Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/13/12
Below are the NCAA Division II Midsummer Night’s Power Rankings by Jac Coyne of LaxMagazine.com. Click here for full story.
12. Catawba (14-3)
11. C.W. Post (6-6)
10. Pfeiffer (12-6)
9. Chestnut Hill College (8-6)
Starter Returning: 9 | Points Returning: 228 of 241 (94.6%)
Key Loss: Kevin Festa. Festa is not only a key loss, but he’s the only loss off the ’12 roster. The senior attackman scored six goals and set up seven others in his final season.
Key Returner: Dakota Maurer. Maurer put up decent numbers last spring (8.25 GAA; 58.6 sv%), but if the Griffins want to contend for a bid in the North, they’ll need a monster senior year from their netminder.
In just its third season as a varsity program, Chestnut Hill continued its upward arc, posting a winning record for the first time while playing ranked opponents like Dowling, Seton Hill and NYIT close. With just about everyone returning from last year’s team, the expectation in 2013 will not only include contending with the top teams, but also avoiding letdowns like they did in losses to St. Rose and Lake Erie. The defense appears to be in good shape, but Brian Dougherty will need the offense, paced by Mike Melnychenko (36g, 12a) and Craig Owen (27g, 18a), to produce against high-end foes. The Griffins also desperately need a consistent faceoff man (44.0% as a team in ’12).
8. Adelphi (13-3)
7. Seton Hill (12-4)
6. NYIT (13-3)
5. Limestone (17-2) – Finalist
4. Merrimack (13-3)
3. Dowling (13-2) – National Champion
2. Le Moyne (17-1) – Semifinalist
1. Mercyhurst (13-1) – Semifinalist
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