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Greg Paradine
Greg Paradine won the USILA Division II National Coach of the Year last season, the third time he has won the award.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Ranked First in Preseason Poll

For the first time in program history, the Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Bears sit atop the USILA National Poll, the first released by the organization since LR won the National Championship last spring. Not only is it the first time in program history, this is the first time in the NCAA Era that Lenoir-Rhyne athletics has had a team ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Bears will begin the 2024 campaign on Saturday when Barton comes to Moretz Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in matchup history.

LR will be led by one of the top defensive units in the nation as both Victor Powell and Nate Ashley were All-Americans in 2023 and Joey Masson is just as strong. Rob Pensabene returns in goal after a standout run to close the 2023 campaign that saw him come one save shy of breaking the all-time NCAA DII record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament. Also, All-American Colten McCracken returns as a short stick defensive midfielder, one of the best in the nation.

Offensively, LR will look to replace top goal scorers Myles Moffat and Toron Eccleston. Evan Voss will shoulder more of the load after a monster NCAA Tournament that saw him earn Most Outstanding Player honors. LR will have plenty of depth in Will Canata, Tommy Aguilar, Jarrett Huff and Kyle Hatcher who have been proven scorers during their careers. The Bears also have some Division I transfers who will look to step in and provide scoring options.