10 Players Primed For Breakout Seasons in 2021

With the college lacrosse season just months away, Lacrosse Bucket is looking forward and examining this upcoming season’s breakout players.

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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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Robert Morris Has Their Best Team Ever

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In 2015, Robert Morris went 3-11, which is good for their third-worst season ever after a 0-13 and 1-13 record in their first two seasons as a program. But since that three-win season, the Colonials have done nothing but climb. And they have climbed up to being one of the best and most consistent mid-major programs over the past three seasons.

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Wagner Has Plenty of Room For Growth in 2021

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The most successful stretch over the past decade for the Wagner Seahawks was from 2016-2017. They went 6-9 overall both seasons, which is a record for most wins in program history. They followed those two historic seasons up by going 4-10 and 2-12 in 2018 and 2019, which was the first season under Bill McCutcheon.

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The First Year of The Purpura Era at VMI Will Be About Building

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VMI is one of the few programs that underwent a coaching change this summer, as James Purpura came back to Lexington, where he had previously served as an assistant from 2017-2018, to lead the Keydets as the seventh head coach in program history.

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Lacrosse’s Connection to We Are Marshall

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On the night of November 14th, 1970 in Wayne County, W.Va., Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed, killing 75 people. Among the dead were 37 Marshall football players, eight coaches, 25 boosters, two pilots, two flight attendants, and a charter coordinator. It is the single worst air tragedy in NCAA sports history.

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Villanova is The Big East’s Dark Horse, Again

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Since Mike Corrado took over his alma mater ahead of the 2007 season, the Villanova Wildcats have been a consistent contender in their conference, finishing in the top three almost every single season. They have also made three NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011, 2018), won their conference once (2009), and since joining the Big East have made two title game appearances (2013, 2014).

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