Adelphi Takes Top Spot in NCAA DII Rankings
|Faceoff man Greg Puskuldjian returns to an Adelphi team primed for another NCAA run. (Lee Weissman)|
BALTIMORE – Returning national semifinalist Adelphi begins 2014 as the top team in Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division II men's lacrosse preseason rankings.
Adelphi finished last season with a 14-3 record and went 10-2 in the Northeast-10.
The Panthers fell to eventual champion and NE-10 foe Le Moyne in the final four, but they return several key starters in first-team All-American midfielder Joe Celano, faceoff man Greg Puskuldjian and starting goaltender Aidan Mennardo.
Adelphi edged the defending champion Dolphins for the No. 1 position. Le Moyne went 18-2 en route to the championship and won the NE-10.
National runner-up Mercyhurst comes in third, followed by defending ECC champion LIU Post. Returning Conference Carolinas winner Limestone rounds out the top five.
The rankings were compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultation with college coaches.
Lacrosse Magazine will continue its 2014 college lacrosse preview throughout January and into February, with team-by-team breakdowns of the top teams in NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's lacrosse. Follow the countdown at LaxMagazine.com/LMRanks and on twitter at #LMRanks.
Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division II Men's Preseason Top 10
2. Le Moyne
4. LIU Post
7. Seton Hill
8. Lake Erie