November 15, 2011

LM Poll: Men's, Women's Division II and III Preseason Players of Year

by Jac Coyne and Mark Macyk |

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 Division I men and women, and continues with men's and women's Division II and III. Check back to throughout the week to vote on club men, club women and JuCo levels.

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.

NCAA Men's Division II

Shayne Jackson, Limestone, Sr. A
In his first season after transferring from the JuCo ranks, Jackson emerged as Limestone's playmaker with 32 goals and 50 assists, leading the nation with a 4.82 PPG while guiding the Saints to the NCAA semifinals.

Eric Janssen, Adelphi, Sr. G
The unorthodox goalie posted a 6.71 GAA along with a 66.1 save percentage (2nd in the nation), earning Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year honors and lifting the Panthers to the title game.

Eddie Plompen, C.W. Post, Sr. A
One of the top finishers in the country, Plompen scored 54 goals for the Pioneers and set up 18 others for a team-leading 72 points. He was deadly with the extra-man, leading the Pioneers with 10 EMO goals.

Ian Wild, Mercyhurst, Sr. M
The rugged middie, who is also a safety on the Mercyhurst football team, had reasonable numbers (18g, 2a), but was a key cog in the Lakers' offense, notching four goals in the national championship game.


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

NCAA Women's Division II

Brittany Brigandi, Le Moyne, Sr. M
The All-American was Division II's leading goal-scorer in 2011 (87) and first on Le Moyne and tied for fourth in D-II in points with 106.

Erica Devito, Adelphi, Sr. M
A three-time All-American, Devito led Adelphi in 2011 with 87 goals, which ranked third nationally in Division II. She finished last season with 106 points and is Adelphi's leading returning point-scorer.

Raquel Prager, Limestone, Sr. A
The returning All-American led the South Region champion Saints with 60 goals in 2011. Prager scored a game-high six goals in South Region final to send Limestone to its first NCAA championship game.

Brooke Witkowski, Dowling, Sr. A
Witkowski is Division II's leading-returning point scorer. She was second in the country with 120 points in 2011, the sixth-highest total all-time.




NCAA Men's Division III

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Sean Aaron, Union, Sr. G
A dominant goale for the past two seasons, Aaron posted a 6.90 GAA and 62.7 save percentage, and almost single-handedly unseated Tufts in the second round with a 19-save performance.

Sam Bradman, Salisbury, Sr. M
The engine of the national championship team with a team-high 55 goals and 23 assists, Bradman saved his best for last with seven goals and a dime in the title tilt.

Jeff Keating, Roanoke, Sr. A
The top threat on a prolific 'Noke squad, Keating buried 55 goals -- including five in the quarterfinal upset victory over Stevenson -- and also handed out a team-high 32 helpers.

Kevin McCormick, Tufts, Sr. M
A key presence in the Jumbos' midfield, McCormick scored 41 goals and dished out 10 assists for the national runners-up. He also added two game-winners and four EMO markers.



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

NCAA Women's Division III

Lindsay Abbott, Cortland, Sr. A
Abbott set Cortland program records with 76 assists and 138 points in 2011. She finished the season tied for the Division III lead in assists and second in points. She's the division's leading returning point scorer, and Cortland's all-time leader in assists and points.

Hannah Church, Gettysburg, Sr. A
She led the NCAA champion Bullets with 86 goals and 99 points in 2011. Church is Division III's second-leading returning goal-scorer and scored five goals and three assists in last year's NCAA title game.

Leigh Mitchell, TCNJ, Sr. M
The 2011 IWLCA Midfielder of the Year is Division III's second-leading returning point scorer. Mitchell set TCNJ single-season records with 68 goals and 123 points in 2011 and is already program's all-time assist leader.

Lily Nguyen, Middlebury, Sr. G
The 2011 IWLCA Goalie of the Year made 10 or more saves seven times as Middlebury held opponents less than 10 goals per game in hyper-competitive NESCAC.

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