January 8, 2016

Nike/LM MCLA Division II Preseason Top 20

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Dayton finally broke through last year to clutch the national championship trophy after years of coming up short, and the expectation is the Flyers will make it two in a row as the top-ranked team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20.

But it certainly won't be easy. Grand Valley State, which won the whole enchilada in 2014, is lurking in Dayton's own conference, along with Siena Heights and Grove City.

The CCLA is atop the heap in MCLA Division II, but the UMLC is not too far behind. St. Thomas, St. John's and North Dakota State make for a formidable trio, and now long-time Division I power Minnesota-Duluth has joined the party. Throw in Concordia (Calif.), Western Washington, Missouri Valley, Florida Gulf Coast and Cal State Fullerton, and there are no guarantees for any team.

1. Dayton
2. Concordia (Calif.)
3. North Dakota State
4. St. Thomas
5. Western Washington
6. St. John's
7. Grand Valley State
8. Grove City
9. Siena Heights
10. Florida Gulf Coast
11. Missouri Valley
12. Sierra Nevada
13. Cal State Fullerton
14. Minn.-Duluth
15. Kennesaw State
16. Palm Beach Atlantic
17. Elon
18. Reinhardt
19. Indiana Tech
20. Western Oregon

Preseason Player of the Year

Dave Hall, Grove City, Sr. M

Hall and Dan Casselli give the Wolverines the best midfield-attack combo in the country. Hall notched a team-high 50 points last season and will be tasked with getting the Wolverines deep into the tournament this spring.

LaxMagazine.com Fan Vote

Dillon Bernad, Concordia (Calif.), Sr. A (265) 10%

Dave Hall, Grove City, Sr. M (183) 7%

Andrew Markland, N. Dakota St., Jr. D (1337) 52%

Pat Mines, St. Thomas, Sr. LSM (206) 8%

Erik Sundstrom, Grand Valley St., Jr. A (575) 22%

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