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Newsday’s Top 10 Division I women’s lacrosse rankings

Maryland midfielder Taylor Cummings during the second

Maryland midfielder Taylor Cummings during the second half of the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse semifinals against Syracuse on Friday, May 22, 2015, in Chester, Pa. Maryland won, 10-8. Credit: AP / Chris Szagola

A look at Newsday’s top 10 NCAA women’s lacrosse teams ahead of the 2016 regular season.

1. Maryland

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.

3. Syracuse

High-scoring Kayla Treanor hopes to close out her stellar career with her first title.

4. Duke

A young but talented offensive group plus an elite goalie could spell Final Four for Duke.

5. Northwestern

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.

7. Florida

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.

9. Virginia

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.

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