Freeland, Mich. – The Alma College men's lacrosse team has been picked to finish fourth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association according this year's preseason coaches poll that was announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 6).
The Scots are coming off a fourth-place last year where they went 4-3 against conference opponents in the regular season. Alma earned a spot in the MIAA tournament where they fell in the semifinals to number one seed Hope College, 8-7, ending their 2018 campaign with an overall record of 7-11.
Senior midfielder Jared Nycz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Iroquois) returns for his second season as the Scots Captain. Nycz has been All-MIAA First Team in every one of his three years with the program. The Buffalo, N.Y. native was also Offensive MVP and Rookie of Year for the conference in 2016.
Nycz leads a five-member senior class that includes assistant captain Adam Cousineau (Canton, Mich. / Salem). Cousineau is joined by fellow defenseman Max Linscott (Columbus, Ohio / New Albany) as well as midfielder Gabriel Vargas (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Charles W Flanagan) and goalie Cameron Stelljes (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos).
Alma has its top four scorers from last season returning in Nycz, junior attackers Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio / Kenston) and Connor Alley (Powell, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) as well as junior midfielder Trevor Bailey (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. / Sault Area). Hunyadi ranked in the conference's top five in goals, assists and points while Nycz had the second most helpers of anyone in the MIAA.
At the helm, Michael Kinney enters his fifth season as the head coach of the program. Kinney is joined by assistant coach Adam Nycz. Alma has reached the postseason in all four years with Kinney and Nycz leading the team.
The Scots played in an exhibition game on Saturday, February 2 where they defeated Michigan-Dearborn, 16-14. Alma rallied to outscore their opponent, 7-2, in the final quarter to earn the win. The regular season begins at Augustana College on Saturday, February 16 for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff. Alma's home opener is Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. versus Benedictine University.
2019 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1 - Hope College - 8 points (6 first-place votes)
2 - Albion College - 12 points (2 first-place votes)
3 - Trine University - 19 points
4 - Alma College - 25 points
5 - Kalamazoo College - 32 points
6 - Calvin College - 37 points
7 - Adrian College - 43 points
8 - Olivet College - 48 points