October 26, 2010

Poll: LM's 2010 Performance of Year (Women)

by Clare Lochary | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

2010 Awards: Coach (M) | Coach (W) | Upset | Performance (M) | Performance (W)| Player (M) | Player (W)

Thank you for voting. This poll has closed. Check out the fans' and LM's picks in the December issue.

Sometimes, one player can change the complexion of an entire game. These players did that for their teams, be it on the big stage of an NCAA tournament or more quietly in their own backyard.

Lacrosse Magazine will run its year-end superlatives in the December issue, but do you have a preference? Vote in our fan poll (at right) or leave a comment (below) to join the conversation.

Tegan Brown, Syracuse, NCAA quarterfinal vs. Georgetown

What can Brown do for you? The 24-year-old Australian freshman can score a career-high seven points (5g, 2a) to lift visiting Syracuse to a 15-8 win at fourth-seeded Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Hoyas and the Orange played each other three times in two weeks. Brown was quiet in the first two games, but showed her stuff when it counted.

Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland, NCAA final vs. Northwestern

Two goals and an assist are a decent day for the Tewaaraton winner, but it was her defensive effort that wowed onlookers. McFadden doesn't just score goals with that nasty outside shot of hers — she can keep other people from doing the same. Along with defender Brittany Poist, McFadden helped to shut out Northwestern star attacker Katrina Dowd. It was the most complete game of McFadden's career, a fitting note to end on for the senior midfielder.

Alex Zaugra, Shawnee (N.J.), South Jersey Group 3 final vs. Moorestown

Zaugra, a junior, made 21 saves in Shawnee's surprising 7-6 upset win over New Jersey powerhouse Moorestown. Without her efforts, it would have been impossible for the Renegades to rally from a 5-1 first-half deficit and put an end to the Quakers' 228-game in-state winning streak dating back to 1999.

"Alex is the most incredible goalie I've seen in my life," teammate Kristin Mutch said to The Burlington County (N.J.) Times. "No matter what I say, I couldn't possibly describe what she meant to us."

Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina, regular-season game vs. Northwestern

Zimmerman is what you'd call a gamer — she plays her best when there's a lot on the line. In this rematch of the 2009 national championship game, played at Northwestern's Lakeside Field, the Tar Heels got their revenge thanks to Zimmerman's career-high five goals and two assists. North Carolina's 18-16 win ended the Wildcats' 41-game winning streak and a 59-game winning streak at home.

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