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2011 Pre-Season NCAA Division 3 Lacrosse Rankings

Thanks to LPG for the Picture!
Thanks to LPG for the Picture!

The 2011 Pre-Season Division III NCAA Lacrosse rankings are out from Lacrosse Magazine, Inside Lacrosse and Laxpower. Jac Coyne also ranked the teams in DIII back in August, but I’m sure he’ll have some changes!  Since I contribute to the LaxPower DIII Forum Poll, I thought I’d post my personal Top 20 as well.

2010 was a great year with Tufts winning their first National Championship (after winning their first NESCAC crown) over Salisbury on Memorial Day.  Cortland, Stevenson, Roanoke and others all came very close, and 2011 offers a similar slate of very competitive teams.  Right now, there are probably 6 teams (maybe more!) that have a legit shot at winning it all.  The question remains, how do you rank them?  And who fills slots 7-20?  It’ going to be another bumpy year in Division 3!

Connor Wilson’s (Wheniwasakid…) Pre-Season NCAA Division 3 Rankings

1 – Tufts - 2010 National Champion. Lost some, return a lot and brought in talent. How Foglietta plays in big games will make or break their season.

2 – Stevenson – Tons of talent on offense, a lot of depth at the midfield and a reworked defense could be the key to winning it all.

3 – Salisbury - Back for business. Last year’s loss in the NC game has renewed the focus and committment on the Eastern Shore. And that could be scary.

4 – Cortland - Upstate talent, depth and toughness. Cortland is always a contender with the best tw0-way middie in the game in DeLuca.

5 – Middlebury – A great defense will need to carry the Midd offense as the team continues to adjust to life without a preeminent superstar scorer. One could emerge though. After all, it’s still Middlebury.

Middlebury College mens lacrosse

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6 – Haverford – A great team that has come close in the past. They just need to put it all together in 2011.

7 – Roanoke – Roanoke always seems to be on the outside looking in. Is 2011 the year when they pull the defense together during the playoffs? They have the talent and coaching.

8 – Connecticut College – A real TEAM. No superstars, but everyone can play. Makes them more dangerous in tight games.

9 – RIT – All the talent in the world, but are they athletic enough to run with the big boys?

10 – Geneseo – Genny needed a good goalie to replace Costanza. They got a kid to transfer in. A banner year in Genny is possible!

11 – Gettysburg – I doubted them in 2009 and they did EXTREMELY well. Could 2011 be the same situation? Good middie talent remains in tact for the Bullets.

Gettysburg College men's lacrosse

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12 – Lynchburg – This team has been called young for the last two years and they were good… so are they experienced yet? Will they be great?

13 – RPI – Another talented Upstate NY team that may lack the overall athleticism to win when it counts.

14 – Bowdoin – Could suffer from a slow start because their hockey playing contingent will need to adjust, but they have some ballers. Athletic team that will get better as the season progresses.

15 – Denison – It’s easy to get up for a couple of tough regular season games, but Denison doesn’t seem to be able to consistently do the same in the NCAA’s. Until they can win those games, doubt will remain, and justifiably so.

16 – Dickinson – Can they move past their position of the last couple of years? Dickinson has been good, but not great. They have yet to live up to expectations.

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17 – Nazareth – A good team that could move up quickly.  They could also lose some games early and be an after-thought. Outside of the top 14 teams, a lot is up in the air.

18 – Cabrini – Another good team, but not great. They play hard and will make the NCAA’s, but most likely lose in the 1st or 2nd round.

19 – Hampden-Sydney – Good team, could surprise some people but won’t contend.

20 – Wesleyan – My darkhorse pick for 2011.  This team could win the NESCAC and go deep into the NCAA’s… or they could go 7-8.  It all depends on how the team improves and plays together.

About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

28 Comments

  • Cuse transfer Spenser Parnell just arrived inn Roanoke. He put on a show two/three summers ago on the camp circuit. Could be a big time boost for the Maroons.

  • Oh Connor, Stevenson at 2? A team that plays terrible defense (no matter how many AA’s IL says they have have).

    Noke at 7? They have a clinical aversion to defense! 412, Parnell is nice but this team is terrible at the defensive end so I’m not sure how much Parnell fixes anything.

    HSC? Ew. Just ew.

    Anddddddd Wesleyan. A team that loses its two best offensive players, its FOGO and two starting defensemen from a team that was horrendous other than a nice little late season run just to get back to .500. I’m not sure what this team does well. They don’t have a reliable #1 option on offense (or 2nd or 3rd for that matter) and their best hopes lie with a transfer from UMBC being some all-worldly stud on offense (he won’t be). Outside of Kelley and Simmons, everyone has proved to be nothing more than a mediocre role player, not some star capable of anchoring a unit on either side of the ball. that includes John Froats, whose NESCAC ROY selection two years ago looks even more ridiculous with every goal that guys like Redwood and Fox tally. They are a team that needs to prove they belong first, not a team that should arbitrarily be placed in the top 20 because “they might win the NESCAC.”

  • Elite by what standard? They cannot win an NCAA championship as currently constructed. For me, that keeps them out of the elite zone. A very good regular season team yes, but ill-equipped for post-season games.

  • Can’t believe you left out Becker, Cobleskill, and Mitchell College…what’s going on there dude? Really? Salisbury, Tufts, Stevenson, etc.? C’MONNNNNNN

  • Although a boring pick, I think Salisbury will be the “Bad news bears” of the bunch, Tuff will not be as lucky this season.

    Good point on Conn. College… if any of the top teams they played don’t bring their A game that day, this team could be the scale tipper.

    Gettyburg should be higher…

  • Widener finished with a #64 ranking on laxpower’s computer rating in 2010. To be honest, I didn’t even consider them. Neither Widener nor FDU are top 20 teams in my book. They could be but not yet.

  • It’s not a reflection of the year or the players they have. They play a style that is not conducive to defeating elite teams. The run and gun philosophy eventually kills them.

  • A team that needs to prove they belong? Last time I checked, Wesleyan has been in the NESCAC semis for finals every year since 2003. The only other team with more NESCAC wins than wes over that period is Midd. Lets have Conn College get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in team history and we can take it from there.

  • wnec? they played at the catamount classic and went 3-0. they beat sacred heart, providence, and holy cross. no love? thoughts?

  • CC recruiting heavily in NE…should be interesting if they continue to focus on bringing in the right type of recruits…

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