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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #1
February 4, 2013


RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Syracuse (1-0)3256 
2Florida (0-0)3206 
3Northwestern (0-0)3104 
4Maryland (0-0)2991 
5North Carolina (0-0)264 
6Loyola (0-0)240 
7Duke (0-0)237 
8Penn State (0-0)214 
9Virginia (0-0)189 
10Notre Dame (0-0)179 
11Penn (0-0)154 
12Dartmouth (0-0)137 
13Georgetown (0-0)99 
14Towson (0-0)96 
15Ohio State (0-0)94 
16Massachusetts (0-0)87 
17Stony Brook (0-0)70 
18Boston College (0-0)52 
19Cornell (0-0)47 
20Harvard (0-0)44 
Others receiving votes: Johns Hopkins (30), Princeton (24), Navy (18), Albany (11), Boston University (8), Denver (7), James Madison (6), Stanford (4), Southern California (3), Jacksonville (2)

Number of voters: 17 (Artemis3, D-Lax, DallasLaxDad, draw18, johnnyboy, LadyLaker, LAF1, Laxword, Lionwatcher, mytwokeepers, novaglax, Rafterjack, Seinfeld, slides2, socrlaxdad, Turtles Lax, UnderArmourOdor)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Syracuse: It will be interesting to see how the Orange deal with the expectations they'll face in 2013. Tumolo will continue to thrive in Gait's system, and freshman Kayla Traynor will make an immediate impact. (Artemis3) — The Orange return most of their starters and will show off their No. 1 recruiting class. Tremendous depth and balance at every area of the field. Syracuse vs. Florida game will be a classic. (D-Lax) — I think my crystal ball is broken. The easy out is to say that, at the time of this "pre-season" poll, there is only one 1-0 team, so I'm putting them on top. The reality is, Syracuse is likely to be playing Memorial Day weekend, so they're a legit pick for the top spot. (DallasLaxDad) — The Orange are loaded again, and the talent that is all over the field is remarkable. From the Block sisters down low to Katie Webster, Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray, and the addition of a talented group of freshmen, SU is looking to return to the final weekend. (draw18) — #1. Going with the Orange for my top spot. Lots of firepower returning, but more importantly I feel they let one get away in last year's finals, so they have lots to prove to themselves and others. Big East should be a breeze. From two road games vs. UF and NU, I see one regular season loss. (johnnyboy) — I like this team because they are tenacious and gritty. They will be in the hunt. (LadyLaker) — The Orange is loaded, so they get my vote at number 2. They have been knocking at the door, but having the door slowly closed in their face. Tumolo should be loaded for bear. (Lionwatcher) — #2. With all the hype, and Michelle Tumollo, the 'Cuse is my #2. (mytwokeepers) — Agree w. "Inside ... " comments re Orange. Want it (huge). Hasn't been straight up, however, for Coach G. Too, staff, himself acted out at final at S.B. Sad for me to see Central NY Titan wash down into the Carolinas, ACC, loyal opposition for so long. HIGHLY touted Syr. will NOT take it all somehow. (Rafterjack) — #2. Explosive offense is back, led by Michelle Tumolo, the most exciting player in the game. Defense took some losses, but Becca Block one of the best. (slides2) — #2. TL loves Michele Tumolo. Da 'Cuse will be very hard to beat this season. 'Cept by Loyola, of course. (Turtles Lax) — The Orange (Coca-Cola - Mean Joe Green) throw the ole Godfather’s #22 into the ring for the ring if he and MT don’t put the horse head in the NCAA official’s bed! (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: They have always had the talent to be great, and now they have the leadership and experience to go the distance. (Artemis3) — Gators will be loaded from one end of the field to the other and return Mikey Meagher, their stellar goalkeeper. Rematch of the semi game vs. Syracuse in Miami Dolphins Stadium could be the highlight of the regular season. (D-Lax) — The crystal ball says the Gators take one more step, advancing to the last game of the season, but can't take the final step. No. 2. (DallasLaxDad) — The Gators are not going to sneak up on anyone in 2013, but they won’t need that edge anyway. With Brittany Dashiell leading a talented group of seasoned veterans, including super soph Nora Barry and reigning goalie of the year in Mikey Meagher, Florida isn’t about to take a step back. (draw18) — #2. Gators roster is loaded with seniors, most of whom are four-year starters - so this is THE year. Got a taste of the big time last season, so add the experience factor. Still see UF with one loss. (johnnyboy) — It's time. Those 2013 babies are seniors, and they could make Gator bait out of the entire lax nation. (LadyLaker) — I am starting the Gators at No. 1. Everybody back, top goalie, and they have to be hungry after reaching the promised land but not getting to drink from the golden goblet. (Lionwatcher) — #5. Florida at #5 continues to be impressive, but I am still waiting to see them become Prime Time players. (mytwokeepers) — Me-think A. O'l. fine, ver fine. NOT, however, match for KAH level excellence (who is?). So, can they already be stuck (in a 'notch') ... (Gators?). Yup! Win, place, SHOW, me thinking. Too, see where U-Mich. and USC, and whomever else comes along, gravitate to. (Rafterjack) — #1. Original group of talented recruits are now seniors and, having come close last year, are now ready to cash in. Look for big year from sophomore Shannon Gilroy. (slides2) — #5. Incomprehensible loss will quickly be forgotten. Big time cast and now experienced. Lots to like in the swamp. Chomp, chomp! (Turtles Lax) — Super Bowl Edition-ranking the Top 20 by SB ads (LL-Wait UAO even after your sabbatical to become a more serious poster?). Sorry LL, #1 Florida (McDonald's–The Showdown; Bird and MJ) Over the Empire, off the Orange nothing but net! (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: Losing a Shannon Smith type player could send most great teams out of the top 10. But this team is built to win with what they have year in and year out. (Artemis3) — Coach Amonte knows how to get it done, but can the Purple Cats compete with Florida and Syracuse? (D-Lax) — The crystal ball says the law of averages dictates that their string of Finals appearances must come to an end some day - and this is that day. The Cats at no. 4. (DallasLaxDad) — The Wildcats are good for a reason, and each year they adapt their strategies to meet the strengths of their personnel. Some of those strengths this year include Alyssa Leonard on the draw, and Taylor Thornton making a bigger impact on offense. (draw18) — #4. Can't ever count out the Wildcats. Thornton and Fitzgerald are the obvious leaders, but can they fill the "go to" role played so ably by Shannon Smith last season and break in a new starting goalie. I like their schedule but still see two regular season losses for the Cats. (johnnyboy) — I don't sense that NU has the tools up and down the field to go the distance. They do have KAH, who has shown us year after year not to underestimate her Cats. (LadyLaker) — The Cats have a lot of holes to fill, but based upon what I saw at Champions Challenge, I think they are up to the challenge. If Bianco continues to shine, the Cats will be right there at the end. (Lionwatcher) — #1. Until they lose, my #1. (mytwokeepers) — I will not argue with ... disregard, success. Seven (7) championships in eight (8) years, folks. Who'd thunk it-Chicago programs? KAH deserves. You say why not (kick-off Fri. at Coliseum- UMass.). (Rafterjack) — #4. Shannon Smith and her phenomenal cohort have graduated; torch is passed to Taylor Thornton and Erin Fitzgerald and a fast, but relatively untested group of younger players. (slides2) — #3. Whole lotta travel for them this year. And whole lotta experience to be gained thereby. (Turtles Lax) — I have to go with The Empire (Apple -1984; perfect for the Purple Machine) as until you send a torpedo into the Cat-reactor or stop T2 you can’t say you’ve slayed DarthShorts! (LL-Hey UAO you could have used VW’s-The Force!) LL-That’s the spirit! (UnderArmourOdor)

Maryland: The Terps return the best player in college lacrosse, Katie Schwarzmann. They have a seasoned defensive veteran in Sanza. What they don't have is a proven goalie. Early games vs. Duke and Syracuse will test this group. (Artemis3) — The Terps game on Feb. 17 vs. The Orange will help shape the illustrious Top 5. (D-Lax) — The history books say the last time the Ravens won the Super Bowl, the Terps won the NCAA WLax title. The crystal ball says there won't be a repeat double 12 years later, as Maryland loses in the semis. Terps open at no. 3. (DallasLaxDad) — With Katie Schwarzmann back, the Terps are already in the top level of the field. Maryland did lose quite a bit to graduation, but their incoming players are already playing at a high level, and the return of veterans like Kelly McPartland means that Maryland isn’t about to yield. (draw18) — #3. Where else could you graduate scoring talents like KEJ and Black and not be too worried. Loss of Dipper in goal might be a little trickier, but the return of an intact Terp defense makes that easier. Terps will reign again in ACC. See 1-2 losses, including early season loss to "Cuse in the dome. (johnnyboy) — A new year; a fully-reloaded Terp assault weapon. (LadyLaker) — Some talented new faces in College Park. Will they all fit in? (Lionwatcher) — #3. Last year's depth makes the Terps my #3. (mytwokeepers) — Terps remain near highest levels. Yet, can't see them challenging the top (above) three this year. (Rafterjack) — #3. KEJ and Brittany Dipper gone, but Tewaaraton winner Katie Schwarzmann leads an immensely talented group who have yet to fire on all cylinders. (slides2) — #1. Imposing (impossible?) early season schedule will likely cause considerable problems. If the Terps start 4-zip, look out ... and book your rooms in Philly. (Turtles Lax) — The Terps always have the talent to go deep (EDS – Cat Herders) and sometimes it seems too much, but if Coach R can get the red round-up going early they can brand the trophy if someone can lasso the cage duties. (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: Is this the year of the Tar Heel? Maybe. The addition of Dowd to the coaching staff shows Jenny Levy's determination to bring a new look to the Heels' offense. Replacing Zimmerman and Lynch is a tough task ... but Cannizzaro returns, and the Heels could finally go from contender to champion. (Artemis3) — After Maryland, I have no clue how the rest of the ACC will play out. The crystal ball says to go with gut feelings, so I've got the Tar Heels second in the conference and sixth overall. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tar Heels have been in the mix for a while, and 2013 will be no different. The Friend connection will be a powerful one, but Kara Cannizzaro is going to be the key. As long as Sloan Serpe and Lauren Maksym provide the strength in the backfield, UNC will play a role in the national scene. (draw18) — #5. Heels only need to replace two starters, but they were UNC's top two point producers and field leaders. UNC has enough talent on the roster to do so but will take some time. See 2-3 early losses and then Heels will come on strong. (johnnyboy) — UNC puzzles me. Year after year so much talent, and then "poof!" they disappear in the wind. I predict they end up in the hunt but not with the crown and possibly not even at Memorial Day weekend. (LadyLaker) — Losing talent, gaining talent, Tar Heels will be in the mix again. (Lionwatcher) — #4. Rounding out my Final Four are the Tar Heels. At #4, Carolina is definitely in the Hunt this year. (mytwokeepers) — #5. Kara Cannizzaro, Abbey Friend, and Sloan Serpe take up the slack after departure of the wonderful Becky Lynch and Laura Zimmerman. (slides2) — #6. Betcha the 'Heels learn how to use their off-hands this year ... or ride the pine. (Turtles Lax) — The Heels always seem to drop the package late (FedEx – Cavemen), so I’m not a believer as in the commercial it could be crushing again! (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: The Greyhounds are really young but really talented. Their youth might show early on, but look for them to shake off the jitters mid season. Freshman goalie Molly Wolf is the real deal. (Artemis3) — Loyola was really impressive last year, and the crystal ball has the Greyhounds knocking on the door to the Final Four. No. 5. (DallasLaxDad) — The Greyhounds have the firepower to lay claim to another NCAA berth, but the question is going to be in the defensive half of the field. But this team has a strong character that will be a key part of their ability to come together quickly. If the freshmen can mature early o. (draw18) — #14. In 2012 the Hound's senior defense carried the team until the offense got in gear. That defense of Stoothoff (G), Gallagher (D), and Henneberry (D), all lost to graduation, must be replaced. Now the offense needs to return the favor. See Loyola behind Syracuse and Notre Dame in the Big East. (johnnyboy) — Every year, I come out strong for the Hounds. I believe once again. (LadyLaker) — Can the Greyhounds replace a lost goalie? They will compete everywhere else on the field. (Lionwatcher) — #6. Loved Loyola last year, but their losses may make this #6 a bit too high. (mytwokeepers) — #6. Hounds will miss Kerry Stoothoff, Kellye Gallagher, and Ana Heneberry on D, but offense is primed and ready to go with Marlee Paton in charge. (slides2) — #4. Any team with a World Cup player gets ranked. And the 'Hounds have a whole lot more. (Turtles Lax) — Ditto on the Hounds being a contender or pretender after the Hoos opener, as they have offensive fire power but may need to run out for some D help (Diet Pepsi - Michael J Fox; note the lax stick by the door). (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: Another team with endless talent and no titles to show for it. Duke's newcomer Maddy Acton will make an immediate impact and the return of Trimble and and Morrissey make the Blue Devils a tough opponent. (Artemis3) — Duke at 9. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Devils again have one of the most talented rosters in the nation, led by Maddy Morrisey and Taylor Trimble. With one of the top recruiting classes in the country joining the squad in Durham, the Blue Devils remain on paper one of the elite teams in DI. How it comes together will be the? (draw18) — #7. Blue Devils lose little on offense and return six 20+ goal scorers, and there always seem to be more in the pipeline. Need to find a capable replacement for Makler in the goal. I see a 2-3 win improvement on last season's 12-7 record. (johnnyboy) — I feel "ehhh" about Duke, still they always seem to be in the top group, and here's where they fell for me. (LadyLaker) — Great recruiting class gives the Blue Devils hopes for a return to the final four after an uncomfortably long absence. (Lionwatcher) — #8. Duke comes in at #8 as they continue being a perennial Top 10 team. (mytwokeepers) — Strong finish last year bodes well for 2013 for Blue Devils, IMHO. Seems year to year we, however, are shuffling five/six mostly ACC teams at the front, then along comes such as Florida, USC, Michigan, maybe. (Rafterjack) — #7. Emma Hamm, Kat Thomas, Kim Wenger, and Mollie Mackler gone, but younger corps, led by Kerrin Maurer, takes over. Impressive freshman class coming in. (slides2) — #10. Will be ranked higher next year when they don't have to play the Turtles and the 'Heels ;-) (Turtles Lax) — Duke will be heard from at some point (Bud-weis-er – Frogs) but it may be a croak with the loss of scoring punch and a new keeper. (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: Redshirt senior Colleen Shea sets the tone for this team, and they will need her leadership as PSU is a young squad. Coffey's draw prowess and Guy's move to defense should help keep PSU in the ALC conversation. (Artemis3) — And now, the crystal ball suggests going with the method my Property professor is rumored to have used while grading finals - throw the papers down the stairs, pick them up in order, and set the curve accordingly. Using this method, the Nittany Lions settle at no. 7. (DallasLaxDad) — The talented freshman class from last year, including Tatum Coffey and Maggie McCormick, are now sophomores, and that bodes very well for the Nittany Lions. Katie Guy is back for the defense, which has to replace the talented Dana Cahill, but there is a host of talent left in Happy Valley. (draw18) — #6. Nittanies return an experienced squad but do have to find a new net-minder to replace Cahill. Coach Doherty and PSU will surprise some folks if that happens. Looks like a battle for 3rd with OSU in the ALC. (johnnyboy) — The Nittany Lions have a solid group up and down the field. (LadyLaker) — All kinds of offense back, tough on the draw with Coffey, but will the back line hold up? (Lionwatcher) — #7. Penn State really impressed me with the program progress they made last year. #7 seems very likely if they have continued to move forward. (mytwokeepers) — #10. Goalie Dana Cahill has graduated, but a bunch of younger players such as Tatum Coffey and Maggie McCormick advance. Defense took a hit when Lizzy Carney was injured, but Colleen Shea back for one last try. (slides2) — #9. Suspect the pride of Happy Valley will surprise "you know who" this year. But then it will not be a surprise. (Turtles Lax) — We Are ... are in the top 10, but are they young (E-Trade Babies – my fave ... Lindsey that Milk-a-holic wasn’t there?) I defer to eshea to say it will be OK on the D end with the RS-SR on guard! (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Josie Owen is a big loss. But the infusion of Bocklett, Jentis, and Seats should help shore up the offense. Kolarik is a great goalie, but I see 2013 as an up-and-down year for the Hoos. (Artemis3) — The Cavaliers lost offensive power due to graduation but reload with transfers from Northwestern, Florida, and Georgetown. (D-Lax) — Virginia at no. 8. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cavaliers lost a number of players to graduation, but the transfers they picked up were the story of the offseason. If this team can come together completely, they will have the talent to make a difference, if not for themselves, but by winning key games that will have an impact on what happens. (draw18) — #16. Cavaliers have to find a whole lot of offense after the graduation of Josie Owens and a cadre of the five other top scorers. I'm seeing BC 4th and Virginia 5th in the ACC. (johnnyboy) — If they can maintain momentum through the entire season and avoid the cavalier up and down-ness of the last few, they could end up higher at the end of the season and be the spoilers for more than a few teams. (LadyLaker) — Are the Wildcat and Gator transfers what the Cavaliers need? Inconsistency over the past few years has hurt the Cavaliers, and this will need to be addressed. (Lionwatcher) — #15. If #15 can be considered a down year, I think UVa will be very pleased to be #15 in this down year. (mytwokeepers) — #12. Hoos will miss Josie Owen and Julie Gardner, but younger group ready to step up. Lack of Katie Slater and Sloan Warren on roster is cause for concern. (slides2) — #7. Perennial underachievers still get a Top 10 nod. (Turtles Lax) — We will know right away if the Hoos are for real, as they open with the Hounds in Charm City. This year’s Hoos may not be the prettiest team in the ACC (Pepsi - Cindy Crawford) as they will have to do it with D until they get all their 2nd years playing together. (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: The Irish have the right schedule to put themselves in the tournament discussion again. Look for Powell to build on her stellar 2012 season. The wild card is Barb Sullivan, who spent time this summer on her game and looks to do big things in 2013. (Artemis3) — The Irish at 10. (DallasLaxDad) — . The Irish had a solid season in 2012, and with the core of the group returning in 2013, ND has a bright outlook. Barbara Sullivan is one of the top defenders in the nation, and with the talent and chemistry this group has, the Irish could be one of the most dangerous teams in the nation. (draw18) — #8. Irish have to replace Tamasitis, the point guard of their offense in 2012 or revamp their offensive approach. If they can do that, I'll bet half a penny they come in second behind 'Cuse in the Big East. (johnnyboy) — Lost a leader in Tamasitis but bring back a stalwart in the net in Hilling. Coach Halfpenny has brought the Irish back to relevance. (Lionwatcher) — #11. The Golden Domers have a nice collection of talent that I believe is ready to jell. (mytwokeepers) — #9. Lose incredible playmaker Maggie Tamasitas, but lineup is solid, led by Margaret Smith in midfield and, assuming she is healthy, Lindsay Powell on attack. (slides2) — The Irish need to get tough in the Big East (Reebok - Terry Tate Office LB) and most of all tackle NU like one of the football team LB’s no imaginary (LL-don’t go there!) ... I was going to say victories! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: Penn faces a tough schedule this year. Maddie Poplawski returns as the team's captain. If the rest of the team shows Poplawski's determination and toughness, Penn will be a force once again. (Artemis3) — Who knows what will happen in the unpredictable Ivy League? I've got Penn second in the conference and 14th overall. (DallasLaxDad) — The Quakers have ruled the roost in the Ivy League the last couple of years, and they have the talent to remain in the upper echelon. Poplawski leads a strong group of women ready to keep the Quakers on top, and with Miller back and a number of veterans ready to carry the load, Penn should return. (draw18) — #12. Despite the loss of their bookends (scoring leader Brennan and goalkeeper Leitner), Penn returns balanced scoring and an experienced defense. Looking for a return to the battle with Princeton for the top Ivy spot. See 3-4 losses overall, 1-2 in Ivy. (johnnyboy) — My first Ivy team and in at #10. Has the world stopped turning? (LadyLaker) — I am never sure if I am ranking the Quakers based upon talent or reputation. This year more than ever I have some questions with the Loss of Emily Leitner. (Lionwatcher) — #10. Penn is always tough and #10 reflects that historical truth. (mytwokeepers) — Still seems team to beat in Ivy. Dartmouth beat them so became leader in 2012. Green has stiff schedule ... this annum may scramble Ivy ranking. But I put them together here. (Rafterjack) — #8. Erin Brennan and Emily Leitner have graduated, but Maddy Poplawski ready to shine. (slides2) — #17. Second best Ivy? Perhaps, but was Hahvuhd until recently. (Turtles Lax) — I’m betting the Fightin’ Quakers (Tabasco – Mosquito) won’t be an air burst outside the Ivy like last year. (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: They have a top 10 goalie in Giovanniello. Kelsey Johnson moves to the midfield, and a few incoming freshmen can make immediate impacts. The schedule is tough, but so are the Big Green. (Artemis3) — The Big Green return Kristen Giovaniello in the cage, and that stability will provide dividends for the season. While Dartmouth was hit hard with graduation, there are a number of players who will shoulder the load. The ability to spread out that responsibility will allow the team to gel. (draw18) — #17. Have a soft spot for the Big Green maybe 'cause Rafterman is such a loyal fan. I just don't see them at #10 or #11 like some other polls - lost a lot of goals and draws to graduation. See Dartmouth at 3rd or 4th in the Ivy this season. (johnnyboy) — Just out of my top 10 but could very easily move up five slots. (LadyLaker) — I think the big Green should fight with Penn for Ivy superiority. (Lionwatcher) — #14. Always tough. (mytwokeepers) — Much here, despite losses. Seasoned goalie, defense - a Patton specialty, swift midfield. IMHO not strong at attack yet. New freshman might alleviate. RIGOROUS schedule. (Rafterjack) — #15. Redoubtable Sarah Plumb is gone, as are a number of other starters. New core will form around Courtney Bennett and Hana Bowers. Good bonding trip Down Under. (slides2) — #12. Rafterjack made me do it. (Turtles Lax) — The Big Green looks to be solid, but if I want to know (Bud – Waassuppp) Rafterman will tell us how they will get by with the Plumb of their midfield. (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: The defense had to get better. The goal-keeping had to improve as well. Apparently, Ricky Fried has addressed both this off-season. If that's true, the Hoyas have the talent to return to the NCAA tournament. (Artemis3) — Georgetown returns a strong midfield but has a huge hole to fill on defense with the graduation of Kelly Barnes. (D-Lax) — The Hoyas have Sophia Thomas back on the Hilltop, and she will lead a solid group of players who can all make contributions throughout the season. How this team comes together will make the difference as to how far they can go. (draw18) — #22. Hoyas return virtually all of their scoring, and that will be their strength in 2012. Need more possessions on draw controls and must find a way to stop their opponents from scoring. Loss of two starting D to graduation won't help. Seeing maybe 10 wins ... maybe? (johnnyboy) — Ho hum. Another talent-laden roster and another so-so year. Some surprising wins, some shocking losses. Like I said ... ho hum. (LadyLaker) — Questions in the goal abound, but I think coach Fried will find a way to win games. Consistency, however, is the key word. (Lionwatcher) — #12. All the talent, but lacking in the speed to crack the Top 10. (mytwokeepers) — #17. Must replace Kelly Barnes on defense, but midfield solid with Sophia Thomas and Kelsi Bozel. (slides2) — #18. Ricky will be trying World Cup strategy/plays with his "real" team. As has been proven, it will NOT work. That does make not make TL happy; like and respect Coach Fried. (Turtles Lax) — The Hoyas will go as far as Black carries them (FedEx - Carrier Pigeons). If she doesn’t carry the load and deliver, it could be a long year in the flight path on the Potomac. (UnderArmourOdor)

Towson: This team went undefeated in the CAA last season. They are physical and feisty. No team should overlook them this year. (Artemis3) — With most of their starting lineup back, the Tigers might settle in the top 10, but this prediction is no. 11. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tigers are consistently one of the top teams in the nation, and 2013 will be no different. Alexa Demski leads a solid group of veterans that can lead the way in the CAA, and even though the Tigers will be the hunted team in the conference, they have the talent that can pull it off. (draw18) — #10. Tigers really only have one hole to fill, albeit that of 2012's Teeters in goal. Looking for Coach Lamonica and Towson to take the Colonial title again but see them with up to four out-of-conference losses. (johnnyboy) — These Tigers have some bite, and I predict more than a few butts will feel it this season. (LadyLaker) — Towson has made significant progress over the last couple of years, and I am looking for that to continue. (Lionwatcher) — #17. Not quite ready for Prime Time. (mytwokeepers) — Strong finish in 2012. Had lost sight of Tigers myself. They got my attention again with strong showing at year end. (Rafterjack) — #11. Must replace Mary Teeters and Sarah Appelt, but most other starters are back. (slides2) — #14. Need a goalie, and if they find one will be quite good yet again. (Turtles Lax) — Towson Tigers will chase the CAA Crown like Stewie and Underdog in (Coca-Cola - It’s Mine Balloons). (UnderArmourOdor)

Ohio State: Big time schedule for the Buckeyes this year, including trips to Florida, Northwestern, Penn State, and Duke. This is a confident group that could make noise this year. (Artemis3) — The Buckeyes have another talented roster, if not young. Tori DeScenza headlines the group, leading OSU from the cage. But with a number of good players, from Cifarelli up front to Kuzma in the back and the addition of a host of very good newcomers, including some with international experience. (draw18) — #11. Buckeyes return 10 starters but still must find a way to replace 50% of their goals with the graduation of Markwordt, Capuzzi, and Donahue. Will vie for 3rd in ALC. (johnnyboy) — The Buckeyes are looking good this season. I feel they might not end up in my top 5 at the end of the season but could be the spoiler for any of the top 5. Not a bad place to be! (LadyLaker) — I may have the Buckeyes too low at 17. They did a great job last year and could have been really special but for a few very close losses. (Lionwatcher) — #20. I cannot explain just why I like this Ohio State team, but they showed a "grittiness" last year that makes me like them enough to close out my Top 20. (mytwokeepers) — #14. Buckeyes will surely miss Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi, but younger players, particularly goalie Tory DeScenza, ready to step up. (slides2) — The Buckeyes will have red targets on their backs from last year’s run (EDS - Running of the Squirrels) and loss of all those scorers isn’t a bullish sign. (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: UMass was very good last year and will be so again this season. No. 13. (DallasLaxDad) — #18. Don't see as many Ws for UMass in 2013, as they must replace half their starters and lots of DC possessions. Still see them easily atop the Atlantic 10 all season. (johnnyboy) — UMass is another team I have been watching for years. I think this could be a very good year for them. (LadyLaker) — I have been impressed with Massachusetts over the past few years. This year will be a test to seen if they can continue their recent good play. (Lionwatcher) — #9. I really liked UMass last year and believe that #9 is the natural continuation of their prowess from last season. (mytwokeepers) — Weak schedule, I know. Yet this team rose up the ranks in 2012 with same schedule. They ... win! Excellent coaching here I need to acknowledge. (Rafterjack) — #13. Key players such as Jesse O'Donnell and Nina Sarcona are gone, but Katie Ferris and Lauren Terracciano lead an impressive attack. (slides2) — #11. Minutemen surprised in College Park last year. Might be another solid year. (Turtles Lax) — Minutemen will again do well in the A10, but can they make the jump to knock out one of the heavy hitters (Bud - Rocky Clydesdale). (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: They believe in themselves, and that's all that matters for Spallina's squad. They will create havoc for their opponents and will win some big games, but are a year or so away from the tournament. (Artemis3) — Stony Brook at 18. (DallasLaxDad) — The Seawolves had an impact year last year, and with Claire Petersen and Demianne Cook back for Stony Brook, there is no question that this squad will fly under anyone’s radar. Pretty much the entire roster is back for Spallina, and that experience, plus their talent, makes SB a dangerous opponent. (draw18) — #13. Spallina returns virtually a full squad from his 14-5 debut season. Probably has some hidden treasures too in the 2013 incoming class, as he is so good at finding them. Looking for SB to earn American East qualifier with only 2-3 regular season losses. (johnnyboy) — Joe's back! Oh yeah, I definitely believe! (LadyLaker) — I got to see Stony Brook in the fall. They looked quick and motivated all over the field. (Lionwatcher) — #16. #16 is right in my mind, but I doubt this driven team will settle for such a low ranking. (mytwokeepers) — Again in top 20 more or less. New coach a success. (Rafterjack) — #16. Joe Spallina's flying circus takes off again, with Claire Petersen, Demmianne Cook, and Janine Hillier now seniors. (slides2) — #21. Seawolves better step up this year. One large win does not a season make. (Turtles Lax) — Seawolves (Careerbuilder – Monkeys) I have to add this for LGL because the commercial uses Quiet Riot, and he owns their entire catalog, plus I’m going with Joe continuing to build. (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: Stanwick and Rix have a year under their belts, which is bad news for opposing defenses. But unless the Eagles have addressed their defense, BC won't move much this year. (Artemis3) — The Walker era starts out with a number of talented players returning, including Covie Stanwick in the attack. With Mikaela Rix adding depth up front, BC has potential to reach far into the season. With their schedule providing multiple opportunities to pick up key wins, the team can play tough. (draw18) — #9. Eagles made ACC opponents pay attention last season and look to build on that. Will need to replace Igoe's playmaking and scoring and Wilton's draw controls. I think BC can knock down losses from 8 to 6, and that would mark good progress in the toughest conference in women's lacrosse. (johnnyboy) — Eagles and new coach may surprise some. (Lionwatcher) — #19. Time will tell if I have underestimated Boston College this year. (mytwokeepers) — #22. Kristin Igoe and Brittany Wilton are gone, but new coach Acacia Walker has super sophs Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix and senior Brooke Blue to work with. (slides2) — #8. Dig Acacia Walker and expect BIG wins for the Eagles. (Turtles Lax) — When I go to the Eagles field and see the biggest quonset hut in the world, I scream like this commercial (Audi – Godfather Horsehead) as I know it will be tough going! (UnderArmourOdor)

Cornell: Another Ivy team will be in the mix this year. Cornell has a solid roster and a good schedule. This team is capable of a big time upset this season. (Artemis3) — Can Cornell be a contender for the Ivy crown this year? (D-Lax) — The Big Red are in the thick of the Ivy race, which once again could see the fifth team in theory part of the national scene but not in the Ivy Tournament. With Caroline Salisbury back to lead the Big Red, Cornell has leadership that is talented and ready to right the ship, so to speak. (draw18) — Big Red could spell big trouble for some opponents. The Ivy League is heating up! (LadyLaker) — The Big Red will take a step back (BudLight - Ability to Fly (Breath Fire) no longer available) as the loss of offensive (super) power will cause problems. (UnderArmourOdor)

Harvard: Biggest intangible for the Crimson this season: who's going to play in cage? (D-Lax) — I didn't give the Crimson enough credit last year. Here's a prediction they win the Ivy League and land at no. 12. (DallasLaxDad) — The Crimson had a breakthrough year in 2012 thanks to the talents of Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault. Both are back for Harvard, and they are joined by a strong player in Micaela Cyr. The Ivy League will be a tough one this year with talent spread throughout the league. (draw18) — #21. Good returning squad, but there are goalie questions - not sure where to put the Crimson. (johnnyboy) — Crimson coming back? (Lionwatcher) — #13. Lisa Miller has been building the program at Harvard very deliberately, and I believe her efforts are about ready to make some noise in the Ivies and throughout the lacrosse world. (mytwokeepers) — Much fire power back with Crimson. Freshman, now sophomore goalie proved herself. Moving Harvard up. (Rafterjack) — #19. Melanie Baskind has graduated, but Danielle Tetreault and Jen Van der Meulen are back with a number of other starters. Unexpected issue at goalie. (slides2)

Johns Hopkins: This is my out-of-the-box pick for 2013. The Jays have some new talent and have been hard at work this off season. D'Amore is a great player who is only getting better. And remember, this is a team that took Florida to overtime last year. (Artemis3) — #23. Blue Jays lose half their starters and scoring but return their scoring and field leader in Taylor D'Amore. I see it as an opportunity to increase team speed. Probably looking at another .500 season but usually good for an upset or two of high ranked teams. (johnnyboy) — When Janine sees this, she will faint. I saw a few of their fall ball games, and I like their energy. I think by season's end they could be higher up my poll. (LadyLaker) — Looking for a resurgence on Charles street. (Lionwatcher) — #18. Love to watch the Blue Jays, but I'm thinking they lost too much to climb the polls this year. (mytwokeepers) — #23. Jays lose some tough performers in Candace Rossi, Colleen McCaffrey, and Alyssa Kildare, but Taylor D'Amore is a tremendous player. (slides2) — #15. Capable of beating anyone ... anytime ... but drive the coaches bonkers. (Turtles Lax) — The Hop will need an energy boost this year (Snickers - Betty White). (UnderArmourOdor)

Princeton: Ivy League Rookie of the Year Erin McMunn returns along with a Tigers' roster that could make a late season run. A revamped coaching staff behind Hall of Fame coach Sailer will bring the Tigers back into the spotlight. (Artemis3) — Can you ever count out Princeton? Chris Sailer is an incredible coach who can get quite a bit out of her charges. With Jaci Gassaway back for the Tigers, and a number of players who saw significant minutes back for Sailer, the Tigers are not about to drop to the back of the pack in the Ivy. (draw18) — #15. Tigers have a solid returning squad and should turn some of those close losses from 2012 into 2013 victories. Looking for a 10-5 record and 4-2 in the Ivy. (johnnyboy) — Many returning strengths for Tigers. Strength at goal, attack. See them moving up the rankings this year. (Rafterjack) — #21. Tigers should be ready to rebound from disappointing 2012 campaign. Jaci Gassaway leads the way. (slides2) — The Tigers will be like this ad (Toyota - Sleeping Badgers). They will wake and do some tearing late in the year ... I believe it quietly. (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: The crystal ball says Navy will have lots of wins again this year, and the Forum will have a never-ending debate whether that's good enough for a ranking. Let's start it off by putting the Mids at no. 19. (DallasLaxDad) — #19. We'll see lots of Ws again for the USNA in 2013, and they will get the same weak schedule criticism as last season. Coach Timchal's squad has improved every year since their inaugural season. The Midshipmen will sail through the Patriot league and stay in the top 20. (johnnyboy) — No, I haven't shown the Mids a lot of love, but kudos for their domination of the Pat League, which I believe will continue this year ... at least until the new additions arrive next year. Schedule gets a tiny bit stronger each year, and this year they will take the league again. (LadyLaker) — Win, win, win. (Rafterjack) — #20. Lose experienced defenders, but high-powered attack under Jasmine DePompeo ready to roll. (slides2) — #16. Though always mocked for ranking the Middies, I will continue to do so until proven wrong. That might be soon! (Turtles Lax) — Navy will continue to improve and make some explosive noise (Outpost.com - Cannon Gerbils). Remember I said it! (UnderArmourOdor)

Albany: The Great Danes have a 43-10 record over the last three seasons, and there's no reason to think they won't continue this winning tradition in 2013. No. 15. (DallasLaxDad) — #18. Lose strong defender in Jenn Primeau, but Jess Antelmi and Ariana Parker return to spark offense. (slides2) — #23. "Great Danes" (and variations) always yields cool quote/comments material. (Turtles Lax) — Albany will have to slap the pollsters again to gain their attention (Bud Light – Fist Bump Out, Slap In). (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston University: #24. Any team with Danielle Etrasco has a chance. (slides2) — #13. Couldn't pick Danielle Etrasco outta a lineup, but a World Cup player on the roster merits a ranking. (Turtles Lax)

Denver: Last year, the Pioneers failed to finish what they started. The crystal ball whispers to me that this may be the year they land on top of the MPSF. No. 17. (DallasLaxDad) — #20. Pioneers lose only one starter from last year's 12-3 squad. Get the Ducks at home this season, so I'm going with Denver for the top spot in the MPSF. (johnnyboy) — #19. One of these years a team from way out there will rise to/near the top. Could it be Denver? Probably not but will look real smart if they do it. (Turtles Lax)

James Madison: The Dukes probably won't pass Towson to top the Colonial, but they'll be top-20 this year - and settle here at 16. (DallasLaxDad) — Casey Ancarrow. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of an ACL injury, Casey will lead this team. (LadyLaker)

Stanford: This one made me think of Cali, so I thought I'd ad the CardTreeIndians ... (Pepsi – Britney Spears; through the years). (UnderArmourOdor)

Southern California: Honorable Mention: Will be fun to follow Trojans in their inaugural season. I have a feeling they will make a most resptable debut. Welcome. (johnnyboy) — I am throwing it out there! Yep, here comes the MPSF. My prediction? In four years, this team will be the new Forida. I am getting in on the ground floor as a believer. (LadyLaker) — #25. Coach Munday is smart, and the Trojans may surprise in their inaugural season. Rather a tough schedule, though. (Turtles Lax)

Jacksonville: The Dolphins set NCAA history by playing one-eighth of their schedule before the pre-season poll came out. And, by playing respectably against my no. 1 and then beating Vanderbilt, they earn the no. 20 spot on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #25. Cannot deny the Dolphins their due after a pasting of Vanderbilt. (slides2) — #20. Was Jax or High Point this first week. Flipped a coin. (Turtles Lax)



Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Oregon: Expect Oregon to play for the MPSF title. Not ready to put them in the Top 20. (D-Lax) — #24. Ducks return nine starters including an intact defense. Must replace three of top scorers but return three other top scorers. See 3-4 losses as they battle Denver for MPSF supremacy. (johnnyboy) — #24. Might flip flop with Denver as early as next week. (Turtles Lax)

. California: This team holds a soft spot in my heart. Glad to see how the new coaching staff has given it back its heartbeat. They have the reigning MPSF POY and a brand spanking new Memorial Stadium. GO BEARS! (LadyLaker)

. Rutgers:

. Hofstra:

. Virginia Tech:

. George Mason:

. Vanderbilt: #22. Respect how coaches handle things in Tune Town. Likely too highly ranked but so what. (Turtles Lax) — The Dores will have to evade the traps that sprang on them last year (Doritos - Mouse Trap). (UnderArmourOdor)

. USC: Inaugural season! Eighteen games; in MPSF: Munday, Wills, Bowen. Kick-off Saturday vs. NU in Coliseum! WELCOME, Trojans! :-) (Rafterjack)

. Richmond:


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