Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/30/11
from US Lacrosse
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, today announced its 2012 preseason college team rankings and preseason players of the year.
The rankings, compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultations with coaches, predict the champions of 12 divisions of college play, including the NCAA, the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The magazine tabbed defending NCAA Division I champion Northwestern to repeat in 2012 in Division I, and Gettysburg to repeat in Division III.
In Division III, the Preseason Player of the Year is College of New Jersey senior midfielder and Lenape (N.J.) grad Leigh Mitchell, who last year was an All-American and set a single-season record with 123 points.
NCAA Division I Women
3. North Carolina
8. Boston College
11. James Madison
15. Penn State
18. Notre Dame
Preseason Player of the Year: Shannon Smith, Northwestern
NCAA Division II Women
1. Le Moyne
3. C.W. Post
6. West Chester
7. Lock Haven
10. New Haven
Preseason Player of the Year: Erica Devito, Adelphi
NCAA Division III Women
14. Washington & Lee
Preseason Player of the Year: Leigh Mitchell (Lenape, NJ), The College of New Jersey