Men's college lacrosse preview: Div. I capsules

February 12, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

TeamTop returning scorerAlso backKey additionsThe Baltimore Sun's take Duke Atlantic Coast Conference (15-4, NCAA tournament semifinals) Coach: John Danowski Fourth season, 50-9; 28th season overall, 269-148Ned Crotty, senior A (23 goals, 55 assists) • Max Quinzani, senior A (46, 11) • Zach Howell, junior A (29, 19) • Parker McKee, senior D (93 ground balls) • Mike Manley, junior D (34 ground balls) • Jonathan Livadas, senior M • Tommy Patterson, freshman M • David Lawson, freshman MThe Blue Devils, who traditionally have one of the more explosive offenses in the country and graduated just one starter from that unit, will lean on the attack of Crotty, Quinzani and Howell to lead the way. McKee, Manley and sophomore long-stick midfielder C.J. Costabile make for an imposing defense, but questions in the net could be the team's Achilles' heel. Senior Sam Payton, who won 54.5 percent of his faceoffs last season, is one of the best at giving possession to his offense. 2. Syracuse Big East Conference (16-2, NCAA champion) Coach: John Desko 12th season, 134-42Stephen Keogh, junior A (49, 6) • Chris Daniello, senior A (21, 3) • John Lade, junior D (53 ground balls) • Matt Tierney, senior D (19 ground balls) • John Galloway, junior G (7.64 goals-against average, .567 save percentage) • Jeremy Thompson, junior M • Hakeem Lecky, freshman M • Joe Marasco, freshman AOnly two programs have captured three consecutive national titles (Syracuse, 1988-1990, and Princeton, 1996-1998), but this Orange squad has a chance to join that group. To do so, Syracuse will have to make up for the departure of its entire starting midfield. Senior Cody Jamieson, the hero of the Orange's postseason run, is back, and Thompson, a heralded transfer from Onondaga Community College, is dangerous. The big question: Who replaces Sid Smith as the No. 1 defenseman? Virginia Atlantic Coast Conference (15-3, NCAA tournament semifinals) Coach: Dom Starsia 18th season, 199-65; 28th season overall, 300-111Steele Stanwick, sophomore A (36, 22) • Shamel Bratton, junior M (31, 11) • Brian Carroll, senior M (29, 10) • Ken Clausen, senior D (49 ground balls, 29 caused turnovers) • Adam Ghitelman, junior G (8.39 goals-against average, .538 save percentage) • Harry Prevas, freshman D • Matt White, freshman A • Connor English, freshman AThe Cavaliers' strength lies in their defense and midfield. Besides Clausen and Ghitelman, senior Ryan Nizolek and junior Bray Malphrus anchor a unit that will look to cause turnovers and capitalize on unsettled situations because the attack is young. Stanwick (Loyola) was a finisher last season but might be relied upon to create for teammates such as Bratton and Carroll (Gilman). White, English and freshman Nick O'Reilly are competing to be the third attackman after Stanwick and sophomore Chris Bocklet. North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference (12-6, NCAA tournament quarterfinals) Coach: Joe Breschi Second season, 12-6; 13th season overall, 104-69Billy Bitter, junior A (46, 25) • Gavin Petracca, senior A (26, 17) • Sean Delaney, senior M (35, 8) • Ryan Flanagan, junior D (67 ground balls, 36 caused turnovers) • Charlie McComas, sophomore D (41 ground balls) • Marcus Holman, freshman A • Ian Braddish, freshman M • Greg McBride, freshman MThe Tar Heels took some hits on defense and will lean on junior goalie Chris Madalon, who leapfrogged incumbent James Petracca and Penn State transfer Steven Rastivo. Questions on defense could be overshadowed by a powerful offense headlined by Bitter, the early favorite to be the Player of the Year. North Carolina could miss faceoff specialist Shane Walterhoefer (.629 win percentage and 145 ground balls).
Top returning scorerAlso backKey additionsThe Baltimore Sun's take Johns Hopkins Independent (10-5, NCAA tournament quarterfinal) Coach: Dave Pietramala 10th season, 106-30; 13th season overall, 129-47Chris Boland, senior A (28, 18) • Kyle Wharton, junior A (34, 11) • Michael Kimmel, senior M (20, 25) • Steven Boyle, senior A (21, 17) • Matt Drenan, senior D (46 ground balls) • Zach Palmer, freshman A • John Greeley, freshman M • Tucker Durkin, senior DAn unproven unit before last season, the attack powered the Blue Jays, and Boland, Wharton and Boyle will need to put up big numbers again. Kimmel is one of the top midfielders in the nation, but he needs help. Senior goalkeeper Michael Gvozden will likely start, but sophomores Steven Burke and Guy Van Syckle and freshman Pierce Bassett wait in the wings. Loyola Eastern College Athletic Conf. (9-5) Coach: Charley Toomey Fifth season, 29-24Cooper MacDonnell, senior A (30, 8) • Collin Finnerty, senior A (24, 13) • Steve Layne, senior D (48 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers) • John Schiavone, senior faceoff specialist (.589 percentage, 76 ground balls) • Jake Hagelin, junior G (7.93 goals-against average, .526 save percentage) • Patrick Fanshaw, freshman A • Will Fredericks, freshman A • T.J. Harris, freshman LSMGraduation took a toll on the Greyhounds, sapping them of five starters, including attackman Shane Koppens (22, 19). Either MacDonnell or Finnerty can step into Koppens' role, but who will replace long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci, who led the team in ground balls (91) and caused turnovers (51)? Schiavone is one of the top faceoff specialists in the country and should give the offense plenty of chances to score. Maryland Atlantic Coast Conference (10-7, NCAA quarterfinals) Coach: Dave Cottle Ninth season, 87-41; 28th season overall, 268-111Grant Catalino, junior A (25, 22) • Ryan Young, junior A (19, 21) • Will Yeatman, senior A (13, 15) • Max Schmidt, senior D (38 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers) • Brian Phipps, senior G (7.17 goals-against average, .593 save percentage) • Jesse Bernhardt, freshman D • Landon Carr, freshman M • Niko Amato, freshman GScoring shouldn't be a problem with the returning Catalino, Young, Yeatman, junior Travis Reed (16, 7) and sophomore Joe Cummings (12, 2). But a midfield unit that struggled to produce consistently is even younger and more inexperienced. The defense gets a boost with the return of junior long-stick midfielder Brian Farrell from rib and lung injuries that limited him to three games. Recovered from surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament, Phipps becomes the starting goalie. Mount St. Mary's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf. (5-10) Coach: Tom Gravante 15th season, 94-126Christian Kellett, sophomore A (13, 14) • Cody Lehrer, sophomore M (15, 9) • Matt Nealis, senior D (14 caused turnovers) • Russell Moncure, senior D (25 ground balls) • T.C. DiBartolo, junior G (7.81 goals-against average, .609 save percentage) • Andrew Scalley, freshman A • Connor Carey, freshman M • Greg Mulvaney, freshman MAfter a season in which a young offense needed time and experience to find its rhythm, the Mountaineers figure to see some returns with another year of seasoning. The team's strength lies in its defense, with Nealis and Moncure clearing shooting lanes for DiBartolo, who has shined under a barrage of shots. Navy Patriot League (11-5, NCAA tournament first round) Coach: Richie Meade 16th season, 131-80; 19th season overall, 158-103Tim Paul, senior A (18, 14) • Brendan Connors, senior A (21, 10) • Andy Warner, junior A (13, 14) • Patrick Moran, senior M (20, 3) • Jaren Woeppel, senior LSM (28 ground balls) • Jay Mann, freshman M • Peter Rogers, freshman D • Bucky Smith, freshman short-stick defensive midfielderThe Midshipmen return plenty of depth and talent at nearly every position. Paul, Connors and Warner started on attack last season, and Moran is joined by tarters Joe Lennon (14, 9) and Nikk Davis (3, 5). Woeppel, the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League, and sophomore defenseman Matt Vernam lead a unit that could be fortified by the return of junior Michael Hirsch from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. The key is the play of sophomore goalie R.J. Wickham (7.00 goals-against average, .500 save percentage in six starts). Towson Colonial Athletic Association (7-10) Coach: Tony Seaman 12th season, 89-75; 27th season overall, 253-148Will Harrington, senior M (23, 3) • Tim Stratton, junior A (16, 8) • Joe Wascavage, senior D (31 ground balls) • Marc Ingerman, sophomore D (13 ground balls) • Rob Wheeler, senior G (8.97 goals-against average, .557 save percentage) • Christian Pastirik, senior M • Matt Hughes, freshman A • Matt Thomas, freshman faceoff specialistThe Tigers surprised many by reaching the CAA tournament championship game last season but have missed three of the past four NCAA tournaments. The defense should be the foundation, with Ingerman - a member of the CAA All-Rookie team - Wascavage, Wheeler and sophomore Michael Landy. Thomas has the unenviable task of replacing Mitchell Rosensweig, who won 55.9 percent of his faceoffs last year. UMBC America East Conference (12-4, NCAA tournament first round) Coach: Don Zimmerman 17th season, 125-98; 24th season overall, 198-114Kyle Wimer, senior M (24, 18) • Matt Latham, senior A (27, 5) • Chris Jones, senior A (21, 10) • Matt Kresse, senior D • Bobby Atwell, senior D • Scott Jones, freshman A • Matt Gregoire, freshman A • Scott Hopmann, freshman MA year removed from finishing sixth in the nation in scoring, the Retrievers must replace the 84 goals and 39 assists lost when midfielders Peet Poillon and Alex Hopmann and attackman Ryan Smith graduated. Wimer will look to lead the offense and will get help from Latham and Jones. The defense welcomes back Atwell, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee before the season began. The goalie position comes down to senior Kevin Kohri, sophomores Brian McCullough and Matt Holman and freshman Adam Cohen.
Top returning scorerAlso backKey additionsThe Baltimore Sun's take Georgetown Big East Conference (7-7) Coach: Dave Urick 21st season, 200-81; 30th season, 322-111Craig Dowd, senior A (10, 22) • Ricky Mirabito, senior A (23, 6) • Andrew Brancaccio, senior M (22, 3) • Scott Kocis, senior M (21, 8) • Barney Ehrmann, senior D (61 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers) • Davey Emala, freshman A • Tyler Knarr, freshman D • Dan McKinney, freshman MIf the Hoyas intend to end a two-year NCAA tournament drought, they're going to need inspired play at goalie, a position that is up for grabs between senior Jack Davis and sophomore C.T. Fisher. Ehrmann (Gilman) and seniors Chris Nixon and Eric Bicknese should relieve some of the pressure, and the offense looks potent once again. Harvard Ivy League (8-5) Coach: John Tillman Third season, 14-13Jeff Cohen, sophomore A (34, 7) • Dean Gibbons, junior A (21, 6) • Travis Burr, senior M (16, 3) • Jason Duboe, senior M (11, 8) • Billy Geist, senior D (20 ground balls) • Jack Doyle, freshman M • Jason Gonos, freshman D • Harry Krieger, freshman GAlong with Brown, the Crimson represent emerging powers in the Ivy League. Harvard's hopes for its first conference title since 1990 hinge on how well the replacement for graduated goalie Joe Pike plays.Senior Sam Michel, sophomore Christian Coates and Krieger (St. Paul's) are competing for the spot. Scoring shouldn't be an issue, with Cohen and Gibbons leading the way. More production from the midfield could alleviate some of the pressure on the attack. Hofstra Colonial Athletic Association (11-4, NCAA tournament first round) Coach: Seth Tierney Fourth season, 27-18Jay Card, junior A (35, 9) • Andrew Gvozden, sophomore G (8.38 goals-against average, .557 save percentage) • Christian Scuderi, senior D (33 ground balls) • Adam Swarsen, senior LSM (35 ground balls) • Mike Skudin, junior D (18 ground balls) • Jamie Lincoln, junior A • Cody Solaja, freshman D • Drew Coholan, freshman MThe decision to woo Lincoln, a former 48-goal scorer at Denver, is looking golden since sophomore Kevin Ford underwent surgery to repair a broken foot and will be out until at least the end of March. The defense is solid, but the Pride must replenish a midfield unit that graduated its first line. Senior Dan Stein moves from attack to midfield. Notre Dame Big East Conference (15-1, NCAA tournament first round) Coach: Kevin Corrigan 2nd season, 196-96; 24th season, 206-111Neal Hicks, senior A (25, 18) • Grant Krebs, senior M (29, 9) • Sam Barnes, senior D (28 ground balls) • Kevin Ridgway, senior D (24 ground balls) • Scott Rodgers, senior G (6.14 goals-against average, .663 save percentage) • Steven Murphy, freshman M • Pat Cotter, freshman M • John Kemp, freshman GUnlike last season, the Fighting Irish's strength is on the defensive end, where Barnes and Ridgway patrol the area in front of Rodgers, who had the country's best goals-against average and save percentage. The team must make up for the 54 goals that left when attackmen Ryan Hoff and Duncan Swezey graduated. Senior Trever Sipperly takes over as the faceoff specialist. Princeton Ivy League (13-3, NCAA tournament quarterfinals) Coach: Chris Bates First season; 11th season, 70-71Jack McBride, junior A (35, 7) • Scott Mackenzie, senior A (13, 16) • Chris McBride, junior A (18, 6) • Jeremy Hirsch, senior D (25 ground balls) • Tyler Fiorito, sophomore G (7.40 goals-against average, .587 save percentage) • Mike Chanenchuk, freshman M • Jeff Froccaro, freshman M • Chris White, freshman MThe Tigers not only have to hold off league rivals Cornell, Harvard and Brown, but they also have to deal with the departure of former head coach Bill Tierney and the temporary absence of sophomore defenseman Chad Wiedmaier (knee surgery). Fiorito (McDonogh) will anchor the defense, and the offense is in good hands with the McBride cousins and Mackenzie. Stony Brook America East Conference (9-6) Coach: Rick Sowell Fourth season, 24-18; 11th season, 30-38Kevin Crowley, junior M (28, 23) • Jordan McBride, junior A (42, 8) • Tom Compitello, senior A (13, 25) • Robbie Campbell, sophomore M (21, 12) • Steven Waldeck, senior D (96 ground balls) • Tyler McCabe, sophomore M • Devin Feeney, freshman D • Joseph Laforet, freshman MAbsent from the NCAA tournament since 2002, the Seawolves graduated just one starter - defenseman Nick Maturro - from last season's squad that finished second in the America East. Crowley and McBride carry an offense that should be dangerous and get plenty of opportunities thanks to junior faceoff specialist Adam Rand, who led the nation with a .638 winning percentage. A previous version of this article contained incorrect information about UMBC. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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