Spring preview 2018: Patriot League

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Spring preview 2018: Patriot League

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Spring preview 2018: Patriot League

As the college golf season gets ready to resume, Golfweek will preview each automatic-qualifier conference in Division I, offering picks to win, midseason All-Conference teams and more.

All of our conference previews will reside here.

Next up: Patriot League

Men

Conference championship: April 27-29, Saucon Valley CC (Grace), Bethlehem, Pa.

Defending champion: Loyola (Md.)

Team rankings: Loyola (Md.) (137), Army (185), Lehigh (201), Navy (223), Bucknell (227), Colgate (266), Lafayette (274), Holy Cross (288)

Midseason All-Conference team: Ethan Wall, Loyola (Md.) (404); Dean Sakata, Army (579); James McKee, Army (609); Brandon Berry, Loyola (Md.) (719); Brendan Peel, Loyola (Md.) (790)

What to expect: Loyola (Md.) has won three of the last four conference titles and boast the best team by a good margin so far this season. The Greyhounds are prohibitive favorites to win again, and there’s not much to suggest they won’t succeed.

Pick to win: Loyola (Md.)

Women

Conference championship: April 21-22, U.S. Naval Academy GC, Annapolis, Md.

Defending champion: Richmond

Team rankings: Richmond (80), Navy (193), Lehigh (197), Boston University (201), Bucknell (229), Holy Cross (253)

Midseason All-Conference team: Sophie DiPetrillo, Richmond (201); Lizzie Reedy, Richmond (367); Christine McDonnell, Navy (521); Elsa Diaz, Richmond (523); Reagan Jahn, Lehigh (527)

What to expect: Richmond will go for a three-peat this spring, and their prospects look exceedingly likely. The Spiders are the top-ranked team in the conference by over 100 spots and have three All-Conference players (no other squad has more than one). Barring a sizable surprise, Richmond will defend again.

Pick to win: Richmond

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