March 29, 2015: University of Maryland attacker Matt Rambo (1) tries to score around Michigan midfielder Chase Young (35) during a lacrosse match between the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. Photo by: Daniel Kucin Jr. Baltimore Sun No Mags, No Sales, No Internet, No TV
March 29, 2015: University of Maryland attacker Matt Rambo (1) tries to score around Michigan midfielder Chase Young (35) during a lacrosse match between the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. Photo by: Daniel Kucin Jr. Baltimore Sun No Mags, No Sales, No Internet, No TV (Daniel Kucin Jr. / BALTIMORE SUN)

Projected NCAA seeds



Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 12-6, NCAA tournament first round

Coach: John Danowski (10th season, 140-38; 34th season, 359-145)

Top returning scorer: Myles Jones, senior M (40 goals, 37 assists)

Other key returnees

Jack Bruckner, junior A (47 G, 13 A)

Deemer Class, senior M (34 G, 19 A)

Justin Guterding, sophomore A (52 G, 18 A)

Key newcomers

Connor Alexander, freshman D

Brad Smith, freshman M

Cade Van Raaphorst, freshman D

Outlook: With Jones — a Tewaaraton Award finalist in 2015 — Guterding and Class, the Blue Devils have offensive firepower. The key is whether a defense that returns four starters in redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Danny Fowler and three defensemen can play well enough for the program to capture its fourth NCAA championship since 2010.



Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 12-3, NCAA semifinal

Coach: Kevin Corrigan (28th season, 265-123)

Top returning scorer: Matt Kavanagh, senior A (27 G, 25 A)

Other key returnees

Garrett Epple, junior D (51 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)

Matt Landis, senior D (29 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers)

Sergio Perkovic, junior M (34 G, 7 A)

Key newcomers

Hugh Crance, freshman LSM

Ryder Garnsey, freshman A

Timmy Phillips, freshman M

Outlook: The Fighting Irish appear poised to turn four trips to championship weekend in the past six years into the program's first national title on the strength of Kavanagh, Perkovic and Landis. The onus will be on junior faceoff specialist P.J. Finley (52.2 percent on 121-of-232) to get the ball to his talented teammates on offense.


Big Ten

Last season: 15-4, NCAA final

Coach: John Tillman (sixth season, 63-22; eighth season overall, 83-41)

Top returning scorer: Matt Rambo, junior A (40 G, 19 A)

Other key returnees

Kyle Bernlohr, redshirt senior GK (6.95 goals-against average, .571 save percentage)

Bryan Cole, senior M (17 G, 22 A)

Matt Dunn, senior D (13 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers)

Key newcomers

Greg Danseglio, redshirt senior D

Louis Dubick, freshman A

Pat Young, senior M

Outlook: Defense, long a source of pride for the Terps, took a hit with the season-ending knee injury to sophomore long-stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt (57 GB, 21 CT). But the addition of Young, who posted 21 goals and eight assists last spring at UMBC, should add some punch to an occasionally lethargic offense.


Big East

Last season: 17-2, NCAA champion

Coach: Bill Tierney (seventh season, 83-25; 31st season overall, 355-118)

Top returning scorer: Connor Cannizzaro, junior A (57 G, 33 A)

Other key returnees

Trevor Baptiste, sophomore F/O (68 percent, 140 ground balls, 8 G, 5 A)

Christian Burgdorf, junior D (25 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers)

Zach Miller, junior M (26 G, 35 A)

Key newcomers

Colton Jackson, freshman M

Nate Marano, freshman A

Alex Ready, freshman GK

Outlook: Cannizzaro and Miller's presence should offset the loss of graduating attackman Wesley Berg (58 G, 20 A) and midfielder Erik Adamson (35 G, 9 A). The question marks are who replaces goalkeeper Ryan LaPlante (8.33 goals-against average and .539 save percentage) and defenseman Carson Cannon (9 GB, 7 CT).

Others in Maryland


Big Ten

Last season: 11-7, NCAA tournament semifinals

Coach: Dave Pietramala (16th season, 169-62; 19th season overall, 192-79)

Top returning scorer: Ryan Brown, senior A (61 G, 16 A)

Other key returnees

Holden Cattoni, senior M (28 G, 10 A)

Nick Fields, junior D (16 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers)

Shack Stanwick, sophomore A (28 G, 23 A)

Key newcomers

Patrick Foley, freshman D

Ben Kellar, redshirt senior D

Austin Spencer, junior LSM

Outlook: Brown and Stanwick lead a potent offense, but the season-long absences of midfielders Connor Reed (injury) and Joel Tinney (suspension) will hurt. A defense that allowed 10.5 goals last season will need significant contributions from Fields and Kellar, a Bucknell transfer who posted 26 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers in 2015.


Patriot League

Last season: 7-8, missed NCAA tournament

Coach: Charley Toomey (11th season, 97-50)

Top returning scorer: Zach Herreweyers, senior A (47 G, 4 A)

Other key returnees

Romar Dennis, junior M (17 G, 13 A)

Graham Savio, junior F/O (59.2 percentage, 72 ground balls)

Brian Sherlock, junior M (29 G, 19 A)

Key newcomers

John Duffy, freshman SSDM

Nick Mazza, junior M

Pat Spencer, freshman A

Outlook: With Herreweyers, Sherlock, Dennis and senior midfielder Tyler Albrecht (23 G, 5 A), scoring goals wouldn't seem to be a problem. The key is the development of a defense that welcomes back redshirt senior defenseman David Manning (24 GB, 6 CT in 2014), but is significantly weaker at short-stick defensive midfielder.


Northeast Conference

Last season: 5-10, missed NCAA tournament

Coach: Tom Gravante (21st season, 133-180)

Top returning scorer: Justin Gosnell, senior M (21 G, 6 A)

Other key returnees

Mark Hojnoski, redshirt senior A (15 G, 4 A)

Bubba Johnson, junior A (17 G, 8 A)

Matt Vierheller, sophomore GK (8.36 goals-against average, .567 save percentage)

Key newcomers

Chris DiPretoro, freshman A

Jack Mangan, freshman SSDM

Austin Short, freshman M

Outlook: The Mountaineers will lean on Gosnell, Johnson and Hojnoski to pace an offense that averaged 7.3 goals. The defense must find three starting defensemen after graduating Kyle O'Brien (33 GB, 28 CT), Nick Firman (41 GB, 14 CT) and Alex Stefkovich (21 GB, 13 CT), but Vierheller is a nice building block.


Patriot League

Last season: 9-5, missed NCAA tournament

Coach: Rick Sowell (fifth season, 22-31; 17th season overall, 108-112)

Top returning scorer: Patrick Keena, senior A (14 G, 22 A)

Other key returnees

Brady Dove, junior F/O (62.6 percentage, 78 ground balls)


Chris Fennell, junior D (40 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers)

Matt Rees, junior LSM (44 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers)

Key newcomers

Drew Smiley, freshman A

Greyson Torain, freshman A

Patrick Walsh, freshman M

Outlook: Fennell, Rees and senior goalkeeper John Connors (8.57 goals-against average and .509 save percentage) anchor a defense that ranked 13th in the country at 8.6 goals. The Midshipmen need more support from a midfield that includes senior Kevin Wendel (20 G, 4 A), junior Colin Flounlacker (12 G, 4 A) and sophomore Spencer Coyle (3 G, 6 A).


Colonial Athletic Association

Last season: 12-6, NCAA first round

Coach: Shawn Nadelen (fifth season, 37-29)

Top returning scorer: Joe Seider, junior A (34 G, 7 A)

Other key returnees

Ryan Drenner, junior A (17 G, 18 A)

Spencer Parks, senior A (16 G, 15 A)

Tyler White, redshirt senior GK (7.57 goals-against average, .567 save percentage)

Key newcomers

Zach Goodrich, freshman M

Dylan Kinnear, redshirt freshman A

Chad Patterson, freshman D

Outlook: The graduation of the Tigers' first midfield may be mitigated by the return of Seider, Drenner and Parks on attack. Towson also welcomes back White, senior defensemen Mike Lowe (22 GB, 11 CT) and Andrew Cordes (20 GB, 4 CT) and a defense that finished last season ranked sixth after giving up just 7.7 goals per game.


America East Conference

Last season: 5-8, missed NCAA tournament

Coach: Don Zimmerman (23rd season, 160-146; 30th season overall, 233-161)

Top returning scorer: Nate Lewnes, senior A (31 G, 2 A)

Other key returnees

Zach Esser, senior D (27 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers)

Jack Gannon, senior M (17 G, 8 A)

Ruston Souder, junior GK (10.69 goals-against average, .524 save percentage)

Key newcomers

Jack Andrews, freshman M

Pat Brennan, freshman A

Cooper Cuje, freshman D

Outlook: Not only did the Retrievers graduate four starters, including two defensemen in Ian Gray (25 GB, 11 CT) and Mike Dahl (11 GB, 6 CT), they also lost senior midfielder Pat Young (21 G, 8 A), who transferred to Maryland. The offense will lean heavily on Lewnes, Gannon and junior attackman Max Maxwell (10 G, 10 A).

—Edward Lee

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