Lehigh (15-1)

The Mountain Hawks won 14 games last year but bowed out at home in the postseason to Maryland. They have no postseason track record, having never won an NCAA tournament game. Strength: The attack duo of David DiMaria and Dante Fantoni combined for 90 points last season. After two contests in 2013, the duo has 24 points. Lehigh had one of the nation's top defenses a year ago, sliding to double-team almost the second its opponent stepped off the bus. Weakness: The Hawks are a program on the rise, but history shows it's rare to go from zero playoff wins to an NCAA title overnight. X-factor: Midfield scoring. Brian Hess (No. 2 above, McDonogh) is a very well-balanced midfielder, and Kyle Stiefel has a vicious shot. But Lehigh must find more scoring threats to compete with the big boys.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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