Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, Jan. 6

Connor Buczek is in his second year as Cornell head coach but will lead his time onto the field for the first time. (Photo by Rich Barnes)


Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world.

1. The on-field product is a question mark, but Cornell has the leadership.

Connor Buczek knows the “Cornell Way” just as good as anyone, which means the Big Red — who check into our preseason Top 20 at No. 18 — enter the 2022 season with a fair bit of confidence despite not playing since March 2020.

There are questions regarding on-field experience for sure, but with John Piatelli leading the offense, Cornell appears to be in good shape.

More here.

2. The Jacksonville women return 97 percent of a roster that made waves in 2021.

In fact, according to Zack Capozzi of Lacrosse Reference, the Dolphins finished last year with the highest end-of-season LaxElo rating since the statistic was developed in 2016.

A potent offense should make Jacksonville difficult to keep up with in 2022.

More here.

3. Taylor Cummings has been named a finalist for the IWGA Athlete of the Year Award.

Voting opens Jan. 10 for the International World Games Association honor. Cummings, a U.S. women’s national team fixture and the inaugural Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse champion, will lead the U.S. team this summer in the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship at Towson University.

More here.







WHAT WE’RE READING

  • Behind the Whistle: The work is never done as a coach, but that’s OK. Great stuff from Muhlenberg’s Kristen Stuckel.

  • Alyssa Murray Cometti with the 15 biggest transfers in Division I women’s lacrosse this year.

  • Virginia’s 2022 schedule includes a rematch with national championship game opponent Maryland on March 19.

  • Lacrosse Bucket’s Tanner Demling ponders what might be next for Centre College after a historic season.

  • From Adam Levi: For Jesse King, assistant isn’t just part of lacrosse. It’s a part of life.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Johns Hopkins is back, and Johns Hopkins wants more.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • The NCAA previews continue, with both the Drexel men and women checking in at No. 17.

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