Nike/Lacrosse Magazine 2016 NCAA Preview

February 12, 2016
Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division II Men
Alex Krawec, who guided Le Moyne to the national championship game with outstanding goalie play, returns in net and is among those to land on LM's preseason All-American team.

February 11, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: Division III Women's Top 20
Cortland reloads for a repeat, the Kate Livesay era begins at Middlebury, Salisbury lurks like a sleeping giant and Bowdoin is trending toward the final four.

February 11, 2016
Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division III Women
Unsurprisingly, 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.

February 11, 2016
Trinity's Martha Griffin: 'I'm Addicted to Improvement'
Martha Griffin used to be Trinity's secret weapon. But after eclipsing 100 points last year, the Bantams midfielder and LM Preseason Player of the Year is trending toward stardom.

February 10, 2016
Tufts Aiming for Third Straight Division III Crown
With 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.

February 10, 2016
Tufts' Uppgren is Nike/LM D-III Men's PPOY
John 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.

February 10, 2016
Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division III Men
Amherst's Quinn Moroney led the nation with a staggering 83 assists last season. He's one of 12 players named to Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Division III All-American team.

February 9, 2016
Cummings is Nike/LM D-I Women's Preseason Player of Year
Maryland senior Taylor Cummings has a chance to become the first-ever three-time Tewaaraton winner, but it's never been about the awards. For "one last ride," she will lead with a team-first mantra.

February 9, 2016
Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division I Women
Thirteen players, including North Carolina's Maggie Bill, made the cut for Lacrosse Magazine's preseason best bets for All-American honors come May.

February 8, 2016
Myles Jones is Nike/LM D-I Men's Preseason Player of Year
There might not be a more recognizable player in college lacrosse this season than Duke midfielder Myles Jones, for many, many reasons.

February 8, 2016
Nike/LM Preseason All-Americans: Division I Men
Twelve players, including Virginia's Greg Coholan, made the cut for Lacrosse Magazine's preseason best bets from All-American honors come May.

February 5, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 1 Maryland (Women)
As Taylor Cummings could become the first-ever three-time Tewaaraton finalist, the Terps hope to defend its NCAA crown en route to a three-peat.

February 5, 2016
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.

February 4, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 2 Denver (Men)
The Pioneers won one for the West last year. Now how about two? Bill Tierney and company are not running away from repeat talk.

February 4, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 2 North Carolina (Women)
Appearing in two of the past three NCAA championship games — both against Maryland — has transformed the Tar Heels into a powerhouse of their own.

February 3, 2016
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.

February 3, 2016
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.

February 2, 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.

February 2, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 4 Stony Brook (Women)
Stony Brook's storybook season ended in the second round against Princeton last year. The Seawolves have plenty of firepower back as they look to move past that disappointing finish.

February 1, 2016
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.

February 1, 2016
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?

January 29, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 6 Penn State (Women)
Penn State has been on a steady climb since Missy Doherty's arrival as head coach. Can the Nittany Lions continue the trend towards becoming a legitimate national title contender?

January 29, 2016
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.

January 28, 2016
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.

January 28, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 7 North Carolina (Men)
The Tar Heels lost some big names to graduation, but will look to gain success by committee to earn a postseason run come May.

January 27, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 8 Boston College (Women)
The Eagles put together a banner year in 2015 behind some promises delivered by one-time prized recruits. Can BC keep it going this year?

January 27, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 8 Yale (Men)
Yale has become the most consistent team in the dog-eat-dog Ivy League. It's time for the Bulldogs to up their expectations.

January 26, 2016
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.

January 26, 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.

January 25, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 10 Brown (Men)
After Brown's run-and-gun show ran out of steam last May, coach Lars Tiffany wondered, is it sustainable? Then he doubled down.

January 25, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 10 Florida (Women)
Mollie Stevens plays for Team USA and Florida has a dynamic freshman class, but will have to rebuild following the departure of star Shannon Gilroy.

January 22, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 11 Virginia (Women)
Is Kasey Behr the latest great in Charlottesville? Behr did a little bit of everything as a freshman and will be asked to do a lot more for a rebuilding Virginia team in 2016.

January 22, 2016
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.

January 21, 2016
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.

January 21, 2016
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.

January 20, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 13 Ohio State (Men)
After two NCAA quarterfinal appearances in three years, can Ohio State keep the momentum going in 2016? Signs point to yes.

January 20, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 13 Johns Hopkins (Women)
The Blue Jays are coming off an impressive season as an independent with wins over Duke and Stony Brook, but they want to advance past the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2016.

January 19, 2016
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.

January 19, 2016
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.

January 18, 2016
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?

January 18, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 15 Stanford (Women)
With Lucy Dikeou as the centerpiece and hopefully a healthy Kelsey Murray back at full strength, the Cardinal could buck a recent trend of one-and-done NCAA tournament appearances.

January 15, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 16 Towson (Men)
With one of the top defenses in the country, backed by goalie Tyler White, Towson is the preseason favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association and No. 16 in the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

January 15, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 16 Penn (Women)
The Quakers are a favorite once again to finish at or near the top of the Ivy League come the end of the season. But for the first time in a while, they have a question mark in goal.

January 14, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 17 Loyola (Women)
Goalie Molly Wolf and defender Maddy Lesher will lead from behind a Greyhounds team that should again dominate the Patriot League and could again get hot at the right time.

January 14, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 17 Albany (Men)
Lyle Thompson is gone, but Albany is not going anywhere. Blaze Riorden is more than a highlight film and the Great Danes have more depth than you think. Look out for Albany at No. 17 in the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

January 13, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 18 Ohio State (Women)
Ohio State registered the biggest upset in the country last year, but a strong senior class graduated. What do the Buckeyes have up their sleeves in 2016?

January 13, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 18 Marquette (Men)
Marquette was the Cinderella story of 2015, breaking into the national rankings after just 31 games as a program. Will the Golden Eagles keep trending up in Year Four? A 19-member senior class will see to it.

January 12, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 19 James Madison (Women)
The reigning CAA champion returns with a chip on its shoulder and the firepower to bounce back to the NCAA tournament.

January 12, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 19 Stony Brook (Men)
In the absence of Albany's Lyle Thompson, the America East could be Stony Brook's to claim with its offensive firepower now complemented by goalie Zach Oliveri at the opposite end of the field.

January 11, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 20 USC (Women)
With virtually every player returning from a team that upset James Madison in the first round, including USC's first All-American Michaela Michael, what's in store for year four?

January 11, 2016
Nike/LM NCAA Preview: No. 20 Harvard (Men)
Is this the year the stars align for Harvard? The Crimson boast a mammoth senior class and an overhauled coaching staff that now includes former Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca as defensive coordinator.

January 7, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division II Women's Preseason Top 15
Can two-time defending national champion Adelphi make it a three-peat? The Panthers start the season ranked first in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Women's Preseason Top 15.

January 7, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division II Men's Preseason Top 15
There has been no team that's tried for a third straight Division II men's national championship that's been as stacked at Limestone. The Saints are top in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine D-II men's preseason rankings.

January 6, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division III Men's Preseason Top 20
There has not been a three-peat NCAA Division III men's lacrosse champion in a decade. But with John Uppgren and 2015 NCAA championship game hero Conor Helfrich returning, the Jumbos are favorites to accomplish the feat in 2016.

January 6, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division III Women's Preseason Top 20
Cortland overcame years of falling just short and won it all in 2015. How about another in 2016? Led by Kristen Ohberg and Tara Monaghan, the Red Dragons are No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20.

January 5, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division I Men's Preseason Top 20
Will 2016 be the Year of the Irish? Notre Dame, coming off its fourth final four appearance in the last six seasons, is ranked No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Men's Preseason Top 20.

January 4, 2016
Nike/LM 2016 Division I Women's Preseason Top 20
Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse are the top three entering 2016, but can anyone bet against a two-time reigning NCAA champion that still has a two-time Tewaaraton winner on its roster?