February 12, 2016
Matt Bellando (58 points in 2015) is one of several offensive threats for LIU Post. (Lee Weissman)
Matt Bellando (58 points in 2015) is one of several offensive threats for LIU Post. (Lee Weissman)

Nike/LM NCAA Preview: Division II Men's Top 15

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | #LMRanks

1. Limestone

2015 Record: 20-1
Conference Carolinas: 6-0
Home: 13-1
Away: 6-0
Neutral: 1-0

There has never been a team eyeing a third consecutive national championship that is as stacked as the Saints. That's probably why it hasn't happened before, but this is looking like the year.

2. Le Moyne

2015 Record: 16-3
Northeast-10: 11-0
Home: 10-2
Away: 4-0
Neutral: 2-1

When the Dolphins' biggest issue appears to be their close defense, you know you're in trouble, because that's never been a problem. The return of Alex Krawec (6.97 GAA, 65.3 save percentage) in net is huge.

3. Lake Erie

2015 Record: 15-3
ECAC: 6-1
Home: 5-1
Away: 8-2
Neutral: 2-0

The Storm was the toast of Division II last year, putting Ohio D-II lacrosse on the map. Now the honeymoon is over and expectations are still sky-high. Lucas Shafer (59 points) better be ready.

4. Merrimack

2015 Record: 13-3
Northeast-10: 10-1
Home: 5-2
Away: 8-1
Neutral: 0-0

Some offseason attrition stung the Warriors, but there is still more than enough to make another run at championship game. Can Max Allen take a crack at the single-season D-II goals record of 122?

5. Adelphi

2015 Record: 15-3
Northeast 10: 9-2
Home: 8-3
Away: 7-0
Neutral: 0-0

With a fearless scorer like Sal Tuttle (82 points) and the best faceoff guy north of South Carolina in John English (69.4 FO%), the Panthers already have two key ingredients. They'll be tough to beat again.

6. Lindenwood

2015 Record: 14-4
ECAC: 5-2
Home: 5-1
Away: 8-2
Neutral: 1-1

The Lions smashed down the western wall last year, and they might not be through. Kevin Eskridge (54 points) and Josh Coons (49) are back, along with almost the entire defense.

7. LIU Post

2015 Record: 14-3
East Coast Conference: 8-0
Home: 6-1
Away: 4-2
Neutral: 4-0

Matt Beccaris (64 points) and Matt Bellando (58) anchor a frontline that will once again be a handful. Adam Winne (8.19 GAA, 53.7 save percentage) will need some help in the back if the Pioneers have big goals.

8. Tampa

2015 Record: 15-4
Sunshine State Conference: 6-0
Home: 10-2
Away: 3-2
Neutral: 2-0

With the talent on the roster and a challenging schedule, the Spartans will be in the NCAA tourney again. But how far can Conor Whipple (69 points) take them?


2015 Record: 12-4
East Coast Conference: 7-1
Home: 8-1
Away: 4-2
Neutral: 0-1

A healthy Alex Selzter (8.43 GAA, 53.3 sv%) in between the pipes and Shawn Murphy (73 points) up front gives the Bears a solid foundation to snap its two-year NCAA tournament drought

10. Seton Hill

2015 Record: 9-5
ECAC: 6-1
Home: 6-1
Away: 3-4
Neutral: 0-0

The way the season finished was a kick in the teeth for the Griffins, but there's plenty to be optimistic about in '16, including the return of Anthony Peluso (66.9 FO%) who is a difference-maker at the dot.

11. Mount Olive

2015 Record: 11-5
Conference Carolinas: 4-2
Home: 3-3
Away: 6-2
Neutral: 2-0

The return of Matt Shields (57 points) provides the Trojans with an offensive force, which will be important with the stiff schedule awaiting UMO. Having Limestone in the same league is problematic.

12. Mercyhurst

2015 Record: 8-6
ECAC: 5-2
Home: 4-0
Away: 4-4
Neutral: 0-2

The dominant run for the Lakers came to a screeching halt last year with record barely over .500, but the confidence is high for a team that should find it far easier to score goals this spring.

13. Florida Tech

2015 Record: 12-4
Sunshine State Conference: 3-2
Home: 6-2
Away: 5-2
Neutral: 1-0

The Panthers have emerged as the second-best team in the Sunshine State Conference, aided by guys like Jason Terry (41 points). They might be ready to give Tampa run for league supremacy.

14. Pfeiffer

2015 Record: 10-5
Conference Carolinas: 5-1
Home: 6-1
Away: 4-3
Neutral: 0-1

The offense will once again be a handful paced by Eddie Renaud (70 points), but it'll be the back end that determines what the Falcons are capable of accomplishing.

15. Pace

2015 Record: 9-7
Northeast-10: 6-5
Home: 4-2
Away: 5-5
Neutral: 0-0

What the Setters lack in experience they more than make up for with sheer talent. This precocious bunch has an uphill climb in the Northeast-10, but Wyatt Barfoot (51 points) is a handful.

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