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Vote for LM Preseason Players of Year

Lacrosse Magazine will release its annual college preseason rankings and players of the year in its January issue. But who do you think will reign supreme in 2011?

We've narrowed it down to four finalists in each division. LM is conducting a fan poll to help shape the debate from here.

These polls will be pulled Monday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Results will be published in the January issue of LM, alongside our picks. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

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NCAA DIVISION I MEN

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Billy Bitter, A, North Carolina

Bitter managed 22 goals and 22 assists despite battling various injuries in 2010. Joe Breschi's not shy about touting him. "Billy Bitter is the most dynamic player in NCAA Division I lacrosse," Breschi says on UNC's Web site. "There's nothing he can't do."

Kevin Crowley, M, Stony Brook

If Crowley (51g, 26a) was good enough to become just the fourth junior since 1995 to win the USILA Enners Award as the nation's top Division I men's lacrosse player, he's certainly good enough to top that with a Tewaaraton Trophy in 2011.

Rob Pannell, A, Cornell

The reigning USILA Division I Attackman of the Year, Pannell (29g, 51a) is the best feeder in the game. He's got a couple of able finishers in Steve Mock and seasoned freshman Cody Bremner, a Canadian hoping to step in for Ryan Hurley.

Joel White, LSM, Syracuse

White (6g, 4a, 78 GBs) is the nation's most feared player between the lines. Not since Brodie Merrill has a player so dominated from the long-stick middie position.

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN

Ally Carey, M, Vanderbilt

Is she the top two-way midfielder in the game? Carey's numbers in 2010 were indicative of that: 40 goals (tied for second on the team), 26 assists (2nd), 49 ground balls (1st), 63 draw controls (1st) and 42 caused turnovers (1st).

Corey Donohoe, A, North Carolina

On a team loaded with talent and looking to advance to its third straight final four, Donohoe (54g, 23a) stands out. Her quickness carrying the ball on attack allows her to load up on free positions (13-for-20), especially.

Karri Ellen Johnson, A, Maryland

KEJ, just a junior, will likely wind up being a four-time first team All-American by the time she has finished in College Park. She's the defending NCAA champs' leading scorer (69g) and has scored in 48 straight games -- every game of her still-burgeoning career. She also led the Terps with 71 draw controls as their standout center.

Shannon Smith, M/A, Northwestern

Smith (69g, 33a) has started every game of her career at Northwestern, no small accomplishment considering the talent that preceded her in Evanston. Her shifty crease dodges make her the consummate threat around the cage.

NCAA DIVISION II MEN

Matt Chadderdon, M, Le Moyne

The senior southpaw is an offensive force (36g) for the Dolphins. In fact, Chadderdon might just be the best left-handed midfielder in all of Division II.

Chris Cudmore, LSM, Mars Hill

The Canadian import gives Mars Hill good size at 6-foot-1 and hustle with 36 ground balls. Cudmore is also an underrated offensive threat (3g, 7a) for the Lions.

Jack Harmatuk, A, Le Moyne

A two-time first team All-American and the 2010 USILA Attackman of the Year, Harmatuk, who transferred from Division I Syracuse earlier in his career, gets his last crack at an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse title.

Mike Messina, M, C.W. Post

Look for more from Messina (18g, 9a) as the Pioneers try to reload on offense and make it three NCAA titles in a row.

NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN

Allison Berger, A, Lock Haven

The senior attacker had 42 goals and 51 assists last year for the final four team and earned first team All-America honors. She finished sixth nationally in scoring with 93 points.

Demmianne Cook, M, Adelphi

An explosive midfielder who was the Northeast-10's Rookie of the Year and the IWLCA's Midfielder of the Year as a freshman in 2010, she tallied 52 goals and 63 points.

Ally Keirn, A, Mercyhurst

As a sophomore, Keirn tallied 47 goals and 57 assists last year, good for first-team All-America honors. She finished third nationally in scoring with 104 points.

Claire Peterson, A, Adelphi

The junior led the nation in scoring with 128 points (47g, 81a). She helps fuel the highest scoring offense in the nation and helped lead Adelphi to a second straight NCAA title in 2010.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN

Sam Bradman, M, Salisbury

A frightening offensive presence (58g, 28a) in the midfield, Bradman is just a junior.

Chris DeLuca, M, Cortland

DeLuca is a machine on faceoffs (67.5%) and offense (37g, 15a). If he stays healthy, it could be a big year.

DJ Hessler, A, Tufts

His four-assist effort (to go along with a goal) helped the Jumbos flatten Salisbury in the 2010 NCAA final, and it mirrored a 37-goal, 54-assist season in which he earned the NESCAC Player of the Year award.

Justin Tuma, M, Roanoke

Another faceoff (64.2%) and scoring (30g, 19a) threat, Tuma will determine how far 'Noke goes.

NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN

Sarah Bray, M, Hamilton

Bray finished 12th nationally with 47 assists in 2010 and earned first team All-America status as the primary feeder for the NCAA runner-up Continentals.

Alison Jaeger, M, TCNJ

Jaeger, a first team All-American in 2010, finished third nationally in goals (86) and fifth in points (111) in 2010 for the Lions.

Becky Lutz, D, Gettysburg

Lutz anchored a strong Bullet defense and was named a second team All-American for her efforts in 2010. She had 48 grounds balls, 52 draw controls and 25 caused turnovers.

Gina Valles, M, Roanoke

As a junior, Valles put up 67 goals and 42 assists to earn first team All-America honors for the Maroons. Her 109 points ranked seventh nationally.

MCLA DIVISION I

Nick Johnston, G, Oregon

A game-changing goalkeeper (63.2 save percentage) between the pipes, Johnston could be the key to the Ducks' reemergence as a national power in the MCLA.

Cooper Kehoe, A, Colorado State

One of the great playmakers (46g, 40a) at attack in the association, Kehoe can feed and finish. He delivers against every level of competition.

Ryan Westfall, M, Arizona State

A two-way middie who can score (55g, 37a) and defend, Westfall serves as the sparkplug to the deadliest transition game in the country.

Trevor Yealy, A, Michigan

Yealy, a dynamic scorer (232 goals in three seasons) for the Wolverines, will try to take Michigan to the top again -- a fourth straight MCLA title is in the offing -- in his final season in Ann Arbor.

MCLA DIVISION II

Shawn Beer, A, Davenport

Beer (70g, 25a) is the engine of the potent Panther attack, and possibly the key to a championship.

Joe Costello, A, St. Thomas

Costello's move from midfield to attack didn't slow him down (32g, 26a) in 2010, and he always shows up in the big games.

Dallas McLellan, G, Westminster

McLellan was masterful last year in the Griffins' Cinderella run to the 2010 MCLA semifinals. The goalkeeper made 54 saves in three games, including 18 against No. 2 Dayton.

Eric Weber, A, Hope

Even playing in the premier MCLA Division II conference, Weber produces (85g, 35a) at a very high level. The playoffs are the next quest.

WDIA

Renee Eligio, G, Santa Clara

Already a three-time first team All-American, Eligio hopes to deliver Santa Clara's first title.

Lindsay Lewis, M, Minnesota

Speedy middie led Gophers to its best finish ever at nationals in 2010.

Kate O'Linn, A, Florida Club

Offensive force scored 23 goals in four games at the WDIA nationals last year.

Jacklyn Taylor, M, UC Davis Club

Former NCAA Division I varsity player had the Aggies in the thick of the title hunt last year.


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