timberland cap Every 2018 NCAA DI Team in One Sentence
We are just days away from the 2018 NCAA season. Things kick off Feb. 1, as Vermont visits Furman, and then things continue to ramp up through February.
Below, here’s the one sentence preview for all 71 DI teams, as ranked in the 2018 Face Off Yearbook.
71. Hampton Seven new opponents on the Pirates’ combined DI/non DI schedule will give them opportunities to grow, and much of the most visible improvement will be on the defensive end.
70. NJIT An expanded roster and more manageable schedule structure should mean a growth year for the Highlanders, with junior Aaron Foster (34G, 9A) still carrying the offensive load.
68. Dartmouth Will a blowout loss to Brown at the end of the year along with an unacceptable two win season motivate the Big Green in 2018?
67. Manhattan Coach Drew Kelleher called his team “young and fun,” and the youthful Jaspers could sneak into the MAAC Tournament.
66. Siena A rough start with tough games had the Saints seasoned just in time for a run at the MAAC Tournament, and this year should be the same (minus Syracuse, who’s off the schedule).
65. Lafayette A new coach and an offseason tragedy make Lafayette a bit of an unknown on the field, but remember, the Leopards beat Navy last season, and the defense is still intact.
64. Quinnipiac Was 2017’s drop off (2 9 from 12 4 in ’16) a sign of what’s to come at or an aberration, or what’s most likely are they somewhere in between?
63. Wagner Back to back six win seasons show the building blocks and forward momentum that should continue with lots of returners, including points leader Andrew Streilien (28G, 15A).
62. Mercer Seniority is a key word. The Bears have grown up, especially on midfield (senior Matt Quinn and Scott Baird) and defense (Willy Deines), which will anchor the team as the attack settles in.
61. Cleveland State A group of true freshmen had a nice debut punctuated by a win against Detroit Mercy, so Year Two should build on that foundation.
60. Canisius The Griffins are now led by alum Mark Miyashita, who says the guys are buying in, and they return the league’s best offensive player in senior Connor Kearnan (35G, 24A).
59. Bellarmine The Knights, whose strength is on the defensive end, played a lot in fall in order to break in 22 freshmen.
58. Mount St. Mary’s The Mount was better than its record (4 10) in 2017, but they were plagued by youthful growing pains that should be limited in 2018 with more maturity.
57. St. John’s “We took lumps,” coach Jason Miller said in Face Off Yearbook about a majority freshmen starting squad that went 1 13.
56. Holy Cross The Crusaders lost a lot of points from last season, in which they won a Patriot League Tournament game, but the defense will lead since it is nearly intact.
55. Hartford The attack is formidable: senior Griffin Feiner (32G, 19A) is a first team All America East player; junior Dylan Jinks was once league Freshman of the Year; and senior Justin Huggins is a talented Canadian finisher.
54. Detroit Mercy There’s an upward trajectory, and the team doesn’t dwell on position based roles, but the graduation of Jason Weber in net will be tough to overcome.
53. Jacksonville Year two for John Galloway starts with momentum after the Dolphins won three of their last five games and made the conference tournament.
52. UMass Lowell It’s the first group of recruited seniors, who hopefully have the leadership to turn around four one goal losses.
51. Sacred Heart Jon Basti’s squad is faster than you think, playing a style reminiscent of Lars Tiffany’s last Brown teams, so expect a big year in the NEC.
50. Furman Five of Furman’s top six scorers return to a team that became a force in the SoCon.
49. Colgate An experienced offense anchored by Anthony Abbadessa and Sam Cleveland has Colgate optimistic about getting back to its 2015 level after two disappointing seasons.
48. Vermont Welcome back Ian MacKay, a former America East Offensive Player of the Year and a game changer for the Catamounts, who kick off the DI season with the first two games of the year.
47. Robert Morris Coach Drew McMinn thinks it could be his best team at Robert Morris with lots returners including attackmen Matt Schmidt (32G, 8A) and Adrian Torok Orban (27.7).