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#LMRanks: Nike/Lacrosse Magazine 2015 Preview

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter | #LMRanks

Welcome to the home page of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine 2015 college preview - our annual #LMRanks countdown of the best and brightest stars in the game as we await the opening draw of the year, coming just a few short weeks (or, depending on when you read this, days) away!

The Division I previews feature detailed breakdowns of teams 1-20, begun in early January. Division III breakd down teams 1-10, with the women's preview kicking off February 1st. Division II features a look at teams 1-5, with men's and women's beginning on February 1.

Be sure to join the conversation on social media by tweeting using hashtag #LMRanks to chime in on the teams and where you think they belong!

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Division I

Men's Preview

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 3 Duke
WIth three NCAA championships in five years - can Duke come together once again and make a run at 'dynasty' status with a third consecutive crown?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 4 Syracuse
Plenty of offense is back for the Orange, but familiar questions linger on defense and at the face-off X. Will Syracuse rebound from its first round NCAA exit?

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 5 Johns Hopkins
A pair of Stanwicks, a top draw man, and a ton of returning starters besides, Johns Hopkins has quite a bit going for it as the season dawns. Can the Blue Jays get to the top?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy Lines 10-6
We're in to the Top 10 of the #LMRanks countdown of the Nike/LM DI Men's Top 20. What do opposing coaches see in these teams that hope to be challenging for the NCAA crown by Memorial Day?

January 23, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 6 North Carolina
Every year, the question is the same - can the talented Tar Heels find their way back to the final four? An improved defense and always-dangerous offense could finally make that answer a yes.

January 22, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 7 Virginia
The offense is almost always reliable at Virginia, but can the back end improve after allowing over 10 goals a game the past two seasons? That could be the key for these Cavaliers.

January 21, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 8 Maryland
It was a tough offseason for the Terrapins, but plenty of talent returns from last year's NCAA semifinalist. Where will John Tillman and Co. land in the Big Ten hierarchy?

January 20, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 9 Loyola
The Greyhounds dominated the Patriot League but stumbled in a home loss to Albany in the NCAA first round. Can Loyola make its way back to the deep rounds of the tournament?

January 19, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 10 Cornell
Stability and familiarity breed confidence, and the Big Red have both as 2015 gets ready to set off. Can Cornell recapture the top dog status in the Ivy League?

January 17, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy lines 15-11
How do you slow down Lyle Thompson? How do you get past Harvard or Penn's defense? We asked opposing coaches to give us their read on #LMRanks DI men's teams previewed this week.

January 16, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 11 Penn
With a largely new coaching staff on campus and some tough loss to graduation, an the Quakers get back to the top of the Ivy League?

January 15, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 12 Harvard
After an at-large invite to the NCAAs, can Harvard continue building on recent success and move to the forefront of the Ivy League?

January 14, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 13 Albany
Fan favorites during a breakout 2014 with the all-Thompson attack, the Great Danes return all-everything Lyle Thompson - but can they match the magic?

January 13, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 14 Lehigh
A 13-win season for the Mountain Hawks wasn't good enough for an at-large NCAA bid after Loyola unseated them in the Patriot League last spring. Can they get back to the dance?

January 12, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 15 Penn State
Will moving out from the shadow of the CAA's postseason denial breathe new life into Penn State as the Nittany Lions move into their home B1G Ten?

January 10, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: Enemy Lines 20-16
We asked opposing coaches for anonymous scouting reports on all of our Nike/LM Preseason Top 20 teams. What do they see in the teams we previewed this week?

January 9, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 16 Yale
With the loss of some key talent from last year's 9-5 team, Yale is embracing a new two-way methodology in hopes to taking the next step to the front of the Ivy League.

January 8, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 17 Hofstra
After a heartbreaking 3OT loss in the CAA final kept them out of the NCAA tournament, can the Pride channel their anger into a tough 2015 schedule?

January 7, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 18 Drexel
A 13-win breakthrough season and NCAA quarterfinals bid have Drexel thinking big things for 2015. Can Brian Voelker's Dragons keep rolling?

January 6, 2015
#LMRanks DI Men's Preview: No. 19 Bryant
A monumental upset of Syracuse got the Bulldogs to the NCAA quarterfinals - can up-the-middle duo Gunnar Waldt and Kevin Massa key the No. 19 Bulldogs once more?

January 5, 2015
Nike/LM Division I Men's Preseason Top 20
A powerhouse lineup lands Denver at the top spot in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20 as we launch our countdown to the 2015 season!

January 5, 2015
#LMRanks MD1 Preview: No. 20 Ohio State
At home in the new Big Ten, Ohio State hopes to make it back to the NCAA tournament after an off year. The Buckeyes check in at No. 20 in the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

Women's Preview

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 3 Syracuse
The Orange made it all the way to the NCAA finals, but couldn't get past Maryland. With the Terrapins gone, can Kayla Treanor and Co. run to the top of the ACC?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 4 Florida
The Gators have a new home (the Big East), but the same goal: Capturing that elusive NCAA crown. They have the top scorer in women's lacrosse - do they have a shot?

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 5 Northwestern
Every year, it seems, Northwestern has question marks entering the season. But every year, they put together another run with a tough-as-nails group. How will the Wildcats' first year in their home Big Ten go?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 10-6
The reports are in - what do the #LMRanks teams 10-6 in the DI women's Nike/LM Top 20 look like to opposing coaches?

January 23, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 6 Virginia
After a return to the NCAA semifinals for the once-dominant Cavaliers, can they keep amidst the top end of DI women's lacrosse in 2015?

January 22, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 7 Boston College
The Eagles flew to unprecedented heights in 2014 - how will they perform in an encore with many of the key players back?

January 21, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 8 Duke
Inconsistencies plagued Duke last spring, but the Blue Devils made their 10th straight NCAA quarterfinal appearance. Can they push through to championship weekend?

January 20, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 9 Loyola
Perfect in the Patriot League but out in the NCAA second round, the Greyhounds beefed up their non-conference slate. Can Loyola go deep in 2015?

January 19, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 10 Notre Dame
Nearly the entire team returns for a Notre Dame squad that hopes to improve on last season's 2-5 mark in the always tough ACC. Can this experienced group break into the elite?

January 18, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 11-15
How would you break down teams No. 11-15 in the Nike/LM DI Women's Top 20? We asked coaches in the know to do just that - here's what they had to say.

January 16, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 11 Penn State
With eight returning starters steering the ship, Penn State has high hopes for its first season in the Big Ten. Can the Nittany Lions crash the final four party?

January 15, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 12 Louisville
An experienced midfield will need to carry the load for Louisville, which hopes to build on a great final Big East season as it enters the ultra-tough ACC in 2015.

January 14, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 13 Ohio State
The Buckeyes showed they could win games against elite teams last year. How will things shape up in their first Big Ten season?

January 13, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 14 Johns Hopkins
The Blue Jays had a big year and made the NCAA tournament, but lost some key players to graduation. Can they find their new identity and keep their momentum going?

January 12, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 15 Princeton
A longtime power in women's lacrosse, the Tigers are looking to continue an upward trend in scoring and get back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

January 11, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: Enemy Lines 20-16
Know your foe is the name of the game in lacrosse, so we asked some opposing coaches to give us their read on this week's previewed teams from the Nike/LM Preseason Top 20.

January 9, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 16 Stony Brook
The Seawolves have built themselves into a contender in recent seasons under coach Joe Spallina - but can they go from NCAA tournament berth to NCAA tournament threat in 2015?

January 8, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 17 Penn
Always a tough defensive nut to crack, can Penn step things up on the other end this year and make it back to the final weekend of the NCAA tournament?

January 7, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 18 Georgetown
The Big East is drastically different, but Georgetown is still at its core, hoping to once again make a run at the top teams in the land as the preseason No. 18 team.

January 6, 2015
#LMRanks DI Women's Preview: No. 19 Stanford
With eight starters returning from last year's NCAA tournament team, are the Cardinal ready to make the next step in the women's world?

January 5, 2015
Nike/LM Division I Women's Preseason Top 20
Defending NCAA champion Maryland takes the top spot in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20 as we launch our countdown to the 2015 season!

January 5, 2015
#LMRanks WD1 Preview: No. 20 Denver Pioneers
Our Nike/Lacrosse Magazine preseason #LMRanks Top 20 kicks off with an in-depth look at No. 20 Denver, a dangerous squad out of the MPSF.

Division II

Men's Preview

January 19, 2015
Nike/LM Division II Men's Preseason Top 15
Reigning NCAA champion Limestone takes top billing in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Men's Preseason Top 15, with Tampa and LIU Post on their heels. How'd the rest shake out?

Women's Preview

January 19, 2015
Nike/LM Division II Women's Preseason Top 15
After a perfect 22-0 mark in 2014, can Adelphi repeat after replacing their head coach following their NCAA title? They begin 2015 at No. 1 in our DII Women's Top 15.

Division III

Men's Preview

January 28, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 8 Union
Three of the Dutchmen's four losses came to Liberty League rival RIT last year, including an NCAA quarterfinal showdown. Is it Union's time to shine, or will they remain second fiddle to the Tigers?

January 27, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 9 Denison
The Big Red were the toast of Division III last spring, but there are a lot of key pieces gone. While Denison won't match last year's success, it'll still be dangerous.

January 26, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 10 Cabrini
The Cavaliers put together one of its finest regular seasons behind its No.1-rated offense, but were upended in the second round of the tourney. Is a deeper run in store for '15?

January 25, 2015
#LMRanks DIII Men's Preview: No. 20-11 Breakdown
Lacrosse Magazine's preseason Division III men's rankings are out. Here's a breakdown of the No. 11 through No. 20 teams in this year's list.

January 12, 2015
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division III Men's Preseason Top 20
Defending NCAA Division III champion Tufts kicks off 2015 as the No. 1 team in the land, headlining the preseason Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Top 20 with RIT No. 2

Women's Preview

January 12, 2015
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine DIII Women's Preseason Top 20
Salisbury and Trinity have made a habit of finishing 1-2 in recent seasons, and that's where they find themselves once again in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division III Women's Preseason Top 20.

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