Keep an eye on these guys

Steele Stanwick
Virginia
Sr. | A | 6-0

Key Notes:
• 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy Winner and two-time All-American
• Scored 97 goals and had 92 assists during his three-year Virginia career
• Named 2011 and 2012 Virginia team captain
 

John Kemp
Notre Dame
Jr. | G | 5-9

Key Notes:
• Named Big East Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year
• Older brother Joey was a four-year starter and three-time All-American for the Irish from 2005-08
• Father played football at William and Mary under former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz

Rob Pannell
Cornell 
Jr. | A | 5-10

Key Notes:
• 2011 USILA Enners Award and three-time All American
• Finished 2011 ranked first in the nation in points per game (5.2) and first overall in assists per game (2.8)
• Awarded the Jack Turnbull Award as the Division I National Attackman of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2011

Mark Matthews
Denver
Sr. | A | 6-4

Key Notes:
• Second-team All-American in 2011
• Named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year
• Second in nation for pointsper game (3.9) and second in the nation for goals per game (2.6)

John Ranagan
Johns Hopkins
Jr. | M | 6-3

Key Notes:
• Established himself as one of Johns Hopkins’ dangerous initiators from the midfield.
• Considered to be a candidate for the Tewaaraton Award
• Racked up 11 goals and nine assists in the team’s first nine games last season
 

Keep an Eye on These Programs

Virginia
Key Players (Yr., Pos.): Steele Stanwick (Sr., A), Chris Bocklet (Sr., A.) Colin Briggs ( Sr., M) and Matt White (Jr., A,)

Noting the Cavaliers:  Head coach Dom Starsia's squad features 30 returning lettermen -- including seven starters -- from last year's NCAA title team. The Cavaliers went 13-5 and became the lowest seed (No. 7) and first five-loss team to win the NCAA title. UVa has advanced to the national semifinals in four consecutive seasons, but 2011 was the first finals for the Cavaliers since taking home the hardware in 2006. Virginia is the clear cut preseason No. 1.

Duke
Key Players (Yr., Pos.,):
Rob Rotanz (Sr., M), Jordan Wolf (So., A) , Christian Walsh (So., A) , Sophomore Josh Dionne (So., A), Justin Turri (Sr., M), and Dan Wigrizer (Jr., G)  

Noting the Blue Devils: Expectations were low for Duke heading into 2011 because the Blue Devils lost their key core of fifth-year seniors who were responsible for a 2010 championship. The 2011 squad leaned on its underclassmen and made a surprise run to the national semifinals. Head coach John Danowski says this year's team is neither young nor old and believes it is dangerous to expect too much from his sophomores. Duke's big challenge this season will be to harness the energy and excitement of the young team as it develops into a veteran team.

Cornell
Key Players (Yr., Pos.,):
Rob Pannell (Sr. A.), Connor English (Jr. A.), Jason Noble (Jr. D.) , Steve Mock (Jr. A.) Thomas Keith, (Jr. D.)

Noting the Big Red: After a very successful debut as head coach for the Big Red, Ben DeLuca enters his second season at the helm of the Cornell men's program and will be looking for bigger and better things from the 2012 season. The Big Red, which has won at least a share of the past nine Ivy League titles, finished the 2011 campaign with a 14-3 record. Cornell also made its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, where it advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion, Virginia. As the bulk of the 2011 team returns, the Big Red enters the 2012 campaign with great expectations. Cornell lost just seven letter winners and three starters from last season's squad and will look to the reigning USILA National Player of the Year Rob Pannell to lead the offense, while preseason All-Americans Roy Lang and Jason Noble will anchor the midfield and defense, respectively.

Other Teams to Watch: Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Denver, North Carolina, Maryland, Notre Dame, Villanova.

Contests to Look for in 2012

No. 1 Virginia -- March 4: vs. No. 8 Syracuse March 24: vs. No.2 Johns Hopkins Apr. 13: vs. No. T3 Duke

No. 2 Johns Hopkins -- March 24: vs. No. 1 Virginia  Apr. 1: vs. No. 10 North Carolina;Apr. 14 at No. 14 Maryland  

No. 8 Syracuse -- March 25: vs. No. 10 Villanova April 10: at No. 3 Cornell April 24: at No. 9 Notre Dame 

No. 5 Denver -- March 10: at. No. 17 Penn State March 18: at. No. 9 Notre Dame March 20: vs. No. 3 Cornell April 27: vs. No. T3 Duke

No. T3 Duke -- Feb. 18: vs. No. 9 Notre Dame March 3: vs. No. 7 Maryland March 16: vs. No. 6 North Carolina April 13: vs. No. 1 Virginia 

All photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.