BALTIMORE, Jan. 31, 2013 — The Loyola men and Florida women claimed the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine’s 2013 NCAA Division I preseason rankings, released today. The release of the Top 20 rankings concludes a four-week countdown of daily profiles of the nation’s best teams on LaxMagazine.com/LMranks.
The defending national champion Greyhounds are coming off an 18-1 season that included the ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season and tournament championships. Ranked No. 19 by Lacrosse Magazine entering 2012, Loyola suffered only a 10-9 defeat to rival Johns Hopkins and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Greyhounds beat Canisius, Denver (for a third time), Notre Dame and Maryland to win the program’s first NCAA championship. Attackman Mike Sawyer (52 goals, 10 assists) leads a host of returnees for Loyola, which battled the U.S. men’s national team in a 17-13 exhibition defeat Sunday at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event. Maryland, which advanced to the NCAA final in 2011 and 2012, enters this season ranked No. 2.
Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division I men’s preseason rankings as follows:
NCAA Division I Men
4. Notre Dame
5. Johns Hopkins
8. North Carolina
14. Penn State
The Gators, entering just their fourth season as a varsity program, achieved significant milestones in 2012, posting a 19-3 overall record and defeating eventual national champion Northwestern twice en route to the American Lacrosse Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Florida, behind 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist and 2013 U.S. World Cup team finalist Brittany Dashiell (44g, 25a), earned the No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the semifinals before losing to Syracuse in double overtime. The defending national champion Wildcats enter 2013 ranked No. 3, behind the second-ranked Orange.
Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division I women’s preseason rankings as follows:
NCAA Division I Women
5. North Carolina
9. Penn State
10. Notre Dame
13. Ohio State
18. Stony Brook
19. Boston College
Lacrosse Magazine is the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body. Lacrosse Magazine is counting down the top teams and players in all levels of collegiate lacrosse as the 2013 season draws near. For more, visit LaxMagazine.com/LMranks. Follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter and Tweet using the hashtag #LMranks. NCAA Division I preseason players of the year profiles will be posted Friday.
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