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US Lacrosse Magazine's Best of Lacrosse 2016

by USLaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter | #BestOfLax

Lacrosse fans won't soon forget 2016. Which players, coaches, games and moments stood out above the rest?

In our annual "Best of Lacrosse" contest, US Lacrosse Magazine has identified five finalists each in nine categories. Fan voting begins Monday, Nov. 28 and ends Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern. US Lacrosse Magazine staff selections will be published along with the voting results Dec. 27. The fan vote does not determine the winners.

Justify your vote or chime in on the finalists in the comments section below or on social media using the hashtag #BestOfLax.

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST MEN'S PLAYER
Myles Jones
Dylan Molloy
Rob Pannell
Tom Schreiber
Dhane Smith

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The five finalists for Best Men's Player are Myles Jones (Duke/Chesapeake Bayhawks), Dylan Molloy (Brown), Rob Pannell (New York Lizards), Tom Schreiber (Ohio Machine) and Dhane Smith (Buffalo Bandits)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST WOMEN'S PLAYER
Taylor Cummings
Nicole Graziano
Courtney Murphy
Kayla Treanor
Devon Wills

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The five finalists for Best Women's Player are Tayor Cummings (Maryland/Baltimore Ride), Nicole Graziano (Florida), Courtney Murphy (Stony Brook), Kayla Treanor (Syracuse) and Devon Wills (Long Island Sound)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST MEN'S COACH
Joe Amplo
Joe Breschi
Nick Myers
Rick Sowell
Lars Tiffany

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The five finalists for Best Men's Coach are Joe Amplo (Marquette), Joe Breschi (North Carolina), Nick Myers (Ohio State/U.S. U19 Team), Rick Sowell (Navy) and Lars Tiffany (Brown)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST WOMEN'S COACH
Missy Doherty
Jenny Levy
Kate Livesay
Angela McMahon
Kara Reber

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The five finalists for Best Women's Coach are Missy Doherty (Penn State), Jenny Levy (North Carolina), Kate Livesay (Middlebury), Angela McMahon (UMass) and Kara Reber (Florida Southern)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST MEN'S BREAKTHROUGH
Ben Reeves
Kevin Rice
Scott Rodgers
Sergio Salcido
Pat Spencer

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The five finalists for Best Men's Breakthrough are Ben Reeves (Yale), Kevin Rice (Atlanta Blaze), Scott Rodgers (Ohio Machine), Sergio Salcido (Syracuse) and Pat Spencer (Loyola)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2015:
BEST WOMEN'S BREAKTHROUGH
Amie Dickson
Gussie Johns
Nicole Levy
Alice Mercer
Kylie Ohlmiller

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The five finalists for Best Women's Breakthrough are Amie Dickson (Cornell), Gussie Johns (USC/Team USA), Nicole Levy (Syracuse), Alice Mercer (Maryland/Team USA) and Kylie Ohlmiller (Stony Brook/Team USA)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST MEN'S PERFORMANCE
Morgan Cheek
Chris Cloutier
John Connors
John Grant Jr.
Nate Lewnes

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The five finalists for Best Men's Performance are Morgan Cheek (Harvard), Chris Cloutier (North Carolina), John Connors (Navy), John Grant Jr. (Ohio Machine) and Nate Lewnes (UMBC)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST WOMEN'S PERFORMANCE
Halle Majorana
Aly Messinger
Katie O'Donnell
Megan Ward
Katrina Dowd

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The five finalists for Best Women's Performance are Katrina Dowd (Long Island Sound), Halle Majorana (Syracuse), Aly Messinger (North Carolina), Katie O'Donnell (Penn State) and Megan Ward (North Carolina)... [READ MORE]

#BESTOFLAX 2016:
BEST GAME
Outlaws vs. Machine
USA vs. Canada
UNC vs. Maryland
Bandits vs. Rush
USC vs. Syracuse

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The five finalists for Best Game of 2016 are Denver vs. Ohio (MLL final), North Carolina vs. Maryland (NCAA men's final), United States vs. Canada (U19 men's final), Buffalo vs. Saskatchewan (NLL final) and USC vs. Syracuse (NCAA women's quarterfinal)...[READ MORE]


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With 2013 winding to a close, it's time to unveil both our choices and the fan vote totals for the annual 'Best of Lacrosse' from Lacrosse Magazine.

The voting was close for many categories and more than a couple of them came down to the readers choosing different folks than our staff did (final choices were made by a group consisting of Lacrosse Magazine editorial staff as well as US Lacrosse communications staff.)

Congratulations to all of our winners, and all other nominees. To even make the final cut of the fan vote meant you had a properly exemplary year.

We will be unrolling the staff winners and vote totals over the next two weeks, so be sure to check back to find out who won your category

Best Women's Player - Team USA's Katrina Dowd

@JC Pinheiro

Team USA attacker and North Carolina womens's assistant Katrina Dowd had an out-sized year in 2013, earning All-World status with a World Cup record 28 goals in Ontario as her team swept to the gold in stunning fashion.

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Final Fan Vote

Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland) - 40%
Kara Cannizzaro (North Carolina) - 25%
Katrina Dowd (Team USA) - 18%
Carly Reed (St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.)) - 14%
Jackie Sileo (LIU Post) - 3% 

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Team Breakthrough - Milton (Ga.) Eagles

©Michael Schwarz

A longtime power in Georgia, the Milton Girls were still a relative unknown on the national stage before March, when the Eagles gave powerhouse McDonogh (Md.) a run for its money and then topped regional rival Vero Beach (Fla.) for the first time in six tries.

The emergence landed stars Annie Ruland and Lydia Cassada in the magazine and the program on the tip of everyone's tongue.

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Final Fan Vote

Milton (Ga.) girls 51%
Detroit men 24%
North Carolina women 14%
Charlotte Hounds 6%
Stevenson men 5%

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Women's Coach - North Carolina's Jenny Levy

©Peyton Williams

The only coach that the University of North Carolina women's program has ever had, Jenny Levy had built a consistently excellent team in the women's division I world, but was dogged by the lack of an NCAA title, due in no small part to the consistent excellence of conference foe Maryland and Northwestern's dominant run.

In 2013, however, she put that behind her, beating Northwestern in the semifinals and then taking an epic finals win over Maryland to quiet any naysayers.

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Final Fan Vote

Cathy Reese (Maryland) - 38%
Jenny Levy (North Carolina) - 32%
Ricky Fried (Team USA) - 13%
Alexis Venechanos (Canada) - 11%
Katie Woods (Connecticut) - 6%

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Individual Performance - Duke's Brendan Fowler

©Kevin Tucker

A dominant season (winning nearly 65% of his draws) was capped by a monster NCAA tournament weekend, winning 36 of 59 draws and scooping 26 groundballs. At one point in the finals, Fowler - who went 20-for-28 on the day - won 13 straight draws, helping the Blue Devils reverse a 5-0 deficit on the way to the title.

The scary thing - Fowler comes back along with many of his Duke teammates in 2014.

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Final Fan Vote

Katie Rowan, Team USA (World Cup Final) 36%
Megan Ward, North Carolina (NCAA Final Four) 32%
Miles Thompson, Albany (vs. Stony Brook) 14%
Brendan Fowler, Duke (NCAA Final Four) 13%
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws (MLL Semifinal) 5%

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Men's Coach - Duke's John Danowski

 ©Lee Weissman

A 2-4 start had John Danowski and his Duke Blue Devils in the crosshairs of doubters in early March. But some key adjustments paid major dividends for the Blue Devils, like moving Christian Walsh to midfield to insert Case Matheis at attack and the emergence of Kyle Turri in net after the season-ending injury to Dan Wigrizer. A 9-8 win under the lights against Loyola started a 14-1 run that went all the way to the NCAA finals, where Duke took home its second title in the Danowski era with a 16-10 win over Syracuse.

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Final Fan Vote

John Danowski, Duke 47%
John Desko, Syracuse 17%
Paul Cantabene, Stevenson 16%
Dave Cottle, Chesapeake Bayhawks 12%
Jim Stagnitta, Denver Outlaws 8%

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists


Best Individual Breakthrough - Bellarmine's Dillon Ward

©John Strohsacker

A fixture on the indoor scene for a while now - taking home the Robert Melville Award as the Junior A circuit's top keeper three taimes and Minto Cups 2008, 2009 and 2012 - Ward burst onto the NCAA scene this spring, leading Division I with a 66.2 saves percentage and earning ECAC Goalie of the Year and third-team All American honors.

Drafted to the MLL by Ohio, he was later traded to Hamilton, where he became the top backup to Brett Queener. He was also drafted third overall in the NLL.

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Fan Vote

Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws 40%
Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina 28%
JoJo Marasco, Syracuse/New York Lizards 17%
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws 8%
Dillon Ward, Bellarmine 7%

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Men's Player 

Staff Choice Coming Monday, Dec. 23 

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists


Best Milestone Moment

Staff Choice Coming Tuesday, Dec. 24

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists


Best Game

Staff Choice Coming Wednesday, Dec. 25

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists

Best Upset

Staff Choice Coming Thursday, Dec. 26

» LM Breakdown of the Finalists


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