November 29, 2012

Vote for Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Players of the Year

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Who will shine in 2013? It's your time to vote.

Lacrosse Magazine has narrowed a nation of players down to five picks for 12 different divisions of college lacrosse. Vote for your favorites!

The winners will appear in the Janurary issue. Make your voice heard and don't forget to share your opinions with us on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @LacrosseMag

Polls have now closed and the results are below. Thank you for submitting more than 100,000 votes (101,960 to be exact) since we opened our polls two weeks ago! Reminder: Your fan votes will run alongside LM's staff picks in the magazine.

NCAA Division I Men

Peter Baum, Colgate, Sr. A
Colgate coach Mike Murphy told that Baum is "always getting better," and its not unreasonable to expect Baum to improve upon his 97-point and Tewaaraton-winning 2012 campaign.

Marcus Holman, North Carolina, Sr. A
Holman, a senior attackman named UNC's solo captain this fall, quarterbacked a young attack unit last year that now will be experienced, so there's certainly room for more production than last year's 74 points.

Will Manny, UMass, Sr. A

 A finalist in last year's Tewaaraton race, like Baum and Sawyer, Manny made UMass' third-ranked offense tick in 2012.

Rob Pannell, Cornell, Sr. A
What type of game will we see from Rob Pannell in 2013? The frontrunner for player of the year for much of 2011 and a favorite last year before a season-ending foot injury is back for a fifth season.

Mike Sawyer, Loyola, Sr. A
A returning Tewaaraton finalist, Sawyer won't have his left-hand man and sidekick Eric Lusby in 2013, but he should still post loud numbers and still has a strong supporting cast.

FAN RESULTS                 

Rob Pannell, Cornell 21%
Peter Baum, Colgate 15%
Mike Sawyer, Loyola 13%
Marcus Holman, North Carolina 9%                    

NCAA Division I Women

Brittany Dashiell, Florida, Sr. M
Dashiell is a do-it-all midfielder who scored 44 goals last season and had even more draw controls (46). She was a key part of the Gators’ 2012 offense that average 15.32 goals per game, leading the team in assists (25) and finishing second in goals.

Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr. M
The junior had 90 points for the Greyhounds, the second-highest total in program history, and was the leading scorer for Team Australia in the Stars and Stripes tournament this fall.

Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, Sr. M
The 2012 Tewaaraton winner is well poised to repeat in 2013. She’s good at both ends of the field (17 caused turnovers, 52 draw controls) but is best known as a finisher, with a team-high 72 goals last season.

Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Sr. M
If you're looking for versatility, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better end-to-end player than the big middie from Texas. Thornton is ferocious between the lines (71 DC, 58, GB) and doubled her point total to 33 in 2012.

Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, Sr. A
The 2012 IWLCA Attacker of the Year is only the second player in Orange history to record 200 career goals and 100 career assists.

FAN RESULTS                                                                                      

Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland 35%
Brittany Dashiell, Florida 12%
Marlee Paton, Loyola 9%
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern 6%

NCAA Division II Men

Alex Cameron-Carter, Le Moyne, Sr. D
The anchor of a defense that posted a nation's-best 4.39 goals per game, Cameron-Carter was tabbed the Northeast-10 Defenseman of the Year. He caused 22 turnovers in '12 – the second most in program history – and led all defenders in ground balls.

James Delaney, Seton Hill, Sr. M
USILA's Midfielder of the Year in '12, Delaney scored 28 goals while leading the Griffins in assists with 33. With Delaney leading the way, Seton Hill won nine of its last 10 games for a 12-4 mark.

Riley Loewen, Limestone, Sr. A
Loewen led the high-powered Saints offense with 48 goals while also dishing out 20 assists. Posted at least five points in eight games last year, including six goals against Merrimack during the regular season.

Corey Lunney, Merrimack, Sr. M
The two-time NEILA Player of the Year, Lunney led the Northeast-10 in scoring with 45 goals and 59 points during the '12 campaign. He also finished with 40 ground balls, which was good for fifth for the Warriors.

Brian Scheetz, Mercyhurst, Sr. A
Already the Lakers' all-time leading scorer entering his final campaign, Scheetz was the engine of the 'Hurst offense with 13 goals and 33 assists. He was named USILA's Outstanding Attackman last spring.


COREY LUNNEY, Merrimack 40%
James Delaney, Seton Hill 38%
Alex Cameron-Carter, Le Moyne 10%
Brian Scheetz, Mercyhurst 8%
Riley Loewen, Limestone 4%

NCAA Division II Women

Devan Crimi, Adelphi, Jr. A
One of the last impact players remaining from Adelphi's dynasty, Crimi is the Panthers leading returner in goals (50) and assists (21) in 2012.

Tori Dugan, West Chester, Sr. A
The reigning PSAC Attacker of the Year led the Golden Rams with 81 points and set a school record with 118 draw controls last season.

Ashley Olen, LIU-Post, Sr. A/M
Returned from a medical redshirt to post 74 goals, a school record, and the second-highest total in Division II, in 2012.

Erica Pagliarulo, Rollins, Sr. A
Led the Tars to the most successful season in program history with a team-high 46 goals and 47 draw controls last year.

Jackie Sileo, LIU-Post, Jr. A
Division II's leading point-scorer capped a stellar sophomore season (45 goals, 96 assists ) by setting the record for most points in the NCAA championship game (six goals, three assists).


TORI DUGAN, West Chester 64%
Erica Pagliarulo, Rollins 29%
Jackie Sileo, LIU-Post 3%
Devan Crimi, Adelphi 2%
Ashley Olen, LIU-Post 2%

NCAA Division III Men

Ryan Clarke, Salisbury, Sr. M
One of the primary initiators of the Sea Gulls prolific offense, Clarke finished fourth in scoring with 64 points (35g, 29a). With huge graduation losses on the front line, he could be Salisbury's top gun in '12.

Rich Dupras, Stevens, Sr. M
Shook off an early season injury to lead the Ducks with 52 goals and 32 assists out of the midfield, earning Empire 8 Player of the Year kudos. Paced a high-powered offense that averaged over 14 goals per game.

Joe Lisicky, Lynchburg, Sr. D
USILA's Defensemen of the Year, Lisicky was instrumental in the Hornets allowing just 6.14 goals per outing in '12. He led Lynchburg with 89 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers, and even chipped in with five goals.

Brandon Palladino, Dickinson, Sr. LSM
USILA's selection for top LSM in the country, Palladino had 71 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers last year. He's expected to be a big beneficiary of the new rules changes after scoring five goals and dishing out five assists last spring.

Joe Slavik, Cortland, Jr. M
Despite the Red Dragons powerful attack unit, Slavik posted 29 goals and 15 assists from the midfield in '12 and was the best player for Cortland in the national championship game loss. He notched four game-winning goals and had 12 caused turnovers.


RYAN CLARKE, Salisbury 34%
Joe Slavik, Cortland 30%
Rich Dupras, Stevens 15%
Brandon Palladino, Dickinson 14%
Joe Lisicky, Lynchburg 7%

NCAA Division III Women

 Katie Bollhorst, Salisbury, Sr. A
CAC Player of the Year is Division III's leading returner in assists (72).

Maria Di Fato, Cortland, Sr. M
Was the leading-goal scorer (76 goals) for the final four participant Red Dragons in 2012.

Megan Leonhard, Trinity, Sr. M
Led the NCAA-champion Bantams with 53 draw controls, and had 49 ground balls in 2012.

Lauren Pigott, TCNJ, Jr. M
NJAC Player of the Year excelled on both sides of the field, registering 93 draw controls and 38 goals.

Margaret Souther, Middlebury, Sr. A/M
Led final four-bound Panthers with 39 goals and 24 assists in 2012.


Maria Di Fato, Cortland, 30%
Lauren Pigott, TCNJ 20%
Margaret Souther, Middlebury 7%
Katie Bollhorst, Salisbury 4%

JuCo Men

Calvin Bollar, Nassau CC, So. D
A returning first-team All-American for the national runners-up. Was named the to the NJCAA All-Tournament team. 

Casey Jackson, ASA College, So. A
Perhaps overshadowed by Onondaga’s Staats and Saunderson, Jackson racked up 70 goals and 32 assists last year, third in the nation, for the first-year ASA program. 

Kenneth Meinsen, Suffolk CC, So. M
The Long Island product (Glenn) scored 51 goals with 16 assists a season ago.

Jordan Saunderson, Onondaga CC, So. A
Saunderson led JuCo in goals with 80 with 47 assists and was named MVP of the JuCo men’s final four, scoring three goals in a 15-6 championship game win over Nassau.

Randy Staats, Onondaga CC, So. A
A member of the Iroquois under-19 team that beat the U.S. this summer, Staats led JuCo in points with 57 goals and 82 assists and set the all-time single-season points record at Onondaga as a freshman with 139. He's the returning JuCo player of the year.

FAN RESULTS                        

Kenneth Meinsen, Suffolk 40%
Randy Staats, Onondaga 13%
Calvin Bollar, Nassau 2%
Casey Jackson, ASA College 1%

JuCo Women

Hannah Barnett, Monroe CC, So. M
Monroe's top returner scored 38 goals with 19 assists in 2012, averaging 3.35 points per game. She was a first-team All-Region 3 pick as a freshman for the national runners-up.

Meghenn Jackson, Anne Arundel CC, So. M
Returning first-team All-American scored 91 goals with 21 assists to be the nation's second-leading scorer (112 points). She's also the leading scorer on Anne Arundel's soccer team this fall.

Chelsea Maitland, Onondaga CC, So. D
A returning starting defensive midfielder for the defending national champions, Maitland was second-team All-Region 3 pick in 2012.

Taylor Martello, Nassau CC, So. A
Nassau's leading returning scorer with 59 goals and 11 assists in 12 games; a first-team All-American in 2012 finished 11th nationally in scoring.

Jennifer Rodriguez, Nassau CC, So. G
A returning first-team All-American ranked third in the nation in goals against average (8.8) in 2012.


Chelsea Maitland, Onondaga 21%
Jennifer Rodriguez, Nassau 16%
Meghenn Jackson, Anne Arundel 1%
Taylor Martello, Nassau 1%

MCLA Division I

Matt Giannelli, Virginia Tech, Sr. A
The team leader in points with 55 goals and 24 assists, Giannelli spurred the Hokies back to the tournament in '12. He scored eight goals against Florida State and will be the face of a program expected to repeat at SELC champs.

C.J. Jacobs, UC Santa Barbara, Sr. M
The Gauchos were a midfield-dominated squad in '12 and Jacobs was a big reason. The numbers are solid (21g, 8a), but his ability to excel on both sides of the field set Jacobs apart. He finished fourth on the team in ground balls.

Brad Macnee, Colorado, Sr. G
Almost single-handedly qualified the Buffs for the postseason with clutch performances in wins over Arizona State and BYU. Posted a 62.4 save percentage and allowed double-digit goals just twice in 15 games.

Tyler Novotny, Pittsburgh, Sr. A
After a solid first year after transferring from St. John's (N.Y.), Novotny blew up last year, scoring 67 goals along with 17 assists. He steered the Panthers to their first-ever trip to the national tourney, scoring four goals against UCSB.

Hayden Porter, Colorado State, Sr. D
The backbone of a historically stingy defense, Porter was instrumental in the Rams allowing just 3.5 goals per game in their four-game run to the national title. Led the team in ground balls and chipped in with a goal last spring.


TYLER NOVOTNY, Pittsburgh 40%
Matt Giannelli, Virginia Tech 29%
C.J. Jacobs, US Santa Barbara 13%
Hayden Porter, Colorado State 10%
Brad Macnee, Colorado 8%

WCLA Division I

Hayley Bernstein, Colorado State, Sr. M
Bernstein had her best individual year in 2012, earning first team All-America honors, but CSU failed to win a national title for the first time. Bernstein will be determined to go out on top.

Maggie Burke, Santa Clara, Sr. M
Burke is one of the most prolific scorers in WCLA history, scoring a ridiculous 118 goals last year. She was named the top midfielder in the WCLA last year and is a three-time All-American.

Katie Mitchell, UCSB, Sr. M
You might say Katie Mitchell is trending upwards. A 50-point freshman season, second team All-American as a sophomore and a 102-point season last year when she was named a first team All-American. How good will she be if this keeps up?

Emily Seidel, Georgia, Sr. G
A one-goal loss to Florida late in the season denied Georgia a bid to nationals. Seidel, named the top goalie in the WCLA last year, will be the key to getting back to the championship tournament.

Sarah Tanabe, Colorado, Sr. A
A two-time All-American (first team in 2012, second team in 2011), Tanabe is one of the top offensive threats in the country and a key player for a team with national championship dreams.


MAGGIE BURKE, Santa Clara 47%
Katie Mitchell, UCSB 44%
Emily Seidel, Georgia 5%
Sarah Tanabe, Colorado, 2%
Hayley Bernstein, Colorado State 2%

MCLA Division II

Jake Arthur, Westminster, Sr. M
The leading returning scorer for the Griffins, Arthur scored 47 goals and dished out 14 assists in '12. He had a dominating postseason, scoring 10 goals in the RMLC playoffs before dropping six markers against Davenport in the nation quarterfinals.

Josh Fagan, Concordia (Calif.), Jr. A
Second in the country in total goals (75), Fagan, who hails from British Columbia, made a living as a prototypical crease finisher. He produced against the top dogs, as well, averaging 3.8 goals in six games against tournament qualifiers.

Peter Flock, North Dakota State, Jr. A
Despite playing in the same conference as the national champs, Flock was named the UMLC Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 41 goals and dishing out 25 assists in 15 games. He led the Bison to their second straight nationals appearance.

Danny Kransberger, Grand Valley State, Jr. G
He made a name for himself with an end-to-end goal in the national semifinals, but his 66.2 save percentage for the season was key for the Lakers. GVSU is known for its offense, but with Kransberger leading the way, the Lakers allowed just 6.45 goals a game.

Ben Vasko, St. Thomas, Sr. D
Defense has been the key to St. Thomas' dynasty, and Vasko will be the top pole for the Tommies this spring. A transfer from Arizona State, Vasko snared 28 ground balls last spring, helping UST hold opponents to just 5.71 goals per outing.

FAN RESULTS                                                                                                           

DANNY KRANSBERGER, Grand Valley State 51%
Jake Arthur, Westminster 27%
Ben Vasko, St. Thomas 15%
Peter Flock, North Dakota State 3%
Josh Fagan, Concordia (Calif.) 1%

WCLA Division II

Jackie Gamper, SMU, Jr. D
Gamper earned first-team All-America honors last year and was named the top defender in helping the Mustangs earn a fifth-place finish.

Brianna Johnson, Oakland, So. A
Johnson had an instant impact, earning first team All-America honors as a freshman last year. She scored 21 goals in three WCLA tournament games, including 10 in a first-round loss to Westminster.

Desiree Messina, Oakland, Sr. M
Messina was named the top midfielder in the WCLA last season and the senior will be the anchor for a Grizzly program that has won four straight league championships and advanced to nationals three straight years.

Margaret Patterson, SMU, So. M
SMU has been a staple at the US Lacrosse WCLA nationals and that trend doesn't appear to be changing soon. Patterson was a first-team All-American along with her sister, Mary, and was named the league's top newcomer.

Editor's note: Chelsea Farrell, Westminster, Sr. A, was removed from the nominees list because Westminster will be a WCLA Division I team this season.


Jackie Gamper, SMU 14%
Brianna Johnson, Oakland 11%
Margaret Patterson, SMU 3%

Lacrosse Magazine's Jac Coyne, Matt DaSilva, Matt Forman, Clare Lochary, Brian Logue, Mark Macyk and Corey McLaughlin contributed.



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