December 6, 2013

LM's Preseason POY Vote: NJCAA Women's Finalists

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Molly Gray is back after a banner freshman year that showed tremendous balance with 27 goals, 26 assists, 40 draws and 40 ground balls for the NJCAA champions.
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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.

Voting remains open in the Lacrosse Magazine 2014 Preseason Player of the Year race, and the NJCAA women's race has both the top goal scorer and top assists leaders from a year ago returning as sophomores among the choices. Does one of them earn your nod, or are other qualifications earning your attention?

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)

Melanie Murphy, Monroe CC, So. A

Murphy tallied eight goals and five assists in two NJCAA tournament games last season, as Monroe capped a perfect 18-0 season and won its third national title in program history. Murphy was named the tournament's most outstanding offensive player. She finished the season third best nationally with 78 points and led the NJCAA with 37 assists.

Molly Gray, Monroe CC, So. M

A first-team All-American for the national champs last year, Gray was fourth nationally in assists (26) and to go with 27 goals. She also won 40 draws and had 40 ground balls.

Carly Grudzien, CCBC Essex, So. M

Another returning first-team All-American, Grudzien led the NJCAA in goals for the 2013 regular season and finished the year with 66, the most of any returning player in the division this season. She is also the highest returning point producer, tallying 88 a season ago. She added 35 draw controls.

Shannon O'Neal, Anne Arundel CC, So. A

O'Neal showed all around skill for the national runners-up, with 50 goals and 14 assists. Her 64 points was sixth best in the NJCAA. She scored two of Anne Arundel's five goals in the title game loss to Monroe.

Claire Wigler, Onondaga CC, So. A

Wigler was Onondaga's leading scorer as a freshman, notching 43 goals and 18 assists for 61 points, good for eighth nationally. She was named a first-team All-American.

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