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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower MD3 Forum Poll #1
February 4, 2013

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Cortland (0-0)3615 
2Stevenson (0-0)3566 
3Salisbury (0-0)3558 
4Tufts (0-0)307 
5Cabrini (0-0)276 
6RIT (0-0)275 
7Dickinson (0-0)253 
8Stevens (0-0)250 
9Lynchburg (0-0)234 
10Denison (0-0)212 
11Roanoke (0-0)177 
12Gettysburg (0-0)128 
13Western New England (0-0)125 
14tUnion (0-0)113 
14tWashington College (0-0)113 
16Springfield (0-0)106 
17Trinity (0-0)103 
18Bowdoin (0-0)99 
19St. Lawrence (0-0)44 
20Connecticut College (0-0)24 
Others receiving votes: Goucher (18), Ohio Wesleyan (16), Washington & Lee (9), Amherst (7), St. Mary's (7), Middlebury (6), Adrian (5), Clarkson (3), Ithaca (3), Franklin & Marshall (2), Nazareth (1), Plattsburgh (1), Endicott (1)

Number of voters: 19 (AO, Big Eyed Fish, corkscrew, D-III, Dehuntshigwa'es, Doxology, goalielax10, idealtin, laxdood22, LaxForNow, longstick33, minkhoo, nevadajoe, Richard, thatsmell, The Reason, valaxfan, Xking, Youngred)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Cortland: The Red Dragons are coming off an outstanding year going 21-1 and return a great deal of that team. They have to replace Tota and Wright, which will be their main concern during preseason. Besides, from Slavik and Rakoczy, they return a great deal of depth at the midfield. Defense is back as well. (Big Eyed Fish) — Made it through the North in 2012 and look like the favorite to do so in 2013. (corkscrew) — #3. Deep and experienced with several stars in Slavik and Winterfeldt. Liked that they owned up the offense last year, which had been terrible for a few seasons. Defense needs to tighten up though. (D-III) — They bring the whole D back with Winterfeldt and Davern at LSM. Strong goal play will make this team tough to score on. Solid midfield play, questions on attack. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Runner-up a year ago but showing to be a program at the top-tier of the chart within the last half-decade. (Doxology) — #3. Good news includes the same system, the defense, and a bunch of transfers. Year in and year out, you can all but pencil the Red Dragons in for the Final Four. (goalielax10) — #2. Defense is the key word here. Kamiski will carry this team when they need it. I like Slavic and Dunleavy in the midfield, and there is little question at X. (idealtin) — The Red Dragons return a ton. Almost their entire defense, the best midfielder in Division III, a top goalie, and a bunch of talented newcomers are all there. With the schedule they have this year, an undefeated season is not out of the question. (longstick33) — #3. Another strong team for the Dragons. (minkhoo) — They return a lot and have recruited a lot. (nevadajoe) — #1. The Red Dragons need to replace Tota and Wright, but even with them I don't think their offense was very explosive. Defense is the name of their game, and the offensive numbers lost will be found either from transfers or from guys who will step up. (Richard) — Cortland returns its defense, goalie and two of its top weapons at attack and midfield. This could be another special year for the Dragons. (thatsmell) — Everyone's coming back. (The Reason) — #1. (valaxfan) — #2. (Youngred)

Stevenson: This was definitely last year's most improved team. Whether or not Banick is back in form shouldn't be an issue early. They have a multitude of options at attack. This should be one of the nation's best offenses. The defense too returns some serious talent led by Holechek. (Big Eyed Fish) — Lots of players return, but this team still has question marks all over the field. (corkscrew) — #4. Could be their year out of the South, but not without issues. Unquestionably had an amazing run last year in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. But the offense was not championship caliber, so where will the firepower come from this year? Also, Bolland's loss will sting. (D-III) — Very young team making it to the semifinals only losing to the Gulls last season. Tony Rossi returns along with significant transfers to a heavily stacked deck. Callum Robinson will be one to watch on D as the season unfolds. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Should be loaded. Good thing their out-of-conference schedule is a good one; that league is a little light. (Doxology) — #1. Five losses by a combined 16 goals last year. The Mustangs are deep. I love their out-of-conference schedule, especially keeping Salisbury. New conference has a little to be desired. (goalielax10) — #1. Loaded at all positions, quality transfers and a new marginal conference spells success for the Stangs. (idealtin) — Loaded everywhere. Even without Tony Rossi back this year, they have a deep midfield. Banick is a stud at attack. Only question mark is in goal. (longstick33) — #1. This is the year the Mustangs get past the Gulls in the South. (minkhoo) — All the pieces are in place for this year to be the year. (nevadajoe) — #2. Find a goalie as strong as Bolland and a strong attackman to compliment Bannick and Reid, and this might be the best team in D3. Everything else is in place. (Richard) — The talent that Cantabene is able to lure to Stevenson is impressive. More talent finds its way to Owings Mills. Expectations higher than ever. (thatsmell) — Only team that can take #1 Salisbury in the South. (The Reason) — #2. (valaxfan) — #3. (Youngred)

Salisbury: There are only 3 or 4 players on their roster I've seen play before. They're great, but who knows what's going to come from the rest of them. I'm sure they'll be in the thick of it come May, though. (Big Eyed Fish) — Lots of question marks but always talent waiting in the wings ... and a few transfers? (corkscrew) — #1. Frankly, given the graduation loses all over the field, I don't see how they stay in the Top 5. But these guys have earned the right to be #1 until someone proves otherwise. Guys like Clarke and Granelli are as good as it gets. (D-III) — Still a threat for the #1 spot even after graduating so many talented players. Great goalie, but expect this year will be a more challenging season than the last two. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Defending champs should get the benefit of doubt and prove otherwise that they do not belong. (Doxology) — #4. Defense maybe ahead of the offense in Sea Gull land to start the season (when is the last time we said that?). Losing 7 out of your 8 top point-getters would cripple most teams; this is Salisbury, and reload isn't brought up, it just happens. (goalielax10) — #4. Graduated a ton, always have two tons to replace. I expect the Gulls to take no prisoners. (idealtin) — I am a believer in ranking the defending champ #1 for the following season's preseason poll. Except this year, Salisbury lost way too much from last season and seem a bit behind some other teams. (longstick33) — #2. Defending champs do some reloading, but you wouldn't want to bet a lot against them. (minkhoo) — Still formidable even after losing the core of last year's championship team. (nevadajoe) — #4. How does a team lose 18 guys who accounted for 347 goals, 185 assists, 380 ground balls, and 148 caused turnovers enter into the conversation of a top 5 team? I don't know. I have no idea who will be on the field other than in goal. The positions will be filled more than adequately. This is Salisbury. (Richard) — After looking at the past decade+ of results, I've come to the conclusion that the most important returnee is Coach Berkman. (thatsmell) — #1 until further notice. (The Reason) — #3. (valaxfan) — #1. (Youngred)

Tufts: Tufts will be led by Wood and Bailey down low. They'll be looking for a new leader at the midfield, likely Bowers. Another dangerous Tufts team, but I think next year will be their year. (Big Eyed Fish) — Many players return and are eager to get back to the title game. (corkscrew) — #2. All senior close defense is a rare thing, even more rare that they have been starting together since their sophomore years. If their face-off unit develops, this team will be a force in May. How they handle early season adversity will tell a lot. (D-III) — Best in the NESCAC. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Latest ruler of the NESCAC, and I expect these recent indiscretions will not phase them. (Doxology) — #2. What is there not to like about the Jumbos in 2013? Suspensions (not sure how they will play out) and injuries aside, there is no reason why Tufts shouldn't be knocking on the door on Memorial day Weekend (injuries aside); 3/19 is looking like an instant classic and definitely a must-see game. (goalielax10) — #5. Early season miscues will have an us-against-them effect on this team, which could be very dangerous. If they lose their first two games, that would hurt tremendously at the end of the season if they don't win the AQ. (idealtin) — Given the suspensions for the first two games combined with the difficulty of their non-conference schedule, I expect them to start out 0-4, and I just cant rank them that high. (longstick33) — #5. Still the class of the NESCAC; will need to avoid hangover from unfortunate incident. (minkhoo) — Can this team rebound and re-bond as a group after the suspension caused by a few guys? (nevadajoe) — #3. McCormick is gone, but the offense is still really strong. They could be the top in the North, but who knows how the team suspension will affect this them. (Richard) — On paper, they should challenge for a title. Return a ton on offense. Not sure how suspensions will affect this team though. (thatsmell) — They have a lot of talent on this team, both defensive and of course offensive. (The Reason) — #4. (valaxfan) — #10. (Youngred)

Cabrini: Thorpe is as good as they come. I'm glad to see they beefed up the out-of-conference schedule a bit by adding Cortland. That'll be a good test for both teams. I'm hoping that the massive lull in their schedule won't leave them shell-shocked in the tournament again. (Big Eyed Fish) — Despite a weak conference, everyone returns from a solid team in 2012. (corkscrew) — #5. Finally broke through with a quality postseason win. They're poised to take the next step and have the capability and schedule to be the #1 seed in South. That same schedule could haunt them in May, as they don't face a quality opponent after April 6. (D-III) — Solid goal play 62%, great face-offs 68%, and three returning offensive players with 180 pts combined ... they also return their first two midfield lines. Beware. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — They play good teams out of conference, but the results have been consistently inconsistent. (Doxology) — #6. Potent offense, check. Solid defense, check. Solid coaching, check. Easy path to AQ and NCAAs, check. This could and should be the season the Cavs take the next step. (goalielax10) — #9. With an AA at X and in goal, I am confident that this team will be very good. (idealtin) — They return almost more than anyone from last season's team, which was a final 4 team. Never quite sure what to make of the Cavaliers. (longstick33) — #7. Return a big hunk of last year's team. (minkhoo) — If their schedule were reversed and they played the tough games in April, it wouldn't be a one-and-out in the tournament every year. (nevadajoe) — #5. Great team, great coach; this program is relentless when it comes to putting a good team on the field. This might be their best team yet. (Richard) — Beat #10. (The Reason) — #4. (Youngred)

RIT: Ahh, life without Russell will begin for the Tigers. They may be more reliant on their defense this year, especially since they found a bit of a gem in Dimeo (sp) last season. He should come into his own this year between the pipes. (Big Eyed Fish) — Many players back make this a dangerous team trying to break through the Cortland and Tufts dominated North. (corkscrew) — #14. Exceeded expectations last year, but look for a regression in '13. Need to replace their entire attack and were weak on defense last year. Hard to see a significant improvement given the personnel. (D-III) — Young but athletic. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Weak league, so we'll see how they do in their other games. (Doxology) — #11. I can see the Tigers going 12-4 this year/regular season. Then again, something just doesn't feel right, and I can actually see RIT going 8-8 and having a sub par year. Watch out for the Canadians, Warren and Aquin. (goalielax10) — #8. Possessions are key in this game, and the Tigers have two of the best: Hart and Brooks-Lambert win most. Deleo in cage is very good, and Coonie always has some Canadian muscle in the lineup. (idealtin) — No MacDonald has me questioning ranking them this high, but Coach Coon has been doing a great job, and they have been trending upward. I'm excited to see what Cunningham will do at LSM this season. (longstick33) — #4. Likely Liberty champs, perhaps the strongest league top to bottom in 2013 (ok, excluding Vassar). (minkhoo) — A lot of holes to fill due to graduation, but there are new guys ready to step up. (nevadajoe) — #10. I'm not convinced that RIT can repeat last year's performance with so many losses from last year's team. Coon is an excellent coach, but last year was a high water mark, and to repeat is asking too much. (Richard) — Real good. (The Reason) — #5. (valaxfan) — #7. (Youngred)

Dickinson: Perhaps this team was rated too highly last year. This should be their year. Palladino, Cannon, Cherry. There's a lot to like here. (Big Eyed Fish) — Excellent defense and some good middies make this team favorite in the Centennial and maybe the South. (corkscrew) — #7. Disappointing end to another solid regular season. Quietly turning into a team that can't get it done when it matters. Other than feasting on the weak NCAC teams, Dickinson has been one and done in each NCAA tournament. (D-III) — Solid attack, excellent D with Hanley in the cage, and Palladino, Zouck, Sudah can get it done. Could this be their year? (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Now that they've tasted running with the top dogs, can they find their edge? (Doxology) — #10. We know Dickinson will be a major player in the Centennial race, as they have won two straight conference championships and have made the conference playoffs three years in a row. Maybe the one team we are not talking about enough. (goalielax10) — #7. Defense wins games, and they have a great one. (idealtin) — Brandon Palladino is the best LSM in the country. They are thin at midfield, but I like their close D. (longstick33) — #10. Red Devils best in a very deep Centennial. (minkhoo) — They can beat teams on both sides of the ball depending on the match-ups. (nevadajoe) — #7. The Red Devils return strong players at all positions from 2012. In order for this team to get over the hump and into the top 5, they will need to play with a chip on their shoulders, otherwise it will be another year with unmet expectations. (Richard) — Lost to #9. (The Reason) — #5. (Youngred)

Stevens: This is my dark horse candidate to play Memorial Day weekend. They have the best midfield in the country, no question. If they can get good role player at attack and solve the goalie issue, they're a very dangerous team. (Big Eyed Fish) — Need a goalie but lots of firepower returns. (corkscrew) — #6. Possibly the best midfield in D3. Can score goals against anyone, but not sure they have the poles to stop the elite teams. (D-III) — Strong midfield, and played their best towards the end of last season, losing to Cortland, 10-9. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Can they make a long run in May? (Doxology) — #5. The Ducks look like they will be strong beneficiaries of the new rules across the NCAA. Deiner is getting better and better each day that passes. Darkhorse to come out of the North and end up playing on Memorial Day weekend. (goalielax10) — #3. I think the Ducks have all the weapons to make some serious noise this year. Their midfield is one of, if not the best, in the country. If Deiner plays like he did at the end of the year, watch out. (idealtin) — One of the deepest midfields in the country. Decent goalie. Favorable schedule. (longstick33) — #9. Best in the E8. (minkhoo) — Always solid. (nevadajoe) — #6. Can Stevens score more points than the other guy all the time? No, not always, but they sure give it a try. They found a nice goalie at the end of last year but ... If they can find the defense to keep 1-2 goals off the other guy's board, then they might have a great team. (Richard) — Great midfield coming back. (The Reason) — #6. (Youngred)

Lynchburg: This was a tough team last year that suffered a disappointing finish. I like the combo of Goldsmith and Orhem to make some noise this year. They also return the nation's best pole in Lisicky. (Big Eyed Fish) — Way too many losses to be a top 10 team. New goalie, new faceoff man, two new attackmen, and two new defenseman make this team a question mark. (corkscrew) — #13. What else is there to say? Expecting the same old Lynchburg. Still, excited to watch Lisicky this year. (D-III) — Huge losses to graduation (14) and the loss of two asst. coaches leave some question marks. They return only 54% of their goals scored and lose a goalie who had a 62% save percentage. The biggest loss was Hoff (81 points) bringing a Canadian-like 44% shooting percentage. Still the ODAC favorite. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Solid team though they just can't seem to find that extra gear in May. (Doxology) — #7. Lisicky is good enough to hold down the back line until a starter emerges between the pipes; more importantly, who is going to replace Jernack at the F/O X? (goalielax10) — #10. Senior leadership will carry this team. (idealtin) — Joe Lisicky. That's all. (longstick33) — #6. Hornets haven't always fared well in the Dance, but this may be the year. (minkhoo) — Experienced and tough group that should go far this year. (nevadajoe) — #8. I'm really not sure here. Hoff and Wilfong are big losses, but I think that their early season defense will give them time to get the offense untracked. I also think that the new rules will help in that effort. (Richard) — Lost only to Salisbury and Denison. (The Reason) — #8. (Youngred)

Denison: Denison was a nice team last year but lost a good chunk as well. I like Speidel as a guy nobody's talking about. He's a big physical dodger who can pass and shoot well. Petracca also gives them a solid keeper. (Big Eyed Fish) — Best of the West. (corkscrew) — #12. Welcome to the world of the AQ. Should roll through the NCAC. Always a tough out. Rebuilding at attack. (D-III) — Strong D and solid goalie will keep Denison in the mix. Questions on the offense. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — This team has proven that it belongs up here and is just a couple of goals away in the last few years from being a major threat to the top five. (Doxology) — #8. It seems the gap in the NCAC keeps widening; schedule is blahh; love Vita on O, Campbell on D and Phillips at the X. (goalielax10) — #11. Another strong defensive-minded team, Denison will be high in rankings all year because of a marginal schedule. (idealtin) — The top team in the NCAC. Petracca in goal and the rest of the defense will carry the Big Red. (longstick33) — #8. Deep and fast team; best in Midwest. (minkhoo) — Great defense again will carry this squad. (nevadajoe) — #9. The Big Red should dominate Ohio once more. They will have to be careful though, since only one NCAC team will make the tournament this year. (Richard) — Best of Ohio. Close defense returns everyone but may have to rely on a rookie in goal. (thatsmell) — Lost only to Stevenson. (The Reason) — #15. (Youngred)

Roanoke: I really hope Roanoke can turn things around this year. They have a bevy of talent on offense. I'd like to see them back to their old ways of running and gunning. (Big Eyed Fish) — Need consistent goaltending and face-off play but without many losses from last year, and an excellent freshman class and four D1 transfers make this high scoring team dangerous. (corkscrew) — #10. Should rebound, as there's too much talent coming into Salem every season. (D-III) — Deep roster ... inconsistent last season. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Lots of new faces in Salem should fill holes and question marks at every position. (Doxology) — #14. If you have two goalies, you have none. Maroons will win double-digit games again, but it stops there. (goalielax10) — #6. Maroons are poised to roll over everyone. No holes here. (idealtin) — When you have 2 goalies, you have 0 goalies. An easier schedule than last year and a bunch of returners should have the Maroons relevant in May though. (longstick33) — #11. Bounce back year after disappointing end to 2012. (minkhoo) — Looks like a lot of depth and experience will carry the Maroons to the tournament after having to stay home last year. (nevadajoe) — #17. Roanoke needs an influx of strong players to fill losses over the last two years. The program attracts those players, but I need to see them before moving the Maroons up in the rankings. (Richard) — Tough schedule. (The Reason) — #12. (Youngred)

Gettysburg: Very disappointing season last year. I'm hoping that they can rebound this year and make up for it. Although the Centennial looks to be unforgiving again this year. (Big Eyed Fish) — #11. Same as Roanoke - too much talent, too solid to have another down year. (D-III) — Solid team with an injury-hampered season last year. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Have not had a steep drop, but are they on this poll because of their name? (Doxology) — #12. Bullets are very much under the radar; if they are unselfish on offense, they will turn some heads this season. (goalielax10) — #14. Bullets should be a team this year. Hey look, if you can make the 2nd round of the NCAA with all the injuries they previously had, just think how good they can be this year. (idealtin) — A solid team. I like Manilla a lot. He will carry the O. (longstick33) — #13. Young Bullets team, but Janczyk teams are always tough. (minkhoo) — If they can find a way to stay up-tempo with the new rule changes, the Bullets will be a challenge in the Centennial. (nevadajoe) — #20. Spent much of 2012 finding out about the younger players and still made the NCAA tournament. They are headed into 2013 with a more stable roster. Obviously they will be improved because of this and will give Dickinson a run for the Centennial. (Richard) — Hope to rebound from a down 2012. (thatsmell) — Of their 7 losses, 4 came from Top 6 teams. (The Reason) — #16. (Youngred)

Western New England: Here's a team with some good athletes, but they lost their two best players in White and Knowlton. (Big Eyed Fish) — Lots of players back. (corkscrew) — #17. Yet another team that needs to replace its All-American keeper. If they do, they have the athletes and pace of play to go deep in May. Play an incredibly difficult road schedule this season, which will have them ready when it matters. (D-III) — Will see if this position is warranted come 3/2, when they play Stevenson. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Had a great 2012; looking to duplicate this season. (Doxology) — #9. I wish Springfield was the last game the Bears played during the regular season. Out-of-conference schedule is on par with anyone in nation. With Body between the pipes, they shouldn't miss a beat. (goalielax10) — #17. Great blue collar team that thinks they have found a replacement for Knowlton; I don't think so. Reardon is the player on this team that I would watch if I was an opposing coach. (idealtin) — The Golden Bears return a defense that allowed double-digit scores to opponents only five times last year. (longstick33) — #14. The second best team in New England is not from the NESCAC. (minkhoo) — Dangerous on offense. Need the defense to be consistent. (nevadajoe) — #12. Other teams have caught on to their playing style; some can handle it. Endicott will be hot on their heels this year. (Richard) — Well coached; play a very tough schedule. (The Reason) — #13. (Youngred)

Union: I have some serious concerns about this program without Aaron between the pipes. The Dutchman will have to find some offense other than Santelgelo in order to be competitive this year. (Big Eyed Fish) — #15. Loss of Aaron might be the most significant in D3, along with Johnson at Trinity. Will be interesting to see what Wehrum can do. (D-III) — Great coach; played everyone close. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — I feel this ranking is too low; I expect the Dutchmen to rise. (Doxology) — #16. Team that does the little things well. Sean Aaron will be missed more than most know. (goalielax10) — #21. Loss of Aaron in cage will be a huge blow to this team. (idealtin) — The loss of Sean Aaron might be too much to overcome for them. They have enough coming back in all the other positions, but all those close games they won last year could go the other way without an elite goalie. (longstick33) — #12. Another tough Liberty team. (minkhoo) — Love to run-and gun so the new rules will help them. (nevadajoe) — #15. Good defense but a stagnant offense describes this team the last few years. They lose the best goalie in D3 from last year and their top offensive player. Still a good team. (Richard) — Suppose to have down year, always tough, #'s help. (The Reason) — #14. (Youngred)

Washington College: Really nice to see these guys back in the picture. They'll be looking to build on last year's success and advance in the tournament. (Big Eyed Fish) — #8. A hunch that this team continues to move forward and get back towards the top of D3. Cord should dominate, and some talent is back on defense. That said, loss of Stewart could prove to be insurmountable unless another keeper steps up. (D-III) — Excellent coach has rebuilt the program quickly. Can they take the next step. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Can't sneak up on anyone this season. Time to prove last year wasn't a fluke. (Doxology) — #13. Why can't the 2013 version of the Shoremen reflect the 2003 team (sans the 1st round loss in NCAAs of course)? There is a returning conference player of the year on the roster who will have a ton to say about the direction WAC will go this year and may have them looking like the 2004 squad. (goalielax10) — #13. The Shoremen are back, and it seems good. Cord is a dynamic player. (idealtin) — A team that has a bunch of upperclassman returning. I'd expect that to help them win some of the close games they lost last season. (longstick33) — #20. Solid team but may be more affected by graduation of goalie than they think. (minkhoo) — Revenge game early on February 23 at Goucher after the Gophers beat them twice in Chestertown last year. (nevadajoe) — #16. WAC has made some big strides the last two years. This year will be about the same as last unless there are some hotshot freshmen. (Richard) — Always plays a tough schedule. (The Reason) — #9. (Youngred)

Springfield: Really good tough team down the stretch last year, and it looks like it'll probably be the same type of season for the boys from Mass. (Big Eyed Fish) — #9. A team that always hangs around the Top 15 but hasn't made the leap in 10+ years finally looks ready to make a run at the Top 10. They rreturn a lot of talent from a team that was playing fast in May. (D-III) — Could be ranked higher. 62% face-offs, goalie 65%. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — They never look like much on paper but seem to give teams fits at odd moments. (Doxology) — #20. The Pride seem to never be an easy out, in or out of conference. (goalielax10) — #19. Fernandez is a beast at X, and Maher proved to be a great keeper. (idealtin) — A solid team with a bunch of points coming back and an All-American in cage. (longstick33) — #15. The third best team in New England is also not from the NESCAC. (minkhoo) — Lots of experience on the offensive side. (nevadajoe) — #14. A very consistent program. Bugbee does a great job of getting high caliber players and has led the way for other New England teams vs. the NESCAC. This year is no different. (Richard) — Play a very tough out-of-league schedule. (The Reason) — #20. (Youngred)

Trinity: Here's a team that has to replace a stellar goalie from last year. Nogueras and the offense should be productive all year. (Big Eyed Fish) — Might be too high, but they return a lot of players. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Will the Bantams have a breakout year? (Doxology) — #21. Not sold on the Bantams yet, but they seem like they are on the brink. (goalielax10) — #15. Lots of experience coming back only bodes well for the Batams. (idealtin) — A senior-heavy NESCAC team. A tough schedule could do this squad in. (longstick33) — #16. Bantams #2 in a NESCAC, which is typically talented. May be a bit top heavy in 2013. (minkhoo) — Have to find a way to win those tough, close NESCAC games. (nevadajoe) — They need to find a goalie. (The Reason) — #18. (Youngred)

Bowdoin: The loss of their coach is the real storyline to watch here. (Big Eyed Fish) — New coach eager to make his NESCAC mark. (corkscrew) — #16. Another team with a question mark in goal. But feature tons of athletes as usual. Bullish on Archbell at coach. (D-III) — New coach will get it done; they will be prepared. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Everything still has that new car smell! (Doxology) — #18. A ton of conference games at home will be huge. (goalielax10) — #12. Rookie coach should have a fun time rolling his opponents. I expect the Polar bears to be very tough. (idealtin) — With a new coach in Jason Archbell, I expect a freshness from the Polar Bears. Every unit returns some nice parts. (longstick33) — #17. Polar Bears enter the post-McCabe era with a solid team. (minkhoo) — New coach. Veteran squad. Will surprise some teams in the NESCAC. (nevadajoe) — #11. Good athletic team that if they are able to be more consistent could be the top team in the NESCAC. New coach might be the change needed. (Richard) — Talent and new coach = excitement. (The Reason) — #11. (Youngred)

St. Lawrence: This team made great strides last year, but they'll now have a target on their back. They aren't gonna catch anyone by surprise this season. (Big Eyed Fish) — Everyone back for a team that barely missed NCAAs a year ago. (corkscrew) — #20. Not sold on this team, but struggled to find another squad I felt better about. (D-III) — Play Haverford on 3/2 should show if they belong. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — #19. Two 1-goal losses last year sans their RIT match-up. Always a dangerous team; 4/27 could be for the #1 seed in the Liberty playoffs. (goalielax10) — #16. I look for the Larries to rebound after a few sub par years and be there at the end. (idealtin) — #18. Larries will be strong contender in the Liberty. (minkhoo) — #13. Underrated at the end of 2012 because of what appeared to be a soft schedule. That shouldn't be the case this year. Strong play at all positions returns for 2013. A #2 finish in the Liberty League should get them to the NCAA tournament. (Richard) — We will see. (The Reason) — #17. (Youngred)

Connecticut College: #15. Seniors, seniors, seniors, and more seniors. I'm sure the Camels don't mind Tufts, Trinity, and Colby getting all the ink. Goaltending isn't as big a problem as some would make it out to be. (goalielax10) — #22. Solid top echelon NESCAC squad. (minkhoo) — Scheduling could help!!! Or hurt!!! (The Reason)

Goucher: #24. Outstanding 2012. Had big graduating losses but learned how to win. (minkhoo) — New coach for a team that finished last year with NCAA win over WAC. Program could be poised to be a regular in the top 20 if they can just get a few more premier kids from Baltimore and continue their great non-hotbed recruiting. (thatsmell)

Ohio Wesleyan: Short and Schnell are a great one-two punch on offense. But this defense holds a lot of question marks. (Big Eyed Fish) — Solid team. (Doxology) — #17. The Battling Bishops will be better than we think and will pull an upset out of conference this year (see St. Mary's, WAC, or Hampden-Sydney). Slowly but surely climbing back into the national scene. (goalielax10) — The early March trip to the eastern shore should tell us how good this team really is. (nevadajoe)

Washington & Lee: Played lots of young players last year and could be a sleeper in the ODAC. (corkscrew) — Return a lot from last season, especially on offense. Excellent goalie 58% and face-off man Mitchell 58%. (Dehuntshigwa'es) — Up and down last couple of years but young and have potential. (Doxology) — #25. A team that finished decently in 2012, may surprise in 2013. (minkhoo) — #19. A young team last year that grew as the year went on. Those players have that year under their belt and very well could take the ODAC this year. (Richard) — #23. (Youngred)

Amherst: The darlings of last year's early polls may now be ready to challenge in the NESCAC. (corkscrew) — #21. (Richard)

St. Mary's: #19. If there was ever a year to steal the CAC AQ, this is it, with Salisbury's graduation losses and Stevenson out of the conference. Unlikely, but not impossible. Would feel better if they didn't have a new keeper. (D-III) — #22. Should be playing Salisbury for the CAC championship. (goalielax10) — #19. Seahawks could surprise this year with Stevenson out of the CAC. (minkhoo) — Ready to return to the glory years. (nevadajoe) — Young team has questions on defense, but a favorable schedule and been knocking on the door recently. (thatsmell) — #24. (Youngred)

Middlebury: #18. Benefit of the doubt after one of the worst seasons in school history, though they lost five games by one goal. Lack of player development in recent years on the offensive end is a huge concern. Defense should be elite, but lack of elite players on offense looks to hold them back. (D-III) — After an opening game versus Bates, their schedule gets incredibly difficult. (longstick33) — #21. Very uncharacteristic 2012; starts the bounce-back process. (minkhoo) — #21. (Youngred)

Adrian: Slowly building up good talent and took a solid Denison team to OT in NCAAs last year. (corkscrew) — #25. (Richard)

Clarkson: Really tough, hard-working team with a good amount returning. (Big Eyed Fish) — #18. Sleeper pick. Well coached with most of last year's team returning. They have a history of playing top teams tough. This year they will win some of those games. (Richard)

Ithaca: Good team last year, but consistency was a major issue with the Bombers. I'd like to seem them play at a high level all year. (Big Eyed Fish) — #18. The Longman will have the Bombers locked and ready. A little surprised at the out-of-conference schedule - other than Cortland and RIT a little weak. Hope it doesn't hurt at the end. (idealtin) — #22. (Richard) — #22. (Youngred)

Franklin & Marshall: #19. (Youngred)

Nazareth: Was a very young team last year. They should improve from last season, but don't expect to see it come together by the time they face Stevenson. (Big Eyed Fish) — #20. Did you think I would not rank my Golden Flyers? Flying under the radar is the best poster board material in the world. Only graduated one player, and he did not play for five games last year. However, they open up with the toughest team in D-3. (idealtin)

Plattsburgh: One of many teams that can crack the top 20 this year. Just a gut feeling. (longstick33)

Endicott: Hard-working rising program with good athletes, usually a good bet. (Big Eyed Fish) — #23. (Richard)

Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Albright: Returns everyone from a team that nearly made the tournament in their first year. (Big Eyed Fish) — Young guys have a year under their belt and are ready to be a national force. (nevadajoe)

. Rensselaer: #23. Out-of-conference schedule isn't the best. (goalielax10) — #23. A very tough team, but there won't be many easy Liberty games. (minkhoo)

. Montclair State: #24. King of the Skyline; no Meth but will still chug along. (goalielax10)

. Birmingham-Southern: #25. The nation needs to start taking notice. (goalielax10)

. Scranton: #22. Has good players all over the field. (idealtin)

. McDaniel:

. Eastern:

. Eastern Connecticut: #24. (Richard)

. Haverford: #25. (Youngred)

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