The fact Suffern returns its entire team after reaching the Class A state semifinals meant expectations would be high entering the season.
Now the bar has been raised even higher.
Nike and US Lacrosse came together to release their annual preseason national top 25 poll, and Suffern has earned the No. 22 spot. The Mounties are one of nine New York teams to make the list. Fellow Class A foes Farmingdale and Bay Shore also made the list at No. 8 and No. 15, respectively. The Mounties came in at No. 10 in Nike/USL’s northeast region poll.
At the end of the day the preseason poll is just that, a preseason poll. You can only put so much stock in these type of things. However, it’s nice to see a local team grab some national attention, especially one that presumably has the talent to do some big things this season.
With the season less than a month away, I’ll be getting in touch with coaches soon to start to put together some previews.