LM's Preseason POY Vote: NCAA Division I Men's Finalists
|St. John's senior Kieran McArdle
may not have a national profile the way that his fellow finalists
do, but his 6.54 points per game was second only to Thompson's 6.65
© Lee Weissman
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 is open in the Lacrosse Magazine 2014 Preseason Player of the Year race, and the NCAA Division I men's side is a loaded field, all hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell and lay claim to the title of best in the game.
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)
Wesley Berg, Denver, Jr. A
Berg had 12 goals through the first two rounds of last year's NCAA tournament to pull within range of the Division I tournament record of 17 set by Loyola's Eric Lusby in 2012. But Berg was shut out in Denver's 9-8 semifinal loss to Syracuse. That was only game the second game all year the Canadian didn't finish with at least one point. He finished with 72 of those last season, including nine during a memorable eight-goal outburst in a 19-14 first-round tournament win over Albany. Berg and returning senior Jeremy Noble will be key figures for a Denver team looking to make another deep NCAA run.
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, Sr. A
McArdle may not have grabbed much national attention yet, but last season he finished second in the nation in points per game with 6.54, only behind Lyle Thompson's 6.65 average with Albany. McArdle is a feeder and scorer, with 36 goals and 49 assists last year. McArdle's sidekick, attackman Kevin Cernuto (32 goals, 16 assists in 2013), is also back for a senior season.
Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Sr. M
Schreiber is one of two Tewaaraton Award finalists from 2013 returning for another collegiate season with winner Lyle Thompson the other. Schreiber, the dynamic midfielder, had 28 goals and 32 assists a season ago, but the Tigers didn't make the NCAA tournament. He's the only preseason player of the year finalist to compete at Team USA tryouts this summer.
Lyle Thompson, Albany, Jr. A
Thompson finished last year with 113 points, one shy of the NCAA Division I single-season record. He was one of five Tewaaraton finalists, and the first-ever Native American finalist for the Native American-inspired award. He returns on an Albany attack line with older brother, Miles, and cousin, Ty. The trio combined for 254 points last season, more than the total for 40 other Division I men's teams.
Jordan Wolf, Duke, Sr. A
He was perhaps overlooked because of the huge point totals put up by Thompson, and Cornell's Rob Pannell last season, but Wolf is one of the premier attackman in the game for the defending national champion. He finished with 57 goals and 28 assists, leading the Blue Devils in both categories, and showed a complete game last championship weekend, pumping in eight goals and three assists in two games. His running buddies on attack, Josh Dionne and Case Matheis, both return.