January 2, 2013

#LMranks: Onondaga Sweeps Top Spots in JuCo Rankings

Staats, Jackson earn preseason player of the year nods

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Randy Staats (45) and the Onondaga Lazers are LM's preseason No. 1 team.
© Greg Shemitz

BALTIMORE — The Onondaga Community College men's and women's lacrosse teams swept their way to the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine's 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason rankings, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Onondaga attackman Randy Staats and Anne Arundel midfielder Meghenn Jackson as its preseason players of the year for junior college men and women, respectively.

The Onondaga men enter 2013 having won four consecutive NJCAA championships, the last a 15-6 defeat of Nassau.

The Lazers won the 2012 title thanks in part to Staats, who led the NJCAA in points (139) with 57 goals and 82 assists. His point total set the all-time single-season record at Onondaga as a freshman. Staats is the returning NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, and he was a member of the Iroquois team that beat Team USA in pool play during the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championships.

Lacrosse Magazine's preseason rankings as follows:

JuCo Men Preseason Top 5

1. Onondaga
2. Nassau
3. CCBC Essex
4. Suffolk
5. Genesee

Preseason Player of the Year: Randy Staats, So. A, Onondaga CC

The Onondaga women also enter 2013 as defending champions, having edged Monroe, 6-5, in the NJCAA final.

Jackson is a returning first-team All-American who had 91 goals and 21 assists to finish second in the nation in points (112). She also was the leading scorer on Anne Arundel's soccer team in the fall, tallying 49 points as a forward.

Lacrosse Magazine's preseason rankings as follows:

JuCo Women Preseason Top 5

1. Onondaga
2. Monroe
3. Anne Arundel
4. Nassau
5. CCBC Essex

Preseason Player of the Year: Meghenn Jackson, So. M, Anne Arundel

Lacrosse Magazine is counting down its preseason rankings throughout the month of January exclusively on LaxMagazine.com. For more, visit LaxMagazine.com/LMranks. Follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter and Tweet using the hashtag #LMranks. The countdown will resume Thursday with NCAA Division III men and women.

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