Which Teams Have The Most Bounce Back Potential in 2021?

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While the 2020 season was cut short due to the Coronavirus outbreak and we didn’t get to see the full potential of a number of teams, there were some that were some that really struggled in the games that they did get in last season. But just because a team struggled in 2020 doesn’t mean that they will do the same in 2021 – especially considering that we will get to see a season finish in full.

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Ranking College Lacrosse’s Top 15 Jobs

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If you read any form of preseason or offseason content pertaining to college lacrosse, you’ll likely come across one or more pieces of media that dub various teams as “title contenders.” And chances are, the names are usually pretty similar each year. Of course, there is always movement and various programs hit peaks and valleys at different times. But in a sport where only 11 schools have actually won a national title in the NCAA era (1971-now), the programs that have been at the top always seem to stay at the top and are never too down for too long.

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NCAA Stock Watch: Which Teams Improved Their Stock Over The Offseason

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Since the 2020 season was abruptly ended in mid-March due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you could argue that it has been somewhat of a “free agent” frenzy across the college lacrosse landscape. Seniors were announcing their returns to their previous program for a fifth-year or entering their name into the NCAA Transfer Portal in hopes of finding a new home for the 2021 season.

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Recruiting Notebook: Loyola, Penn, Johns Hopkins Hit October Hot Streaks

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It has officially been two months since the September 1st date, which was the first date that college coaches (outside of the service academies who could start contacting 2022 recruits on July 1st) could contact 2022 recruits.

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Electrifying Offense, High Expectations Lead Rutgers Into 2021 Season

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Since the first NCAA Tournament in 1971, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have made nine appearances. Their last trip came in 2004 when they made the Scarlet Knights completed their second-ever back-to-back NCAA Tournament trip.

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Penn State is Still The Team to Beat in The Big Ten

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The Penn State Nittany Lions have been rising to prominence ever since Jeff Tambroni’s arrival ahead of the 2011 season. And in 2019 the Nittany Lions finally arrived. Putting together their best season in program history, Penn State churned out a 16-2 record and made their first-ever Championship Weekend appearance, where they lost, 17-21, against Yale.

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Ohio State Could Run Away With The Big Ten

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In 2017, the Ohio State Buckeyes reached what may view as the pinnacle of the sport when they made their first ever Championship Weekend appearance. And while the Buckeyes didn’t come out on top, losing to Maryland in the national title game, it certainly marked their arrival into the elite tier of college lacrosse that they had seemed to be sitting just outside of for so long.

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2021 Could Mark The Start of The Ascension of Michigan Lacrosse

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Since the program’s move from club to DI in 2012, Michigan lacrosse has been anything but special. The Wolverines have only had two winning seasons and won three conference games in the Big Ten. Michigan has been at the bottom when it comes to DI programs in the midwest, getting surpassed by newer programs such as Marquette and seemingly falling further behind established ones like Ohio State and Notre Dame. 

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