Loaded Merrimack Leads Nike/USL Division II Men's Preseason Top 20

PHOTO BY GREG WALL

Charlie Bertrand is back for his junior season after leading Merrimack to a national title and earning First Team All-America honors.


The 2018 season in Division II men’s lacrosse will be remembered as the one in which Merrimack finally broke through. The Warriors dominated the regular season and won their first NCAA championship over Saint Leo. 

Merrimack returns its top three scorers from that team — Sean Black, Christian Thomas and Charlie Bertrand — and as a result retain the top rankings in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Men’s Preseason Top 20. The Warriors are a strong favorite to find itself back in the title game come Memorial Day weekend.

But Le Moyne will be a force in the Northeast-10 and capable of making a run itself. With Dan Entenmann back to lead the Dolphins, they slot in at No. 2 in Division II.

Check back to uslaxmagazine.com as we roll out our preseason rankings and players of the year for Division I, II and III men’s and women’s lacrosse and look for an extensive NCAA preview in the February edition of US Lacrosse Magazine — an exclusive benefit for US Lacrosse members. Join today to start your subscription.






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Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women
 
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1 Merrimack 0-0 N/A 2/23 vs. No. 7 NYIT
2 Le Moyne 0-0 N/A 2/17 at No. 14 Mercy
3 Lenoir-Rhyne 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. No. 16 Limestone
4 Adelphi 0-0 N/A 2/16 vs. Assumption
5 Tampa 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. No. 11 Belmont Abbey
6 Seton Hill 0/0 N/A 2/9 vs. Molloy
7 NYIT 0-0 N/A 2/14 at Palm Beach Atlantic
8 LIU Post 0-0 N/A 2/16 vs. American International
Mount Olive 0-0 N/A 2/15 at Catawba
10 Saint Leo 0-0 N/A 2/9 vs. Alabama-Huntsville
11 Belmont Abbey 0-0 N/A 2/2 vs. No. 5 Tampa
12 Saint Anselm 0-0 N/A 2/23 at No. 8 LIU Post
13 Mercyhurst 0-0 N/A 2/16 vs. No. 15 Wingate
14 Mercy 0-0 N/A 2/13 vs. American International
15 Wingate 0-0 N/A 2/9 at North Greenville
16 Limestone 0-0 N/A 2/2 at Tusculum
17 Colorado Mesa 0-0 N/A 2/7 at Maryville
18 Pace 0-0 N/A N/A
19 Lynn 0-0 N/A 2/17 vs. No. 7 NYIT
20 Indianapolis 0-0 N/A 2/8 vs. Wheeling Jesuit
Also Considered: Bentley, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Lake Erie, Lindenwood, Queens (N.C.), Rollins

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