Hessler, Tufts Top Division III Projections
from staff reports
DJ Hessler is Lacrosse Magazine's preseason player of the year for top-ranked Tufts.
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Defending NCAA Division III men's lacrosse champion Tufts won't catch anyone by surprise in 2011, especially not with DJ Hessler up front. The Jumbos are ranked No. 1 in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason poll, with Hessler netting preseason player of the year honors, the publication announced Monday.
Hessler and the Jumbos did plenty of celebrating last year when Tufts won the national championship after Hessler picked apart Salisbury's aggressive defense. He finished with a goal, four assists and the Most Outstanding Player honor, which came on top of his NESCAC Player of the Year kudos following a dominant, 91-point (37g, 54a) season.
Cortland, Salisbury, Stevenson and Middlebury round out LM's preseason top five, in that order.
Rankings were compiled by LM staff with consultation from college coaches. Click here for more preseason projections.
LM PRESEASON TOP 20
10. Connecticut College
Preseason Player of the Year: DJ Hessler, Tufts