#LMRanks Stevenson Opens Title Defense At No. 1
|Stevenson and RIT begin 2014 the same way they ended 2013 - battling for the No. 1 spot in Division III. (Kevin P. Tucker)|
BALTIMORE – After capturing the school's first NCAA championship in any sport, Stevenson enters 2014 atop Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division III men's lacrosse rankings.
The Mustangs return defensive anchors like goalie Dimitri Pecunes and first-team All-American defenseman Kyle Holechek and second-team All-American attackman Chris Dashiell from a team that lost just two games a year ago, each by one goal.
An equally stacked RIT team stands at No. 2 after last year's NCAA runner-up showing, bringing back most of the roster that helped the Tigers set school records for goals (321) and points (503) last spring.
Semifinalists a year ago, Cortland and Salisbury enter the spring at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, with Dickinson rounding out the Top 5 after an 18-1 season.
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 III Men's Preseason Top 20
9. Washington College
10. Western New England
13. Washington & Lee
16. St. Mary's