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#LMRanks: Nike/Lacrosse Magazine 2015 Preview

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter | #LMRanks

Welcome to the home page of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine 2015 college preview - our annual #LMRanks countdown of the best and brightest stars in the game as we await the opening draw of the year, coming just a few short weeks (or, depending on when you read this, days) away!

The Division I previews feature detailed breakdowns of teams 1-20, begun in early January. Division III breakd down teams 1-10, with the women's preview kicking off February 1st. Division II features a look at teams 1-5, with men's and women's beginning on February 1.

Be sure to join the conversation on social media by tweeting using hashtag #LMRanks to chime in on the teams and where you think they belong!

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Division I

Men's Preview

February 2, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Best Bet All-Americans
There's a long season ahead of us, and anyone can make their name between now and Memorial Day. But we've got our picks for who we think the top dogs for the year are and will be.

January 30, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 1 Denver
Denver has been building its program to among the tops in the land - will 2015 be the year the Pioneers put it all together and take the NCAA crown westward?

January 30, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy Lines on the Top 5
Every team has at least a few weaknesses. We know because we got coaches who have to game plan for them to spill their secrets. What is the scouting report on the Top 5?

January 29, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 2 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were on the cusp a year ago, and bring back most of their NCAA finals lineup. Can they finally break through to their first title?

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 3 Duke
WIth three NCAA championships in five years - can Duke come together once again and make a run at 'dynasty' status with a third consecutive crown?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 4 Syracuse
Plenty of offense is back for the Orange, but familiar questions linger on defense and at the face-off X. Will Syracuse rebound from its first round NCAA exit?

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 5 Johns Hopkins
A pair of Stanwicks, a top draw man, and a ton of returning starters besides, Johns Hopkins has quite a bit going for it as the season dawns. Can the Blue Jays get to the top?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy Lines 10-6
We're in to the Top 10 of the #LMRanks countdown of the Nike/LM DI Men's Top 20. What do opposing coaches see in these teams that hope to be challenging for the NCAA crown by Memorial Day?

January 23, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 6 North Carolina
Every year, the question is the same - can the talented Tar Heels find their way back to the final four? An improved defense and always-dangerous offense could finally make that answer a yes.

January 22, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 7 Virginia
The offense is almost always reliable at Virginia, but can the back end improve after allowing over 10 goals a game the past two seasons? That could be the key for these Cavaliers.

January 21, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 8 Maryland
It was a tough offseason for the Terrapins, but plenty of talent returns from last year's NCAA semifinalist. Where will John Tillman and Co. land in the Big Ten hierarchy?

January 20, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 9 Loyola
The Greyhounds dominated the Patriot League but stumbled in a home loss to Albany in the NCAA first round. Can Loyola make its way back to the deep rounds of the tournament?

January 19, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 10 Cornell
Stability and familiarity breed confidence, and the Big Red have both as 2015 gets ready to set off. Can Cornell recapture the top dog status in the Ivy League?

January 17, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy lines 15-11
How do you slow down Lyle Thompson? How do you get past Harvard or Penn's defense? We asked opposing coaches to give us their read on #LMRanks DI men's teams previewed this week.

January 16, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 11 Penn
With a largely new coaching staff on campus and some tough loss to graduation, an the Quakers get back to the top of the Ivy League?

January 15, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 12 Harvard
After an at-large invite to the NCAAs, can Harvard continue building on recent success and move to the forefront of the Ivy League?

January 14, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 13 Albany
Fan favorites during a breakout 2014 with the all-Thompson attack, the Great Danes return all-everything Lyle Thompson - but can they match the magic?

January 13, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 14 Lehigh
A 13-win season for the Mountain Hawks wasn't good enough for an at-large NCAA bid after Loyola unseated them in the Patriot League last spring. Can they get back to the dance?

January 12, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 15 Penn State
Will moving out from the shadow of the CAA's postseason denial breathe new life into Penn State as the Nittany Lions move into their home B1G Ten?

January 10, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy Lines 20-16
We asked opposing coaches for anonymous scouting reports on all of our Nike/LM Preseason Top 20 teams. What do they see in the teams we previewed this week?

January 9, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 16 Yale
With the loss of some key talent from last year's 9-5 team, Yale is embracing a new two-way methodology in hopes to taking the next step to the front of the Ivy League.

January 8, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 17 Hofstra
After a heartbreaking 3OT loss in the CAA final kept them out of the NCAA tournament, can the Pride channel their anger into a tough 2015 schedule?

January 7, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 18 Drexel
A 13-win breakthrough season and NCAA quarterfinals bid have Drexel thinking big things for 2015. Can Brian Voelker's Dragons keep rolling?

January 6, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 19 Bryant
A monumental upset of Syracuse got the Bulldogs to the NCAA quarterfinals - can up-the-middle duo Gunnar Waldt and Kevin Massa key the No. 19 Bulldogs once more?

January 5, 2015
#LMRanks MD1 Preview: No. 20 Ohio State
At home in the new Big Ten, Ohio State hopes to make it back to the NCAA tournament after an off year. The Buckeyes check in at No. 20 in the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

Women's Preview

February 2, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Best Bet All-Americans
As the season gets underway, who do Lacrosse Magazine's staff think are the best bets to make the All-America team at the end of the season?

January 30, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 1 Maryland
The Terrapins return a ton of talent - including Tewaaraton finalist Megan Douty and winner Taylor Cummings - from last year's championship team. Can anyone take them?

January 30, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines on Top 5
Want to earn a win against one of the Top 5 in this year's Nike/LM DI women's Top 5? You'll have to go a bit deeper than "shut off Cummings, Treanor and Gilroy".

January 29, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 2 North Carolina
With the freshmen who played key roles a year ago coming back with a season under their belts and some key players back healthy, can North Carolina challenge for another crown?

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 3 Syracuse
The Orange made it all the way to the NCAA finals, but couldn't get past Maryland. With the Terrapins gone, can Kayla Treanor and Co. run to the top of the ACC?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 4 Florida
The Gators have a new home (the Big East), but the same goal: Capturing that elusive NCAA crown. They have the top scorer in women's lacrosse - do they have a shot?

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 5 Northwestern
Every year, it seems, Northwestern has question marks entering the season. But every year, they put together another run with a tough-as-nails group. How will the Wildcats' first year in their home Big Ten go?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 10-6
The reports are in - what do the #LMRanks teams 10-6 in the DI women's Nike/LM Top 20 look like to opposing coaches?

January 23, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 6 Virginia
After a return to the NCAA semifinals for the once-dominant Cavaliers, can they keep amidst the top end of DI women's lacrosse in 2015?

January 22, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 7 Boston College
The Eagles flew to unprecedented heights in 2014 - how will they perform in an encore with many of the key players back?

January 21, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 8 Duke
Inconsistencies plagued Duke last spring, but the Blue Devils made their 10th straight NCAA quarterfinal appearance. Can they push through to championship weekend?

January 20, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 9 Loyola
Perfect in the Patriot League but out in the NCAA second round, the Greyhounds beefed up their non-conference slate. Can Loyola go deep in 2015?

January 19, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 10 Notre Dame
Nearly the entire team returns for a Notre Dame squad that hopes to improve on last season's 2-5 mark in the always tough ACC. Can this experienced group break into the elite?

January 18, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 11-15
How would you break down teams No. 11-15 in the Nike/LM DI Women's Top 20? We asked coaches in the know to do just that - here's what they had to say.

January 16, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 11 Penn State
With eight returning starters steering the ship, Penn State has high hopes for its first season in the Big Ten. Can the Nittany Lions crash the final four party?

January 15, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 12 Louisville
An experienced midfield will need to carry the load for Louisville, which hopes to build on a great final Big East season as it enters the ultra-tough ACC in 2015.

January 14, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 13 Ohio State
The Buckeyes showed they could win games against elite teams last year. How will things shape up in their first Big Ten season?

January 13, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 14 Johns Hopkins
The Blue Jays had a big year and made the NCAA tournament, but lost some key players to graduation. Can they find their new identity and keep their momentum going?

January 12, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 15 Princeton
A longtime power in women's lacrosse, the Tigers are looking to continue an upward trend in scoring and get back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

January 11, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 20-16
Know your foe is the name of the game in lacrosse, so we asked some opposing coaches to give us their read on this week's previewed teams from the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

January 9, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 16 Stony Brook
The Seawolves have built themselves into a contender in recent seasons under coach Joe Spallina - but can they go from NCAA tournament berth to NCAA tournament threat in 2015?

January 8, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 17 Penn
Always a tough defensive nut to crack, can Penn step things up on the other end this year and make it back to the final weekend of the NCAA tournament?

January 7, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 18 Georgetown
The Big East is drastically different, but Georgetown is still at its core, hoping to once again make a run at the top teams in the land as the preseason No. 18 team.

January 6, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 19 Stanford
With eight starters returning from last year's NCAA tournament team, are the Cardinal ready to make the next step in the women's world?

January 5, 2015
#LMRanks WD1 Preview: No. 20 Denver Pioneers
Our Nike/Lacrosse Magazine preseason #LMRanks Top 20 kicks off with an in-depth look at No. 20 Denver, a dangerous squad out of the MPSF.

Division II

Men's Preview

February 6, 2015
Luke Miller: DII Men's Preseason Player of the Year
NYIT's Luke Miller has done everything his older brothers have done and more on the lacrosse field - save winning an NCAA crown. He hopes to remedy that as a senior.

February 6, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: No. 1 Limestone
The first program to win a title from the south, Limestone repeated the feat for the first time in 12 years in 2014. Can they continue to spearhead the rapidly-growing region?

February 5, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: No. 2 Tampa
In just three years of existence, the Spartans have ascended to the heights of Division II. Will Tampa build off of last year's semifinal run or will they remain second fiddle to Limestone in the South?

February 4, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: No. 3 LIU Post
LIU Post took a surprise ticket to the dance and parlayed it into a shot at the national title. The Pioneers came up short, but now they have both the experience and talent to take another shot.

February 3, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: Best Bet All-Americans
Who would you take for your starting lineup from all of Division II? We've made our picks for preseason All-America.

February 3, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: No. 4 Adelphi
The Panthers are still on the prowl for their eighth championship, snapping their 13-year dry spell. Does Adelphi have enough to power its way through the North?

February 2, 2015
#LMRanks DII Men's Preview: No. 5 Le Moyne
It was another strong year for the Dolphins even with the quarterfinal ouster. The Northeast-10 and the North region are once again loaded with contenders, but Le Moyne is certainly among that group.

Women's Preview

February 13, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: No. 1 Adelphi
They have a new coach, but the Panthers play in a world in which undefeated seasons are the norm. The rest of Division II can only try their best and hope to derail the dynasty.

February 12, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: No. 2 Lock Haven
Plenty of power returns for the NCAA runner-up, but can they wrestle the title off Long Island for the first time in six years?

February 11, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: No. 3 Lindenwood
The rapid ascent of the Lions took a big leap with a shock of unbeaten Limestone and NCAA semifinals trip. How do they hope to encore?

February 10, 2015
#LMranks DII Women's Preview: No. 4 Limestone
After a shocking fall in the NCAA tournament to Lindenwood, the Saints look to reload and have the tools to do it, though the South isn't getting any easier.

February 9, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: No. 5 LIU Post
Rebuilding? That's what other schools do. How will the Pioneers re-tool after graduating a monster group that took two NCAA crowns?

February 8, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: No. 15-6 Breakdown
Plenty of danger lurks outside of the Top 5 - if you doubt, look no further than Lindenwood's surprise semifinal run in '14. Who are the potential dark horses?

February 6, 2015
Jackie Andersen: DII Women's Preseason Player of the Year
The Dowling star's lacrosse career almost never was. The Golden Lions are sure glad LM's DII Women's Lacrosse Preseason Player of the Year finally picked up a stick in 7th grade.

February 3, 2015
#LMRanks DII Women's Preview: Best Bet All Americans
There are several women in place to take the helm of 'tops in DII women's lacrosse' with Jackie Sileo graduated. Here are our best bets for who will have All-America caliber seasons.

January 19, 2015
Nike/LM Division II Women's Preseason Top 15
After a perfect 22-0 mark in 2014, can Adelphi repeat after replacing their head coach following their NCAA title? They begin 2015 at No. 1 in our DII Women's Top 15.

Division III

Men's Preview

February 6, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 1 Tufts
The Jumbos trampled everything in their path behind a mammoth offense a year ago. Can Mike Daly's crew earn a third NCAA crown in 2015?

February 5, 2015
Cole Bailey: DIII Men's Preseason Player of the Year
It's never been all about numbers for the Tufts star and LM's Preseason Player of the Year for Men's Division III. But his numbers are certainly impressive anyways.

February 5, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 2 RIT
The Tigers were once again one of the top teams in the country, but the end to the season was ugly. RIT is loaded once again and will be looking to finally take home the whole enchilada.

February 4, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: Best Bet All-Americans
Who would you take for your starting lineup from all of Division III? We've made our picks for preseason All-America.

February 4, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 3 Salisbury
The Sea Gulls were thwarted from title No. 11 last spring, and now there are holes all over the field. Alas, questions for Salisbury are answered a lot easier than at most places.

February 3, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 4 Washington
The 2014 version of the Shoremen advanced to the semifinals for the first time in a decade. Can WAC maintain it's upward trajectory and fight for a title this spring, or will there be a leveling off?

February 2, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 5 Stevenson
The Mustangs' attempt at a repeat fell short, but not by much. Stevenson once against boasts a stacked roster, but there's a fine line between good and great.

January 30, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 6 Cortland
The Red Dragons had a rare NCAA quarterfinals setback, and now there are questions about their defense. Has Cortland fallen behind its top North region rivals, or was it just a one-year anomaly?

January 29, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 7 Lynchburg
If the Hornets put together a 17-win season in what was supposed to be a 'down' year, what can an improved crew manage this spring?

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 8 Union
Three of the Dutchmen's four losses came to Liberty League rival RIT last year, including an NCAA quarterfinal showdown. Is it Union's time to shine, or will they remain second fiddle to the Tigers?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 9 Denison
The Big Red were the toast of Division III last spring, but there are a lot of key pieces gone. While Denison won't match last year's success, it'll still be dangerous.

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 10 Cabrini
The Cavaliers put together one of its finest regular seasons behind its No.1-rated offense, but were upended in the second round of the tourney. Is a deeper run in store for '15?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 20-11 Breakdown
Lacrosse Magazine's preseason Division III men's rankings are out. Here's a breakdown of the No. 11 through No. 20 teams in this year's list.

Women's Preview

February 24, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 7 Gettysburg
With a determined group of seniors, can the Bullets can back to the final four?

February 24, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 8 Franklin & Marshall
An underclassmen-heavy roster should be strong at the midfield, but can the Diplomats challenge for an NCAA crown?

February 20, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 2 Trinity
The Bantams have had a tremendous run of success, but with former coach Kate Livesay back at her alma mater Middlebury, how will they fare under new leadership?

February 19, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 3 Middlebury
It's the last hurrah for Hall of Fame coach Missy Foote. Can the Panthers send her off on a championship note?

February 18, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 4 Cortland
Their head coach is gone, and with her the DIII Attacker of the Year. But the last team to beat two-time defending champion Salisbury is still a force to be reckoned with.

February 17, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 5 Amherst
With a small but notable class gone after last year's semifinal run, how will Amherst recover for 2015's NESCAC gauntlet?

February 12, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 9 Geneseo
Making the NCAA's quarterfinal round for the first time a year ago, the Knights hope to build and grow with a young but talented lineup.

February 11, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 10 Williams
Questions abound on the defensive end, but Williams should be able to score goals in 2015. Will that be enough in the always-tough NESCAC

February 5, 2015
Bethany Baer: DIII Women's Preseason Player of the Year
She's knotted with her brother, having won two titles already in her collegiate career. Can she pull ahead by leading Salisbury to a third straight crown?

February 4, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: Best Bet All-Americans
Only three return from last spring's All-America selection for DIII women's, meaning a wide-open field awaits the best of 2015. Who do we project leading the way for their teams?

February 1, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Women's Preview: No. 20-11 Breakdown
Plenty of danger lurks outside of the Top 10 in DIII women's lacrosse this spring. We kick off their portion of our #LMRanks preseason coverage with a look at the bottom half of the Nike/LM Top 20.

January 12, 2015
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine DIII Women's Preseason Top 20
Salisbury and Trinity have made a habit of finishing 1-2 in recent seasons, and that's where they find themselves once again in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division III Women's Preseason Top 20.

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