December 20, 2010

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

1. Tufts
2. Cortland
3. Salisbury
4. Stevenson
5. Middlebury
6. Haverford
7. Gettysburg
8. Roanoke
9. RIT
10. Connecticut College
11. RPI
12. Dickinson
13. Lynchburg
14. Geneseo
15. Nazareth
16. Cabrini
17. Denison
18. Endicott
19. Bowdoin
20. Goucher

Preseason Player of the Year: DJ Hessler, Tufts


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