A look at Newsday’s top 10 NCAA women’s lacrosse teams ahead of the 2016 regular season.
Two-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings leads two-time defending champs.
2. North Carolina
Maggie Bill (St. Anthony’s) and Aly Messenger lead the nation’s most experienced attack.
High-scoring Kayla Treanor hopes to close out her stellar career with her first title.
A young but talented offensive group plus an elite goalie could spell Final Four for Duke.
The Wildcats could return to the Final Four behind All-American attack Selena Lasota.
6. Penn State
All-American goalie Emi Smith leads a strong defensive unit for the reigning Big Ten champs.
The Gators will call on the nation’s top two recruits to replace Northport star Shannon Gilroy (69 goals).
8. Stony Brook
Five All-Americans return for a Seawolves team that last year stunned Florida and Northwestern.
Virginia must replace its top three scorers, but goalie Rachel Vander Kolk excelled as a freshman.
10. Boston College
Gone is Garden City great Mikaela Rix, but Sarah Mannelly is an elite scorer.