Lycoming picked to win MAC

Lycoming was selected as the top team in a preseason Middle Atlantic Conference poll for the second time this summer Friday, when the league’s coaches voted the Warriors to the top spot.

Lycoming shared the MAC?championship last year, but lost the league’s automatic NCAA?tournament bid to Lebanon Valley, who the Warriors shared the title with. Lycoming topped the poll yesterday with 77 points, nine more than Delaware Valley and 12 more than Lebanon Valley.

The 2013 Warriors finished 7-3 overall under head coach Mike Clark. The team was once again led by its defense, which finished tops in the MAC, allowing a league-best 304 yards, 91.4 rushing yards and 18.3 points per game.

Last month the Warriors were also voted atop the Sports Information Directors poll by earning 70 points. Lebanon Valley was second in that poll, and Delaware Valley was third.

Lycoming returns seven all-conference players, including safety Tanner Troutman who was an All-America selection last fall after recording eight interceptions.

Running back Craig Needhammer and quarterback Tyler Jenny return to the Warriors’ offense. Needhammer rushed for 1,184 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Warriors, and Jenny, in his second year as the starting quarterback, completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,048 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Lycoming opens the season on Sept. 6 at home against Susquehanna in the Stagg Hat Trophy game.