An unofficial stab at 2011's preseason poll (Part 3)
Here is the third installment of the 2011 poll compiled after last year's national championship. These rankings could – and probably will – change based on transfers and seniors granted fifth years of eligibility, so please take this with a grain of salt.
10. Georgetown (2010 record: 9-5; Tournament finish: no tournament)
Losses: Five starters in attackman Craig Dowd (13 goals and 31 assists), midfielders Scott Kocis (16, 13) and Andrew Brancaccio (25, 1) and defensemen Chris Nixon (43 groundballs and 30 caused turnovers) and Eric Bicknese (19 GBs).
Returners: Five starters including freshman attackman Travis Comeau (25, 5) and junior attackman Rickey Mirabito (24, 5), junior midfielder Max Seligmann (14, 1), junior defenseman Dan Hostetler (40 GBs, 13 CTs) and senior goalkeeper Jack Davis (11.14 goals-against average, .481 save percentage) and a two key contributors in junior attackman Ryan Shuler (9, 6) and freshman midfielder Zac Guy (3, 11).
Reason for pessimism: Neither Davis nor sophomore goalie C.T. Fisher (9.66 GAA, .492 save percentage) strike fear in the hearts of opposing shooters.
Reason for optimism: The defense should get a boost from the return of senior defenseman Barney Ehrmann who sat out this past season because of an injured ankle and freshman defenseman Brennan Bicknese (16 GBs, 18 CTs).
9. Duke (16-4; NCAA champion)
Losses: Five of the top seven scorers in a trio of starters in attackmen Ned Crotty (23, 63) and Max Quinzani (68, 14) and midfielder Steve Schoeffel (19, 6) and two key contributors in midfielder Jonathan Livadas (9, 13) and attackman Will McKee (12, 9).
Returners: Five starters in junior attackman Zach Howell (51, 19), sophomore midfielders Justin Turri (20, 17) and Robert Rotanz (9, 4), junior defenseman Michael Manley (44 GBs, 17 CTs) and freshman goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer (9.41 GAA, .508 save percentage).
Reason for pessimism: The Blue Devils bid farewell to a pair of face-off specialists in Sam Payton (80 GBs, 133-of-234 for .568) and Terrence Molinari (34 GBs, 50-of-101 for .495), which could put more of a burden on sophomore long-stick midfielder C.J. Costabile (65 GBs, 75-of-138 for .543).
Reason for optimism: Even with the graduation of Parker McKee (105 GBs, 32 CTs) and Dan Theodoridis (25 GBs), the defense could re-load with junior Tom Montelli (35 GBs, 22 CTs) and incoming Under Armour All-American Luke Duprey.
8. Notre Dame (10-7; finals)
Losses: Four starters in attackman Neal Hicks (23, 14), midfielder Grant Krebs (24, 4), defenseman Mike Creighton (30 GBs, 18 CTs) and goalie Scott Rodgers (7.56 GAA, .605 save percentage) and a key contributor in face-off specialist Trever Sipperly (67 GBs, 181-of-325 for .557).
Returners: Six starters including junior midfielder Zach Brenneman (29, 13) and a trio of sophomores in attackmen Sean Rogers (14, 5) and Nicholas Beattie (11, 8) and midfielder Max Pfeifer (10, 8) and two key contributors in junior midfielder David Earl (22, 6) and freshman midfielder Steven Murphy (9, 1).
Reason for pessimism: Can freshman John Kemp (7.52 GAA, .569 save percentage in two starts) rise to the challenge of stepping in and succeeding Rodgers, who powered the Fighting Irish’s run to the NCAA finals?
Reason for optimism: Kemp should get plenty of help from junior defenseman Kevin Ridgway (21 GBs, 7 CTs), sophomore defenseman Kevin Randall (22 GBs, 11 CTs), junior long-stick midfielder Andrew Irving (76 GBs, 27 CTs) and senior defenseman Sam Barnes, who sat out this past season due to a hamstring injury.
7. Stony Brook (13-4; quarterfinals)
Losses: Four starters in a pair of defensemen in Chris Gignilliat (31 GBs) and Michael Sopko (24 GBs), long-stick midfielder Steven Waldeck (112 GBs, 32 CTs) and goalkeeper Charlie Paar (9.55 GAA, .562 save percentage).
Returners: The entire starting attack of senior Tom Compitello (37, 35), junior Jordan McBride (48, 8) and sophomore Kyle Belton (23, 5) and the starting midfield of Kevin Crowley (51, 26), Robbie Campbell (20 ,17) and Timmy Trenkle (10, 10).
Reason for pessimism: The holes on defense are immense, but none are as daunting as the graduation of Waldeck, who took out opponents’ top midfielders, battled on face-offs, and powered the transition game with 10 goals and four assists.
Reason for optimism: An intimidating offense should get plenty of opportunities courtesy of the return of junior face-off specialist Adam Rand (81 GBs, 266-of-432 for .616).
6. Cornell (12-6; semifinals)
Losses: Two starters in attackman Ryan Hurley (47, 13) and midfielder Chris Ritchie (17, 8) and three key contributors in long-stick midfielder Pierce Derkac (75 GBs), face-off specialist Austin Boykin (63 GBs, 166-of-296 for .561) and defenseman Andrew MacDonald (34 GBs).
Returners: Eight starters including the entire starting defense of junior Max Feely (30 GBs), freshman Jason Noble (56 GBs) and freshman Mike Bronzino and freshman goalie A.J. Fiore (8.69 GAA, .545 save percentage).
Reason for pessimism: There is a modicum of continuity with the promotion of Ben DeLuca from associate head coach to head coach, but how much will the Big Red miss Jeff Tambroni, who departed for Penn State on June 17.
Reason for optimism: The offense should be just fine with the presence of sophomore attackman Rob Pannell (29, 51), freshman attackman Steve Mock (21, 2), sophomore midfielder Roy Lang (16, 6), junior midfielder David Lau (12, 9), sophomore attackman Scott Austin (13, 3) and sophomore midfielder Chris Langton (12, 3).