America East Championship: Vermont Defeats UMBC, Repeats as Conference Champions

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For the second time in as many seasons, the Vermont Catamounts are America East Champions and heading to the NCAA Tournament.

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Vermont Enters 2022 With New Expectations

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Nestled up in Burlington, 45 miles south of the Canadian border, Vermont is the northernmost DI program in college lacrosse. And featuring players from 17 different states, three Canadian provinces, as well as one from Europe, they cast one of the widest nets on the recruiting trail.

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2022 America East Preview

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Since UAlbany’s trip to Championship Weekend in 2018, the America East has become more wide open and thus more competitive from top to bottom. UMBC won the conference as the No. 4 seed in 2019 and Vermont won the conference in 2021 to make their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. With so much talent returning for both of those aforementioned squads, as well as UAlbany and Stony Brook, it should be a tightly-contested race at the top once again in 2022.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Stony Brook Seawolves

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The Stony Brook Seawolves have released their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, becoming the 52nd DI program and sixth from the America East to do so. The Seawolves are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 8-6 overall (6-3 America East). They saw their season end in the America East semifinals against Vermont, 10-7.

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Can NJIT Progress During Year Two as an America East Member?

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The 2021 season marked a new era for NJIT lacrosse as the Highlanders joined the America East conference, along with the rest of the athletic department, after spending their first six seasons of play as an independent.

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Plenty of Room For Improvement at UMass Lowell

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UMass Lowell first started playing lacrosse in 2015 and by the time 2018 rolled around had established a solid foundation, and thus was a beneficiary of that fourth-season bump that many new programs often have. The River Hawks went 8-8 overall (3-3 America East) and made the postseason for the first time. They gave eventual America East champion NCAA Semifinalist UAlbany a run for their money in the conference semifinals, losing 15-10 in a game that was saw four ties in the second half.

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2022 Schedule Preview: NJIT Highlanders

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The NJIT Highlanders are the 29th DI team and fifth from the America East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Highlanders are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-10 (1-8 America East) against a conference-heavy schedule. 2022 marks the Highlanders second season and first normal one in the America East.

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In The Transfer Portal Era, Anthony Gilardi and Stony Brook Have it Figured Out

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Since its introduction in the fall of 2018, the NCAA Transfer Portal has changed college lacrosse, and college sports in general, for good. The portal has streamlined the transfer process and in turn given players more power than ever before over the direction of their college lacrosse careers.

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