February 13, 2014

#LMRanks Best Bets: Year-End Individual Awards (MD1)

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Loyola's Joe Fletcher remains in the running to make the 23-man roster for Team USA and is the preseason favorite for the Schmeisser Award. (John Strohsacker)

Lacrosse is a team game, but individual year-end awards are an annual part of the season. Lacrosse Magazine projects who will take top NCAA Division I men's honors come May, including rookie of the year and breakout player, which aren't handed out officially.

Tewaaraton Award

Lyle Thompson, Albany, Jr. A
The Great Danes will continue to play at a dizzying pace, giving the most talented Thompson a shot at the NCAA single-season scoring record. "[Coach] Scott Marr has his boys believing and playing a wide-open style of offense that disregards all stop signs," a rival coach said.

Turnbull Award (Most Outstanding Attackman)

Lyle Thompson, Albany, Jr.
Imagine what his career numbers would have looked like if Albany used an all-Thompson attack Lyle's freshman year.

MacLaughlin Award (Most Outstanding Midfielder)

Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Sr.
If Princeton takes the Ivy League and goes deep into the NCAA tournament, Schreiber will be a central figure. He would join Frank Urso, Delverne Dressel, Gary Gait, Josh Sims and Kyle Harrison as the only two-time winners of this award.

Schmeisser Award (Most Outstanding Defenseman)

Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr.
Not flashy or huge (6-foot-2, 185 pounds), Fletcher more than gets the job done as a close defenseman. He impressed the Team USA staff enough to make it through two rounds of cuts for the 2014 world championship team.

Kelly Award (Most Outstanding Goalie)

Austin Kaut, Penn State, Sr.
He's a returning first-team All-American within a defensive unit that ranked second-best statistically last season, with all major parts back. "Can Kaut stand on his head again?" a rival coach asked. "He has been a wall for three years."

Rookie of the Year

Matt Rambo, Maryland, Fr.
No preseason top-10 team will rely on rookies as much as Maryland. Rambo, a strong lefty goal-scorer, is the best of the baby Terps.

Breakout Player

Ben McIntosh, Drexel, Sr.
The senior midfielder scored 38 goals last season, but can really springboard nationally this spring if the Dragons do the same. He's from Coquitlam, B.C.

Lacrosse Magazine will continue its 2014 college lacrosse preview throughout January and into February, with team-by-team breakdowns of the top teams in NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's lacrosse. Follow the countdown at LaxMagazine.com/LMRanks and on twitter at #LMRanks. 

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