Practice pennies, neon green laces, new faces and the promise of a new season not far off -- all signs point to fall ball, college lacrosse's annual rite of initiation.

With 2010 in the books and 2011 in mind, LMO's "Fall Ball Blitz" series checks in with coaches and players around the country for the latest developments.

"FALL BALL BLITZ" ARCHIVE

November 5, 2010
Film Study: Sonoma Eyeing Past Successes
Doug Carl is using his film library to reconnect the Seawolves to their successful heritage.

November 5, 2010
Dolphins' Move to Division II Opens Doors
After three years stuck in Division I purgatory, Le Moyne's deep, dedicated senior class is ready to take D-II by storm.

November 3, 2010
Tiger Time? Hampden-Sydney Optimistic
With an uncharacteristically potent attack blended with its usual midfield and defensive standards, Sydney looks tough.

October 29, 2010
Return of the ‘Mack: Warriors Are Here to Stay
After an NCAA bid in '09 and a NE-10 championship last spring, Merrimack is becoming a consistent power.

October 27, 2010
Georgetown's Touted Freshmen Learn on Fly
Have shoes, will travel. Joel Censer checked in on the Hoyas after an adventurous day of fall ball.

October 25, 2010
Schaub Returns, Sets Lindenwood's Sights High
Derek Schaub started the Lindenwood program in 2003. Now he's back with plans on raising expectations for the Lions.

October 25, 2010
Fantastic Four: Towson Freshmen Create Buzz
Andrew Hodgson, Tom DeNapoli, Robby Zopo and Zach Brown breathed new life into the Tigers' offense this fall.

October 21, 2010
Bounce Back: 2010 Will Be NYIT’s Motivation
Right from the start, things weren't bouncing right for NYIT. The Bears expect that to change this spring.

October 20, 2010
Great Expectations: WNEC Keeps It Simple
After three straight NCAA quarterfinal appearances, WNEC flamed out last year. The Bears are getting back to basics.

October 19, 2010
Geneseo Continues Traveling Road Show
Without a turf field, Geneseo only has three home games, but the unbalanced schedule isn't dampening expectations.

October 18, 2010
Brown Offense at Crossroads, Games Reveal
Saturday's scrimmages at Stony Brook only confirmed what Lars Tiffany already knew: Brown needs a new look on offense.

October 14, 2010
Going Back to Cali: NDNU Alters Its Focus
After looking elsewhere for its talent, NDNU and Steve Dini are now mining the fertile grounds of the Left Coast.

October 13, 2010
Numbers Game: Hope Will Be a Contender
The lack of numbers in the midfield led to some ugly numbers on the scoreboard for Hope. The Dutchmen are deeper now.

October 12, 2010
It's Personal: Sullivan Resurrecting UNH
Jake Sullivan, who played at UNH during its varsity years, wants to return the Wildcats to prominence, this time in the MCLA.

October 12, 2010
Stony Brook Out to Prove 2010 Was No Fluke
With the nation's top player in Kevin Crowley, a supporting cast intact and added depth, no one's sleeping on the Seawolves.

October 8, 2010
Fall Ball Turning Into a Battle for Greensboro
The competition level at Greensboro this fall is keeping the ice machines busy in the school's training room.

October 7, 2010
Bentley Inches Closer to Top of Division II
Bentley stunned the D-II world with a win over NYIT in the '10 season opener. Now the Falcons are trying to build on that.

October 6, 2010
New-Look Bullets Reload for 2011 Season
Gettysburg's supremacy in D-III women's lax could be in peril. "Every facet of the game is a concern,” Carole Cantele says.

October 5, 2010
Tourney Snub Fueling Kennesaw State
Last spring, the Owls were the 17th team in a field of 16. That'll be the motivation for the 2011 campaign.

October 5, 2010
Maryland Freshmen Can Make Instant Impact
There are new leaders and fresh faces in College Park, allaying Cathy Reese's fears of any NCAA title hangover.

October 4, 2010
Still Growing: Adrian Prepping for Tourney
With just sophomores and rookies, Adrian flirted with the NCAA tourney. Now the Bulldogs have experience.

October 1, 2010
Revamped Pitt Program Ready for Payoff
Pittsburgh is hoping a higher-profile presence on campus and in the community will pay off in May.

October 1, 2010
Healthy Gravante Has Mt. St. Mary's on the Rise
It's been 10 years since Tom Gravante got cancer. Healthy now after a hellish journey, he and his team are in happy places.

September 29, 2010
Southern Oregon: From Nowhere to Denver?
Southern Oregon isn't located in an optimum lacrosse area, but the Raiders are hoping to break through in the PNCLL.

September 29, 2010
Barnes & Nobility: Ithaca Adds Past Champ
After a rough season for Bombers, Jeff Long has added a championship coach to his staff.

September 28, 2010
Wanted at WAC: 'Right Players, Right Attitude'
Sometimes “who” is more important than “what.” That’s the approach new Washington College coach Jeff Shirk will use this fall.

September 28, 2010
Eagles Embrace NCAA Title Expectations
Two straight trips to the final four have left Lock Haven with nowhere to go but all the way. The Eagles are not afraid.

September 27, 2010
Blitz: Gauchos Eyeing a Return to the Top
After a couple of atypical years in Santa Barbara, Mario Waibel believes the Gauchos are back on the rise.

September 27, 2010
Tambroni Sets New Tone in Happy Valley
Corey McLaughlin drops in on Penn State and new coach Jeff Tambroni in the latest installment of LMO's "Fall Ball Blitz."

September 24, 2010
Saint Leo Looks for the Limestone Solution
For the hard-luck Saint Leo men's team, it's not just any given Saturday, but one in particular. Jac Coyne checks in with the Lions.

September 24, 2010
Lynchburg's Koudelka Wants More Will Power
What’s the difference between an NCAA tournament team and one sitting home in May? The Hornets know all too well.

September 23, 2010
LI-Based Briarcliffe Breaking MCLA Mold
In the NCAA, Long Island is an epicenter. In the MCLA, it's hinterlands. Welcome to the bizarre world of Briarcliffe men's lax.

September 23, 2010
Utah Searches for Light in Rocky Mountain
Overshadowed in their own conference by BYU, Colorado and CSU, the Utes are primed for a breakout season in 2011.

September 23, 2010
Boltus, Thul Make Army Dangerous Again
Army followed one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history with a thud. Jeremy Boltus and Garret Thul are hungry for more.

September 21, 2010
Fall Ball Blitz: Fewer Questions for Cardinals
Lost in the Tufts lovefest of 2010 was that the Jumbos were nearly done in by another NESCAC sleeper: Wesleyan.

September 20, 2010
Petro Puts Himself, Hopkins Under Microscope
The sky isn't falling at Homewood, but Hopkins' first losing season since 1971 put Dave Pietramala in gut-check mode.

September 20, 2010
Missy Doherty Era Underway at Penn State
The Nittany Lions' new coach makes no qualms about her expectations, including a top-10 ranking and ALC title contention.

September 16, 2010
Ryan, Mercyhurst Know Perfection Is Must
Our new "Fall Ball Blitz" series checks in with Mercyhurst, a contender left by the wayside last season in the maddening D-II race.

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