If you attend a college in the northeastern United States, February 1st means one thing: the beginning of the college lacrosse season. With players back on campus, practices begin in force as teams prepare for the upcoming spring season.
The 2011 season saw a return of the honored guard as Virginia won its fifth national championship since the inception of the national tournament in 1970. Will they be able to repeat? Or will an emerging program take the crown of best team in the nation?
Several other questions arise: Will Georgetown be able to right the ship and return to the NCAA tournament? How will newcomers such as Jacksonville, High Point and most notably Michigan fare in an increasingly competitive collegiate environment?
What follows are not the top five teams in the nation, but five teams to keep an eye on this season, for better or for worse.