2022 Schedule Preview: VMI Keydets

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The VMI Keydets are the second DI program to release their 2022 schedule, doing so on Friday afternoon. The Keydets are heading into their second season under head coach James Purpura and coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-10 overall and 0-6 in SoCon play.

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Can Richmond Take Back the SoCon?

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Down 7-1 with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter of the SoCon title game, the Richmond Spiders found a spark. A five-goal run that lasted through the end of the third saw the Spiders cut the High Point lead down to just one goal (7-6) with one frame left. However, a 4-2 game-ending High Point run put the final nail in the coffin, serving the Spiders their second conference loss of the season and denying them a third consecutive conference title.

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Penn State Looks to Bounce Back in 2022

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The 2021 season wasn’t kind to the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Just two years removed from their first-ever Championship Weekend appearance, Penn State churned out a 4-7 record this spring, marking their worst season under John Tambroni and worst since going 2-11 back in 2010.

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Penn Still Has Plenty of Upside Heading into 2022

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In 2019, the Penn Quakers broke through as they won the Ivy League, and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, giving Mike Murphy his third trip to the big dance as the head coach of the Quakers.

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In 2022, Can Ohio State Regain Consistency?

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After two consecutive seasons in 2018 and 2019 in which the Buckeyes shot themselves in the foot somewhere along the way, Ohio State had a solid showing during the shortened 2020 season, going 5-2. And after that strong start, and all the talent up and down the roster, 2021 looked like it could be the first year that Ohio State put all the pieces together since their NCAA Championship game run in 2017.

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Can North Carolina Return to Championship Weekend in 2022?

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Coming out of a timeout following a North Carolina caused turnover late in the contest, Chris Gray’s shot went wide, and with just :31 seconds left on the clock, it appeared the Tar Heels has just seen their last possession of the season. However, 10 seconds later William Perry picked the Virginia pass out of the sky to give the Tar Heels one more chance at forcing overtime and extending their season – just as they had done a week earlier against Rutgers to advance to Championship Weekend.

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In A New Look SoCon, Can Mercer Take a Step Forward?

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Coming into the final weekend of the 2021 season, Mercer found themselves in a battle with Air Force and Bellarmine for that fourth and final spot in the SoCon Tournament. Ultimately, the Bears fell to Bellarmine 11-8 in Louisville, marking their second loss to the Knights of the season, and Air Force pulled off an upset, beating Richmond 11-6 to hand the Spiders their first loss of the season and win the battle for that fourth seed in the conference tournament.

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Navy Has Seen a Lot of Progress Under Joe Amplo. Can They Keep it Going in 2022?

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Joe Amplo lifted Marquette from a DI lacrosse newbie to a Big East champion in just four short seasons. A similar task awaited him upon his arrival in Annapolis, as he was handed the keys to one of the most historic programs in the game with the mission to steer the ship (no pun intended) back in the right direction.

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Heading Into Year Five of The Kevin Conry Era, Michigan Lacrosse Continues to Rise

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The Maryland Terrapins came within one win of completing a perfect season, falling in the national title game against Virginia, and will almost certainly be the favorite to win the Big Ten and a Final Four pick for most people heading into next season. But that’s just business as usual in College Park under.

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2022 Looks Like a Rebuilding at Hofstra

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Ahead of last season, Hofstra hadn’t enjoyed a full winning season since 2017 and in the midst of a nine-year (eight full seasons) streak of not making the NCAA Tournament after doing so in four of the first five seasons of the Seth Tierney.

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