Takeaways from the 2022 lacrosse season

The 2022 college lacrosse season has officially come to an end. After a shortened 2020 season and a peculiar COVID cautious 2021 season, it was nice to finally have full schedules and fans in the stands. Depending on where your college lacrosse allegiance lies, 2022 was either a great or awful year for you. Preseason expectations appeared to be thrown out the window after the first week of the season back in February. In was an ecstatic year of college lacrosse and hopefully 2023 can take some notes from the 2022 season.

Here are takeaways from the 2022 college lacrosse season.

The Ivy League is Back

Many lacrosse pundits (Twitter) wrote off the Ivy League after the 2021 season was canceled. My group chats were filled with folks asking if the top athletes would still consider Penn, Yale, or Brown?

Sorry, Karen. The Ivy came back stronger than ever.

The league brought in 42 four and five-star players from the 2021 class.

The Ivies had a 35-10 non-conference record, best in the country.

The Ivies earned six tournament bids, four teams in the quarterfinals, and two teams made it to championship weekend.

ESPN Coverage

If you wanted to watch men’s lacrosse this year, ESPN was the place to be. The network streamed more than 250 games on ESPN2, ESPNU, the ACC Network, and ESPN+.

The game has never been more accessible to lacrosse fans. ESPN also expanded its reach with coverage of both the NLL and PLL, plus check out the latest sports betting odds for lacrosse for the next season.

Bring on the Transfer Portal

The Transfer Portal has changed the recruiting game. Coaches can now look across the college landscape (D1-D3) to replenish their roster.

John Tillman is the master of the portal. Keegan Khan (35G/28A, Villanova), Jonathan Donville (31G/22A, Cornell), and Owen Murphy (34G/5A, Johns Hopkins) fit right in to the Terp’s high-powered offense this season.

Rutgers Brian Brecht has used the portal to make quarterfinal and semifinal runs the last two seasons. This year’s roster was his best example. The 2022 Scarlet Knights had one of the oldest rosters in the county with 27 seniors and 7 grad transfers.

Kevin Warne is in the mix for Portal King. Warne led the Hoyas to their 4th straight

Big East tournament championship. The Hoyas brought in Connor Morin (Notre Dame) and Will Bowen UNC), and Alex Trippi (UNC). Warne struck again shortly after their upset loss to Delaware in the first round of the tournament.

Nobody Likes the RPI

The RPI is rigged and doesn’t like the ACC. At least that seemed to be the mood on Twitter when the committee gave Virginia the only bid from the ACC to the tournament.

Sure ND looked hot toward the end of the year, but resumes mattered. Duke and ND both had too many bad losses and not enough wins to make the difference. Comparing their records, they should have split against one another and they both may have gotten in.

Rutgers Final Four

It isn’t a stretch to say that the Scarlet Knights don’t have a winning tradition. Rutgers 2022 team was the first men’s program in any sport to reach a national semifinal since men’s soccer in 1990. Fencing last won a men’s national title back in 1949 (thanks for the stat Quint).

While we’re here, can RU play their home games at Yurcak field? The atmosphere for their first round game was electric. It’s exactly what our sport needs.