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Inside Lacrosse Releases Face-Off Yearbook Rankings

Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Which team is ranked twice?

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It’s the holiday season, which means spring practices are just around the corner. And that means we can start ramping up our lacrosse discussions for another year!

We’ve been taking a look at many team’s schedules so far and making one-stop places for the Division I Men’s and Women’s teams and their rosters and slate of games. We also gave you our picks for our All-College Crosse team. Only one thing left to do now, rankings!

We’ll have our own personal rankings very soon, but as they usually do around this time, Inside Lacrosse has unveiled their Face-Off Yearbook Top 25, which came out about a week ago. Last year’s list of top teams only consisted of 20 schools. Take a look at it below:

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division I Men’s Rankings #1-25

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
1 Duke Blue Devils ACC 13-5 7
2 Albany Great Danes America East 15-3 5
3 Yale Bulldogs Ivy League 10-6 11
4 Maryland Terrapins Big Ten 16-3 1
5 Denver Pioneers Big East 13-4 3
6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ACC 9-6 8
7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten 10-4 15
8 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten 16-5 2
9 Syracuse Orange ACC 13-3 6
10 North Carolina Tar Heels ACC 8-8 9
11 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Big Ten 8-7 13
12 Loyola Greyhounds Patriot League 10-6 12
13 Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten 12-4 10
14 Towson Tigers CAA 12-5 4
15 Marquette Golden Eagles Big East 8-8 16
16 Virginia Cavaliers ACC 8-7 24
17 Army West Point Black Knights Patriot League 12-4 14
18 Brown Bears Ivy League 10-6 23
19 Boston University Terriers Patriot League 12-5 29
20 Richmond Spiders SoCon 12-4 21
21 Villanova Wildcats Big East 9-6 20
22 Navy Midshipmen Patriot League 6-8 NR
23 Princeton Tigers Ivy League 9-6 25
24 Providence Friars Big East 10-7 26
25 Bryant Bulldogs NEC 11-8 19

If you know the Face-Off Yearbook, IL previews and ranks all 71 teams. Here’s the rest of them from 26 until 71:

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division I Men’s Rankings #26-71

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
26 Hofstra Pride CAA 11-3 18
27 Air Force Falcons SoCon 12-6 17
28 UMass Minutemen CAA 7-8 NR
29 Harvard Crimson Ivy League 6-7 NR
30 Michigan Wolverines Big Ten 8-6 NR
31 Cornell Big Red Ivy League 5-8 NR
32 Penn Quakers Ivy League 7-6 28
33 Hobart Statesmen NEC 9-7 NR
34 Stony Brook Seawolves America East 7-7 NR
35 Lehigh Mountain Hawks Patriot League 7-7 NR
36 Drexel Dragons CAA 6-8 NR
37 Bucknell Bison Patriot League 5-8 NR
38 Fairfield Stags CAA 5-9 NR
39 Binghamton Bearcats America East 11-5 27
40 Saint Joseph's Hawks NEC 5-9 NR
41 Georgetown Hoyas Big East 4-10 NR
42 High Point Panthers SoCon 4-10 NR
43 UMBC Retrievers America East 6-8 NR
44 Delaware Blue Hens CAA 7-8 NR
45 Monmouth Hawks MAAC 14-3 22
46 Marist Red Foxes MAAC 10-6 NR
47 Robert Morris Colonials NEC 9-7 NR
48 Vermont Catamounts America East 5-8 NR
49 Colgate Raiders Patriot League 5-9 NR
50 Furman Paladins SoCon 7-8 NR
51 Sacred Heart Pioneers NEC 9-6 NR
52 UMass Lowell River Hawks America East 4-12 NR
53 Jacksonville Dolphins SoCon 3-11 NR
54 Detroit Mercy Titans MAAC 5-11 NR
55 Hartford Hawks America East 6-8 NR
56 Holy Cross Crusaders Patriot League 5-10 NR
57 St. John's Red Storm Big East 1-13 NR
58 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers NEC 4-10 NR
59 Bellarmine Knights SoCon 4-9 NR
60 Canisius Golden Griffins MAAC 6-9 NR
61 Cleveland State Vikings Independent 5-9 NR
62 Mercer Bears SoCon 5-8 NR
63 Wagner Seahawks NEC 6-9 NR
64 Quinnipiac Bobcats MAAC 2-9 NR
65 Lafayette Leopards Patriot League 2-12 NR
66 Siena Saints MAAC 3-11 NR
67 Manhattan Jaspers MAAC 3-11 NR
68 Dartmouth Big Green Ivy League 2-11 NR
69 VMI Keydets SoCon 2-12 NR
70 NJIT Highlanders Independent 1-14 NR
71 Hampton Pirates Independent 1-7 NR

They ranked the top 25 teams in Division I Women’s lacrosse, which was also just 20 teams a year ago.

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division I Women's Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record Final 2017 Media Poll Ranking
1 Maryland Terrapins Big Ten 23-0 1
2 Stony Brook Seawolves America East 20-2 3
3 North Carolina Tar Heels ACC 17-3 6
4 Boston College Eagles ACC 17-7 2
5 Florida Gators Big East 17-3 9
6 Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten 17-4 5
7 Navy Midshipmen Patriot League 18-5 4
8 USC Trojans Pac-12 18-4 8
9 Syracuse Orange ACC 15-7 10
10 Northwestern Wildcats Big Ten 11-10 13
11 Princeton Tigers Ivy League 15-4 7
12 Penn Quakers Ivy League 13-4 12
13 Virginia Cavaliers ACC 12-9 16
14 Cornell Big Red Ivy League 13-6 11
15 UMass Minutewomen A-10 17-4 15
16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ACC 11-8 19
17 James Madison Dukes CAA 14-7 14
18 Albany Great Danes America East 12-6 18
19 Colorado Buffaloes Pac-12 16-4 17
20 Elon Phoenix CAA 13-7 20
21 Duke Blue Devils ACC 8-9 NR
22 Stanford Cardinal Pac-12 12-6 26
23 Loyola Greyhounds Patriot League 11-8 NR
24 Towson Tigers CAA 12-7 24
25 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Big Ten 11-7 25

In addition, IL had preseason rankings for men’s teams in Divisions II and III, NJCAA (JUCO), and both MCLA Divisions.

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division II Men’s Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 Limestone Saints Carolinas 21-0
2 Merrimack Warriors Northeast-10 15-4
3 Le Moyne Dolphins Northeast-10 14-3
4 Adelphi Panthers Northeast-10 15-4
5 Seton Hill Griffins Great Midwest 12-4
6 Tampa Spartans Sunshine State 15-5
7 NYIT Bears ECC 14-3
8 Pace Setters Northeast-10 12-4
9 Belmont Abbey Crusaders Carolinas 12-5
10 Lenoir-Rhyne Bears South Atlantic 12-3
11 Mercyhurst Lakers Great Midwest 12-3
12 Wingate Bulldogs South Atlantic 13-4
13 Mercy Mavericks ECC 12-5
14 Mount Olive Trojans Carolinas 11-5
15 Lindenwood Lions Independent 10-4

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division III Men’s Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 Salisbury Sea Gulls CAC 22-1
2 Wesleyan Cardinals NESCAC 20-2
3 York Spartans CAC 17-4
4 Denison Big Red NCAC 18-2
5 RIT Tigers Liberty League 20-3
6 Cortland Dragons SUNYAC 17-3
7 Gettysburg Bullets Centennial 11-6
8 Cabrini Cavaliers CSAC 17-4
9 Tufts Jumbos NESCAC 13-6
10 Lynchburg Hornets ODAC 15-7
11 Dickinson Red Devils Centennial 12-4
12 Ithaca Bombers Liberty League 13-4
13 Amherst Mammoths NESCAC 13-5
14 Bates Bobcats NESCAC 16-2
15 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats Centennial 16-3
16 St. Lawrence Saints Liberty League 16-3
17 Stevenson Mustangs MAC-Commonwealth 14-6
18 Roanoke Maroons ODAC 12-4
19 Hampden-Sydney Tigers ODAC 16-6
20 Middlebury Panthers NESCAC 9-9
21 Stevens Ducks Empire 8 14-5
22 Washington & Lee Generals ODAC 10-7
23 Ursinus Bears Centennial 9-5
24 Ohio Wesleyan Bishops NCAC 11-6
25 Bowdoin Polar Bears NESCAC 10-6
26 Springfield Pride NEWMAC 12-5
27 RPI Engineers Liberty League 10-5
28 Plattsburgh Cardinals SUNYAC 12-6
29 Nazareth Golden Flyers Empire 8 11-9
30 Washington College Shoremen Centennial 9-7

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook NJCAA Rankings

Ranking Team Region Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Region Last Year's Record
1 Onondaga Lazers III 15-0
2 Howard Dragons XX 15-3
3 Genesee Cougars III 11-3
4 Nassau Lions XV 10-4
5 Harford Fighting Owls XX 11-6
6 Anne Arundel Riverhawks XX 11-6
7 Ocean County College Vikings XIX 10-5

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook MCLA Division I Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 Grand Canyon Lopes SLC 16-1
2 California Golden Bears WCLL 16-3
3 Chapman Panthers SLC 13-7
4 BYU Cougars RMLC 15-5
5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets SELC 17-2
6 Colorado Buffaloes RMLC 15-5
7 Virginia Tech Hokies SELC 15-5
8 Cal Poly Mustangs WCLL 16-3
9 Florida State Seminoles SELC 13-4
10 Arizona State Sun Devils SLC 10-7
11 Utah Utes RMLC 10-7
12 Colorado State Rams RMLC 9-9
13 Northeastern Huskies PCLL 9-4
14 Michigan State Spartans CCLA 13-6
15 Oregon Ducks PNCLL 11-3
16 Minnesota Golden Gophers CCLA 11-5
17 Simon Fraser Clan PNCLL 9-5
18 SMU Mustangs LSA 13-6
19 Concordia-Irvine Eagles SLC 20-1
20 Sonoma State Seawolves WCLL 10-6

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook MCLA Division II Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 St. Thomas Tommies UMLC 15-3
2 Grand Valley State Lakers CCLA 9-5
3 Dayton Flyers CCLA 10-5
4 North Dakota State Bison UMLC 9-6
5 St. John's Johnnies UMLC 7-8
6 Sierra Nevada Eagles WCLL 12-4
7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs UMLC 9-7
8 Bridgewater State Bears PCLL 12-2
9 Cal State Fullerton Titans SLC 11-4
10 Montana Grizzlies PNCLL 13-6
11 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles SELC 10-5
12 Metropolitan State Roadrunners RMLC 10-4
13 College of Idaho Coyotes PNCLL 12-1
14 Kennesaw State Owls SELC 10-6
15 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns LSA 11-3
16 Montana State Bobcats RMLC 10-7
17 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks SLC 13-2
18 San Diego Toreros SLC 7-6
19 Providence Argos PNCLL 10-4
20 Missouri State Bears GRLC 20-1

If you have the physical Face-Off Yearbook, Concordia-Irvine is 19th in the MCLA Division I rankings, as they moved up from Division II. However, they’re listed as the top team in their Division II MCLA rankings. The correct rankings are listed above (h/t Jac Coyne).

The Face-Off Yearbook also ranked the top 10 teams in Divisions II and III for Women’s lacrosse:

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division II Women’s Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 Adelphi Panthers Northeast-10 21-1
2 Florida Southern Moccasins Sunshine State 21-3
3 Le Moyne Dolphins Northeast-10 19-2
4 Lindenwood Lions Rocky Mountain 21-2
5 LIU Post Pioneers ECC 16-3
6 Florida Tech Panthers Sunshine State 14-4
7 New Haven Chargers Northeast-10 15-5
8 Queens Royals South Atlantic 17-4
9 Regis Rangers Rocky Mountain 17-3
10 East Stroudsburg Warriors PSAC 17-3

Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division III Women’s Rankings

Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
Ranking Team Conference Last Year's Record
1 Gettysburg Bullets Centennial 21-3
2 TCNJ Lions NJAC 19-2
3 Washington & Lee Generals ODAC 19-2
4 Trinity Bantams NESCAC 17-5
5 William Smith Herons Liberty League 20-2
6 Middlebury Panthers NESCAC 16-5
7 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats Centennial 17-5
8 York Spartans CAC 16-4
9 Salisbury Sea Gulls CAC 16-6
10 Colby White Mules NESCAC 15-4