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Lacrosse the Internet: January 7, 2013

Lax Magazine announces its preseason top 20, Quint writes about schedules, and more.

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

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#LMRanks: Duke No. 1 in NCAA Men's Top 20
Here's how Lacrosse Magazine's preseason Division I top 20 shook out:

1. Duke
2. Syracuse
3. North Carolina
4. Denver
5. Notre Dame
6. Princeton
7. Maryland
8. Penn State
9. Virginia
10. Albany
11. Loyola
12. Yale
13. Johns Hopkins
14. Bucknell
15. Ohio State
16. Lehigh
17. Penn
18. Cornell
19. St. John's
20. Villanova

That's a pretty reasonable preseason run. The only rankings that give me caution are Maryland (seventh with an offense potentially paced by a lot of new faces?), Albany (10th with an uncertain situation at the defensive end of the field?), and Ohio State (feels a little low at 15th with the volume of assets returning). Otherwise, none of that is overly aggressive. I do like Loyola in the 11th position -- the Greyhounds may be undervalued by many at this point -- and the top six makes a lot of sense. It'll be interesting to see where the media wash out in a few weeks. That could be the truest barometer for preseason expectations at this point.

Flights

2014 Seawolves Men's Lacrosse Tickets on Sale
Season tickets will give you 10 games for $75 bucks. That's pretty damn reasonable.

Individual Towson Lacrosse Tickets Now Available
Tickets require an intimidation donation to the university.

Quint: 2014 DI Schedule Analysis
The money quote (about Ohio State): "As favorites for the ECAC AQ, coach Nick Myers' squad will likely have to take care of business in the league because their strength of schedule may not be strong enough to earn an at-large bid if they hit a couple bumps in the road." Truth bomb.

Alphabetical 2014 NCAA D1 Preview: Albany
Only 65 more teams to go.

Orange Watch: Catching up on the 2014 Syracuse lacrosse schedule
Other than the fresh five ACC games in the inaugural season for the 2014 Syracuse lacrosse team, in what will likely end up being an amazingly close and competitive margin from teams one through six, and besides the annual matchup with fellow modern era NCAA blueblood Johns Hopkins (the teams have met every season since 1985), the remaining seven games on the recently released 2014 lax schedule are against teams from New York State, six of which are within a 145 miles radius of the Carrier Dome.