December 4, 2013

LM's Preseason POY Vote: NJCAA Men's Finalists

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Tim Barber and the Lazers are on a huge run, looking for their sixth straight NJCAA title in 2014.
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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.

Voting is underway in the Lacrosse Magazine 2014 Preseason Player of the Year race, and the NJCAA finalists are chock full of Lazers. Onondaga Community College and head coach Chuck Wilbur have pieced together a monster 70-game win streak and developed a pipeline to top programs in the process. That success is reflected with three of the finalists in the NJCAA category. Can anybody dethrone them?

We'll know when voting closes on December 20th at 5 p.m. ET.

The full voting list for all categories is available here.

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)

Tim Barber, Onondaga CC, So. M

He had 23 goals and nine assists and was a NJCAA second-team All-American as a freshman. Barber figures to play an even bigger role for Onondaga this spring as the program chases a sixth straight national championship and eighth in nine seasons.

Vaughn Harris, Onondaga CC, So. M

The returning NJCAA first-team All-American notched 47 points as a freshman, fifth best on Onondaga, with 30 goals and 17 assists.

Warren Hill, Onondaga CC, So. G

Hill was NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year last season and was named to the All-World team with the Iroquois under-19 men's team two summers ago in Finland. Posted a 75 percent save percentage and 5.30 goals against average last season, both tops in the JuCo ranks.

Sterling Teel, CCBC Essex, So. M

Teel pumped in 30 goals as a freshman midfielder, the third highest total on the team. He returned from a deployment in Afghanistan before last season and was a CCBC Essex co-captain in his first year.

Matt Ward, Harford CC, So. LSM

Ward is the only returning first-team All-American pick on defense. He scooped a ridiculous 117 ground balls in 16 games last season, scored 15 goals, had six assists and was Harford's secondary faceoff taker, winning 63 of 116. Versatile, indeed.

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