October 27, 2010

Poll: LM's 2010 Player of the Year (Women)

by Clare Lochary | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

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

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

They can shoot, score, split-dodge and shake a defender like no one's business. These women tore up the field in 2010, leading their teams to victory and raising the bar for all of us.

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.

Katrina Dowd, Northwestern
Trix ended her career on a quiet note, going scoreless in Northwestern's title game loss to Maryland, but she still made a lot of noise in 2010. The two-time IWCLA Division I Attacker of the Year led the Wildcats in goals (77) and points (110) and was tied for first in assists (33). Her top-notch stick skills and tricky dodging gave her an inimitable playing style, and she holds the career record for NCAA tournament points (45). "She's really fun to watch," said Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. "She's the type of player a fan comes to see a game for."

Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Adelphi
The C. Markland Kelly winner helped Adelphi to repeat as national champs, and was the only player to repeat as a first team All-American in Division II in 2009 and 2010. The Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year totaled 20 saves in the NCAA tourney, including 14 in the title game. She finished the season with a 19-1 record and a 58.4 save percentage.

Hilary Fratzke, Towson
Fratzke earned All-America honors this season, making her the only Towson player to do so three times. The midfielder broke through to the first team this season, thanks to her team-leading 51 goals. Fratzke was named CAA Player of the Year for her efforts, and the fifth-year senior did all of this while completing a graduate degree in biology with a 3.83 GPA.

Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
Is there anything the reigning Tewaaraton winner didn't do in 2010? She led the NCAA champions in assists (35) and was second in goals (a none-too-shabby 50). She was the anchor of a very talented team that rebounded from a flat performance in the 2009 semifinals to roar to a comeback victory over defending champ Northwestern in this year's title game, a match in which she contributed two goals, an assist and a solid defensive performance shutting out the Wildcats' Katrina Dowd. The two-time first-team All-American repeated as both ACC Player of the Year and IWCLA Division I Midfielder of the Year.

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