December 20, 2010

Lacrosse Magazine Tabs 2011 Preseason Rankings, Preseason Players of the Year

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Kevin Crowley is Lacrosse Magazine's 2011 Preseason Player of the Year, and a big reason for Stony Brook's No. 4 preseason ranking, in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse.

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BALTIMORE — Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has released its annual preseason college rankings, predicting nine of 11 defending national champions to repeat as title winners in 2011. The magazine also named its Preseason Player of the Year in each division.

The rankings, compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultations with coaches, predict Maryland to win its second straight NCAA Division I women's championship. Syracuse has been tabbed the preseason favorite to capture the NCAA Division I men's championship.

Champions from 2010 selected to repeat: C.W. Post (NCAA Division II men), Adelphi (NCAA Division II women), Tufts (NCAA Division III men), Colorado State (US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates), Michigan (Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I), St. Thomas (MCLA Division II), Onondaga (National Junior College Athletic Association men) and Monroe (NJCAA women). Lacrosse Magazine slotted Hamilton, a runner-up in 2010, as the preseason No. 1 in NCAA Division III women.

The magazine honored 11 student-athletes as the best lacrosse players in their respective divisions. Stony Brook senior Kevin Crowley took home honors among NCAA Division I men. The 6-foot-4 midfielder, who won the USILA's Player of the Year award last season in part for his 51-goal, 26-assist season, is a big reason for the Seawolves' preseason No. 4 ranking. Maryland attacker Karri Ellen Johnson, a two-time first-team All-American, should continue her offensive exploits as the magazine's NCAA Division I women's Preseason Player of the Year. Johnson has scored 143 goals in two seasons, and she scored three times in the Terrapins' 13-11 win over five-time defending champion Northwestern in last season's NCAA final.

The rankings and preseason honorees appear below and are profiled in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Expanded college previews will run in the February issue. Subscription information appears below.


1. Syracuse
2. Virginia
3. North Carolina
4. Stony Brook
5. Maryland
6. Princeton
7. Notre Dame
8. Duke
9. Hofstra
10. Cornell
11. Army
12. Johns Hopkins
13. Loyola
14. Denver
15. Georgetown
16. Villanova
17. Drexel
18. Delaware
19. UMass
20. Yale

Preseason Player of the Year: Kevin Crowley, Stony Brook


1. Maryland
2. Northwestern
3. North Carolina
4. Duke
5. Syracuse
6. Georgetown
7. Virginia
8. Penn
9. James Madison
10. Notre Dame
11. Vanderbilt
12. Stanford
13. Loyola
14. Dartmouth
15. Penn State
16. Towson
17. Florida
18. Princeton
19. Boston College
20. Hofstra

Preseason Player of the Year: Karri Ellen Johnson, Maryland


1. C.W. Post
2. Le Moyne
3. Mercyhurst
4. Limestone
5. Merrimack
6. Dowling
8. Adelphi
9. Bentley
10. Queens

Preseason Player of the Year: Jack Harmatuk, Le Moyne


1. Adelphi
2. Lock Haven
3. C.W. Post
4. Le Moyne
5. Limestone
6. West Chester
7. Stonehill
8. Mercyhurst
9. Gannon
10. Dowling

Preseason Player of the Year: Claire Petersen, Adelphi


1. Tufts
2. Cortland
3. Salisbury
4. Stevenson
5. Middlebury
6. Haverford
7. Gettysburg
8. Roanoke
9. RIT
10. Connecticut College
11. RPI
12. Dickinson
13. Lynchburg
14. Geneseo
15. Nazareth
16. Cabrini
17. Denison
18. Endicott
19. Bowdoin
20. Goucher

Preseason Player of the Year: DJ Hessler, Tufts


1. Hamilton
2. Salisbury
4. Franklin & Marshall
5. Gettysburg
6. Cortland
7. Trinity
8. Williams
9. Stevens
10. Tufts
11. Colby
12. Union
13. Catholic
14. Washington & Lee
15. Amherst
16. Middlebury
17. Mary Washington
18. Bowdoin
19. Haverford
20. Babson

Preseason Player of the Year: Ali Jaeger, TCNJ


1. Colorado State
2. Santa Clara
3. Cal Poly
4. UC Davis Club
5. Lindenwood
6. UC Santa Barbara
7. Colorado
8. Virginia Tech Club
9. BYU
10. Florida Club
11. UCLA
12. Michigan
13. Georgia
14. Boston College Club
15. Texas
16t. Pittsburgh
16t. Virginia Club
18. Minnesota
19. Arizona State
20. Central Florida

Preseason Player of the Year: Renee Eligio, Santa Clara


1. Michigan
2. Arizona State
3. Chapman
4. Colorado State
5. Florida State
6. Brigham Young
7. Colorado
8. Oregon
9. Minnesota-Duluth
10. Simon Fraser
11. Michigan State
12. Cal Poly
13. Loyola Marymount
14. UC Santa Barbara
15. Boston College
16. Illinois
17. Virginia Tech
18. Florida
19. New Hampshire
20. Texas

Preseason Player of the Year: Trevor Yealy, Michigan


1. St. Thomas (Minn.)
2. Davenport (Mich.)
3. Utah Valley
4. Westminster (Utah)
5. Grand Valley (Mich.) State
6. Dayton
7. St. John's (Minn.)
8. Grove City (Pa.)
9. Elon (S.C.)
10. Western Oregon
11. Kennesaw (Ga.) St.
12. Savannah (Ga.)
13. Briarcliffe (N.Y.)
14. Tennessee Wesleyan
15. Hope (Mich.)
16. Western Washington
17. Northern Colorado
18. Cal State Fullerton
19. St. Mary's (Calif.)
20. Missouri State

Preseason Player of the Year: Dallas McLellan, Westminster


1. Onondaga
2. Essex
3. Nassau
4. Suffolk
5. Monroe
6. Anne Arundel
7. Howard
8. Herkimer
9. Hudson Valley
10. Broome

Preseason Player of the Year: Matt Pratt, Onondaga


1. Monroe
2. Onondaga
3. Catonsville
4. Anne Arundel
5. Nassau
6. Harford
7. Herkimer
8. Erie
9. Jefferson
10. Broome

Preseason Player of the Year: Danielle LaDuca, Monroe

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