December 22, 2008

Preseason's Greetings: LM Releases Rankings, Players of the Year


BALTIMORE --
Seven of the 11 teams that won college lacrosse national championships in 2008 have been picked to repeat as title-winners in 2009 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason college rankings, released today. The magazine also named its Preseason Player of the Year in each division of play.

The rankings, compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultations with coaches, predict Northwestern to win its fifth straight NCAA Division I women's championship. Virginia has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to capture the NCAA Division I men's championship.

Other champions from 2008 selected to repeat: NYIT (NCAA Division II men), West Chester (NCAA Division II women), Salisbury (NCAA Division III men), Hamilton (NCAA Division III women), Colorado State (US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates), and Westminster (Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II).

Chapman has been picked to win the MCLA Division I championship, while Onondaga's men and Monroe's women were picked to capture National Junior College Athletic Association championships.

The magazine honored 11 student-athletes as the best in their respective divisions of play, highlighted by 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Hannah Nielsen of Northwestern. Nielsen became the second Wildcat to win the award, and she enters her senior season just 37 assists shy of the NCAA's all-time career record. Danny Glading, a second-team USILA All-America attackman for the Cavaliers in 2008, enters his senior season for preseason favorite Virginia.

Lacrosse Magazine is the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, a 250,000-member, non-profit organization that serves as the sport's national governing body. The print version of the magazine is published monthly, while the online version is updated daily at www.laxmagazine.com.

Subscriptions to the print LM are available with a membership in US Lacrosse, and the subscription fee benefits the national growth of the game. For more information or to join US Lacrosse, visit www.uslacrosse.org.

The rankings and preseason honorees appear below and are profiled in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Expanded college previews will run in both the February and March issues. Join US Lacrosse prior to Dec. 26 to start a subscription with the February issue.


NCAA Division I Men
1. Virginia
2. Syracuse
3. Maryland
4. Johns Hopkins
5. North Carolina
6. Cornell
7. Notre Dame
8. Duke
9. Princeton
10. Navy
11. Georgetown
12. UMBC
13. Brown
14. Ohio State
15. Hofstra
16. Loyola
17. Denver
18. Albany
19. Colgate
20. Bucknell
Preseason Player of the Year: Danny Glading, Virginia

NCAA Division I Women
1. Northwestern
2. Syracuse
3. Duke
4. Virginia
5. Princeton
6. Penn
7. Georgetown
8. Maryland
9. Boston University
10. North Carolina
11. Notre Dame
12. Vanderbilt
13. New Hampshire
14. Dartmouth
15. James Madison
16. Cornell
17. Towson
18. Denver
19. Stanford
20. Johns Hopkins
Preseason Player of the Year: Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern

NCAA Division II Men
1. NYIT
2. Le Moyne
3. C.W. Post
4. Mercyhurst
5. Limestone
6. Adelphi
7. Dowling
8. Merrimack
9. Wingate
10. Belmont Abbey
Preseason Player of the Year: Kevin Hennessy, NYIT

NCAA Division II Women
1. West Chester
2. C.W. Post
3. Adelphi
4. Limestone
5. Lock Haven
6. Stonehill
7. Mercyhurst
8. Gannon
9. New Haven
10. Belmont Abbey
Preseason Player of the Year: Katie Hogan, C.W. Post

NCAA Division III Men
1. Salisbury
2. Gettysburg
3. Cabrini
4. Middlebury
5. Cortland
6. Lynchburg
7. Ithaca
8. Washington College
9. Stevenson
10. Haverford
11. Endicott
12. St. Lawrence
13. Williams
14. Geneseo
15. Denison
16. Springfield
17. Bowdoin
18. Clarkson
19. Roanoke
20. Tufts
Preseason Player of the Year: Kylor Berkman, Salisbury

NCAA Division III Women
1. Hamilton
2. Franklin & Marshall
3. Salisbury
4. Middlebury
5. TCNJ
6. Colby
7. Gettysburg
8. Washington & Lee
9. Amherst
10. Union
11. Cortland
12. Trinity
13. Dickinson
14. William Smith
15. St. Mary's
16. Babson
17. Catholic
18. Tufts
19. Bowdoin
20. Rowan
Preseason Player of the Year: Jen Pritchard, Franklin & Marshall

USL WDIA
1. Colorado State
2. Cal Poly
3. Colorado
4. UCSB
5. Pittsburgh
6. Michigan
7. Santa Clara
8. Lindenwood
9. Virginia Tech Club
10. Georgia
11. UCLA
12. Florida Club
13. Michigan State
14. Army
15. BYU
16. Minnesota
17. Maryland Club
18. Texas A&M
19. Central Florida
20. Rhode Island
Preseason Player of the Year: Katie Moran, UCSB

MCLA Division I
1. Chapman
2. Michigan
3. Arizona State
4. BYU
5. Simon Fraser
6. Colorado State
7. Minnesota-Duluth
8. Florida State
9. UCSB
10. Sonoma
11. Georgia
12. Virginia Tech
13. Texas A&M
14. Boston College
15. Florida
16. Colorado
17. Oregon
18. Lindenwood
19. Claremont
20. Northeastern
Preseason Player of the Year: Mike Clayton, Chapman

MCLA Division II
1. Westminster
2. Grand Valley State
3. St. Thomas
4. Dayton
5. Emory
6. Savannah College of Art & Design
7. St. John's
8. Elon
9. Southwestern
10. Western Oregon
11. UNC-Charlotte
12. Western Washington
13. Montana State
14. Ft. Lewis
15. Missouri State
16. Metro State
17. Northern Arizona
18. Utah Valley State
19. Creighton
20. Harding
Preseason Player of the Year: Cameron Holding, Grand Valley State

NJCAA Men
1. Onondaga
2. Nassau
3. Essex
4. Monroe
5. Herkimer
6. Suffolk
7. Howard
8. Anne Arundel
9. Hudson Valley
10. Catonsville
Preseason Player of the Year: Ed Prevost, Onondaga

NJCAA Women
1. Monroe
2. Anne Arundel
3. Catonsville
4. Onondaga
5. Harford
6. Herkimer
7. Nassau
8. Jefferson
9. Broome
10. Finger Lakes
Preseason Player of the Year: Kelly Viens, Catonsville


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