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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: December 17, 2012

ACC outlook, a Team Two interview, and more words about early recruiting.

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Freshman's Commitment Puts Focus on Recruiting
Haverford School (Pa.) boys' lacrosse coach John Nostrant knows what it feels like to be a parent going through the recruiting process. During an interview centered on the hot-button topic of early recruiting and the verbal commitment of a Haverford freshman to Johns Hopkins, Nostrant brought up the fact that his daughter, a 16-year-old junior, just made a verbal commitment the night before to play women's lacrosse at High Point in North Carolina.

Class One Q&A: Mike D'Alessio
In the 16th question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Mike D'Alessio, a 2012 graduate of The Hackley School in Eastchester, N.Y., is profiled. A four-year letterwinner at Hackley, he was a 2012 U.S. Lacrosse All-American. In addition to lacrosse, he was a three- year letterwinner in wrestling and football.

Team Two Tales: Jeff Chu
Junior midfielder Jeff Chu opens up with the first installment of Team Two Tales, a periodic player blog that will chronicle the 2013 men's lacrosse season. Members of Team Two will give fans an inside look into the program leading up to, during, and following the 2013 season.

Three Tar Heels Picked Preseason All-ACC
Three members of the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team have been named to the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team selected by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

Carroll Takes Road Less Traveled Back to Duke
Carroll Rejoins Team in Unique Fashion.

2013 Face-Off Yearbook: ACC Rankings, Outlook
Duke and Maryland split the coaches' votes for top team in the ACC heading into 2013, as Inside Lacrosse unveils the Coaches' Preseason All-Conference and Preseason Poll from the Face-Off Yearbook.

Recruiting: 2015's to Brown, Michigan, Air Force; 2014's to Princeton, Hopkins, Loyola, UMass, more
New 2015 commitments for Michigan, Air Force and Brown, as well as 2014's to Princeton, Hopkins, Loyola, Hobart, UMass, Army, Rutgers and Mt. St. Mary's.

Today's beats: Spot the gingerbread man!