December 5, 2013

LM's Preseason POY Vote: NCAA Womens' DIII Finalists

by Mark Macyk | | Twitter

Caroline Hayes was an All-American and helped Trinity to the NCAA finals a year ago. How will she return 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.

As our voting continues in the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year fan tally, we look to the DIII women, where defending NCAA champs Salisbury lead with two finalists - one for each end of the field. DIII point leader Erica Geremia represents Cortland, while Lauren Pigott and Caroline Hayes are both midfielders from TCNJ and NCAA runner-up Trinity, respectively.

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 and voting closes on December 20th at 5 p.m. ET.)

Bethany Baer, Salisbury, A, Jr.

Baer was the second-leading scorer (40 goals) on an NCAA champion Seagull team that averaged 15.78 points per game. Returns as the sole first-team All-American on an offense that graduated two.

Erica Geremia, Cortland, A, So.

Geremia led Division III in points (62 goals, 74 assists, 136 points as a freshmen. The next great Cortland star comes out of the same high school, West Genesee (N.Y.), as the last one, 2013 Preseason Player of the Year, Maria DiFato.

Caroline Hayes, Trinity, M, Jr.

Hayes played alongside two All-American midfielders as a freshman, then became one herself as a sophomore. Is Trinity's second leading returning scorer with 31 goals and 15 assists and recorded two goals on two shots in the 2013 championship game.

Lauren Pigott, TCNJ, M, Sr.

Pigott, a first-team All-American and the defending NJAC Midfielder of the Year, led the Lions in ground balls (37) and draw controls (67), while also racking up 45 goals.

Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury, G, Sr.

Wheatley, an athletic former midfielder from nearby Cambridge, Md., finished second in Division III in save percentage (.563) and goals against average (5.56), despite playing one of the country's toughest schedules and has lost just once in two years as a starter.

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