Lacrosse Magazine recently released their 2013 Preseason Top 20. We checked out the Divison 2 rankings a little earlier this morning, and now we’re going to take a look at how the Division 1 rankings stack up.
Colorado State came in at number one, which is no surprise really. They return their three top scorers from 2012, as well as both standout goalies from last year. The Rams should easily make another run at the MCLA D1 National Championship this season.
Rounding out the top 5 were Arizona State, runner-up Cal Poly, Chapman, and Brigham Young. I think this will be a great year of growth in Division 1 and will prove to be extremely competitive between the top 8-10 teams (fingers crossed). There were several of the top squads that return a lot of their core talent from 2012 and should be able to help unseat the Rams from their Championship.
Preseason Player of the Year went to Tyler Novotny from Pittsburgh. After transferring from St. John’s (D1) in 2011, Novotny has made a HUGE impact for the Panthers, amassing 130 points in his two seasons on 103 goals and 27 assists. Last year, he also helped lead Pitt to a trip to Nationals and put up four goals in a 13-9 loss to UCSB (who would go on to lose to Champion CSU 6-3).
Now it’s your turn MCLA Fan’ers! Did Lacrosse Magazine get the rankings right? Who would you have picked to be atop the preseason polls? Tell us below in the comments.
For more information, check out the D1 part of the Press Release below.
For Immediate Release
Colorado State, St. Thomas Top Lacrosse Magazine’s MCLA Preseason Rankings
Pitt’s Tyler Novotny, Westminster’s Jake Arthur named preseason players of the year
BALTIMORE, Dec. 18, 2012 — Colorado State and St. Thomas earned the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason rankings for the 2013 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Divisions I and II, respectively, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Pitt attackman Tyler Novotny and Westminster midfielder Jake Arthur as its preseason players of the year for Divisions I and II, respectively.
The Rams will enter the 17th season of MCLA play coming off a record fifth Division I championship last spring, having defeated Cal Poly, 7-5, in the title game in Greenville, S.C. Attackman Austin Fisher, who led Colorado State with 56 goals assists last year, is one of several returnees.
Pitt reached the MCLA tournament for the first time last season thanks in large part to Novotny. A transfer from the varsity program at St. John’s (N.Y.), he scored 67 goals and dished out 17 assists for the 12-3 Panthers.
Lacrosse Magazine’s complete rankings as follows:
MCLA Division I Preseason Top 20
1. Colorado State
2. Arizona State
3. Cal Poly
5. Brigham Young
6. Michigan State
8. UC Santa Barbara
9. Virginia Tech
14. Florida State
15. Sonoma State
16. Boston College
Preseason Player of the Year
Tyler Novotny, Pittsburgh, Sr. A