LM's Preseason Player of the Year Vote: NCAA Division I Women
|Kayla Treanor and teammate Alyssa Murray are both finalists for the preseason POY vote and newcomers to ACC play in 2014.|
Voting is now closed. Pick up a copy of the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine to learn who LM staff selected as Preseason Player of the Year.
With the graduation of two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann from Maryland and Honda Award winner Kara Cannizzaro from North Carolina, the field of women's lacrosse potential player of the year candidates is wide open. Interestingly, with Syracuse and Notre Dame joining the ACC this spring, all five candidates (two from the Orange, one each from the Irish, Maryland and North Carolina) call that conference home.
Read the case for each of the finalists and cast your vote below, and be sure to rally the troops for your picks by sharing on social media using #LaxPOY. (Finalists are listed in alphabetical order)
Taylor Cummings, So., M, Maryland
The 2013 NCAA Championship was the first game that Taylor Cummings had lost in more than five years. She was the heart of McDonogh's powerhouse program for years, and her transition to college was smooth, even though she was joining the most storied program in the game. Cummings started every game, and put up 94 draw controls, 43 goals and 14 assists. The speedy midfielder will lead a team still smarting from that triple-OT loss to North Carolina, and will take no prisoners.
Abbey Friend, Sr., A, North Carolina
Abbey Friend helped both the Tar Heels and the Canadian national team to their best finishes ever in 2013 (an NCAA championship and an FIL silver medal, respectively). The senior attacker has the slick stickwork typical of Canadian men's players, and she scored 12 goals on 16 shots in the NCAA tournament. Friend is the top returning scorer for North Carolina (47g), a team with a bounce in its step that only a national championship can bring.
Alyssa Murray, Sr., A, Syracuse
The reigning Big East Attacker of the Year will take her talents to the ACC this season, but don't expect her to lose a step. Murray dropped 104 points on opponents as a junior, more often on shots (64 g) but she's an excellent feeder as well (40a). With Kayla Treanor as a target (see below), Murray is one of the biggest scoring threats in the nation.
Barb Sullivan, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Sullivan set a new single-season record for draws (67) last season, in addition to 34 caused turnovers and 57 ground balls. The former U19 national team player helped Notre Dame to keep its GAA to just 8.71. New ACC opponents will have to work for every single goal against Sullivan and the rest of the Irish.
Kayla Treanor, So., A, Syracuse
Treanor, a midfielder in high school, has made a name for herself as an attacker in a very short time. She stepped up to replace the injured Michelle Tumolo during her freshman season and end up No. 1 on the team in goals (71) and No. 2 in points (95). Her fall stint with the U.S. national team put even more weapons in her personal arsenal.