New Year, Same Championship Expectations For Maryland

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Under John Tillman, Maryland has been arguably the best and most consistent program in college lacrosse. The Terrapins have only not made it to Championship Weekend twice (2013, 2019) since Tillman took over in 2011, and six of those trips saw them advance to the national game with one national title victory in 2017.

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Can a New-Look ‘Nova Continue to Challenge in the Big East?

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The Villanova Wildcats have been sitting right on the cusp of the big dogs within the Big East conference and on the national stage in recent years, finishing second in the Big East in 2018 and 2019, while upsetting Yale and giving Penn state some trouble both of those years. During the shortened 2020 season, the Wildcats went 4-3. One of their wins came against a No.4 Maryland squad and two of their losses came against Penn State, 19-10, and Yale, 18-12.

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UAlbany Can Reclaim The America East

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In 2018, Scott Marr and the UAlbany Great Danes reached the highest high in program history: advancing to Championship Weekend. That magical season was the product of what had gone in since the beginning of the Thompson era in 2013, and up to that point, which allowed the Danes to flourish as college lacrosse’s best and most consistent mid-major program.

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Under Andrew McMinn, Utah Lacrosse Looks to Reach New Heights

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During the first three seasons of its existence, Utah went a combined 20-12 as a DI independent under the leadership of Brian Holman. That includes a 2021 campaign in which the Utes churned out a 4-7 record, which featured a one-goal loss to a top-10 Denver team to start the season.

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Is 2022 The Year Stony Brook Finally Gets Back to The Top of The America East?

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The first full season under Anthony Gilardi ended just as every Stony Brook season, with the exception of the shortened 2020 campaign, has for the past nine years: an America East semifinals loss.

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New Programs Have Traditionally Found Success in Year Four. Will That Trend Hold True For St. Bonaventure?

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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies went 0-13 during their inaugural season in 2019 and then followed that up with an 0-6 record during the shortened 2020 season. But this past year, Randy Means’ squad finally got over that initial program-building hump and earned their first win, doing so in their season opener against Quinnipiac, taking down the 2019 MAAC runner-up 13-6.

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Siena Looks to Rebound After Winless Season

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Liam Gleason’s first season at the helm of the Saints in 2019 yielded a 6-7 (3-4 in the MAAC) result. That was following a 2018 season in which Siena went 3-9 and finished dead last in the MAAC. In addition to their improvements in the win/loss column, the Saints finished 14th in scoring offense, averaging 12.92 goals per game, and 36th in shooting percentage (28%).

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After Two Consecutive One-Win Seasons, Can Sacred Heart Get Back on Track?

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Jon Basti arrived at Sacred Heart ahead of the 2014 season and in just four years on the job had the Pioneers playing their best lacrosse as a DI program (2000-present). With program greats Max Tuttle and Joe Saggese leading the way, Sacred Heart made three consecutive NEC Tournament appearances from 2017-2019 and, recorded 24 wins over those three seasons, which is a program-record three-season win total at the DI level. It’s also the only time the Pioneers have made the postseason three consecutive seasons as a DI.

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A New Era Begins at Robert Morris

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The 2022 season will be the beginning of a new era at Robert Morris in more ways than one. For starters, the Colonials will be part of the Atlantic Sun (ASUN) adding men’s lacrosse alongside Air Force, Bellarmine, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, and Utah. The move comes following their exit from the NEC during the summer of 2020, which led to the Colonials playing as an independent last season.

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Georgetown Looks Primed For a Championship Weekend Run in 2022

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On the opening play of Hoyas’ NCAA Quarterfinal contests against eventual national champion Virginia, faceoff man James Reilly drew a flag when pushed in the back by Virginia LSM Jared Conners. Reilly would take only one more faceoff before subsequently leaving the game with a lower-body injury. The Hoyas were unable to capitalize on the ensuing possession following the push on Reilly, where they eventually went two men up following another Cavalier penalty.

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