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LaxPower MD1 Forum Poll #13
May 30, 2012

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Loyola (18-1)W Denver 14-13, W Fairfield 14-7, W Canisius 17-5, W Denver 10-9, W Notre Dame 7-5, W Maryland 9-3360183
2Maryland (12-6)L Colgate 11-13, W Lehigh 10-9, W Johns Hopkins 11-5, W Duke 16-10, L Loyola 3-93409
3Notre Dame (13-3)L St. John's 7-8, W Yale 13-7, W Virginia 12-10, L Loyola 5-73232
4Duke (15-5)W Syracuse 12-9, W Colgate 17-6, L Maryland 10-163094
5Lehigh (14-3)L Maryland 9-102515
6Virginia (12-4)W Princeton 6-5, L Notre Dame 10-122496
7Colgate (14-4)W Maryland 13-11, W UMass 13-11, L Duke 6-1723611
8Denver (9-7)L Loyola 13-14, W UNC 16-14, L Loyola 9-1022613
9Johns Hopkins (12-4)W Army 13-6, W Stony Brook 19-9, L Maryland 5-112238
10Massachusetts (15-1)W Towson 10-3, W Drexel 18-12, L Colgate 11-132151
11North Carolina (11-6)W Michigan 19-5, L Denver 14-161967
12Princeton (11-5)W Brown 9-6, L Yale 7-15, L Virginia 5-616710
13Yale (11-5)W Cornell 14-10, W Princeton 15-7, L Notre Dame 7-1314218
14Penn State (9-6)L Drexel 11-1311414
15Cornell (9-4)L Yale 10-1411112
16Syracuse (9-8)W Villanova 15-6, W St. John's 12-4, L Duke 9-128619
17Fairfield (12-4)W Ohio St. 8-7, L Loyola 7-148115
18Villanova (8-7)L Syracuse 6-153816
19Bucknell (9-7)3220
20Drexel (8-8)W Penn State 13-11, L UMass 12-1819NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio State (17), Bryant (17), St. John's (5), Navy (5), Georgetown (4), Army (4), Robert Morris (3), Siena (3), Stony Brook (2), Brown (1), Canisius (1)

Number of voters: 18 (Apache, Baldo, Cooter, dek, hoyaboy, HU34, jhu7276, joewillie, LAF, laxfan1313, Lax Fidelis, OCanada, PSU, randyrad, sore+old, Strannywastheman, Tecumseh, VTD)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Loyola: Congratulations to the 2012 champions - the most complete team of the year. (Baldo) — Won the championship. Beat Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame. Beat Denver three times. No doubt #1. (Cooter) — My #1: Unranked and underestimated at start of season, Hounds show what a true top to bottom commitment can produce. (hoyaboy) — Lusby-led Hounds join the NCAA champ club ... great team, great year! (jhu7276) — Most complete team in the county ... great to see some new blood on the top. (joewillie) — My #1. Worthy champs - decided it on the field. Congrats to the Greyhounds. (laxfan1313) — #1 with a bullet, +2. As I did last year, I am grading each team based on my expectations prior to the season. The 18-1 Greyhounds survived their rematch against Denver in the ECAC semis, blowing a 13-6 Q4 lead but they won 7 seconds into OT with a goal by Scott Ratliff. They easily handled Fairfield for the title and earned the #1 seed in the NCAA. They hosted Canisius in the opening round, struggled to a 4-3 halftime lead and then simply blew away the Griffins with a 13-2 2nd half rout. In their third game against Denver, the 'Hounds slowly worked their way to a 3-goal lead and then went to the stall too early. They survived several Pioneer attempts to tie the game but hung on to win 10-9. Notre Dame was next; the two coaches were familiar with each other, they played every year until just a couple of years ago. In a defensive struggle, the 'Hounds led all the way in a 7-5 victory. In the Monday final, Loyola was stunning. Eric Lusby set a goal-scoring record for the tournament, GK Runkel was fabulous and their defense shut Maryland out for over 40 minutes to end the game in a 9-3 win. The schools 1st NCAA lacrosse title for a team that was virtually unranked in the pre-season. Easiest grade of all for the Greyhounds: A++. WOWZA! (Lax Fidelis) — #1 An impressive weekend display. I began them at #18, and they kept climbing. The coach and Lusby are both close to me, so it's extra nice to see. (OCanada) — #1. Inspired team of overachievers. Superbly coached in all facets. Great champions. Great season. Great for the sport. (randyrad) — #1-Hounds were spectacular. Dominated the Terps in every facet of the game. Hawkins is an amazing athlete. Really had doubts they could do it, but hats off to Charlie Toomey and the crew. Loyola's program has officially lapped Georgetown. (Strannywastheman) — Coach T is King! Great job, Hounds! (Tecumseh) — #1. (VTD)

Maryland: Another valiant effort by the Terps, but they had no answers for Loyola - their future, however, is bright with John Tillman at the helm. (Baldo) — Close between the Terps and Notre Dame for #2. Terps have more top-10 wins. Notre Dame less losses. Five victories over seeded teams: Duke (2), JHU (2), and Lehigh. (Cooter) — #3: Nice try by the Terps. Couldn't bring the magic to the final. Another under-rated and underestimated squad. (hoyaboy) — Still stuck on 1975, Testudo comes up short again. (jhu7276) — Great playoff run for the Terps ... just not enough gas in the tank left after their dismantling of Hop and Duke. (joewillie) — My #2. Earned their place on Memorial Day. Congrats to Coach Tillman and the Terps. (laxfan1313) — #2, +6. The 12-6 Terrapins lost their final regular season game 13-11 at Colgate, hardly the best preparation for the NCAAs. Maryland traveled to play Lehigh in the NCAA opening round and had to rally to tie the game late in Q4 and Cummings scored the game winner for a 10-9 victory with only :09 on the clock. The Terps next played Hopkins at NMCMS and dominated their in-state rival in their 109th (13th in NCAAs) meeting, 11-5. That score is not indicative of how thoroughly they outplayed Hopkins. What to expect when they played Duke for the 3rd time? No one would have predicted a 16-10 score, let alone Maryland being the team with 16. The Terps never trailed, withstood several Duke rallies and buried the Blue Devils with a 6-goal scoring streak in Q4. Onto the finals to play their in-state foe, but rarely met, Loyola. Early in Q2, the Terps led 3-2. They failed to score for the remaining 40:40 on the clock as the 'Hounds ran a clinic on both offense and defense. With the large graduation loss of personnel from last year, making the FF has to be satisfying in retrospect for the Terps but they did have a couple of lousy outings. I liked them all season way but can't rate them higher than A-. (Lax Fidelis) — #2 When the season began, Tillman had to replace a lot of pieces from last year's team. He did a great job of developing the team and return to the final four. (OCanada) — #2. Great tourney run for the 2nd straight year. National champ in waiting. (randyrad) — #2-Hounds D was outstanding, but Terps' D was also good. Offense had nothing. John Tillman is going to bring this thing back to College Park one day. Program is in terrific shape. (Strannywastheman) — Twice a Bridesmaid, Didn't show up on Monday, but a great team with a very bright future. (Tecumseh) — #2. (VTD)

Notre Dame: Irish have come a long way and actually displayed some credible offense in the tournament. (Baldo) — Outstanding season. Ended with loss to the NCAA champions in final four. Big win over UVa in the quarterfinals. (Cooter) — My #2: Great season, great lacrosse. Lost to the NC. (hoyaboy) — Now if they can only solve the offense ... Irish couldn't solve the red-hot Hounds. (jhu7276) — Great season only slowed by the Greyhound buzz-saw. (joewillie) — My #3. Defense wins championships, but it helps to have a good offense, too. (laxfan1313) — #3, -1. A startling 1-goal loss to St. John's in the Big East semis sent the Irish down to the #4 slot for the NCAAs. They hosted Yale in the NCAA opening round and outscored them 13-7. In an NCAA re-match from 2011, they played UVa in the next round. A back-and-forth game for most of the contest, the Irish ran off to a four-goal lead late in Q4 but UVa rallied to 12-10 but couldn't get any closer. Against Loyola in the semifinal, the Irish couldn't stop Eric Lusby (5g, 1A) nor find much offense as they trailed the entire game and lost 7-5. 13-3 record earns them B+. (Lax Fidelis) — #4 A very good season with a return to the final four. Until they can develop a more effective offense, I think a title will elude them. (OCanada) — #3. Fall ball observation was "good again, maybe Final Four good." Now a consistent top-tier program. Just reload Byrne's TeamD each year. (randyrad) — #3-Hounds had too much for the Irish. Keep re-loading, never seems to be a drop off. Wouldn't bet against them on being in FF next year. (Strannywastheman) — Can they ever win the big one? The slow down is killing the game. (Tecumseh) — #3. (VTD)

Duke: THUD of the week and tournament - total no-show in the semifinals. (Baldo) — Nice season. Perhaps a little bit more was expected from them. Still making the final four a 6th year in a row, and winning the ACC is pretty good. (Cooter) — #4: Peaked one game too early but a great season for the Devils. (hoyaboy) — Ran out of gas versus the Terps ... consistency thy name is Duke. (jhu7276) — Another year another final four of the Blue Devils. (joewillie) — My #4. My preseason #1 fell short. The Blue Devils were hot and cold all year - they were cold at the wrong time. (laxfan1313) — #4. The 15-5 Blue Devils opened NCAA play by hosting Syracuse and knocked them off 12-9. I thought Duke dominated play by more than the score indicates. They played Colgate next and wasted little time in dousing the Raiders' hopes, leading by 9 by halftime. They cruised to a 17-6 win and met UMd for the third time this season in the semis. UMd jumped to an early 3-0 lead and Duke never caught up. Trailing 7-4 at halftime, they gave up 9 goals in the second on their way to a 16-10 loss. Only a B- for the Blue Devils; many pollsters picked them at #1 in the preseason. (Lax Fidelis) — #3. They developed nicely over the season. Ran into an MD team that until they lost to Loyola looked like as good a team as any by the time of the tourney. (OCanada) — #4. Another Final Four season. Duke fans should be grateful they now expect this every year. (randyrad) — #4-Never thought they would be handled by the Terps, but they were. Coach D had no answers Saturday. (Strannywastheman) — Wonderful season. So fun to watch. (Tecumseh) — #4. (VTD)

Lehigh: Another team on the rise with a bright future. (Baldo) — Tough loss to the Terps in the first round of the NCAAs. Still have nice top 10 wins over Colgate and UNC. (Cooter) — My #5: Props to the Hawks, a fine season ends in a close one vs. semifinalist MD. (hoyaboy) — Mountain Hawks have arrived on the scene. (jhu7276) — Coach Cassese building quite a program in the valley. (joewillie) — My #11. One-goal loss to Maryland shows the new strength of Lehigh's program. (laxfan1313) — #5, +1. The 14-3 Patriot League champs hosted the UMd Terrapins in the final game of the 1st round and looked like they would win until very late in the game. UMd rallied to tie the game at 9-all and bled the clock until Joe Cummings scored the game winner with 0:09 remaining on the clock. Kevin Cassese's first squad with four years of his recruits, this squad earns a solid A for 2012. Freshman GK Poillion was a marvel. (Lax Fidelis) — #5 They finished with a loss to MD. At the time it was hard to imagine what that would mean in my poll. But here they are. (OCanada) — #5. Breakout season for a new top-tier team this season and going forward. (randyrad) — #5-Almost got by the Terps. What might have been. Breakthrough season for Lehigh, but will be increasingly difficult to keep Cassese in Bethlehem. (Strannywastheman) — Amazing season with one of the brightest coaching minds at the Helm. (Tecumseh) — #5. (VTD)

Virginia: Too many distractions and missing pieces - Stanwick will be tough to replace. (Baldo) — Slumped toward the end of the season. Did have a nice win over Princeton in the NCAA tourney first round. Seemed to peek in April with big wins over UMd and UNC. (Cooter) — My #8: Allow the Irish 12 goals and you have no chance. The game was not as close as the score indicates. Disappointing year for the Cavs. (hoyaboy) — Fought by Princeton but didn't have enough left for ND ... don't cry for them; Dom will reload. (jhu7276) — A Stanwick on the way out and a Pannell on the way in. (joewillie) — My #5. End of an era with Steele Stanwick's graduation. (laxfan1313) — #8, -1. The 12-4 Wahoos resumed a now-defunct rivalry in the NCAAs by welcoming the Princeton Tigers to Hooville. The Cavs survived a second half in which they scored all of one goal to beat the visitors 6-5. UND proved too tough a ticket for the Cavs as the Irish built a good lead and hung on to win 12-10. Multi-week #1 team that failed to make the FF earns a C. (Lax Fidelis) — #7 Next year will be a test. Four years of Stanwick to Bocklett will be gone. (OCanada) — #6. (randyrad) — #7-Offense never ignited this year but still came close to making the FF. Hoos may be slightly down next year. Is there a succession plan in place in C'ville? (Strannywastheman) — Great season with amazing coaching. (Tecumseh) — #8. (VTD)

Colgate: Peter Baum and company had a great season. (Baldo) — Big wins over Maryland and UMass move them up. A 3rd top-10 win over Lehigh. (Cooter) — My #6: Peter Baum, yes, but the Raiders showed that they were NOT a one-trick pony. Great season. (hoyaboy) — Nice win over previously unbeaten UMass and featuring Baum. (jhu7276) — Great season for the Gate ... knocked off unbeaten UMass in the tourney ta boot. (joewillie) — My #9. Breakout year for Colgate. Peter Baum should win the Tewaaraton if it goes to the best Div. I player. (laxfan1313) — #6, +5. The 14-4 Raiders recovered from their loss in the Patriot League final by defeating Maryland for the 2nd straight year, this time 13-11 in a home game. They drew a tough NCAA slot, traveling to UMass for the opening round and twice falling behind by 5 goals. But they rallied behind their 2nd midfield's five goals to win, 13-11, ruining UMass's undefeated season. They played Duke in the 2nd round and were quickly squashed, down 11-2 at halftime. A terrific year and USILA's POY Baum was spectacular for most of it but not this time, as they lost 17-6. A-, the minus for losing the PL title game on their own field. (Lax Fidelis) — #10 Took out UMass during the tourney and beat MD. Might have the Tewaarton winner. (OCanada) — #7. Great first year for a new coaching staff. (randyrad) — #8-Loss to Duke was tough, but Gate really clicked after a slow start. Future is bright in Hamilton. (Strannywastheman) — Mike Murphy should win Coach of the Year. Peter Baum for "T" Award? (Tecumseh) — #6. (VTD)

Denver: Played the champs tough three times and tougher than anyone else in the tournament. (Baldo) — Finished the season well. Big win over UNC in first round of the NCAA tournament. Also had a big home win over Duke towards the end of the season. Their losses were all close but just a few too many. (Cooter) — My #10. (hoyaboy) — Edged by champ Loyola, don't underestimate the power of Mr. T. (jhu7276) — Up and down season the Pioneers with three hard-fought loses to Loyola. (joewillie) — My #6. Tough schedule paid dividends. Came close again. (laxfan1313) — #14, -1. A 14-13 OT loss to Loyola appeared to have cost 9-7 Denver an NCAA slot but they got in the backdoor, only to draw a road trip to Chapel Hill and the UNC Tar Heels. In a game vastly different from Tierney's early years at Princeton, the Pioneers outgunned the Tar Heels 16-14 and left Tierney saying "wow" at the final horn. That win drew them top-ranked Loyola for the third time in five weeks. And the tough-to-beat-a-team three times maxim didn't hold as the 'Hounds edged the Pioneers 10-9 despite Bill Tierney's profanity-laced tirades on the Denver sidelines. Seven losses can't earn more than a C- when everyone picked them in the Top 10 to begin the season. (Lax Fidelis) — #9 Based on the season. Had two losses to teams outside the top 10. Beat UNC in the tourney, but I don't like circular arguments. (OCanada) — #8. (randyrad) — #6-Thought they would have gone deeper this year. Pioneers should be strong next year even without Mark Matthews. Just couldn't get by the Hounds. Tierney has established Denver as a top 10 program ahead of schedule. (Strannywastheman) — Another great run. Will continue to be a national force with Coach T at the helm. (Tecumseh) — #11. (VTD)

Johns Hopkins: Lost the handle of just about everything late in the season - lots of questions going forward. (Baldo) — Only team to beat champion Loyola (in OT). But 8-2 loss to Navy wasn't pretty. Also have a top 10-win over UVa in OT. (Cooter) — My #9. A season of highs and lows ended on a low for the #2 seed. (hoyaboy) — Pathetic showing vs. Testudo ... you know you are going to have off days, you just can't totally collapse ... hopefully, this team will finally learn this lesson for next year. (jhu7276) — Disappointing season for the Hop on D. (joewillie) — My #8. Overseeded at #2, walkover game against Stony Brook didn't prepare the Blue Jays for the Terps. (laxfan1313) — #10, -1. The 12-4 Blue Jays played a close first half against Army and then turned on the jets in the second half. Zach Palmer contributed 5G and 2A in the 13-6 win. Seeded #2, they hosted Stony Brook in the NCAA opening round. The Jays opened a 7-1 lead in the 1st quarter and coasted home with a 19-9 win, setting up a re-match with Maryland in Annapolis. Much like the Navy game in Annapolis a mere four weeks earlier, the Blue Jays got blitzed by a more aggressive and opportunistic Terrapin squad. This was the first Hopkins senior class to never make a single FF weekend. Two wins on the road over #1 ranked teams, one less win than in 2011 and the same lousy NCAA result makes for a C- in my book. (Lax Fidelis) — #6 The only mark on Loyola's season. Four losses with two of them to a team in the finals. (OCanada) — #9. (randyrad) — #10-Lack of offense was evident all year. Nothing a couple of Stanwicks can't fix. Shack sounds like the real deal. (Strannywastheman) — Will be back like always. (Tecumseh) — #7. (VTD)

Massachusetts: First-round exit via upset by Colgate exposed weaknesses. (Baldo) — Nice record. Lost to Colgate in first round of NCAAs for only loss. Not much on quality wins: PSU in OT, Drexel (2), Ohio State. (Cooter) — #7: Great season cut short by a Colgate that had more gas in its tank down the stretch. SOS a problem for the Minutemen. (hoyaboy) — Upset by Colgate, but a darn good squad. (jhu7276) — Great season cut short by the Baum Express. (joewillie) — My #10. Only one loss, to Colgate. Weak strength of schedule failed to prepare a good team for the playoffs. (laxfan1313) — #7, -6. The 15-1 Minutemen finished off an undefeated regular season by winning the CAA crown with wins over Towson and Drexel. They opened the NCAAs with a home game against Colgate, held a five-goal lead twice and still managed to lose 13-11 in a major-league crash and burn at Garber Field. Those who questioned UMass' SoS may well have been correct. Can't give a one-loss season less than an A, but I'll tack on a minus for blowing that lead at home. A-. (Lax Fidelis) — #12 Had a great season but never beat a top 10 team or even a top 20 team, I believe. (OCanada) — #10. Early exit to a hot team does not diminish a great season. (randyrad) — #13-Colgate too much. Cupcake schedule backfired. Shouldn't have dropped Yale just because they beat them a few years ago. Will Manny should be great again. (Strannywastheman) — From the penthouse to the outhouse in one bad game against a loaded Colgate team. (Tecumseh) — #10. (VTD)

North Carolina: Yet another early exit courtesy of Denver - back to the drawing board here, too. (Baldo) — Great list of wins: UMd, JHU, UVa along with Princeton and PSU. Lost at home to Denver in the 1st round of the NCAAs and had a bad loss to UPenn. (Cooter) — Again ... flashes of brilliance tarnished with massive disappointment ... still have to learn how to win the big games. (jhu7276) — Solid season by the Tar Heels, but will Galasso be back is the next question. (joewillie) — My #7. Loaded with talent for 2013. (laxfan1313) — #9, -4. 11-6 Carolina squashed the Univ. of Michigan 19-5 to end both schools' regular season. A #8 seed in the NCAAs, the Heels entertained the Denver Pioneers. In a wild shootout, UNC lost 16-14 but had a chance to tie the game at 0:20 of Q4. Given the reputation of their many offensive players, the Heels earn only a C+. (Lax Fidelis) — #8 Based on the total season. I thought they had better wins than the teams below them and played a more difficult schedule. Lost 2x to Duke, UVa and Lehigh. Stumbled early. (OCanada) — #11. (randyrad) — #9-Underachievers again. Way too much talent for an early exit. Breschi needs to make the quarters pretty soon, or the clock will be on the field for him. Sankey may be the most exciting player in Chapel Hill in a long time. Hope he can keep it up. (Strannywastheman) — Need some fresh assistants on the sideline. Pat Myers is a continuing liability from all accounts. (Tecumseh) — #9. (VTD)

Princeton: Played Hoos very tough before bowing out. (Baldo) — Nice effort against UVa in first round of NCAA tournament. Lost badly to Yale in Ivy league final. A little low on the quality wins. (Cooter) — Decent showing vs. UVa, but upset by Yale. (jhu7276) — Fought UVa hard to close out a successful season. (joewillie) — My #13. The Tigers will have to rebuild their defense as three of the best Ivy defensive players graduate. (laxfan1313) — #13, -2. 11-5 Tigers edged past Brown in the Ivy semis but were swamped by Yale in the final, losing 15-7. That loss had most observers presuming that the Tigers were DOA for the tournament but they sneaked in, drawing a date at Virginia for their opening game. Down 5-2 at halftime, the Tigers rallied to within 6-5 and had the ball several times with a chance to score. Their last chance was a step-down crank from Sonnenfeldt that Chris LaPierre charged in front of and he took one on the chest that floored him. Valiant effort for PU, made the committee look OK with their selection. Given their 2011 results, I rate the 2012 Tigers as a B+ student. (Lax Fidelis) — #13 They lose some top talent next year. I never thought they met expectations with those players. (OCanada) — #12. (randyrad) — #12-Played well against UVa, but Yale loss in Ivy was decisive. Fizzled down the stretch. (Strannywastheman) — Coach Bates had a good season. Needed a couple of middies that could shoot. (Tecumseh) — #14. (VTD)

Yale: Surprise Ivy champs got hot late - king of OT wins. (Baldo) — Won the Ivy league with a big win over Princeton. (Cooter) — Winning Ivy championship is worth some rank! (jhu7276) — Surprised a lot of people by winning the Ivy. Solids season for the Bulldogs. (joewillie) — My #12. The Bulldogs cut through Cornell and Princeton like a hot knife through butter. Worthy recipients of the Ivy AQ. (laxfan1313) — #11, +6. The 11-5 Bulldogs continued their hot streak with wins over Cornell and Princeton in the Ivy League tournament in Princeton. That earned them a NCAA trip to South Bend to play #4 seed Notre Dame. I hoped for a good game, but the Irish controlled the game all the way, winning 13-7. The Ivy tournament results earn the Bulldogs a B+. (Lax Fidelis) — #11 Won the Ivies but lost to ND in the tourney. I watched them play a few times this year. My daughter started four years there on their last tourney team, so I have a bias. (OCanada) — #14. (randyrad) — #11-Despite a lackluster schedule, Bulldogs ran the table at the right time. Beating Princeton and Cornell in Ivy was huge. Gibson graduating a massive loss, but program is strong. (Strannywastheman) — A very strong season. The Bulldogs have much to be proud of. (Tecumseh) — #12. (VTD)

Penn State: Looks like Jeff Tambroni is ahead of schedule turning this ship around. (Baldo) — Nice early season win over Notre Dame. Seemed to be left out of the NCAA tournament. (Cooter) — Looking for more next year. (jhu7276) — Did Cuse winning the Big East knock them out of the NCAAs? (joewillie) — My #15. In his second season, Coach T is already nipping at Cornell's heels. How about a Cornell-PSU game in 2013? (laxfan1313) — #16, -1. A home-field 13-11 loss to Drexel in the CAA semifinals ended the Lions' season. Up-and-down year for 9-6 PSU earns them a C. (Lax Fidelis) — #16 Lost to Drexel in their last game, but the poll is a measure of the body of work for the season in my opinion. They are coming along. (OCanada) — #16. (randyrad) — #14-Got boned by the Committee and deserved a bid. Tambroni is doing great things in State College. (Strannywastheman) — Coach T will do great things in the future. (Tecumseh) — #15. (VTD)

Cornell: All downhill after Pannell injury. (Baldo) — Fell apart a bit at the end of the season. Held on well for a long time without their start attackman Pannell. (Cooter) — Sorely missed Pannell all year ... a wasted season. (jhu7276) — Never could overcome the loss of Pannell ... will the NCAA let him back for another season is the question. (joewillie) — My #14. A season of promise ended in disappointing fashion. With Rob Pannell back in 2013, there is reason for optimism. (laxfan1313) — #15, -1. A strange season for the Big Red. After knocking off Syracuse and then resting for 11 days, they never won again. Losing to Yale in the Ivy semis finished their NCAA chances but that loss to Brown really hurt their cause. The possible return of Rob Pannell for 2013 will lift the spirits of the Cornell fans but 2012 has to be a major disappointment. 9-4 record=C. (Lax Fidelis) — #14 Losing Pannel hurt them, but their middies were never a real threat to control a game. (OCanada) — #17. (randyrad) — #16-Big Red looked good early without RP but could not keep it going. If Ivy approves, his play could get them back deep in the NCAAs. (Strannywastheman) — All bright future with Pannell returning. (Tecumseh) — #16. (VTD)

Syracuse: Lost season with little chemistry and lack of fundamentals and face-offs. (Baldo) — Made a nice run in the Big East tournament to win it. Wins over Villanova and Princeton. (Cooter) — Made tournament, but clearly were stung by the huge graduation of the last years seniors ... Desko will get 'em going again real soon. (jhu7276) — Saved their season by winning the Big East, but overall it was a rebuilding year. (joewillie) — My #17. Found a way into the tourney. Never count the Orangemen out. (laxfan1313) — #21. The on-the-edge season for the 9-8 Orange improved dramatically after they beat host Villanova in the Big East semifinal when St. John's knocked off the heavy favorite Notre Dame in the other semi. The Cruisers waltzed past St. John's to earn the AQ for the Big East. They won a trip to Durham to play the #3 seed, Duke. The Orange's typical 2012 issues showed up as they lost 12-9. Desko at least acknowledged his comments from several years ago about the AQ slot were hypocritical given the 2012 circumstances. To be fair, he probably never imagined such a lousy year for the Orange. They graduate 2/3 of their attack; 2013 may be another tough haul. Can't give them any more than a C-, and some SU fans may view that as generous. (Lax Fidelis) — #17 Midfielders never developed and the attack was a shadow of its usual self. Not a great year for the Orange. (OCanada) — #15. (randyrad) — #15-Fought their way into the Dance, but the offense never showed up this year. Have to figure 2013 will be much better. (Strannywastheman) — Out without much of a statement. (Tecumseh) — #18. (VTD)

Fairfield: A surprisingly tough out in the ECAC. (Baldo) — Nice season. Wins over Denver and OSU. (Cooter) — Hung tough in a tough ECAC. (joewillie) — My #16. Close to making the tourney this year. Maybe they should have made it. (laxfan1313) — #12, +1. The 12-4 Stags turned the tables on Ohio State in an ECAC semifinal, winning 8-7 just one week after losing at home 8-3 to the Buckeyes. Loyola handled them easily in the ECAC final as their season ended with a 14-7 loss. The OT kings of the ECAC, I'll rate them at B. (Lax Fidelis) — #15 Highest I have ever ranked them, I think. (OCanada) — #13. Great season for a great senior class. Could have won AQ in a weaker conference. (randyrad) — #20-Stags took a major program leap this year. Competitive with all, 2013 should be a good year. (Strannywastheman) — A very nice season for the Stags. (Tecumseh) — #13. (VTD)

Villanova: Late-season swoon erased any shot at post-season. (Baldo) — Had a big top 10 win over Lehigh early in the season. Fell apart a bit at the end. (Cooter) — My #18. Another disappointment. The Wildcats were better than how they finished. (laxfan1313) — #19, -3. A re-match against Syracuse at Villanova Stadium in a Big East semifinal did not see a repeat of the Wildcats win from earlier in the year. A 15-6 loss to the Orange finished the VU season at 8-7. A lot of promise in 2012 but the finish left the squad with a bitter taste. B-. (Lax Fidelis) — #20 Wheels appeared to come off at the end of the season. Otherwise a solid season for them. (OCanada) — #21. (randyrad) — #17-Stumbled down the stretch but had a solid season. Program on the rise. (Strannywastheman) — I believe, now on that national stage for a very long time. (Tecumseh) — #21. (VTD)

Bucknell: Nice wins over Drexel, PSU, and Navy. (Cooter) — My #20. So many one-goal losses. (laxfan1313) — #20. Season ended after losing the Patriot League semifinal to Colgate. Several nice wins but a lot of close losses. The season-long loss of Charlie Streep really hurt this 9-7 squad. With all of those losses on their record, C is the best I can do for the Herd. (Lax Fidelis) — #18 A tough out all season. (OCanada) — #20. (randyrad) — #18-Another slow starter, played everyone tough. All but one loss were by 1 or 2 goals. Is Streep back? (Strannywastheman) — Another tough ending with a very talented team. (Tecumseh) — #22. (VTD)

Drexel: Knocked off PSU to advance to CAA final. Tough team to beat this season. (Cooter) — #24, N.R. The 8-8 Dragons finished their season by upsetting Penn State in Happy Valley in the first round of the Colonial playoffs but got steamrollered by UMass 18-12 in the title game. Ranked in the Top 20 pre-season; their .500 record earns them only a C. (Lax Fidelis) — #18 Another tough out. A little more uneven than Bucknell, I thought. (OCanada) — #18. (randyrad) — #24. (VTD)

Ohio State: Another inconsistent squad on both ends. (Baldo) — Nice win over Denver early in the season. (Cooter) — My #19. Nice to see the Buckeyes on the cusp of success. I look forward to a meaningful OSU-Michigan lacrosse game. (laxfan1313) — #22. The 8-7 Buckeyes season ended abruptly, as Fairfield rebounded from a 5-goal loss to OSU the previous Saturday to beat them 8-7 in Denver in an ECAC semifinal. C. (Lax Fidelis) — #19. (randyrad) — #21-Solid all year, never great (except Logan Schuss). Unconvinced this staff can get them to the next level. (Strannywastheman) — #17. (VTD)

Bryant: Won the Northeast Conference but no AQ this year. (Cooter) — #17, +2. The 14-4 Bulldogs won two games to win the NEC league crown but the conference was still one season away from garnering an AQ spot. Pressler's kids earn an A for Mike. (Lax Fidelis) — #22-These guys could make some noise next year with a bid. (Strannywastheman) — #23. (VTD)

St. John's: Big win over Notre Dame in first round of Big East tournament. (Cooter) — #23. Breakthrough year with two big Ws. (randyrad) — #19-Loved the Johnnies season. Wish they could have knocked off Cuse in the BE. Should not be much of a drop-off in 2013. Played smart, tough lacrosse. (Strannywastheman) — A bright future with Coach Miller. (Tecumseh) — #19. (VTD)

Navy: Big wins over top 10 teams: Johns Hopkins and Colgate. (Cooter) — #25. Navy's 12-game schedule and 6-6 record left them finished before the last weekend of April and any other team in D1. Two more wins than 2011 but 5th place in the league play was not a great start for their new coach. Apparently they will further weaken their schedule in 2013 by replacing UNC with Detroit Mercy, or so it is rumored. Beating Hopkins and Colgate was impressive; losing to Jax and multiple wins over weak sisters make it a C-. (Lax Fidelis) — #22. Inconsistent season. Either very good or not. Much returning untapped potential. (randyrad) — #20. (VTD)

Georgetown: Internal issues continue to dog the Hoyas. (Baldo) — #23. Another season of mediocrity in Foggy Bottom as the Hoyas finish 7-6 but they finally did win at Syracuse. A gentleman's C for the win at the Dome. (Lax Fidelis) — #24. Still a good team. (randyrad) — #25-No way Hoyas are a top 25 team, but want to rant about how this once-legit program has crumbled into disrepair. A primer as to how to drive your program off the cliff is being conducted daily in Georgetown. Recruiting has been set back a decade - what top junior in HS wants to come to a school that hasn't been to the dance in 5 years? Loyola's president and AD made lax a priority. Georgetown's certainly haven't. (Strannywastheman) — Is this Coach Urick's swan song season coming? (Tecumseh)

Army: Will reload nicely next season. (Tecumseh) — #25. (VTD)

Robert Morris: #18, -1. The high-flying Colonials (11-4) were outscored by Mt. St. Mary's in the NEC semis 16-15 in OT. That made for 62 goals between the two schools in their two match-ups this year. B+ for their very exciting and high-scoring style of play. (Lax Fidelis) — #25. and Bryant. Outstanding season for both NEC frontrunners. AQ worthy for winner next year. (randyrad)

Siena: Overall, a great season by the Saints ... Tough loss to Canisius with a tourney bid on the line. (joewillie) — #23-Still the class of the MAAC. (Strannywastheman)

Stony Brook: In a re-building year, the Seawolves took care of business in the American East to secure a tourney bid. (joewillie)

Brown: #24-Rallied to make Ivy tourney. (Strannywastheman)

Canisius: Upset Siena to secure the final bid in the tourney. That deserves a top 20 ranking in my book. (joewillie)

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