Podcast: 2021 NEC Preview

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While exactly what the 2021 season will look like remains largely a mystery, Lacrosse Bucket is diving into early conference previews on the Lacrosse Bucket Podcast. On this second conference preview podcast, Tanner tackles the NEC, breaks down the top teams and gives his preseason projected finish.

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Bryant Adds California Midfielder to 2022 Class

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Mike Pressler and the Bryant Bulldogs landed a commitment in the class of 2022 on Thursday, as St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Calif., midfielder Matt Groeninger verbaled to the Bulldogs, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Kevin, who is a sophomore midfielder for the Bulldogs.

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Under-The-Radar Teams to Watch in 2021

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The college lacrosse season is just a few months away, and while it will be a bit longer than usual before everyone gets underway and the season as a whole may look different, at least in the beginning, due to the impact the Coronavirus has had on sports, there will still be teams that seemingly come out of nowhere and surprise within their respective conference or on the national level.

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New Jersey LSM Chooses Wagner

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Bill McCutcheon and the Wagner Seahawks picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday night, as Saint Joseph Regional, N.J., defenseman/LSM Nico Kross announced that he would be taking his talents to Staten Island.

According to the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database, he is the first commitment in the class for the Seahawks.

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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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Saint Joseph’s is The Dark Horse to Watch in The NEC

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When Taylor Wray arrived at St. Joseph’s ahead of the 2012 season, the Hawks were coming off of a horrific 0-12 season. They were literally in the basement of the CAA, which they were then a part of. In his first and second seasons, they went 6-9 and 5-11, but won only one conference game each year and stayed at the bottom of the CAA.

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Led by Offensive Firepower, How Much Can Sacred Heart Rebound in 2021?

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In 2016, which was the freshman year of Max Tuttle and Joe Saggese, Sacred Heart went 2-14. With Tuttle and Saggese helping to lead the way, the Pioneers were able to rise up out of that pitfall and in 2019 put together one of their best seasons in program history. During that historic season, Sacred Heart went 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the NEC, and reached the NEC semifinals.

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