Led By a Brendan Krebs-Anchored Defense, Manhattan Could Take Another Leap in 2022

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When Drew Kelleher took over the reigns at Manhattan ahead of the 2016 season, the Jaspers were coming off a 2015 campaign in which they went 1-14. The worst season in program history. And while the Jaspers combined for just 10 wins in Kelleher’s first three season in Riverdale, things started to turn the corner in 2019 where they went 6-8, eclipsing five wins for the first time since 2010.

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Loyola Has Championship Weekend Potential in 2022

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The 2021 season was quite the ride for Charley Toomey and the Loyola Greyhounds. Sitting at 5-5 heading into the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, Loyola had not only garnered a reputation as one of the most inconsistent teams in the nation, but the Patriot League power was sitting pretty firmly outside the NCAA Tournament conversation. However, when they needed it most, the Greyhounds hit a hot streak. One of the most memorable of the year, at that.

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Led By a Young Core, Lafayette Comes Into 2022 With Plenty of Room For Growth

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On February 23rd, 2019, the Lafayette Leopards defeated Binghamton, 13-12, at home to complete a four-game winning streak and end the first month of the season on a high note. It’s also the last time the Leopards have enjoyed a win.

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How Much Ground Can Jacksonville Gain in 2022?

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Since the arrival of John Galloway, Jacksonville has seemingly done nothing but rise. After going 3-11 and climbing their way into the SoCon Tournament in Galloway’s inaugural season, the Dolphins responded in 2018 by going went 8-7 and making the SoCon title game for the first time in program history where they fell to Richmond by just one goal.

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What Should Be Expected From Harvard in 2022?

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During the first year of the Gerry Byrne era, Harvard churned out a 2-2 record before things were shut down. That record included a season-opening win over a top-20 UMass squad and saw the Crimson suffer both of their losses by just one goal. Additionally, Harvard ended the shortened season averaging 11.75 goals per game (42nd in DI), and allowing an average of 11.25 goals per game (37th in DI). Both of those numbers were an improvement from where they were at that same time in 2019.

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No Need For a Reset Year at Drexel

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The Drexel Dragons’ 2021 season ended in heartbreak in Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. After putting together one of their best stands both offensively and defensively of the season, the Dragons came back from a 7-3 halftime deficit and tied things up at 8 with 12:50 remaining in regulation. However, after holding Notre Dame scoreless for nearly 30 minutes the Irish broke the ice with Wheaton Jackoboice and Morrison Mirer each scoring in the final 1:19 of the game to secure the 10-8 win and end the Dragons’ season.

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Bryant Has Reclaimed Their Spot as Kings of The NEC

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The Bryant Bulldogs joined the NEC in 2010 and have only missed one conference tournament once (2019). In addition, they have won five NEC titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) and made four NCAA Tournament appearances as a DI program, which includes their historic upset over Syracuse in the first round of the 2014 tournament.

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Is 2022 The Year Denver Takes Back The Big East?

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The Denver Pioneers joined the Big East ahead of the 2014 season and immediately dominated. Through their first three seasons in the conference, the only loss Bill Tierney’s squad suffered against a conference foe came at the hands of Marquette in the 2016 Big East championship game. It would be the first instance of what has turned into somewhat of a trend of Denver falling in the Big East title game. The Pioneers fell to Marquette again in the 2017 conference semifinals before becoming victims of the Georgetown dynasty, losing to the Hoyas in the past three Big East championship games (2018, 2019, 2021).

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Ben DeLuca Has Delaware on a Collision Course With The CAA Championship. Is 2022 The Year They Finally Reach The Top?

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Ben DeLuca arrived in Newark with one of the most impressive resumes in college lacrosse. He helped lead his alma mater, Cornell, to an appearance in the NCAA title game (2009) as well as two NCAA semifinal appearances (2007, 20010) as an assistant coach. He then found similar success as the head coach of the Big Red, leading them to a 37-11 overall record that included an NCAA semifinal appearance in 2013 and quarterfinal appearance in 2011.

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Can Dartmouth Take Another Step Forward in 2022?

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During the Brendan Callahan era (2015-current), the Dartmouth Big Green have only eclipsed two wins twice, once coming during Callahan’s first year in 2015 (5-8) and the other coming during the shortened 2020 season (3-1). While things haven’t exactly taken off under Callahan, the improvements are noticeable.

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