Last year's national champions Mercyhurst enter 2012 ranked as the top D-II program in the nation. Last year's runner-up, Adelphi? No. 2.
With top analysts calling for a maintenance of the status quo, do any other teams have a chance to unseat the Lakers as national champions in 2012? Will formerly dominant Le Moyne experience a resurrection? How will Conference Carolinas power Limestone fair in an a conference that has become increasingly marked by parity, rather than singular dominance?
With these and many other questions on the mind, let's take a look at five D-II teams to watch in 2012.