#BestOfLax: Vote for LM's Biggest Individual Breakthrough of 2012
Lacrosse Magazine's "Best of Lacrosse 2012" series recognizes the players, coaches, teams and moments that shined above all others in our sport this year. We want to know what you think. Fans can vote for their favorites in 10 categories. The results of each poll will be published alongside staff selections in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Voting ends Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.
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Nominees for Best Individual Breakthrough
Tatum Coffey, Penn State
The Penn State midfielder and former U.S. U19er was the only freshman to earn IWLCA All-American honors of any kind (third-team) in 2012. When the college season was finished, Coffey and Maryland's Kelly McPartland were the only two rising sophomores to make the U.S. women's national training team.
Matt Kavanagh, U.S. U19 Team
The lefty attackman burst onto the global scene with an MVP performance in Finland at the FIL U19 World Championships. He averaged 4.85 points per game and provided consistent offense for a U.S. team that needed to rebound from two preliminary round losses to win gold. Kavanagh, a Long Island native, is now a freshman at Notre Dame but was under the radar having spent a prep year at Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
Eric Lusby, Loyola
Who had Eric Lusby breaking the all-time NCAA tournament scoring record before 2012? We guess that qualifies as a breakthrough. The ying to Michael Sawyer's yang on the Loyola attack, Lusby finished second to Sawyer for the team's regular-season scoring lead and earned (only) honorable mention All-American honors. But everyone knew his name after the Greyhounds won their national title. Lusby scored a postseason record 17 goals, breaking the mark previously held by Virginia's Matt Ward (2006) and Duke's Zack Greer ('07).
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse
The Orange sophomore became the first Syracuse women's player to lead the nation in goals with 74, which ranked second on the program's single-season record list. She also led the nation in points with 105.
Jeremy Sieverts, Outlaws
After not playing in Major League Lacrosse in 2011, the former Maryland midfielder was traded to Denver and was a key part of the Outlaws' run to the 2012 MLL championship game. Sieverts was voted the league's Most Improved Player, scoring 26 goals, including seven 2-pointers, with seven assists in 14 games. He finished ninth in league scoring.