November 16, 2011

LM Poll: MCLA, WCLA Division I and II Preseason Players of Year

by Jac Coyne and Brian Logue |

It's November, but Lacrosse Magazine has long been looking ahead to the spring college season. As part of our preseason coverage in January's magazine, we want your input for LM's preseason players of the year.

We've narrowed it down to four finalists in each division. Who are your picks?

The polls have closed. Thanks for your vote and check the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine for the results.

Voting kicked with NCAA Division I men and women and continued with men's and women's NCAA Division II and III. Check back to this week to vote on the JuCo level players, too.

Polls will close on Monday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Results will be published in the January issue of LM, alongside our staff picks. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 350,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

MCLA Division I

Ted Ferrin, Brigham Young, Sr. A
Ferrin makes up for his relatively small size with lightning quickness and an accurate shot, on display last year with his 54 goals (along with 41 assists).

Johnny McKnight, Texas, Sr. M
The rangy, athletic middie causes plenty of mismatches for opponents. He scored 25 goals and dished out eight helpers last spring.

Matt Walrath, Chapman, Sr. LSM
An LSM by trade, Walrath fills many roles for the Panthers. He's a stingy defender, is astute in the clearing game and is an accomplished faceoff man.

Dylan Westfall, Arizona State, Sr. G
The top goalie in the association, Westfall held Chapman and Michigan to a less than 10 combined goals, leading the Sun Devils to the title game.

The polls have closed. Thanks for your vote and check the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine for the results.

WCLA Division I

Hayley Bernstein, Colorado State, Jr. M
After playing a supporting role in CSU's 2010 national championship season, Bernstein was the catalyst for a Rams repeat in 2011. Bernstein scored 19 goals in four games to earn WCLA Most Outstanding Player honors at the championship.

Maggie Burke, Santa Clara, Jr. M
A 50-goal scorer during the regular season, Burke stepped it up at nationals last year, scoring 27 goals in just four games, including a tournament record 11 in a win over Boston College Club. Burke has earned All-America honors each of her first two seasons.

Clayton Crum, Texas, Sr. M
A returning first team All-American, Crum was the Texas Women's Lacrosse League Player of the Year last season. A midfielder that can do everything, Crum had nearly 100 goals for the Longhorns.

Brittini Peck, Florida Club, Sr. A
Peck is one of the nation's top scoring threats and led the Gators to a No. 2 seed at the national championship last year. A returning first team All-American, Peck will look to lead the Gators championship drive.

The polls have closed. Thanks for your vote and check the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine for the results.

MCLA Division II

Matt Dowd, Dayton, Sr. D
Dowd is an athletic long pole who can not only cause turnovers, but can single-handedly get the ball into the attack zone.

Jack Dumsa, Grand Valley State, Sr. A
Dumsa made the high-flying Lakers' offense tick with 59 goals and 75 assists in 2012 (134 points).

Steve Johnson, St. John's (Minn.), Jr. D
Following in the long line of dominant defenders for the Johnnies, Johnson anchors a backline that will once again be one of the top defenses in the country.

Jordan Richtsmeier, Davenport, Jr. A
The prototypical quarterback, Richtsmeier scored 41 goals, but made the Panthers' offense click with 67 assists (108 points).

The polls have closed. Thanks for your vote and check the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine for the results.

WCLA Division II

Alaina Doran, Minnesota-Duluth, Sr. G
Doran is an athletic keeper who's not afraid to come out of the cage. The returning All-American led a Bulldog defense that held 14 of its 18 opponents to single digits and reached the WCLA national tournament.

Chelsea Farrell, Westminster, Jr. A
Farrell earned All-America and all-tournament honors in leading Westminster to the WCLA semifinals during a 100-point season. Farrell had six goals in a win over UW-River Falls and five in a semifinal loss to Towson Club.

Laura Hunter, Utah, Sr. M
After scoring 61 goals in the regular season to earn All-Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League honors, Hunter continued to shine at the WCLA nationals. Hunter had five goals in a win over state rival Westminster to wrap up third place nationally.

Beth Ann Jancuska, Towson Club, Sr. M
Playing on the national stage for the first time, Towson almost got it done before falling to Chapman 9-8 in the championship game. Jancuska, named the tournament's top midfielder, was a major reason why. Jancuska had six goals in a semifinal upset over top-seeded Westminster.

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