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Cuse leads first Big East preseason poll

As part of the release of 2010's Face-Off Yearbook, Inside Lacrosse will be releasing various rankings and honors from the publication throughout the early part of December. This is part of the conference highlights for Division I, which broke down the team ranking in each of the eight conferences and compiled a preseason all-conference squad, chosen by coaches' votes.

Defending national champion Syracuse leads the Big East, which begins its inaugural lacrosse season in 2010.

Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Syracuse
2. Notre Dame
3. Georgetown
4. Villanova
5. Rutgers
6. St. John's
7. Providence

Coaches' Preseason All-Conference

Storyline

Gunning For Syracuse

A lot has changed at the top of the Big East since the idea of the conference went from a nebulous dream to a reality. Georgetown has missed two consecutive postseasons while Syracuse has won two consecutive national titles. The view of the conference being a two-headed monster chased by up-and-comers with varying degrees of historical success has been replaced by the view that the Big East is Syracuse and a handful of teams trying to unseat the presumptive champions.

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Notre Dame has built a reputation for being a tough out in the NCAA tournament and as a program has a "take on all challengers" mentality. Georgetown still overflows with talent, and St. John's and Villanova come off years in which they pulled big upsets. Rutgers and Providence are headed in the right direction and looking to pull similar upsets this year.

Whoever can get the better of the Orange will likely be the story of the season.

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