Team Of The Decade: NCAA DI, DII, DIII

NCAA Lacrosse: Division I Lacrosse-Championship Game-Duke vs Syracuse
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The upcoming 2020 season marks the end of a decade and the beginning of a new one. As teams start to report back to campus for fall ball over the next few weeks and set their sights on the 2020 season, let’s take a look back at some of the teams that have dominated the past decade in NCAA lacrosse at the DI, DII, and DIII levels. 

Duke Blue Devils

Others considered: Maryland, Denver, Notre Dame

No other program in the past decade has won more championships at the DI levels than the Duke Blue Devils. Head coach John Danowski led the Blue Devils to their first championship in 2010 and then won two straight in 2013 and 2014.

In addition to their three national titles this decade, Duke hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament and made Final Four appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2019. They made a championship appearance in 2018, losing 13-11 to Yale. Duke also claimed ACC regular-season championships in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. The won the ACC tournament in 2012.

While their team accomplishments over the past decade speak for their self, Duke has also produced 57 USILA All-Americans this past decade, including 16 first team, 10 second-team, 13 third-team, and 18 honorable mention All-Americans. Some of the most notable Duke players from this past decade include Jordan Wolf, Ned Crotty, Myles Jones, and C.J. Costabile. 

Wolf helped lead Duke to back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014, was a Tewaaraton finalist in 2014, four-time USILA All-American selection, and became the first player in Duke and ACC history to record 100 points in a season. 

Crotty won the Tewaaraton Award in 2010 after leading Duke to their first national championship in program history, was a three-time USILA All-American, and won the Lt. Col. J. I. Turnbull Award in 2009 for the nations best attackman.

Costabile also helped lead Duke to that 2012 national championship, was a Tewaaraton finalist in 2012, four-time USILA All-American selection, and the 2012 L.T. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award winner as the nation’s top midfielder. 

Jones helped lead Duke to back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014, was a Tewaararton finalist in 2016 and 2015, three-time USILA All-American Selection, and named the 2015 and 2016 L.T. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award winner as the nation’s top midfielder. 

Limestone Saints

Others considered: Le Moyne, Merrimack

In DII, Limestone has simply dominated the decade. They won national championships in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Also, they made national championship appearances in 2012, 2016, and 2019; and made semifinal appearances in 2010, 2011, and 2013. The only year the Saints missed the NCAA tournament this decade was in 2018. 

The Saints also have had much success in conference this decade, winning the Conference Carolinas tournament from 2010-2017 and in 2019. They have also produced 46 All-American selections since 2010, as well. 

Some notable players that wore that fleur-de-lis on the side of their helmets over the past decade include, Kyle Rhatigan, Riley Loewen, and Mike Messenger who rank second, third, and fifth in career points at Limestone. 

Tufts Jumbos

Others considered: Salisbury, Stevenson, 

No other team in DIII has risen to as much prominence in this past decade alone than the Tufts Jumbos. Under former head coach Mike Daly, they won their first national championship in 2010 and then won back-to-back national titles in 2014 and 2015. Casey D’Annolfo took over as head coach in 2017 and kept the ship going, but hasn’t led the Jumbos to a national title, yet. 

The Jumbos also made national championship appearances in 2011 and 2016. They also made a final four appearance in 2012 and have made the NCAA tournament each year this decade. In conference, the Jumbos won the NESCAC tournament in 2010-2016, 2018, and 2019. 

Some notable Tufts players from this past decade include John Uppgren, Beau Wood, and Sean Kirwan who rank first, second, and third in career goals in Tufts lacrosse history. 

 

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