Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division III WomenUnsurprisingly, six of the 12 top players in NCAA Division III women's lacrosse hail from the mighty NESCAC. But if you're looking for some spoilers, the best defenders are in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Tufts Aiming for Third Straight Division III CrownWith many of the nation's top players returning in the NCAA men's Division III ranks, it's not surprising that Tufts is our selection to repeat as champs in the Nike/LM Top 20. A preview of what to look for in 2016.
Tufts' Uppgren is Nike/LM D-III Men's PPOYJohn Uppgren has scored more than 120 points EACH of the last two seasons while leading Tufts to consecutive NCAA Division III championships. The Minnesota native credits hockey for part of his development.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 1 Notre Dame (Men)Could 2016 be the year of the Irish? They have the talent necessary for a run at the NCAA crown, including first-team All-Americans Matt Kavanagh, Sergio Perkovic and Matt Landis.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 3 Duke (Men)Myles Jones and Deemer Class headline Duke's 2016 season as the nation's top 1-2 punch in the midfield, but defense will be the key if the Blue Devils want to play on Memorial Day.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 3 Syracuse (Women)Syracuse lost eight games last year, but playing the nation's toughest schedule for the second year in a row helped prepare the Orange for a strong run in the postseason. The Orange will look to replicate that success in 2016.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 4 Maryland (Men)Maryland has reached the NCAA championship game three times in the last five years, but the Terps still haven't brought home the championship to College Park since 1975. A seasoned offense is hoping to change that pattern.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 5 Syracuse (Men)This could be a year Syracuse coach John Desko mixes and matches offensive personnel, but can the attack develop in time with only one returning starter in Dylan Donahue? Ben Williams at X and Warren Hill in goal should help the offense get that time.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 5 Northwestern (Women)Northwestern's 10-year streak of advancing to the final four was snapped in 2015. Can the Wildcats make a comeback with a confident gold medalist in Selena Lasota, who now has a much stronger supporting cast?
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 6 Johns Hopkins (Men)Johns Hopkins went from 4-6 to Big Ten champions and a trip to the final four by following an unusual script. Offense ruled at Homewood, but the loss of Joel Tinney and Connor Reed in the offseason will be a challenge.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 7 Notre Dame (Women)The Irish have real NCAA championship aspirations with a deep roster, including Tewaaraton finalist Barbara Sullivan, offensive standout Cortney Fortunato and U.S. silver medalist goalie Samantha Giacolone.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 9 Virginia (Men)The uproar over Virginia's lopsided loss to Hopkins in the NCAA tournament muted what otherwise was a productive 2015 season for the Cavaliers, considering their injury woes. That's all the reason more not to overlook them in 2016.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 9 Princeton (Women)After advancing one step further in the NCAA tournament in each of the last three years — and with Olivia Hompe leading the way — the Tigers could be primed for a return to Memorial Day weekend.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 11 Georgetown (Men)Georgetown is a team trending in the right direction under coach Kevin Warne. The question is how good can it be? The Hoyas are ranked 11th in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 12 Loyola (Men)Six one-goal losses doomed Loyola in a 7-8 season in 2015, but the Greyhounds return a very experienced lineup, including senior Zach Herreweyers who is coming off of a 47-goal season.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 12 Duke (Women)Duke has reached the NCAA quarterfinals 11 straight years. This isn’t the first time they’ve suffered heavy graduation losses, so expect the Blue Devils to remain among the nation’s elite.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 14 Cornell (Men)No team in the Ivy League was hit by graduation losses harder than Cornell, but it always helps to have one of the top faceoff guys in the country. The Big Red begin the season ranked No. 14 in the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 14 Louisville (Women)Draw specialist Kaylin Morissette, Louisville's lone All-American from 2015, returns with more support as the Cards strive to play stronger in the ACC and go deeper in the NCAA tournament.
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 15 Navy (Men)The Midshipmen boast a stout defense and one of the best faceoff men in the country. But will it be enough to get them back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009?