Four Big Ten women's lacrosse teams are ranked among the top 20 of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top-20 poll, including a pair of top-five squads in top-ranked Maryland and No. 5 Northwestern.
Penn State is ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll, followed by No. 13 Ohio State.
Big Ten women's lacrosse will feature teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA championships, including nine of the last 10. Maryland won its 12th national championship last year, and claimed seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.