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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: December 12, 2012

Lacrosse All Stars finishes its preseason rankings, some more words about early recruiting, and more schools release stuff about their preseason All-Americans.

Seven Terps Named Preseason All-Americans
Senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt headlines a group of seven Maryland men's lacrosse players that were named to the annual Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America teams.

Four Heels Named Preseason All-America
Face-Off Yearbook announced its 2013 preseason All-America Team and four members of the UNC team, including three who earned postseason 2012 honors, made it on to the squad.

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Starsia Guest Speaker at Lacrosse Convention
Colgate assistant coach Joe Starsia headlines the final day of this weekend's Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association annual convention in Baltimore.

Preseason D1 Top 20 Rankings: Teams 1-5
Finally, we get to the Top FIVE teams in my D1 Preseason Top 20 and beyond the obvious number 1 (it was obvious to me anyway), this may just have been the hardest portion of the Poll to finalize.

Manny, Smith Named To Preseason All-America Teams
As the 2013 UMass men's lacrosse season draws near, Inside Lacrosse has released its Division I preseason All-American lists from its Face-Off Yearbook. The Minutemen feature Tewaaraton finalist Will Manny on the All-American First Team at attack and long pole defenseman Jake Smith on the Second Team. The Minutemen, ranked No. 1 in the country during parts of the 2012 campaign, look to defend their CAA Championship Title and make their 20th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Hopkins Places Five on Preseason All-America Team
Durkin's First Team Selection Leads Five-Man JHU Contingent

IL's Biggest 15: Early Recruiting Changes the Game
When Inside Lacrosse published its first issue, recruiting, like much of the rest of the culture of the sport, operated on a intimate, low-key level. Top players usually didn't make collegiate decisions to teams until some time during the summer before their senior year of high school, typically after the July 1 deadline where coaches were allowed to talk directly to recruits and just months before the NCAA's National Letter of Intent fall deadline.

Today's beats: Hell yeah 20 minutes of Wilco.