Reigning Champ Tampa No. 1 in Nike/USA Lacrosse D-II Men's Preseason Top 20


Charlie Bolesh had 16 goals and 10 assists for Tampa last spring.

Tampa, the defending national champion, is No. 1 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men’s Preseason Top 20, USA Lacrosse Magazine announced Wednesday.

The Spartans return standouts on the defensive side of the ball, including Matthew Beddow, Gunner Gebelein and goalie Blake Ulmer. J.B. Clarke, undefeated in his first season at the helm of the Spartans, also will enjoy the returns of Harry Kilkowski, Luke McAnaney, Daniel Fitzpatrick and Owen Miller on the offensive side of the ball.

An early season test on February 18 against Lenoir-Rhyne (No. 7 in the Top 20) will be a good barometer for what Tampa looks like in 2023.

Mercy, which fell to Tampa in the national championship game last May, is No. 2 in the Top 20. Jack Gibbons is a force in the midfield, as is LSM Justin Gerdvil. As balanced a team in the nation as there is, Mercy can also light up the scoreboard with Brady Kearnan leading the attack.

Wingate, which boasts one of the top players in the country in Willie Grieco, is No. 3. Mercyhurst, another team littered with All-American caliber talent, is No. 4. Adelphi checks in at No. 5.

Continue below to see the full Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men’s Preseason Top 20.


1. Tampa
2. Mercy
3. Wingate
4. Mercyhurst
5. Adelphi
6. Limestone
7. Lenoir-Rhyne
8. UIndy
9. Le Moyne
10. St Anselm
11. Pace
12. Seton Hill
13. Belmont Abbey
14. Bentley
15. Florida Tech
16. Colorado Mesa
17. Florida Southern
18. Newberry
19. Rollins
20. Chestnut Hill

Also considered (alphabetical order): Anderson, Mount Olive, Rockhurst, Wilmington

Dan Arestia and Kyle Devitte contributed to these rankings.


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