Lacrosse Magazine has put the finishing touches on its 2010 college preview issue, which mailed US Lacrosse members the first week of February. LM canvassed rival coaches to give us their anonymous take on the top 10 preseason ranked teams for Division I men's and women's lacrosse.
Scouting Report: No. 7 Syracuse
Syracuse attacker Halley Quillinan is one of a handful of players looking to fill the void left by Katie Rowan.
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HEAD COACH: Gary Gait
CONFERENCE: Big East
2009 RECORDS: 14-5, 6-1
2010 SCHEDULE: Click Here
M Christina Dove (Sr.)
Team's leading returning scorer (59g, 21a) and threat off the draw will receive oodles more defensive attention that used to go to Katie Rowan. Dove is money on free positions, scoring 11 goals a year ago on just 15 free-position opportunities, or 73 percent. The U.S. Developmental team member's success comes when she goes to the rack early and often. She'll be asked to initiate from up top and play behind on occasion.
A Halley Quillinan (Sr.)
Also affected by Rowan's departure, Quillinan (45g, 7a), considered more of a pure finisher in the past, will need to carry the ball more.
G Liz Hogan (Jr.)
Despite a bloated 9.58 goals against average in '09, Gait says she has "the potential to be the best goalie in the country."
D Lindsey Rogers (Sr.)
Big East Defensive Player of the Year led the Orange with 56 draw controls and is the heart of a revamped low defense.
A Katie Rowan
Loss of all-time leading scorer, Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and U.S. World Cup team member is Syracuse's most significant.
M Bridget Looney
Orange will miss her tenacity (28 caused turnovers), but maybe not the team-high 82 fouls she committed.
A Michelle Tumolo
Lefty blue-chip recruit could emerge into a significant role, given her precision feeding skils, perhaps providing some structure to Syracuse's free-wielding offense.
A Taylor Nims
Younger sister of 2009 NCAA men's lacrosse championship game hero Kenny Nims hopes to bring same kind of mojo to the women's team.
Syracuse has retooled its defense behind a new coordinator, Regy Thorpe, a former Syracuse great and teammate of Gait's in the National Lacrosse League. Thorpe has coached and served as general manager for the Rochester Knighthawks. The knowledge is there, but how much will get lost in translation to the women's game?
RIVAL COACHES' TAKES
"They were unimpressive at the end of last year. They have gotten stagnant recently."
"It will be tough to replace Katie Rowan — one of the best players ever."