BALTIMORE, Jan. 7, 2013 — The Bryant men and Princeton women enter the 2013 season ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse, respectively, as Lacrosse Magazine today began its 20-day rankings countdown for collegiate lacrosse’s premier level of play.
The Bulldogs return seven starters from last season’s 14-4 campaign (4-1 in the Northeast Conference). Defending league champion Bryant will contend for the NEC’s first automatic bid to the NCAA tournament behind sophomore faceoff midfielder Kevin Massa (257-for-402, .639) and senior long-stick midfielder Mason Poli, a two-time honorable mention All-American. Mike Pressler, former head coach at Duke and of the 2010 U.S. men’s team, enters his seventh season atop the Bulldogs. A full preview of No. 20 Bryant appears at laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/010712_lm_ranks_no20_bryant.
The Tigers posted an 8-7 overall record and a 3-4 Ivy League mark in 2012 that included a 12-9 defeat of then-No. 8 Dartmouth on April 21. Princeton returns senior attacker Jaci Gassaway, who earned first-team All-Ivy League honors with 38 goals and 16 assists, and sophomore attacker Erin McMunn, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year with a team-high 30 assists, including a school-record six against Temple. National Hall of Famer Chris Sailer has led the Tigers to three national championships and 19 NCAA tournament appearances since becoming head coach in 1987. A full preview of No. 20 Princeton appears at laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2012-13/news/010712_lm_ranks_no20_princeton.
Lacrosse Magazine is the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body. Lacrosse Magazine is counting down the top teams and players in all levels of collegiate lacrosse as the 2013 season draws near. For more, including previously released NCAA Divisions II and III preseason rankings and players of the year, visit LaxMagazine.com/LMranks. Follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter and Tweet using the hashtag #LMranks. The countdown will resume Tuesday with profiles of the 19th-ranked teams in NCAA Division I men and women.