LM's Preseason POY Vote: NCAA Division II Men's Breakdown
|Andrew Wagner is the two time Schmeisser winner as top defender in DII - will that translate to a win in the voting?|
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.
Could a defensive specialist be the overall player of the year? History doesn't make it likely, but Mercyhurst's Andrew Wagner returns for his senior year as the two-time reigning winner of the USILA's William C. Schmeisser Award as the best defender in Division II.
Adelphi's Greg Puskuldjian also has a tough row to hoe, so to speak, as a face-off man, but carries a near 70% number at the X. Are any of those factors enough to sway voters for the preseason player of the year away from offensive stars Chadderdon (Le Moyne), Delmonico (Seton Hill) and Miller (NYIT)? We've got just over a week of voting left to find out.
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)
Andrew Chadderdon, Sr., Midfield – Le Moyne
Chadderdon was Mr. Clutch for the Dolphins, scoring the game-winner in all three tourney games on the way to the title. He finished with 31 goals and 18 assists, making him the leading returning scorer for Le Moyne.
Matt Delmonico, Sr., Attack – Seton Hill
From the moment he stepped on campus, the British Columbian has caused problems for opposing defenses. He paced the Griffins with 43 goals and 29 assists last year, and could eclipse that mark in '14.
Luke Miller, Jr., Attack – NYIT
The ECC Player of the Year in '13 after an 86-point sophomore campaign, Miller was at his best against the best. Against the four tourney teams on the schedule last year, he averaged nearly four points per contest.
Andrew Wagner, Sr., Defense – Mercyhurst
The two-time USILA Defensive Player of the Year, Wagner will anchor what should be a stingy Lakers backline. His stats don't blow you away, but he's a steady presence for 'Hurst who always draws the top assignments.
Greg Puskuldjian, Sr., FOGO – Adelphi
Specialists don't often show up on these types of lists, but Puskuldjian (154-for-229; 67.2%) is a difference-maker for the Panthers. Don't be surprised if he ups his offensive (3g) production, as well.\