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Feb. 6, 2018 — NCAA Division II preview

Al’s Fearless 5ive

Adelphi
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern
LeMoyne
LIU-Post

You can’t term Pat McCabe “unwelcoming.” That’s because there are six transfers this year on the roster of the Adelphi women’s lacrosse team, your defending national champion. Kole Pollock is the Panthers’ leading returning scorer, and sophomore Alison Johnson will be counted on to feed her teammates from behind the goal cage.

After finishing one rung short of the top spot last year, Florida Southern will be looking to replicate the successful form that gave the Moccasins the 2016 title. They’ll have to do it with exactly six seniors on the roster, though.

Another Florida team which could break into national prominence this season is Florida Tech. Sara Grenier (58 goals) and Caroline Dunleavy (46) will be counted on to pace the Panthers on offense. How far FIT can get in the postseason will depend heavily on how it does against Florida Southern in Sunshine State Conference competition.

After three years of not making the Division II Final Four, look for a turnaround for LIU-Post. Head coach Megan McNamara will be looking for stability as well as scoring. On defense, senior goalie Olivia Kirk started all 19 games from a year ago. So did close defender Carly Spano, a redshirt junior. But look for Jill LoManto, whose three older siblings all played Division I collegiate lacrosse, to have a breakout sophomore season.

Upstate, there is also movement at LeMoyne. The Dolphins might have their best team since snaring a Division II berth what was then known as the NCAA National Championship Tournament. That’s because the team returns 10 starters and 17 players with varsity experience. Sidney Hall and Jacqueline Pardee (35 goals each) return on attack.

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