LM's Preseason POY Vote: NCAA Division II Women
by Mark Macyk | LaxMagazine.com
|Post's Jackie Sileo set the NCAA DII career scoring record a year ago with a monster 178-point season and IWLCA Attacker of the Year honors. Can she have the same success in 2014? (Lee Weissman)|
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.
It's hard not to have your jaw drop when looking at Post's Jackie Sileo's 178-point season from a year ago, but there's some big challenges for the DII 'best player' honors for 2014. There's the all-around game that Conese and Pandolf bring for the Dolphins and Eagles, or the 100-point scoring prowess that Crimi (101) and Oor (116) bring to the table for the Panthers and Saints.
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)
Kathleen Conese, Le Moyne, Sr.
Conese was the leading scorer on Le Moyne's 21st ranked offense, racking up 41 goals and 15 assists en route to being named a first-team All-American. She led the Dolphins with 35 ground balls and also forced 19 turnovers.
Devan Crimi, Adelphi, A, Sr.
Crimi, a first-team All-American, helped usher in a new era at Adelphi and finished tops in the Northeast-10, and sixth in Division II with 101 points (69 goals, 32 assists), helping to lead the Panthers all the way back to the North Region final.
Sarah Oor, Limestone, A, Sr.
Oor, an All-American playmaker from Uxbridge, Ontario, ranked third in Diviison II with 73 assists and fourth with 116 points. Oor broke six Limestone program records in 2013 and became the first Saints female player ever to crack 100 points.
Jessica Pandolf, Lock Haven, A, R-Jr.
After missing her entire sophomore year to injury, Pandolf returned in a big way in 2013, leading the PSAC and ranking 11th in Division II, with 64 goals. Pandolf also led the Golden Eagles in draw controls (61), ground balls (46) and caused turnovers (21).
Jackie Sileo, LIU Post, A, Sr.
Sileo, the IWLCA Attacker of the Year, set new single-season records at Post with 178 points and 117 assists. She also broke Division II's career scoring record and then broke her own NCAA tournament record, by piling up 20 points in three games.