports information directors, neither of who can vote for their own team.

The Raiders landed the third spot behind defending champion Bucknell and Army. The Bison were picked to win the title once again with 72 points, the maximum point tally possible, and 12 first-place votes while Army received 54 points and two first-place votes. Following Colgate, which had 52 points, were Lehigh (44), Navy (38), Lafayette (19) and Holy Cross (15).

Baum, who was recently named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Second Team, was selected as the PL Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after his performance last season. The junior completed the 2011 season with a team-high 49 points from 34 goals and 15 assists, and was named to the 2011 All-Patriot League First Team.

2012 Patriot League Preseason Poll Results

1. Bucknell – 72 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Army – 54 (2)
3. Colgate – 52
4. Lehigh – 44
5. Navy – 38
6. Lafayette – 19
7. Holy Cross – 15

Preseason Offensive POY – Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr.
Preseason Defensive POY – Tim Henderson, Army, Sr.