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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: January 30, 2013

A ton of previews and stuff. The Internet: It's great.

This is obviously your favorite site, but other people actually write important stuff sometimes. Now is that sometimes.

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Princeton
2012 saw the Tigers go 11-5 and make a serious push towards the end of the season, before losing to Yale in the Ivy Finals, and then Virginia in the NCAAs. Princeton played 8 Top 20 games, going 3-5 in those contests. They got big wins over Villanova, Yale (regular season), and Cornell, and lost tight games to Hopkins (10-8), UNC (9-8), Syracuse (10-9), and Virginia (6-5).

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Penn State
2012 was a real season of difference for Penn State. In 2005, 2006, and 2009, PSU had winning seasons, but last year, at 9-6, the Nittany Lions looked especially promising. They looked like the potential behemoth many have thought they could be, even though they dropped most of their Top 20 games, and the season provided a great turning point for the program.

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Penn
2012 saw UPenn go 3-10 overall, and 1-5 in Ivy League play. An early win over UNC gave hope, and late wins over Harvard, and then St. Joseph’s, stood out as potential bright spots, but overall, it was not exactly a year to remember for the Quakers. The good news for UPenn is that none of their many losses were by all that many goals. They played four Top 10 teams, and lost by an average of only 4 goals per game. That’s really not that bad.

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Ohio State
OSU finished their 2012 campaign with an 8-7 record, and ended up in the Top 20 at #19. They were 5-1 against ECAC opponents and 3-6 against non-conference teams. With talent returning, will 2013 be the year the Buckeyes make the NCAA tournament, and go on a deep run into the playoffs?

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Notre Dame
Notre Dame went 13-3 in 2012, losing to eventual champion, Loyola, 7-5, in the NCAAs. Notre Dame’s other two losses came in low-scoring fashion to St. John’s (8-7) in the Big East playoffs, and Penn State (4-3) early on. The Irish bested Duke, Drexel, Denver, Ohio State, Georgetown, Syracuse, Yale, and Virginia before falling to the Greyhounds, for an impressive run.

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: North Carolina
UNC went 11-6 in 2012, and they did so while playing TEN games against teams who ended up in the Top 20 by the end of the season. PSU, Princeton, Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and Virginia all fell to the Heels once in 2012. Lehigh, Duke (twice), Virginia, and Denver were their Top 20 losses. UNC also dropped a game to Penn, which may have been their worst loss of the year.

Megill Named BIG EAST Preseason co-Defensive Player of the Year Again
Orange senior defenseman Brian Megill was named the BIG EAST Preseason co-Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season in a vote by the league's seven head coaches on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Today's beats: How about some straight rock, eh?