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2012 NCAA Lacrosse Thread

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Considering the lacrosse contingent on these boards have grown quite a bit over the past year, here's a thread for this season's college lacrosse season. Lots of teams start this weekend while some others started last weekend. Although this thread probably won't pick up steam until May, I figure it'll be good to have for those of us that want to comment on lax this spring

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I know Michigan's first season of lacrosse is this season.

Who else is starting a program this season?

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Just Michigan for D1 this year. Marquette and High Point next year.

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Glad to see Michigan finally jump to DI. :grin:

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Well hey, if I do end up going to Loyola, I'll have to start enjoying lacrosse, so might as well start now! ^_^

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Just Michigan for D1 this year. Marquette and High Point next year.

I thought High Point's first season was this year... oh well. No big deal. It's actually nice to see more programs popping up. I'd like to see more here in the Midwest, but I have to think that Title IX and the lack of funds due to the economy is putting the brakes on it.

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Duke gets taken down by Notre Dame and Virginia squeaks by Drexel.. already things looking very interesting towards the top.

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Denver is on the road against Ohio State @2 and a toss up between Navy and Jacksonville @4. Both games are on NBC Sports Network.

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With Denver losing to unranked Ohio State yesterday, the polls have really really really shaken up

Rank Team Points 1st Place Votes

1

UVA

University of Virginia 437 20

2

JHU

Johns Hopkins University 408 1

3

CORNELL

Cornell University 392 1

4

ND

University of Notre Dame 363

5

UNC

University of North Carolina 360

6

SYRACUSE

Syracuse University 327

7

MARYLAND

University of Maryland 301

8

DUKE

Duke University 280

9

VILLANOVA

Villanova University 258

10

UMASS

University of Massachusetts 228

11

DENVER

University of Denver 209

12

OSU

Ohio State University 192

13

HOFSTRA

Hofstra University 140

14

PRINCETON

Princeton University 139

15

HARVARD

Harvard University 110

16

LOYOLA

Loyola University 87

17

PENN

University of Pennsylvania 84

18

YALE

Yale University 70

19

COLGATE

Colgate University 60

20

PSU

Penn State University 57

I'm surprised Duke fell down that low, considering how Notre Dame was ranked top 10 and looked really impressive on Saturday

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By "Nattys", you'd better mean Natty Bohs and not Natural Lights. :P

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Still can't believe Ohio State upset Denver.

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By "Nattys", you'd better mean Natty Bohs and not Natural Lights. :P

I'm trying to tie in the "lax bro" culture (which I for one can't stand) with the Natty Light reference. Popular for NCAA Lacrosse Final Four weekends along with the Long Island BBQ of... just hot dogs and burgers :P

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By "Nattys", you'd better mean Natty Bohs and not Natural Lights. :P

I'm trying to tie in the "lax bro" culture (which I for one can't stand) with the Natty Light reference. Popular for NCAA Lacrosse Final Four weekends along with the Long Island BBQ of... just hot dogs and burgers :P

Pshaw! The Baltimorean in me refuses to countenance calling Natural Light "Natty". That name is reserved for National Bohemian and has been used since before Natural Light existed.

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Time to get on the soap box for a sec, but is it me or has ESPNU really downsized their lacrosse coverage this year? A lot of games are being moved over to ESPN3, and I mean good games like Duke-ND and Duke-Maryland, but by next Friday 4 out of the 4 games seen on ESPNU so far this year will have involved Johns Hopkins, with the only game really national-TV worthy being Princeton next week. I know all about ESPN's deal with Johns Hopkins (similar to Notre Dame and NBC), but it's kinda getting out of hand that they're the only ones being shown for the first 3 weeks of the season on TV. As much as ESPN's helped to grow the game, I think they're taking a big step back this season, especially with all the games being moved over to ESPN3, as well as some of the traditional ESPNU matchups not being shown at all this season (looking through the SU schedule Syracuse-Princeton's been moved to TWCS, though that might be Time Warner's call with home games, but there's quite a few other matchups no longer on the U)

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Time to get on the soap box for a sec, but is it me or has ESPNU really downsized their lacrosse coverage this year? A lot of games are being moved over to ESPN3, and I mean good games like Duke-ND and Duke-Maryland, but by next Friday 4 out of the 4 games seen on ESPNU so far this year will have involved Johns Hopkins, with the only game really national-TV worthy being Princeton next week. I know all about ESPN's deal with Johns Hopkins (similar to Notre Dame and NBC), but it's kinda getting out of hand that they're the only ones being shown for the first 3 weeks of the season on TV. As much as ESPN's helped to grow the game, I think they're taking a big step back this season, especially with all the games being moved over to ESPN3, as well as some of the traditional ESPNU matchups not being shown at all this season (looking through the SU schedule Syracuse-Princeton's been moved to TWCS, though that might be Time Warner's call with home games, but there's quite a few other matchups no longer on the U)

It might be you, man. I know for a fact that next weekend's Syracuse-Virginia game will be on ESPN (I've checked). I understand that you aren't all that happy with the JHU love, but I have to think that with everything ESPN has on their plate right now, there isn't a lot of time given to college lacrosse.

Check back in about a month or so and things might change.

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True, I'm just a little peeved that compared to this time last year they're putting a lot of games online rather than on TV, though that is better than none at all. Having Cuse-UVA on ESPN will be good for the game too

Speaking of TV, I can't tell you how much I wished the Cornell-Hobart game was on today. They're gonna be playing in a blizzard apparently

LATE EDIT: Never mind, Cornell-Hobart PPD for snow and high wind. Guessing they'll either play it tomorrow or move it to the Carrier Dome for after Syracuse-Army or wait for sometime this Spring

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It's a rivalry weekend in lax! Johns Hopkins-Princeton now (actually don't watch it unless you love a stall offense vs. a zone defense letting possessions go for 6 minutes), Duke-Maryland tomorrow, and the cherry on top Syracuse-Virginia Sunday

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Super-de-duper bump to this thread with conference championships going on this weekend. And yeah, this season's been absolutely insane. Just getting even more insane with what's been going on as of late, too. Currently Lehigh and Loyola are in the NCAA Tournament via auto-bids, but the bubble got really smaller with Notre Dame losing to St. John's in the Big East semifinals

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Selection Sunday for all of you lacrosse fans.

Top 4 seeds are, in order: Loyola (Maryland), Johns Hopkins, Duke, Notre Dame (Unbeaten UMass is the 6th seed).

As for the matchups:

-(16)Canisius at (1)Loyola (Maryland)

-(9)Denver at (8)North Carolina

-(12)Princeton at (5)Virginia

-(13)Yale at (4)Notre Dame

-(15)Stony Brook at (2)Johns Hopkins

-(10)Maryland at (7)Lehigh

-(14)Syracuse at (3)Duke

-(11)Colgate at (6)UMass

Alright... Predictions? Complaints on who got snubbed?

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This tournament's gonna be wild. I have no idea who's going to be in the Final Four.

I would've had Penn State in over Denver or Princeton in my final team in, but really that could've gone either way between those 3 teams plus Fairfield. And really, everyone besides Loyola and Hopkins should be on upset alert for the first round with the way this season's been going.

Just a few things on the seeding. How the hell is Hopkins a 2-seed? I had them as a 4 or a 5 (all the bracketology's I saw this week had them as a 6). I guess the Navy loss didn't hurt them at all. I probably would've had Duke and Notre Dame ahead of them, granted ND had a bad loss against St. John's. I also thought Lehigh and UNC would've been flip-flopped, and quite honestly I would've had UMass ahead of Virginia even with the precedent of Notre Dame in 2009 as a 7-seed even though they were undefeated in the regular season.

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UMass a 6 seed? Number one in the nation, only unbeaten team and you give them a 6 seed? I know strength of schedule is weak but damn no respect. Hope they take the title!

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Let's Go Greyhounds!

(Or Denver if that doesn't work out, since I may very well end up going to school at DU.)

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The most wonderful weekend of lacrosse in the year is here :grin:

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And the first half of RyanMcD's trollwagon has been... *puts on some sunglasses* Juiced.

which is to say Duke won. Also, UMass is unbeaten no more... next weekend in Annapolis, it'll be 3rd seeded Duke taking on 11th seeded Colgate.

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